Vanilla 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

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Added by Resuin on 05-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#556
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
927
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 927 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sandis
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Beer Advocate review! Time to broaden my horizons beyond just Untappd.

I loved the aromas and flavor of the bourbon and vanilla. This is probably the most vanilla forward beer I've personally tasted.

The bourbon presence is moderate. Dry finish.

A beer I'd not hesitate to try again.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black-bodied with a finger of dark foam that only lasted briefly... On-point with aromas and flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolaty roasted malts... Molasses and chocolate sweetness up front mellows out into a more bitter, drying finish of oaky char... Medium-weight body, only mildly carbonated - I personally prefer a little more heft, but it felt real nice for the flavors and style... A solid brew...

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second thank you in two nights to quirk6. I’m going to tell my shrink about you & my problems shaking this alcohol thing. 500ML bottle all to myself!

My third barrel-aged Framinghammer, & the trembly giddiness hasn’t worn off yet, & there are now two more in the fridge. This one is dark brown with carbonation that quickly fades to the balding guy ring around the edges of the glass. Aroma brings toffee, nice shot of whiskey (smells more like whiskey than bourbon to me), & stronger vanilla. Not a bad start.

Framinghammer – Vanilla Bourbon Barrel Aged takes an attitude adjustment. It’s black! It’s big! It’s barrelly! It has lager yeast…wtf? OK. The vanilla & the barrel are lingering over one another’s bodies nicely, with the barrel lending additional forest, & enough alcohol to kill your average seventeen year old. Fleeting impressions of roasted bread, leather, fall nuts, lager yeast really sticks around through the Finnish. A touch thin, but that leads to a corresponding increase in drinkability. Picture me slumped over a bar in Jamaica, slurping on a straw, eyeing everyone suspiciously, while no one comes near our party. There might have been hallucinogenics involved.

Complex, tasty, bourbony, unique. What was I saying? Oh, yes, excellent.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, and roasted malt. Not too sweet. Very straight-forward but very nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes. Roasted malt quite present as well. Bourbon and oak help to round off the sweetness. Finishes with lingering vanilla and barrel notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another awesome iteration (and one of the OG's) of the BA Framinghammer series. Very nice to sip on and enjoy. Definitely recommended

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 500 mL bottle purchased at Yankee Liquors and poured into ale glass and allowed to warm.

L: Dark black with just under 2F tan head. OK retention, leaves nothing but a thin ring.

S: Distinctly less vanilla than you might expect. Fair whiff of bourbon barrel, roasted malts, and some cocoa.

T: Tends to follow nose. Bourbon barrel most prevalent, some vanilla, some cocoa, some roasted malts. A little bit of alcohol heat.

F: Pretty full-bodied, some carbonation. Construction good, but balance is a tad off, with some alcohol heat.

O: Less of an improvement on the regular Framinghammer than I would have thought, but certainly good.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage

L — 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a very deep amber body that just barely allows light to pass through. 1.5 fingers of khaki-hued head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and some lacing
S — Cacao powder, vanilla, oak, hazelnut, walnut, stale coffee, roast. Vanilla character is less prevalent than anticipated
T — Rich dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, smoke, touch of herbal hoppiness
F — Smooth, silky, and semi-viscous. The barrel character is just right: not too boozy but there is still a recognizable bourbon/oak presence. Lager yeast makes it very drinkable
O — Not super different from the original, but the vanilla is a nice addition. These BBA Framinghammer variants remain the best barrel aged lagers out there

88/100

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Photo of Daru
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My girl liked it

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fireazzi
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerPhysics
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 927 ratings