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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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 1,442
Photo of OneEye78
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a snifter. Look was black brown with a bit of opacity on the edges. Smell had notes of vanilla, roast coffee, and a hint of licorice. Taste starts with some vanilla, milk chocolate, and I get some cherry and raisin flavor on the finish. As it warms I get a lot more brown sugar and oak. Very thin in the mouth for a 10% beer, with a low but sufficient amount of carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer with some good barrel character, but it didn't blow me away.

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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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Photo of h4ger
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jack's Abby does nice work. This is another exceptional brew. I could not drink this on a regular basis but this is a damn good brew. Sit back, take your time and enjoy it!

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Photo of kculrich
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle (03/23/15), gentle pour into a nonic. L: well, it's dark in here but it appears to be black as midnight, totally opaque, with a modest creamy head. S: molasses, coffee and smoky booze. T: yum! Brown sugar-burnt caramel - but not sweet - roasty, toasty, malty, boozy goodness. O: full, thick, lip-smacking but not unpleasantly heavy. Nice warm booziness.
Not my usual style, not something I could drink every day, but a nice occasional treat.

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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 GOBLIN
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Highly enjoyable offering from start to finish. Would have been a delicious and warming beer come winter time. However, it's still not so heavy that it can't be enjoyed on a warm summer evening as well. I really liked the subtle but present chocolate flavors. The time Framing Hammer has spent in the barrel has really done justice by smoothing out what rough edges that may have been there and replaced them with nice barrel characters.

Update: 1/6/17
Wow . . . Thanks to a trade with a very generous dude I have another go round with this one. Aromas still have the chocolate and bourbon so I won't try to BS my way through another review. However it does seem to have a hint of pepper in the nose I don't recall detecting on my first offering. This is not a mole/spiced/pepper beer so I dunno what that's about. Taste and feel are much better than I recall. Hmm . . . I personally think Ohio beer drinkers have it better than most but I also think you guys in the N.E. have it pretty good too. Jacks Abbey . . . What a treat !

My score bumps up to a 4.32 from a 4.1 on my second go round.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Steve000 (thanks man!). Bottled 3/23/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a dark tea black with an initial three finger pillar of khaki head. Once the foam subsides a frail but persistent halo remains, leaving only a couple flakes of lace.

Smells of oak, cocoa, bourbon and heavily creamed coffee. Slightly subdued but nice.

Flavors of chocolate, bourbon, lightly charred oak, caramel mochaccino, brown sugar and a fairly pronounced booze heat. The well rounded base is very apparent, with the barrel treatment adding a boozey sweetness.

Airy, creamy, medium full body with a light, fluffy carbonation. The finish is rich and lush with pure dark chocolate, bourbon and burnt caramel.

Jack's Abby delivers a solid variation of the masterful Framinghammer. The barrelling indeed adds some new layers of flavor but for my tastes I'm left with the impression that Framinghammer is a better Baltic porter than this is a barrel aged beer. Still quite glad to have tried it and would have zero qualms drinking it again at any point.

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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2014 pint bottle into a stout glass. Drink a baltic porter from Jacks Abby and you'll understand why this choice of glassware makes perfect sense.

Comparing this to the standard issue Framinghammer seems entirely appropriate to help form opinions on each beer. I was a fan of that brew, and its a close call between these two as to which I prefer.

The bourbon barrel aging process is readily apparent in the aroma and especially the flavor on this BA baltic. I would describe the alcohol note as fairly warm bordering on hot. More pronounced than the regular Framinghammer for sure.

Wood notes are present on the tongue, accompanied by the unmistakable astringent bourbon character on the tongue. Exhaling the fumes from this beer further enhances the slight smokiness and caramel qualities in bourbon.

Very nice to drink, would love to pair this with a steak or a rich stew. Excellent beer.

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

500mL bottle. Pours a pitch black with a ruby hue and over an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Slightly boozey aroma with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and maybe a hint of coconut. A bit smokey. The taste is lots of cocoa and dark chocolate. Earthy with some smoke. Good amount of Bourbon flavor, especially towards the end. Pretty balanced for a BA beer. Finishes with more of the smoke and roasty taste with some more cocoa. Medium bodied. I love Framinghammer, so I was excited to try the Barrel Aged versions. This one does not disappoint.

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

Brew pours a dark black with almost purplish highlights, topped by a sizable dark tan head. Great retention and nice lacing.

Bourbon character is a bit strong on the aroma, but simultaneously thin, if that makes sense. Quite a bit of coconut and vanilla. Touch of chocolate from the malts in the background, and some banana from the yeast.

