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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
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.

Added by taez555 on 03-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#436
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,473
pDev:
7.62%
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3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love jack abby, and its beers like this that make them one of the most unique breweries in the country. taking lager to new heights, this is special, and in some ways i like it better than the vanilla edition. it still has a ton of vanilla to it, just naturally and from the barrel, there really is not much need for additional vanilla. matte black brown in color, thick, but still holding on to a pretty solid off white head, almost grey really. the nose is rich in vanilla notes and dark barley, with earthy mineral density, but very little of the bitterness we normally associate with dark brews like this. the oak from the barrel is there, and the sweetness of the bourbon penetrates the beer a bit too. bakers chocolate and lager yeast are there too, but much more in flavor than smell. vanilla and chocolate up front, but the only real sugar in this appears to be from the bourbon. musty woodiness is picked up on by the lager yeast in the finish, giving this beer a very unique character that is both rich and complex, yet also sort of light and drinkable, certainly for what it is. lots of body through, and a longer finish than i remember on most lagers, but still rather clean for its size. the flavors here are just perfectly proportioned, not too much of anything, still grain first, but peppered in are all kinds of little twists, making this a bottle to be shared and considered carefully. very very well done, i am very keen to try the other incarnations of this now. this has to be the best american made baltic porter out there. if it isnt, enlighten me, but i would be surprised!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice black color with a thin light brown head on top. The retention is thin, there is also a bit of scattered lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of barrel aged aromas. There is a subtle wooden vanilla aroma along with some roasted malt and chocolate on the nose. The taste is slightly spicy, it's males sense knowing they used Jim Beam barrels. The vanilla notes and roasted malts wok well together. The mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation and very drinkable for 10%. Overall it's a great brew, really worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

50cl Bottle - March 2013 Date

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light-brown frothy head. The head is very still, in no hurry to go away.

The smell is not over the top as you get with most BA beers. The bourbon exists, hints of vanilla, but the sweetness is the takeaway. Molasses and chocolate.

On the front, dark roasted malts hit you, but its quickly taken over by the bourbon, finishing with a balanced bitterness and cocoa notes. Surprisingly smooth for 10%.

The mouthfeel is amazing for a BA 10% Baltic Porter. It's dare I say, session-able. Very smooth and a light body.

Overall, this is a homerun and while I found the non-BA version to be enjoyable, this is definitely a case of the barrel improving the original.

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 2013 vintage. .5 litre brown glass bottle with standard silver unbranded pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS (thanks again!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 10% ABV confirmed. Self-identifies as a baltic porter; I'm reviewing it as such. Expectations are high given the recommendation of a friend (Duff27) and the brewery's mounting reputation for quality - though I've yet to have a Jack's Abby beer that really blows me away.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour. Not the richest or darkest tan colour I've seen, but quite lovely. Nicely creamy. Good thickness. Decent (~2 minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Overall, quite a good head for the style.

Body colour is a dark solid black - not quite a jet black, but dark. Opaque (both nontransparent and non-translucent). No yeast particles are visible.

It's a predictable appearance for the style, but within conventions it's rather attractive.

Sm: I get a pleasant subtle roasted barley character hidden beneath dark malts - the most prominent of which is chocolate malt. Definite bourbon barrel notes - including wonderfully well integrated vanilla, which is itself very natural feeling and not at all too sweet. Also some light oak; I'd prefer it come on a bit stronger because it's rather timid here. Bourbon character is delightful overall and seems seamlessly integrated with the base beer; there's a deliberate intentionality to the use of barrel aging here - a feature so often missing from so many recent attempts at barrel aged dark beers. Oats are noticeable.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. The woody oaky barrel notes are too restrained, lacking evocative character. I imagine this didn't spend an extended period of time in bourbon barrels - no more than 9-12 months I'd guess.

Scanning the reviews of others, I notice many are detecting spicy or more whiskey-centric barrel notes. To me, knowing nothing about it beforehand, it screamed bourbon. I look for these spicy/whiskey notes and do not find them; the vanilla alone makes it identifiably bourbon-y to me.

A moderate strength aroma of superb execution. Really looking forward to tasting it.

