Framinghammer - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 2012 on tap/growlers were aged in Jim Beam barrels. The 2013 bottles were aged in Willet barrels. 2014 release was aged in Four Roses.

Plato 23°
IBU 45

Unfiltered / Unpasteurized

Added by taez555 on 03-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#731
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
1,526
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
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317
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318
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Photo of beertunes
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to @thebeers for this one from a ninja box during NBS BIF #8. The base beer has been on my radar for a far while now, let's see what I think of this variant.

16oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with just the thinnest cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was amazing, solid malt base, just enough bourbon to pique the interest, and some oak from the barrel, all very nicely blended together. Every aspect got its due, and nothing dominated. Same on the tongue, just more like an exploded diagram of a piece of equipment: everything is shown, yet you can see how it all works together.

The body was fairly typical, perhaps just a wee touch on the thin side, and finished sweet, then surprisingly dried out. Drinkability was awesome, I coulda knocked back a few of these, and looked forward to more. Overall, an awesome brew that actually exceeds its hype. A must try.

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Photo of Nunya
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a 500 ml bottle poured into my snifter at cellar temperature. the beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with almost no light passing through my glass. A dense creamy tan head of 4 cm foams up with a gentle pour and the foam fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer and complete surface covering. An impressive looking beer.
The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla notes and bourbon scents. I also get some brown sugar and molasses, no hops and the booze is well hidden, with no black pepper or general spiciness.
First sip reveals a silky smooth creamy textured body with soft mild carbonation and average body. Very easy drinking beer all around.
The flavor is lots of malt with dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of roast, but no hops. I do get a little bit of booze on the finish with some warmth on each swallow. There is some sweet bourbon but only a little bit in the middle of each mouthful.
The beer s a great malt lovers brew and I enjoy it a lot. No hops and fairly well hidden booze. This is a winner and I will buy this again.

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Photo of Juggerr
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jps715
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arrowsmith_
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pkalix
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bdiiorio
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The impact on a wonderful beer from the bourbon barrels is minimal, but detrimental. The bourbon and vanilla tilt the balance of the base beer too far to the sweet side. The delicate balance and subtle nuances are all but lost and what takes their place isn't an improvement. Enjoyable enough, but not one to revisit.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duncian
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, you can get a foamy head with an aggressive pour if desired; minimal lacing. Not much to the nose; roasted malts, dark roast coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, light barrel aroma. Smells a little yeasty. Rich and creamy, lots of dark malt, dark chocolate, brown sugar, sweet but not cloying, light roast coffee finish that lingers nicely. Nice amount of carbonation that gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden. Overall this is a nice beer, not an aggressive amount of bourbon barrel presence, making it a smooth, elegant example of the style.

2/6/18
500ml bottle, purchased 1/3/18, so I think it is very fresh
4 rating

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown color. Small to nonexistent head. No lace.

Sweet aroma of higher alcohol brews, like a doppelbock or barley wine. Yet, there's no alcohol warmth to the nose.

The flavor mimics the smell with dark chocolates and cherries added. I also finally get some alcohol warmth in the swallow. The body is rich and the carbonation low. Definitely a sipping beer. The finish leaves almost a Kailua effect with coffee and warmth.

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Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,526 ratings