Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barrel-Aged FraminghammerBarrel-Aged Framinghammer

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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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 4 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, brownish hues when swirled, opaque. Half finger thick, creamy light khaki colored head. Tons of head lacing on glass along with some alcohol legs.

Aroma- Dry oakiness, bourbon, spice, vanilla, roasted malt and cocoa. Creamy milk chocolates, caramalized sugars, almonds, and dark fruits.

Taste- Sweet creaminess, chocolates, vanilla, bourbon, candied sugars, nutty sweetness. Mild roasted malt, earthy coffee, cocoa, smokiness, dry oak and barrel char on the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, very creamy and silky smooth, drying finish. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel characteristics are nice and forward, while still allowing the complexity of the base beer to come through. Nice and creamy feel, and has a more pronounced sweetness than the base beer offers. Really enjoyable version.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep brown with hints of red. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger creamy tan head that dies down leaving an uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Delicious.

Taste: Starts off with a sweet coffee flavor that progresses to a slightly bitter whiskey flavor and ends with a mild chocolate finish. Rich and delicious, though mildly boozy.

Feel: Medium body. Rich, velvety smooth feel. Perfect.

Overall: An awesome beer. Full of flavor, looks and smells great, smooth. I definitely hope to drink this again!

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Photo of brydeen
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark, creamy looking brown. Almost black, with a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch mocha colored head, that dissipates quickly, aside from a thin frothy layer, reminiscent of hot cocoa.

S: Deep roasty aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, with the very slightest hint of bourbon. This aroma is incredibly inviting.

T: Bourbon flavor right off the bat. Alcohol taste is surprisingly strong. The sweetness of the bourbon diminishes the roasty quality in the nose. A little hop bitterness in the background too.

M: Velvety smooth texture. Extremely rich and creamy, with very little carbonation detectable. Full-bodied and boozier than I expected.

O: This beer is half way to an amazing brew. It drinks almost like a BA stout, but the booze taste is just a little too dominant. The aroma is intoxicating, but it comes up short in the flavor as its so bourbon forward. Good, but just not great.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love Jack Abby's Brewery.. Definitely my favorite brewers in Massachusetts.. This beer feels stronger then the alcohol percentage it is.. Nice coffee bean type liquor es ... Not huge on barrel aged beer but I like this one.. It has a nice dark look.. Nice beer to have and enjoy what it is..

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Photo of Holderness
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Amguerra305
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a watery dark brown but sits black and opaque in the glass. Smell is not as barrel forward as I would like. Definitely smells better than the regular with hints of bourbon and a balanced sweet and roasty nose. You get notes of caramel and slight hint of vanilla. The tastes is sweet on the front end with a bitter roasted finish that is smoothed out by bourbon notes from the barrel. The feel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it is ok but nothing world class as it needs more barrel and a more balanced presentation.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml bottle into snifter.

A-Black with no transparent qualities. Pours thick leaving a 1 finger head that leaves minimal lacing.

S-Bourbon and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of roasted malts.

T-Sweet chocolate and roasted malts open up the flavor profile. Then the bourbon, vanilla, and oak creep in as a nice complement to the dark chocolate and malts.

M-Medium body with a nice creamy/smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O-Excellent Baltic Porter, probably in the top 3 best BP that I have had. Flavors are balanced perfectly and the bourbon is present but not overpowering.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Pours thick and syrupy. Body is as dark as a brown hue can get and completely opaque. A luxurious chestnut head foams on top.

S - Wonderful. Bing cherries, molasses, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla.

T - Even better than the smell. The sweetness of the malt hits you upfront, ushering in waves of brown sugar, raisin, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is full of oak and saccharine bourbon. Just bit of heat from the alcohol as it goes down, especially as the beer warms to room temperature. Supremely balanced.

M - Pleasantly thick, though not overtly chewy. The carbonation is kept in check to let the rest of the beer shine.

O - Probably my second favorite barrel-aged dark beer after KBS. The bourbon flavor is present, but by no means dominates the beer. Jack's Abby has really asserted itself as an East Coast brewing artist, and this beer clearly shows the lofty heights of their craft.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into oversized wine glass

A: Pours deep mahogany-black with a very thin, quickly dissipating russet head.

