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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Added by Resuin on 05-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#827
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
939
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
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245
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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gbiello
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

My favorite of the Framinghammer variants that I've had thus far (comparing to BBA, graham cracker, and cordon rouge). The vanilla is prominent but complementary rather than overpowering. It meshes well with the roasted malts and light iodine and peat of the Baltic base.

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

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

Photo of curlybird
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours Black with a big fluffy khaki head. The beer has medium low carbonation. It smells of vanilla beans, earthy chocolate, marshmallows, and molasses. The beer tastes of vanilla, earthy chocolate, whipped cream, marshmallows, molasses, and light bourbon barrel. The feel is medium s light and smooth. A nice barrel aged porter from Jack’s Abbey.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of vanilla along with notes of bourbon. There are hints of roasted malts in the finish; these become a tad stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight touch of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer doesn't have as much bourbon prominence compared to other beers in the series, but the taste has lots of nice vanilla flavors and it drinks very easily for a 10% abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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

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

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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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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

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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 939 ratings