T: Lovely vanilla sweetness on the open, which lingers throughout. Definitely more sweet than the aroma made it seem - and to its detriment. Moving past the open into the body, I'm getting a balanced dark malt foundation with prominent chocolate malt notes. Maybe even some actual milk chocolate as well. Bourbon-y touches throughout the second act, but oak is sorely missed here. I'd like more from the roast as well; it's way too buried. The balance would really benefit from the added complexity and dimension of the roasted barley. Vanilla reemerges on the climax and carries through the finish. Aftertaste features a pleasant - if a bit too sweet - blend of vanilla and chocolate notes.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through - quite a feat for the ABV. Any hop character is unnoticeable.

Light, light touches of caramel in the second act. Oats lend it a bit more body (and certainly aid the smoothness of the mouthfeel) but offer little in terms of flavour.

The label notes that it was brewed with brown sugar. I get none of that from the flavour profile whatsoever.

Overall, it's a nicely complex baltic porter with some nice subtle touches and good balance. I'm a big fan.

Mf: Silky smooth and wet. Great thickness - enough to support the flavours but not so much as to be overbearing or limit drinkability. Good carbonation. Soft and pleasant on the palate. I'd venture to call it somewhat teasing. The silky character works here, but over time (i.e. the more I drink) the more the smoothness starts to be a bit too much. Good body. Not at all hot or gushing. Quite easy and relatively light on the palate - especially for the style. Good presence. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Extraordinarily drinkable for the high ABV - which is itself largely unnoticeable. I could happily drink more than one of these alone in the same night. I'd love to try it on-draught, but I'm not convinced it'd age well. The main flaws are overdone sweetness and overdone smoothness, but they're largely minor. Its lack of roasted barley is a symptom of a greater issue - that of a missed opportunity for impressive complexity. Still, it's an obscenely enjoyable baltic porter that shouldn't be missed by any fan of the style. I was waiting to be impressed by Jack's Abby but I wait no more. This is the real deal. Love the marriage of the barrel notes with the base beer, but please tone down the sweetness. I'd like it more robust.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours black with a two inch mocha cap; nice retention and a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Chocolate and Bourbon, with vanilla and black cherry undertones

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar and Bourbon, up front, with just a hint of black cherry developing in the middle; rather sweet, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was really expecting more from this beer not that I don't like it a lot; I just think it is a bit too sweet and, like the base beer, lacks some of the dark fruit; the Bourbon treatment is nicely understated

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat bitter and astringent. Kind of watered down. Not very impressed with this one as I drank it side by side with a few other variants.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

OK ok... I finally got around to reviewing this. So many people kept telling me to try this cause I'll want more before it runs out. So yes, I'm finally going to drink it, so back off man!

Pours a darker mocha colored almost 1 finger creamy thicker head that fade semi slowly with nice layered lacing and great legs, the top line of the head starts to melt with the legs, it looks really cool. The beer is pitch black, no light getting through that puppy.

Nose is great, reminds me a bit of Tennessee Tats, barrel right out front, a woody dusty shelf oak, with a bit of vanilla, and some definitive whisky but not necessarily bourbon. Under that is the myriad of malts, dark malts mostly, a light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, some nice cocoa and very dark bitter chocolate, a slight cookie dough thing also comes out and, with the dark chocolate and vanilla barrel, brings a great baking aroma. There also seems to be some creamy oats and very faint fresh roasted coffee. Just a touch of booze in the nose.

Taste is awesome! Candy in a glass, more like bourbon chocolate cookie in a glass! Starting again with barrel, light dusty wood shelf oak, with plenty of vanilla, and again the light whisky almost bourbony quality that is definitely there. The wood brings light wood esters and toasted oak. Then malts galore, plenty of chocolate cocoa, mostly bitter dark chocolate and baker's, as well as some caramel and brown sugar, caramelized brown sugar, and plenty of creamy but chewy oats. All together brings a big time dark chocolate oatmeal cookie kinda flavor and it's awesome. A faint estery booze comes through on the back end, and follows with some slightly earthy spicy hops, a fair bitterness too with mostly from the hops but a bit from dark malts. Sweetness is fair as well, not overly but enough to bring more of the cookie feel, and balance the booze and increasingly bitter hops. The finish is fairly bitter actually, an earthy slightly spicy hop character and slight dark malt roast like bitterness, with more super dark chocolate flavors lingering, a little vanilla barrel, and faint whisky, all lingering for a long time.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy oats feel, decent carb, just a bit of estery booze.

Overall very nice, a great barrel aged stout that tastes like a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie with whisky infused. Great beer, very well done. Now I see why everyone was really pushing me to drink this, as I think I will add more to the cellar now before it's all gone. Now I REALLY can't wait for the vanilla and coffee versions!

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,473 ratings
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