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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Vanilla Barrel-Aged FraminghammerVanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of vanilla and bourbon aspects all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this is elite level beer, versatile, flavorful, uncompromising, and its a freaking lager people, yes, a lager. indeed, lagers can be wonderfully rich, esoteric, and brilliant beers, and jacks abby continues to demonstrate that with each brew they gift us with. this is a special one, and the most remarkable thing is that its 10% abv, it drinks like 4.2%, no kidding. dark brown but not pushing black in color, lazily heady, white and smeared all over the rim of the glass. vanilla is more subtle than expected in nose, but chocolate malt and oak char are really out front. the smoothness of flavor is unparalleled, with bakers chocolate and vanilla both contributing, but being so secondary to good old fashioned barley and yeast, both of which are familiar and comfortable, but put together in a way only a master can do. its smooth of course, but its also really clean and drinkable, almost refreshing, the imperial stouts mixed with fresca sort of vibe, a paradox, confusing, but exceptional. its bubbly and even refreshing, which is odd for a strong beer like this, and its lagered, thats what we need to remember here. without a ton of yeast finish, i get a clearing sort of oasis of cocoa and bourbon as it washes down. i like that vanilla is real backround, so many beers these days abuse the mighty bean, but not this one. its near perfect is so many ways, especially feel. lets lager everything ans see what we get. its certainly unconventional, but its a brewing philosophy that has yielded nothing but remarkable beers, and this may be the benchmark for all of them.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a great bubble show that releases a tan mountain of a head; plenty of dotty lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an old-fashioned vanilla/chocolate soft-serve swirl but Bourbon tones identify this as an adult beverage

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla tones, up front, with growing Bourbon barrel flavors; warm and boozy, after the swallow, with brown sugar sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: My favorite of the three variants I have tasted thus far but this still lacks the dark fruit aspect I am seeking

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent creamy dark head hits almost 1 finger and fades at a med pace, some lacing pitch black beer.

Nose has some vanilla but hard to get, compared to the original I get more vanilla bean rather than just vanilla barrel. Nice light dusty oak and vanilla barrel too, plenty of dark malts, cocoa and dark choc without the heavy burnt roast, although a hint of coffee, loads of chocolate in waves.Light booze, nice vanilla too comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with nice vanilla, this time plenty of vanilla, both vanilla bean and vanilla barrel with light dusty oak. Plenty of chocolate too, dark choc, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with a nice creamy feel. booze comes out more than the base, and more bitterness from some earthy hops and bitter dark choc, more dark chocolate than the base too. Nice long finish, tons of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa, hint if coffee even, light vanilla barrel and some vanilla bean, and more booze lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice creamy feel, fairly thick, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, little boozy but great. Vanilla comes in nice with great vanilla bean and vanilla barrel, tons of choc and pretty tasty but hard to tell how much of an improvement over the original? THe more it warms the more vanilla I get too.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/12/2015 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong vanilla along with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with a strong vanilla flavor. Then some mild flavors of chocolate and coffee come in along with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as expected but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is another very good variation on an excellent beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Moderate beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Deep ruby brown color where light passes through the base of the glass only.

The aroma is of cream and dark toast. The vanilla is very subtle, almost not present to the nose. There's a bit of dark cherry in the background.

Very creamy in both flavor and texture. The roasted malts come through and taste a bit like almonds. Again, little distinct vanilla flavor, but combination of flavors is quite rich--a bit like a fudge brownie. The carbonation is low which enhances this. There's a bit of alcohol warmth in the swallow. The aftertaste is short but features a lot of chocolate.

It would be hard to have two of these--a real dessert beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I brought the whole 2012 set to our monthly tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, coconut, coffee and smoked dark malt. The vanilla is strong, but not as strong as the coffee version is, while still being well balanced.

T - Starts off with plenty of sweetness from the vanilla and chocolate malt slowly being joined by the dark roast, day old coffee, toasted coconut, cream and warming woody bourbon. Finish is pretty roasty with some nice vanilla sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with some mild roastiness to balance it out. A bit of booze creeps in as it warms up but it never gets in the way of the other flavors.

