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

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Framinghammer - Bourbon Barrel-AgedFraminghammer - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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2017 release

L -- Same as regular Framinghammer, but with a much smaller and shorter lasting head
S -- Bourbon, smokey malts, a little bit if chocolate. Mostly bourbon, though
T -- Damn this is good. Lots of woody bourbon flavors that are perfectly balanced with the chocolate and coffee goodness of Framinghammer. The brown sugar sweetness gives all the flavors a nice backbone to offset the intense flavors.
F -- Big and potent. Very drinkable and very balanced
O -- It's a little pricey, but I'd buy a bottle a year if I can get it. I imagine that as this beer ages, the bourbon aromas and flavors lessen, allowing for a more nuanced palate. I definitely like it as is, though, and from reading prior reviews it seems like this release was much more barrel-forward, which is good news.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dartmouth College snifter. Lest the old traditions fail...

A: Pours a murky and deep brown, almost black in the middle, with a slight ring of deep brown around the edges. Delicious looking fluffy tan head rises 2 fingers instantly and recedes to about a 2cm with heavy lacing. This looks like it'll be good boys...

S: Have a cold, so everything is a little muted, but bourbon and vanilla on the nose, with some booze revealing itself at the end of a deep whiff. mmm

T: At first there is nothing. A microsecond of calm before the storm. All you can percieve is the mouthfeel. Then, almost immediately it hits you. The front is a Big bold blast of bourbon, and a huge sticky-sweet vanilla wall of flavor. Soon, caramel, toffee, and other sweet candy-like flavors begin to develop as it warms on the tongue, overpowering, but not dominating, a beautiful toffee-biscuit like malt character. Right when I attempt to discern some of the subtleties of the malt backbone, a warming boozy heat comes on and leaves me unable to pick out anymore flavors until the next sip. It finishes just how it started--bourbon and vanilla, maybe a touch of oak, but this time with the alcohol on the finish.

M: Absolutely superb is the only way I can describe this. Perfect carbonation, sticky, and chewy, but not overly so. Done just right. Really amazing what these guys do with lagers.

O: This is absolutely a world class brew. I approached this beer expecting it to be good, but also expecting to have to make exceptions for a thin body and slightly lacking in complexity due to the nature of the yeast used. But boy was I wrong. I have never had a lager like this. Yes, it is barrel aged, but I did not think the flavors that I am used to in my imperial stouts and barleywines would be able to be so well executed in a lager. You can tell it is a lager, as the flavors are more subtle and take a few seconds to hit your tongue, but it just adds another element to this incredible beer. By far, one of the smoothest, most drinkable, BBA beers I have had, but not lacking in depth or complexity by any measure.

Thanks Huddyball, for the opportunity to try this gem!

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2014 update:
This year's brew is a bit different. More oak, little Bourbon in the aroma/finish.
Vanilla is weak, compared to previous years. The taste is still creamy textured chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, laced with a whiskey finish. There is an alcoholic finish, but the Bourbon presence is diminished. A great beer, but I miss the strong Bourbon aroma/presence.
Poured in balloon glass (goblet). Deep chocolate color. No Head.

Wow! Immediate bourbon from the aroma. With my nose closer in the glass, vanilla.

Mouth feel: mild, but some hops presence.

Taste: bourbon, vanilla- whiskey-like. There is a strong bourbon presence.
The mild body to the beer enhances the taste- a lingering bourbon-vanilla which becomes smoother with warming.

I had this beer last year at the first anniversary party. I like this year's Baltic porter even more. Last year, I thought the beer was excellent and looked forward to it. This year, there is an added complexity, more bourbon-vanilla character. My balloon glass brought out the tasting notes to their fullest.

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