Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Vanilla
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Baltic Porter
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,076
4.32 | pDev: 6.94%
Jan 16, 2022
May 02, 2013
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.75 by Beerbom from California

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by mmalley from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Rated: 4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Mar 10, 2020
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Reviewed by zotzot from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4.44 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Rated: 4.33 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

May 11, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Reviewed by beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Rated: 4.35 by TomWight from New York

Jan 19, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Jan 03, 2019
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 4.21 by socon67 from New York

Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Sep 06, 2018
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

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.
Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Juggerr from New York

Aug 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by thoglund from New York

Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

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.
Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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
Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jun 25, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Knickfan3 from New York

Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Sandis from Minnesota

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.
Jun 18, 2018
Rated: 4.87 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 22, 2018
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Vanilla from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 961 ratings