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 ClavisAurea
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage served fresh and at cellar temps

Appearance is a bit thin but thats Framinghammer for ya. The Nose is very roasty and cocoa forward. Very clean and only a whiff of barrel. Char and some astringency meet the tongue first followed by a lot of chocolate, coffee and some vanilla. It tastes like Framinghammer, nothing more really. I get a very very slight oaky astringency but not the classic bourbon barrel caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, coconut and the like. The barrel character that is there is very much like the kind I get from KBS (that could be a compliment depending on who you ask). The alcohol is very understated and well hidden; I could probably drink this whole bottle in 20 minutes and be wasted after. Overall, a very good beer but I'm missing that classic barrel character.

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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 IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 4/2014 and won by me in auction. Assume proper care was kept. Poured into teku glass.

L: 1F minimal head with no lacing and only a thin off-white ring. Beer is a perfect black.

S: Bourbon barrel is up front, but not overwhelmingly so. Cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and finally roasted malts come next. No hint of alcohol. Quite nice.

T: Follows nose to a large extent. Bourbon barrel up front, cocoa, caramel, vanilla next and as is usual the cocoa and vanilla qualities carry through the finish. Roasted and maybe slightly burnt malts on the finish and there is a little bit of bitterness and maybe even a touch of the Four Roses that was in the barrel. Very little hint of alcohol. Quite solid and tasty.

F: Definitely retains the quality of a porter as it is on the light side of medium with some carbonation extant, so you do get a bit of drying. Very solid construction and balance is quite good. No idea what this was like newly bottled, but flavors do seem to have rounded and mellowed nicely.

O: Excellent barrel-aged porter. Since I will be in the area in April, I will check to see if this years vintage is available and see what I can cellar.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Spring (?) 2016

Pours pitch black with a creamy khaki head that sticks around pretty well, eventually dropping to a ring. Okay retention; sheets of random lacing. (4.25)

Caramelized sugar and whiskey astringency, some cinnamon-like spiciness, baker's cocoa, blackberry. (4.25)

Rich sweet malt layers with smooth vanilla flavor from the barrel. Smooth layers of sugars, maple, oak, candied bourbon, vanilla, and mocha. (4.5)

Smooth and a little slick, gentle carbonation, smooth finish. (4.25)

This is a smooth, together, tasty fucking beer.
It is lovely in the glass with lacy lacing. The flavors and aromas are perfectly melded together, balanced, inviting and generally good. Roast sugar, roast malt, no burnt astringency, no heat, vanilla barrel character. Mmmm. Well-hidden alcohol, nice mellow bourbon barrel presence. As with all their beers, everything is just as it should be, restrained and well-balanced.
I would definitely have this one again. (4.25)

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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 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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Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near black in color with two fingers of lasting tan head that eventually leaves some sloppy, bubbly lacing. Dry smelling aroma of bakers chocolate and sweet bourbon with cherry and vanilla notes. This continues to the taste with some nutty malt undertones. There's a nice alcohol burn on the backend, with a lingering woody character. Medium bodied with a lightly creamy, oily mouthfeel. I like this much better than the vanilla variant.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz. bottle dated 03/29/16

Pours black with a creamy dark tan foam head. Smells like rich boozy raisins, dark fruit, brown bread, toasted biscuity cracker, tobacco, smoky malt, dark roast coffee, chocolate, oats, some vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark honey, charred oak, sweet molasses, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark fruits, some raisin, fig, plum, cherry, oats, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, dark honey, chocolate, roasted coffee, tobacco, charred oak, smoky burnt malt, toasted biscuity graham cracker, with mild herbal earthy grass and pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice bourbon barrel aged baltic porter.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Aroma is roasted malts and bourbon. Flavor is mellow booze with a nice chocolate roasted malt. Has a nice body but a touch thin and overall really tasty.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, about a year old. Near black, thin tan head fades to a ring. Heavy bourbon and chocolate aroma. Taste wasn't bad but a little disappointing, a bit too heavy on the bourbon, too much bitter chocolate. Some wine and wood in the finish. Powerful flavors a little on the sharp side, not as balanced as I was expecting. Thin oily mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 version, pour is dark brown with a mocha head, leaves some nice lacing. nose is not overpowering but definite vanilla and caramel notes complimented by oak. taste is much the same, but with a more pronounced roasty character coming from the malts, as well as a light bitterness. getting a nice creamy chocolate note that blends perfectly with the other sweet flavors. touch of the barrel and a bit of spice on the finish, but very little booze. probably one of the least boozy bourbon aged beers ive had.

mouthfeel is right on point and overall this is a really tasty and drinkable baltic porter. definitely worth trying!

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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 Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 BBA 500 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, coconut, milk chocolate, roasted malts, warm booze, molasses, caramel, and toasted oats.

Taste: Super smooth flavor. The bourbon barrels flavors compliment the normal framinghammer characteristics. Enjoyable and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, light to medium bodied, warm bourbon alcohol, low to medium carbonation, and definitely a sipper.

Overall: Have to admit that this BBA Framinghammer is delicious. I look forward to the next variation of this beer.