O - It is tough for me to choose between this one and the coffee, I give the slightest edge to the coffee because it integrates so well with the other flavors but this one is just as good. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 06/02/13 notes. Got to try this side by side with the BA Coffee and the normal BA versions. All 2013 vintage, 0.5L bottles, poured into taster glasses.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. All 3 variations look exactly the same, pretty nice.

s - Smells of vanilla beans, cream, coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, oak, and toasted malts. Very good nose; a decent amount of coffee to it still but a lot of vanilla shining through up front. On par with the nose of the coffee version, just swapping more vanilla than coffee.

t - Tastes of vanilla beans, cream, iced crewam, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, oak, toasted malts, and light earthy notes. Taste has a lot of vanill beans up front; kind of reminds me of vanilla bean iced cream. Great taste, I could drink this all day. Best tasting of the three for me by far.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with no real heat. Very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall I really liked all three versions, but this one was definitely the best in my opinion. I love vanilla, moreso than coffee, and the taste of this one was just perfect for me. Super easy to drink and a great nose and taste, I'd love to get this one again.

You can't really go wrong with any of the three; my girlfriend liked the normal BA verions the best, and I liked vanilla best. The BA version is very good, but if you really like coffee or vanilla, you'll probably like those 2 versions slightly better.

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

The beer is opaque and near black with a half inch of mocha colored head. Outstanding aroma, featuring vanilla beans, oak, booze, coffee, dark chocolate. The vanilla bean character really begins to emerge as the beer is allowed to warm. Absolutely delicious. So much going on here. Complex and wonderful. Medium to full bodied with relatively low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with minimal alcohol presence. A terrific beer. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but no real head. Thin collar. Nothing else.

Smell - Roasty malts, but it isn't really strong. No real barrel, but vanilla comes through.

Taste - Much more barrel. Vanilla. Bourbon. Roasted malt. Some bright flavors come through. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Maybe too thin.

Overall - Better flavor than any other aspect. Tastes good, but it would probably be better as an ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with brown clarity around the edges and a thick khaki head resting atop.

The smell is sweet with vanilla then roasty coffee and chocolate. There are some mineral elements also present but its not distracting in the grand scheme of things.

The taste is roasty chocolate with sweet vanilla covering up most of the barrel nuance. Some minerals and alcohol evolve with a bit of earthiness.

This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. Overall a sweet roasty treat but im missing the barrel character behind the slight overload of vanilla.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Andover Liquors,
solid black color with a smallish tightly bubbled tan head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on top. Aromas of chocolate chip cookie dough dominate with hints of brown sugar, earthy oak and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet chocolate and vanilla frosting up front but the barrel wood and spirits come in quickly to squash that. The finish is a lingering brown sugar roasted grain and vanilla affair. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky syrupy mouthfeel. I love this beer! Complex clean and extremely flavorful. Too bad there wasn't more than one on the shelf when I was shopping!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep cola black body with 3 fingers of tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Soft, smooth and well integrated. Milk chocolate, marshmallows, caramel, and bread crust.

T - Dark toast, burnt caramel, roasted marshmallows, and soft oak.

M - Smooth, medium frame.

O - One of the beer BA Framinghamers yet

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ryan for sharing this one during a thrilling Hawks OT win. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Loads of vanilla bean, spicy and earthy whiskey, light oak, and the similar coconut and marshmallow notes I got from regular BA Framinghammer. The vanilla overwhelms some of the more subtle flavors, but it's pretty delicious.

T - The taste is quite similar, but with the vanilla dialed down a tiny bit. Loads of coconut, chocolate fudge, roasted malts, and minimal alcohol. Quite excellent. albeit not to the same degree as the aroma.

M - Similar feel to the other variants, although the coffee and vanilla versions were a bit more tannic than the regular versions, presumably from the adjuncts. Still quite smooth in texture, with light residual stickiness and no obvious alcohol.

D - I liked the vanilla version the best out of the three, although they're all pretty excellent. Looking forward to drinking this one again, as I think I could easily tackle an entire 500ml bottle.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, bubbly, light tan head. Aromas of rich vanilla, bitter roasted coffee, robust earthy notes, subtle char, and subtle cocoa nibs. Slight booze highlights, too. Flavors are rich and heavily roasted forward, with a solid lead of dark cacao nibs and earthy coffee, followed immediately by rich vanilla, subtle wood spice and hints of char. Very balanced and blended flavors, all on a velvety smooth, creamy, layered body. The aftertaste is boozy and richly sweet, like a vanilla and chocolate truffle. Smooth, creamy, slow aftertaste, with a solid vanilla and booze linger. Good beer!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of light brown head that receded to a thin layer.

S - Rich milk chocolate, bitter roast and sweet vanilla. A very nice nose.