S: Sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel and wood rule the nose. Roasted coffee and baking chocolate hiding behind the bourbon.

T: Bourbon and dark chocolate fight for flavor domination. Heavy oak, burnt sugar, and vanilla tones are prevalent with more subtle hints of black coffee and dark fruit lurking the background. Roasted malt bitterness lingers in the finish like a quality espresso.

M: Viscous and chewable, but in a lager-y way. Low to mild carbonation in a heavy body. Alcohol warms on the tongue.

O: Boozy and strong in the vein of BCBS, though slightly more subdued. Heavy and sweet bourbon taste balance out the dark roasted malts. The barrel aging works wonders for the already amazing Framinghammer. If you like barrel aged dark beers, this is highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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

A: deep brown, not black, and not fully opaque. Thin head, moderate lacing (alcohol limited is my guess).
S: when very cold, not much of an aroma. As it warms, there is malty, a little coffee and oaky bourbon.
T: When cold, the alcohol was not as well hidden. As it warmed it had nice roasted nutty character with really only moderate bourbon notes. This is not a bourbon bomb like BCBS, the flavors are more subtle.
M: rather thin and slippery. This is not a thick stout, it has the mouthfeel of a lager in many respects. Easy to drink.
O: terrific beer for what it is. Do not expect a monster thick, heavy bourbon flavored stout. This is a porter, it is more approachable, more drinkable and more subtle in all its flavors and smells.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a thick mocha colored head which leaves behind a thick ring and nice lacing.
S: Cocoa, vanilla, malt, slight notes of bourbon.
T: Definite booziness here. A bit of sweetness that is almost honey like at times. There is a touch of bitterness present on the back end. There is definitely some room to improve here by getting the barrel aging to compliment the base more seemlessly and there are times when I would find this to be a touch too sweet, but overall its solid.
F: Thinner than I was expecting. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth drink though.
O: I can see myself getting this again soon. This is a hard hitting bourbon barrel aged beer that can be had at a decent price which is a huge plus. Give this a slightly thicker feel and integrate the barrel a touch better and this would be tough to beat; make no mistake though, these are minor nit-picking points on what is a very good beer. One last piece of advice: do not drink this from the bottle. This is a beautiful beer with a nice head and lacing that had remained from top to bottom for almost the entire glass.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this was an amazing beer. I actually was able to score 2 growlers of this so I actualy had multiple glasses.

Nice tight espresso like head. Dark as night.

Lot's of whiskey notes especially compared to the non BA version.

Extremely drinkable. Tasted like it was 5-6 ABV not 13 % ABV. So smooth too. A lot of times some of these extreme dark beers are thick and overmalted. Not this one.

An absolute home run. I am convinced that if this was more avaialable it would be the next uber hyped American beer. I have been told they are gonna do this one again. I hope they do. Please bottle it too! I am very curious how this one would age.

Awesome stuff. World class.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a creamy khaki head

S- bourbon toffee and chocolate

T- More of the same from the nose, a sweet sweet blend of bourbon, bitter chocolate malt, and honey. A roasted black malt sits in your mouth after the finish.

M- I would have to say a nice medium body compared to other barrel aged porters and stouts.

O- love this beer. A nice balance of bourbon and creamy chocolate porter. Jack's Abby is the next big thing!

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Photo of Poorpatz
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just opened the bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Nice brownish head about one finger thick, from a pour down the middle of the glass. Color is very dark black no light shining through this beer. On the nose picking up a lot of chocolate (which I like on my Baltics) maybe some of the bourbon but not much. Head stays strong as it slowly recedes down the sides of the glass. First sip and there is the bourbon, not overpowering but definitely asserting itself. Wow nice flavors as the beer coats your tongue with dark porter flavors the bourbon comes in at the back of your tongue. Mouthfeel is a good silky coating of the tongue. I really like this beer Jack's Abby knocked it out of the park for me on this a very drinkable right now barrel aged beer.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of yottachem
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours deep brown (nearly opaque) with mousse-like khaki-colored head. Head remains for > 1 min then gradually collapses to a rocky ring at the edges of the glass. Ruby/mahogany colored highlights are observed at edges.

