Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

Vanilla Barrel-Aged FraminghammerVanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
BA SCORE
97.1%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 894 ratings
Vanilla Barrel-Aged FraminghammerVanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Resuin on 05-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#481
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
894
Liked:
868
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
6.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
242
Gots:
172
Trade:
26
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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by Damian:
Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
March 2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

A tight, foamy, mocha colored head topped the deep brown/black liquid. The crown faded rather quickly to a thick ring of froth. Sheets of lacing initially coated the glass with every sip. Later, the lacing dissipated to some spotty drips.

Roasted malts and a crisp, smooth, lager-like yeasty quality came through in the aroma. Sweet, chocolatey notes, which reminded me a lot of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, appeared as well. Not a super complex nose, but pleasant. With time, the vanilla came out in full force. Incredibly fresh and intense, like whole vanilla beans. Some brown sugar sweetness was also noticeable.

The flavor profile unfortunately lacked the intensity and the smoothness of the aroma. Lots of deep, dark, roasted malts up front. Hefty amount of char. Some astringent woodiness in the center. Touch of brown sugar-like sweetness. Subtle vanilla notes appeared on the back end and in the finish. Hints of bourbon. A bit of alcohol heat was detectible but, at 10% ABV, it was quite well buried. As the beer continued to warm, the vanilla flavor became more apparent.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, smooth and slick but slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a moderate amount of carbonation.

After tasting and reviewing all four variants of Jack's Abby's Framinghammer Baltic Porter, it seemed that this beer fell somewhere in the middle of the pack. While it lacked the charred, astringency of Framinghammer and the booziness of Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer, the vanilla did not "wow" me like the coffee flavor did in the Barismo Coffee version.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FFreak
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Bevie, price forgotten. Poured into a tulip glass.

A typical dark, dark brown/black, with a tiny bit of translucent red on the edge. A short, frothy dark mocha head appears and quickly dissipates, leaving no lace or ring of bubbles.

Aroma is straight up bourbon, with just a hint of vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste is also heavy on the bourbon, but not in a bad way. A nicely complex blend of dark flavors accompany the bourbon.

Mouth feel is excellent, not too viscous, easy to drink the entire bottle, very low carbonation.

Overall, a delicious barrel-aged Baltic porter.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Same as all the Framinghammer series, jet black, milk chocolate head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S - Strong vanilla nose when opened, once poured the nose was somewhat boozy, more bourbon and the vanilla faded.

T - plug, fig, dates. the fruit really come forward on this one for me. the back end has that oaky/bourbon finish that makes the regular BBA Framinghammer such a hit for me. I'm not getting as much vanilla as say, a stone smoked porter w/ vanilla beans used to offer, its more subtle, on the back end with the bourbon.

MF - Rich, full, low carb. My favorite part of the series. So velvety and smooth. The finish is not as warm as the base is, likely due to smoothing out of the vanilla.

O - Hard to miss because the base is such a fabulous beer, but for me it fails to distinguish itself from that base enough. That being said it's wonderful. I may be too much of a dunce to pick up on the nuance.

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Photo of robroc
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was a letdown. I paid about the same price for this 16.9 oz bottle as I do for a 4-pack of the base beer. I think the base beer tastes better. The bourbon barrel taste isn't very noticeable, and neither is the vanilla.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate color. Has a boozy aroma. Flavor is vanilla forward with a little booziness and nice chocolate note. Has a nice finish and overall delicious.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 97.1% out of 100 with 894 ratings
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