Flavor is much more balanced and representative of the base brew. If regular Framinghammer is a boozy chocolate banana smoothie, then this is a barrel aged chocolate banana smoothie. Quite a bit of roast, especially lingering on the aftertaste as a long, wet, bitter finish.

Thick, lively, full mouthfeel, albeit a touch thinner than regular Framinghammer, and carrying more heat. Very nice feel for the style, although the alcohol shows a little crudely for 10%. A sweet kiss of chocolate on the lips from the lingering finish.

Framinghammer is a fantastic Baltic Porter, deservedly mentioned alongside Founders Imperial Stout. The barrel treatment raises it to another level, and while not quite at BCBS level, I can find very little reason for complaint.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luscious, 2 finger light mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with good cling. An outstanding looking beer.

Nose is chocolate, molasses and booze. Some light cocoa powder, roast and smoke too. Very mellow. Tickles the nose.

Opens chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Very sweet with some roast, liquorice and smoke in the middle. Sweet coca cola and more roasted malt at the finish. Boozy, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slightly hot in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes messy with a long, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Honestly, I thought there'd be a bit more to this beer. Slightly disappointing but its fun to compare to the rest of the variants.

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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 HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown - no ruby visible; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; chocolate;

T: matches the nose up front; a little sweeter at mid-palate; alcohol is noticeable from mid-palate to the end, but it's not overwhelming; lightly bitter with coffee on the finish;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; very smooth; moderately dry finish; slight alcohol warmth, but you'd never guess that this is 10%;

O: dangerously smooth; really good;

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

Looks fantastic, smells fantastic, tastes fantastic. A super-bold porter by itself, but the bourbon barrel aging just brings it to an entirely new (and better) level. Just perfect.

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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 breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really nice, accessible/drinkable barrel-aged baltic here, with some nice dark fruit notes to go along with a noticeable barrel note presence. A bit of an oily body, which I found odd, but not too much of a detraction.

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Photo of macher0
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Dark, dark brown.Some dark amber hues at edges. Minimal head of fine bubble head. Low viscosity.

S. Charred dark malts sitting on top of bourbon-soaked oak. Notes of coco, tobacco, toffee, cappuccino, and nuts.

T. The taste follows the nose closely - dark malts and bourbon-soaked oak dominate. Notes of oatmeal, coffee, hazelnuts, creme, and pecans. The coffee flavor combines with the generous hop bill to create a strong bitterness.

M.Moderate body, kind of thin, moderate carbonation, and fairly smooth.

O. The best part of this beer is the way the coffee/nuts/coco flavors meld with the hops to create a porter that's packed with flavors, but not at all sweet. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

appearance is jet black, completely opaque, on an aggressive pour, pours a half finger of brown head.
Aroma is extremely chocolaty, with some sweet, biscuity malt, molasses, and vanilla in there too.
Taste is a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cocoa nut, molasses, and a bite from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very thick and very oily, low carbonation, has a touch of dryness to it in the finish.
Overall this is an excellent stout, warming and tasty and complex.

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

A: Pours like midnight. Deep mocha head, sensuous. Full-bodied lacing that drips down the glass.

S: Malted sweetness toffee and roasted chocolate. Spruce greens. Some licorice and dark fruit.

M: Full bodied, smooth, aged alcohol but not fiery. I get medium carbonation.

T: Roasted, semi-charred coffee, possibly from barrelling. Prunes and plums, molasses-toffee. Licorice+balsam fir, very green and light grassy bitterness.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Rich, intense chocolate and espresso flavors.Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Sweet and viscous. This is a huge beer, but one I can only take in small, limited qualities, like a sweet shot of espresso.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle as a ridiculous extra in trade. Big thanks! Pours dark brown from the bottle and settles essentially black and opaque in the glass with a small khaki brown head. Aroma is definite whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, some marshmallow. Flavor starts with dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, whiskey, charred oak, long finish of char and vanilla. Pretty smooth but seemingly not a lot of rich flavor coming from the malts. Body is silky smooth, medium plus but perhaps not quite enough to handle the barrel, with low plus carbonation. Solid beer, but not sure I get all the hype I’ve heard about this and it’s variants. Certainly a good beer, but the bar is pretty high for BA stuff these days.

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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 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 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 coriswrasse
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle shared amongst friends in maple syrup glasses.
Very dark amber only revealed slightly with a very bright flashlight.
Smell is very boozy and some oak and slight banana.
Little head but great lace.
Mouthfeel is light even for a porter especially at 10%abv.
Slightly bourbony on the taste. Some good coffee flavor. Nut.
Highly recommend.

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,442 ratings.
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