Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Vanilla
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #3
Ranked #736
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: 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.
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a goblet. Indecipherable etching on bottle.

Looks excellent in the glass. Jet black body, small tan head shrinks to a ring and faint covering. Scattered lacing.

Light aromas of bourbon and vanilla.

On tasting, smooth, sweet, vanilla, with a mild bourbon barrel touch.

Mouth close to full, finish warm sweet vanilla

Overall, prefer the coffee variant, but this is a very nice sweet sipper, well brewed.

Dec 16, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big vanilla and bourbon with chocolate and char. Sweet, roasty, heavy bodied and low carbonation. Excellent beer where the vanilla really shines through. One of the better Framinghammer variants I have had. The vanilla compliments the oak nicely.

May 23, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks amazing. Jet black with a marshmallow creamy khaki head. Smell vanilla,malts, caramel. Taste strong cola,vanilla,chocolate, root beer,coffee. Feels medium bodied, well carbonated,finishes juicy. My all time favorite beer is Dogfish Head world wide vanilla aged stout. It was like 18% ABV. This reminds me a little of that beer. Not sure what chemical in brewing mimics cola, but this has a strong Pepsi taste.

Nov 14, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark cola like color with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass. No light is getting through this beer.

S: The bourbon is forefront here with notes of booze and cherry, followed by vanilla and oak, there is some chocolate but it plays second fiddle to the bourbon.

T: Thick vanilla and bourbon, notes of booze and cherry, roasted malt and chocolate, nice beer but not as decadent as some.

F: Slick with a big body.

O: This is a nice barrel aged Baltic Porter

Oct 24, 2019
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zotzot from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber brown to black.
Thin filmy head - looks like an imperial stout.
Smells of a stout.
Vanilla dominates the taste. Bourbon is there but reserved, in the background.
Tangy mouth feel.
Maybe less substantial than an imperial stout, but close.

Sep 21, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle pored into my snifter. The beer has been in my cellar for about a year. Pour is a dark cola color with no light passing through the glass and has a creamy tan head of about 1 cm that rests easily on the surface of my glass. Leaves some tight lattice on the sides of my glass after each sip.
The aroma is rich and malty with dark chocolate and some sweet bourbon and vanilla mixing. I dont get any hops and I also dont sense any level of booze on this beer.
First sip reveals a very smooth textured beer with gentle rolling carbonation. The beer has an average to thick body and does leave a little bit of a coating on my palate after each sip.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some good chocolate dose mixing with bourbon that lingers after each swallow. I get hints of vanilla and some brown sugar. No hop presence that I can detect and the booze is only present on the warmth in my belly. This is a great beer for malt lovers and is something I could drink a few of easily, only problem is then I wouldnt be able to do much else. Buy it if you see em!

Aug 12, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle sent from connecticutpoet!

Into Thulsa Doom she goes.

Dark burnt brown with transparent edging, and a khaki colored head of 2 fingers, receding to 1.

Aroma is of vanilla and bourbon, with some slight trace coffee elements. Chocolate too. Smells very well put together.

Taste explodes with bourbon and caramel to start, slight vanilla creme, then followed by alcohol heat, then a huge slap of cardboard. Alcohol burn is way past 10 now. Hot alcoholic cardboard finish. Damn it.

Feel is semi-creamy, thinner than I'd like but I know this is a lager. On par for a Baltic Porter. Tons of alcohol heat.

Overall, the flavor's finish killed it for me. It's still tasty but I feel like this beer could have finished SO strong! I don't do well with barrel aged milk carton.

Apr 27, 2019
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So buttery, velvety, smooth, and delicious. The second variant of the Framinghammer family I've had thus far, and I hope to have them all. Put's many a BA stout to shame in the categories that matter. S-T-F-O, these are world class brews.

Mar 31, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa bean.

T - Very bourbon forward followed by rich cocoa, some chocolate, and vanilla. Ends with a lingering cocoa and vanilla with a hint of oak and bourbon.

M - Rich and full bodied that's lip smacking sticky.

O - This is a really nice barrel aged beer. Recommended.

Jan 24, 2019
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micada from New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried a November 2018 vintage. Poured cool, moderately hard to a tulip glass. Color is mahogany brown, clear, with a one-finger bubbly head that drops to a persistent ring. Nose is mellow vanilla, some bourbon, and almost a marshmallow vibe. First sips bring an amped vanilla presence up front, with a smooth caramel / brown sugar mid palate, and milk chocolate back end. Ever so subtle bourbon aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel, with that balanced profile lingering. Actually reminds me of a subtler KBS. Pretty tasty. Alcohol hides well throughout. This is only the second Jack’s Abbey offering I’ve had, and so far both were winners.

Dec 29, 2018
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: send me thin dark black color with a tan head which rose to barely have a finger's length. Me and bubbles on the body with perfect even leasing, settles very quickly after the first sip.

Smell: light vanilla with hints of whiskey and an obscure hop sent which reminisces of a Euro lager.

Taste: sweet coffee with notes of vanilla bean and coffee fused with a little lighter milk and a shot of whiskey.

Mouth: very sticky beer but has thin body even though it does look like a stout don't let it fool you. Full body and a medium carbonation.

Overall: awesome find with hints of cinnamon as well which I almost forgot to mention. I would definitely buy it again and it can be considered one of those warmer winter beers. Always in a glass... Salud!

Dec 19, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall you have to give credit to a well made BBA Porter. The look was very good deep dark with light red accents to light; creamy meringue like head that was both offwhite tan and brown waves. Really good to look at.
Nose and flavor were somewhat predictable and not any wow factor. Vanilla actually carried more natural bitterness than I would have liked. Seemed to defeat any oak vanilla caramel sweetness.
Feel was good but a bit thin for my preference . Came across more porter than imperial ie 10% porter.
All in all a good beer in a world of very good beers.

Nov 27, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with great head that lasts for minutes. Subtle tastes of vanilla and bourbon. Pleasant aftertaste and smooth mouthfeel make this brew very drinkable. Well done Jack’s!!

Nov 01, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Sep 05, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Aug 17, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -3%
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

Jul 29, 2018
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Sandis from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Jun 18, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

May 20, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

May 05, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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

May 02, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

May 02, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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


Apr 21, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, big vanilla, bourbon, slight licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, pretty nice chocolate/toffee, nice touch of vanilla, nice touch of bourbon, some licorice. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, a nice complex brew, definitely a sipper. Overall, kinda surprised me, pretty tasty.

Oct 29, 2017
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dertyd from California

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a dark black with a reddish/brown tint to it with a finger of cola head, looks very nice in the glass... The aroma is of dark molasses, soy sauce, whisky and vanilla..... The taste is really nice so much whiskey barrel, roasted oak, vannillia, bitter chocolate with a creamy mouth fill.... this beer is so smooth for 10% it dangerous

Mar 29, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes from a while ago - had it on tap at the brewery. Served a bit too cold so I let warm for a few minutes. Aroma was muted at first but the roasted malt, vanilla extract and some booze surfaced. Taste is smoked/roasted malt, vanilla extract, dark fruit. Vanilla seemed to take center stage a step opposed to playing a supporting role. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves a nice sweet coating that isn't cloying. Bigger fan of the coffee and "plain" BBA versions but this is still an outstanding Baltic porter.

Feb 01, 2017
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Vanilla from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 960 ratings