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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 ManapuaMan
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding BA porter. Silky smooth and delicious. Looks beautiful with a black body and a creamy brown head. Aroma...almost feel like I'm incapable of picking up the aroma of porters. I get glass bottle. Taste is fudge, baker's chocolate, roasted malt, charred wood, light smoke and sweet figs. Bourbon character mellows to perfection at room temp. Silky with a nice, thick mouthfeel.

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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 mmmbeerNY
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

bottle dated 3/23/2015
Look: dark black, but not overly thick, very little dark brown head as I pout into snifter
Smell : picking up some of the barrel with malts
Taste: superb, one of my favorite beers, amazing porter with great mix of sweet, bitter and barrel
Feel: beer shines with a so smooth mouthfeel, crazy east to sip on

if you like porters, get this beer, you will not be disappointed

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

My 300th review!
Poured from the 17 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours jet black with one finger of deep caramel head.
Aromas are really nice...bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts.
Taste is even better. Rich deep flavor with bourbon very much in balance with roasted malts. Toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is silky and whiloe not viscous, certainly has good feel through my teeth.
This beer is straight up fantastic. Very happy to have this with a good friend and I look forward to another!

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle poured into a snifter, bottled June 2014

Pours a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Head doesn't last long and forms a thin ring around the glass that stays until the end. Some splatterings of lacing around the glass. Soft and sweet bourbon smell, with oak, vanilla and some chocolate. The smell is fantastic. The taste is a nice vanilla and bourbon flavor. I get oak and some bitter chocolate with sweet and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, but it is creamy and rich. Carbonation is soft and spot on. A delicious and tasty Baltic Porter with good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Ages very well.

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

Yeah -3000th review -enjoyed this from a stout glass with my brother from the bottle chilled.

The color is practically black, dark brown with light khaki head with full two fingers depth with a creamy frothed look. The smell is fragrant of malt with a light earhty nutty and slight caramel sweet odor with vanilla from the barrel. The feel is rich and full in body with medium carbonation with a moderately alcohol heavy texture mid palate into the woody finish

A dark nutty woody earthy almost black with thick ecru head with wavy lace pattern and fine bead iwth retnention that is very good. The smel has a lovely vanilla and coffee-like woody toasty quality with light nutty and caramel -like aroma with subtle alcohol in the background. The feel is nice with a mix of moderately sweet and mild bitterness level with moderately low carbonation and semi-full body with medium in the bitterness lightly dry in finish with mild alcohol influence.

The taste has a light toasted taste with a subtle raisin-like element with slight woody earthy taste from the barrel with the sweetness coming through mid palate with semi-caramel and mild cocoa with a more alcohol heavy flavor toward the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer, I think I expected more balance but I would definitely recommend trying this as it has a good amount of barrel character.

The taste has good malt with low roast and medium light bittterness and nutty quality with roasty and woody with light caramel and a nice amount of barrel quality with slight dried fruit and vanilla caramelized taste coming through well with blend of dark toasted malt flavors which smooth roasted malt and subtle coconut/vanilla barrel flavor with a dark carmel note and herbal hop flavor with good dry but not spicy and slight alcohol in the finish -a high quality baltic porter in barrel aged form

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Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a black as your soul black with a full finger of tan fluffy head that lingered from an aggressive pour. Really dark. No light penetrates. Head dissolves into an oily black surface much like a barrel aged stout. Beautiful. Smells like dark chocolate, booze and oats or bread. Little sweetness too. First sip is hot and dark chocolate followed by oats, brown sugar and then hops. Little bitter kick on the back end. Nice and chewy. Complex taste. Love the fullness in the mouth. Excellent Baltic Porter! Boozy as it warms up. Really pleasant porter though. Top notch!

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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 mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black body. Thin, light mocha head, with a skinny appearance. Slick lacing that eventually sticks.
Smell: Dominant roast aroma. Then comes easy coffee, laid back milk chocolate, and dabs of lactose.
Taste: Rich and complex taste that has the elements listed above. This has a surprising taste, not based on the smell. Everything is dialed up in my chomper. Nice and smooth flavors in my mouth. Nice and milk shakey.
Feel: Very short finish. Almost astringent. Up front the beer is thin and weak, but finishes full and creamy.

Overall - I think this beer needs some work on the peripheral aspects. The taste is on point, but the other areas are a bit off for me. Nonetheless, this is a great beer. I just wish it would have met my expectations.

P.S. Maybe it is the fact that this was aged in Jim Beam barrels. I like good whiskey.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good Baltic porter, and several of the reviews are spot on. I do however think that it's really lacking the bourbon barrel aroma and flavor. While I do like this beer a lot, I think it falls short of the variants.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

400th Review!!!

A: 4.5 - Very dark, but not motor oil black like a stout. Quite dark for a porter.

S: 4.75 - Sweet bourbon, slightly bitter chocolate, and oakiness dominate. Booziness is mild but apparent.

T: 4.75 - Follows nose. Sweet bourbon and bitter chocolate up front with oak lingering. I get a hint of roasted coconut and a touch of caramel. Definitely get some booze heat (which I love) but is not overwhelming (which I also love). Very well balanced. Barrel is definitely present but very balanced into the base beer. Can easily taste both the barrel and the base beer.

F: 4.25 - Medium. Again, porter-like (as expected) rather than stout like.

O: 4.75 - Exceptionally well-balanced and delicious. Does not necessarily stand out with a signature characteristic, but great beer all around.

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