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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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.

Added by taez555 on 03-30-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
1,418
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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308
Gots:
314
For Trade:
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Draught2012 for picking up this growler for me. I was out of town as the beer was released. We got a preview of this beer last weekend at a tasting hosted by the folks at Jack’s Abbey. It was delicious and I’ve been looking forward to sitting with a glass.

A thin but evident finger plus of tan head forms and remains for a short visit. Very dark brown in color with just a glint of light shining through at the edge. Not much in the way of lace expected. A very glossy finish on the beer.

Aroma is fantastic. Bourbon, a hint of the toasted coconut to be tasted later and a sweet but dark chocolate. Some oak notes and a hint towards vanilla. But not straight vanilla. Perhaps more like vanilla bean, if that makes any sense.

It’s pretty cool to have a special beer like this brewed about 8 miles from my house. The melding of the dark chocolate, toasted coconut, bourbon and dark roasted malt is just fantastic. A wonderful chocolate sauce laced with the toasted coconut/bourbon is the aftertaste.. The 10% abv is so well hidden it’s a bit scary. You’ll have a nice glow on before you realize it. As it warms you get some more coffee notes combining with the chocolate. Fairly complex here.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel, carbonation just brings this to life, but stays out of the way. Silky, silky.

A special beer, that’s for sure. I can only wonder what the future holds for this one. Who knows where this beer and it’s following can go. I’ll get more if it’s available. It’s really quite awesome.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is pretty heavy-looking, just about black with a tan head somewhere between one and two fingers in height. It displays good retention, remaining creamy, thick and dense while depositing a mix of spotty and patchy lacing on the glass.
The bourbon definitely shows, with vanilla, wood and some dark fruits underneath a heavy, rich and chocolaty overtone with maybe just a touch of roast. It gives a little more of a baker's chocolate in the taste but ups vanilla and brown sugar sweetness while adding a touch of sting in the heat. Roast does build, and there's a hint of leafy hoppiness, but the thick and heavy sweetness is what is most heavily showcased.
The body is thick and full, as expected, rich and smooth. The alcohol doesn't thin it but adds a nice heat in the feel that may accentuate the smoothness. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to keep it moving well.
While this is an excellent beer, it's a bit better if the sweetness doesn't border oppressive. There's excellent use of the barrel and some good complexity, though, and that is not to say it isn't fantastic.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Writing a short review as this was based on an 8 oz taster.

A bit disappointed with this one. It had a deep, almost black color with a decent head. The aroma was nice. The bourbon was present and so was the oak.

The taste just felt flat to me. Not flat in terms of carbonation but it just didn't pop like I expected it to. The bourbon and vanilla flavors were far more subdued than I expected and the oak was nowhere to be found. It basically tasted like a boozy porter.

Absolutely want to try this again as I love Jack's Abby, but first impression leaves a lot to be desired. The other iterations of this beer are much better, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of AirBob
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 7/13/14 - Consumed from a snifter

A: 1/2 inch of dark khaki-colored head which quickly dissipates. Body is the color of flat cola.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel/brulee, rich chocolate

T: Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate coffee ice cream. Slightly boozy. As it warms there's more bourbon and caramel sweetness.

M: A little thin on the front but turns syrupy on the back. Slight numbness from the booze.

O : Sweet and sippable. I enjoyed it less as it warmed, but delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of cavedave
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkest brown with a finger of dark tan lather atop. Lather lasts long. Lace languishes lovingly. Beautiful.

Caramel, vanilla, and bourbon notes, lighter oaky fragrance, with even lighter yeasty tart, chocolate, and coffee joining the party in my nose. Not strong, but very seductive aroma.

Thankfully much more full flavored than the aroma suggested. Doubly thankfully all the flavors of the aroma are here in bright, clean, stronger presentation. To put this in scientific terms, this beer is fucking delicious. Some righteous herbal bitter comes to rescue the end of sip from being too sweet, and alcohol spice adds just the right touch to turn this into the most delicious Baltic Porter imaginable. Stupid delicious.

Med. carb., med. bodied, med. viscosity and killer finish. Pretty much just right to frame the flavors excellently.

A homerun from Jack's Abby. Barrel notes add a perfect touch to a base beer that is magnificent in its own right. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (no Bottled On or Best By Date, but I know it was bottled in the first quarter of 2014) into an oversized (18oz) balloon/snifter glass.

A- Pours nearly pitch-black with ruby red highlights noticed at the extreme edges of the glass. The head was khaki in color, yet climbed to less than 1-finger and dissipated rather quickly. This behavior is not surprising for a big and barrel-aged beer. (4.75)

S- Heady aromatics that comprise largely of bourbon, milk chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Although present, subtle notes of coconut and oak tannin are detected. Based on the aroma alone, Baltic Porter is a rather conservative classification for this beer, as it smells more like a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout a la Founders KBS and Goose Island BCBS. (4.75)

T- Much like the nose, bourbon soaked milk chocolate hits first followed by a bourbon soaked coffee bean astringency. The vanilla is also present in the backend and its essence helps smooth things out, providing another ancillary sweetness. (4.5)

M- This is where the Lager yeast strain shines and is somewhat hard to describe: the body of the beer has an initial sensation of being rather full-bodied. However, the palate is left feeling extremely 'light' after the sip. This attribute is contributed by none other than the yeast (and Barrel-Aged Blockhead is another to prove this point). Although sweet, it is far from cloying and the coffee-like astringency on the finish is quite intense. However, a beer of this nature should be a bit brash, and Barrel-Aged Framinghammer is happy to oblige. (4.75)

O- Along with Shmaltz Brewing Co.'s Coney Island Barrel-Aged Blockhead (an Imperial Bock aged in Bourbon Barrels), this is one of the few barrel-aged lagers I am aware of (another being 'Baby Maker,' also from Jack's Abby). This is a massive beer that once again proves that Lager yeast can rightfully due the job of Ale yeast, producing a bombastic Baltic Porter (or better yet because of its roastiness, Russian Imperial Stout) aged in Bourbon Barrels creating a particularly satisfying result. The barrel-aging is significant and only enhances an already well made beer...think again BCBS and KBS! (4.75)

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of -DF-
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StoutFox
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This one just didn't do it for me, A bit of a let down after reading such great reviews, It is such an amazing difference after they add adjuncts. This is by far the worst of the framinghammer series (yes even the no BA is better)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: cocoa, vanilla, and light oak

Taste: cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and light oak

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: Jack's Abbey makes some of the best beer coming out of Massachusetts and this is right up there with the best that they brew. Very complex, oaky, and chocolaty, without ever being too overpowering in any area. I would certainly get this one again.

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.
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