Aroma: Prominent wood, vanilla, ethanol aroma. Bourbon aroma is screaming out of the glass, but not overwhelming. Hints of brown sugar and light roast malts.

Flavor: Smooth, very very smooth. Rich, dark malt flavors (chocolate, especially) give rise to firm bitterness. Wave of "barrel" flavors follow: vanilla, tannin, holy bourbon. Malt flavor is smooth, not overly roasty. Hint of smoke in finish (may be from barrel). Barrel flavor lingers to lreave behind light, but noticeable, malt sweetness. Upon warming, bourbon flavor comes through much more strongly.

Mouthfeel: Holy baby jesus, this is smooth. Light carbonation with med-full mouthfeel. Almost creamy, but not quite nitro-like.

Overall: Not quite a beer you would drink after work everyday, but pretty damn close. Incredibly smooth for 10% ABV and not a single component overpowers another. Very well balanced, even with the prominent barrel characteristics.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.
Bottled March 2013

Black in color, but looks more like cola when swished around in the glass. Two fingers worth of head on the pour with decent lacing as you drink it. I smell brown sugar and chocolate, vanilla, with some hops present as well. Taste is sweet with a slight bitterness at the end which balances it out nicely. Bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon is noticeable but doesn’t take over the entire beer. It has a nice chewy quality to it, smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall this is a very well crafted beer – not hugely complex, but it is very well balanced. Very drinkable for its 10% abv.

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Photo of thirsty4beer
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in March 2013. Purchased at Julio's (near Jack's Abby) on my way home from Boston.

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, a bit of chocolate

Taste: a decent amount of bourbon heat as expected but not until after I was hit with the malty sweetness, dark chocolate, hints of oak and coconut, and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth, tame carbonation, slightly masked heat

Overall: top notch beer! wish I had bought a whole case!

Definitely lived up to all the growing hype

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Photo of tberry1693
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer to date! This is just how I like my stouts and porters. This beer was mostly chocolaty up front with hints of dark fruit. You could taste the oak barrels throughout. The aftertaste was an incredibly pleasant coconut flavor that left me wanting more. It was mildly carbonated and had a very creamy mouth feel, but not to the point of being too thick. This is a must try!

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Photo of alexbutler
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very, very dark amber porter. Thick pour, with very little foam.

S - First thoughts were of nuttiness, creamy and woody smell in the background.

T - Rich and smooth with a thick sweetness that almost reminds me of ice cream. Very delicious.

M - Smooth all the way through.

O - Tasty porter right here, right up with my favorites.

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Photo of mzingie
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3 fingers of head with beautiful lacing and retention. Sleep is powerful, in your face, and screaming with vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Tastes match the smell, the oak really sticks out well in this without being too much. Alcohol is slightly more present than I'd like which is really the only reason I took off half a point for taste. Mouthfeel is where it should be, goes down heavy and sticks to the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. Amazing beer, I need to try more from jacks Abby.

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Photo of Boomblaze
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nice and dark but the head dissipates quickly and there is no lacing.

S - Nice malty, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla & bourbon.

T - lots of dark chocolate and figs with some bourbon, id like a lil more Bourbon but that's probably just cause of my Vegas 5 'A's cigar I'm having with it.

M - Smooth and velvety like it comes promoted

O - Overall this beer is pretty awesome and I would recommend it to any who enjoys the style and can get there hands on some. I had to go to the brewery and I'm out I. Western Mass.

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Photo of MissSarah
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque taupe with a creamy-buttermilk head

Smell: Bourbon soaked raisins and roasty dark cocoa

Taste: Sticky-oaky-boozy dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans

Mouth Feel: Like velvet

Overall: Made for winter night caps, chocolate cake binges, and late night campfires

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Photo of deen
3.37/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I loved this beer in the past, but each year the quality has diminished. This year, after getting my first batch of bottles, I didn't even bother getting more (in past years I would search far and wide for more ... no longer). I fear the scaling up expansion has resulted in lesser quality. I hope they fix it. It was my favorite (rich & heavy) beer for a few years.

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