T - A great balance of bitter roast, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. Dangerously smooth and drinkable for 10% ABV.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Pours a dark brown color nearing black. The aroma is big with vanilla, bread and roasted malts. The taste follows suit with vanilla, which seems slightly muted by the dark bread like lager yeast. There is also a bit of acrid smoke and pretty much tastes like a vanilla coffee. Just trace bourbon and vanilla grows ax it warms. The strength of the beer cannot be tasted. Light bodied on the palate with soft carbonation. A very good overall brew.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a dark, glossy black, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, and creamy vanilla
I could've thought this was a chocolate and vanilla variant, but it was just a vanilla one. Unbelievably smooth vanilla beans and chocolate, creamy and nice, with some chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of oak. Very smooth, the smoothest variant that I tried tonight.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

An amazing variant, great vanilla flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

The beer comes in a dark black color with barely head.

The aroma hits of spicy whiskey, stiff woody oak, vanilla, almond, marzipan, bitter chocolate.

The flavor hits of sweetness up front of milk chocolate and bourbon sweetness, onto bitter chocolate. This is all covered in heavy oak character. Vanilla and marzipan balance out the chocolate and some roasted malt and coffee bitters the beer on the back end.

The beer in general is quite oaky with a silk smooth chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black brown hue with a nice quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of very light vanilla, chocolate, roast malts, gentle bourbon. It is quite subtle.

T - Taste is nice....light vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roast malts, vanilla on top of the vanilla from the barrels. The bourbon is a bit more assertive and prominent than the base beer. Also a bit more bitter. Vanilla comes out more as it warms along with the intense dark chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is nice but a bit more boozy than the base beer. Smooth and creamy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer and what the vanilla brought to the table. Wish the alcohol was as hidden as in the base beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a very dark brown. Body does seem to be clear. Head is a finger-high mass of tan bubbles. Head bubbles off to an outer ring of foam and a foamy island in the middle of the glass.

S-Aroma is really appealing. Lots of bourbon in the nose. A bit coconutty, which I love. Definitely getting vanilla in the nose. Roasty and chocolatey, of course. Swirling my goblet and sticking my nose in there is a very pleasurable experience. Quite an enticing aroma.

T-The vanilla is even more prominent here. The bourbon is also powerful. The spicy bourbon has infused itself well in the beer's base. Beers that use vanilla often come up short; the vanilla usually doesn't pop in the flavor. In this beer, the vanilla just coats the palate. French vanilla coffee, toasted coconut meat and fudgy chocolate. A pleasant heat that goes well with the bourbon.

M- The feel is rich but far from heavy. It drinks with incredible ease. The heat is a guilty pleasure here. For a high gravity Porter, this is almost too drinkable.

O/D-Delicious. But I will say the regular Barrel Aged Framinghammer is still essentially just as tasty, easier to come by and cheaper. Regardless. This was $10 well spent and a great excuse to visit the brewery. Now on to the Coffee variant.

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4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head skims rather promptly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains with ample alcohol and sweetness.

Taste is sweet vanilla and dark maltiness to start, dark fruits in the middle, and then cruises to the close with vanilla and alcohol. Slight numbing after swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice subtle changes here.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Poured into a Zwanze 2014 snifter 9/20/2014.

A- Dark brown body, nearly black. Looks a bit watery and not as substantial, but that's to be expected. Not particularly thick or oily. Half finger brown head that doesn't hang around for long, not much lacing. [3.75]

S- Wow. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate fudge, lots of whiskey and vanilla on the backend. This is incredible in how much vanilla there is on the backend. It's still restrained and balanced compared to the likes of BVDL but there is quite a bit of vanilla that is still complimentary to all of this. Very good smelling stuff. [4.5]

F- Milk chocolate, a bit of espresso, chocolate fudge just like in the nose. At the same time, there is a heavy whiskey flavour, with plenty of oak and barrel vanilla behind it. On top of that, there is plenty of vanilla essence to be had. Again, it's not as much vanilla as BVDL but it's definitely hard to miss. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, not as thick as expected but smooth, silky and crisp. Very drinkable for the most part despite all the bourbon flavours- no heat is to be found. Very solid stuff. [4]

O- I think I liked the Coffee BA Framinghammer just as much as this. I really need to try more of the BA Framinghammers. These are really good beers that deserve more attention than they get. [4.25]

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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Pete for this awesome extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of beige head.

Smell: overall a fairly sweet nose. Vanilla and bourbon. Hint of bakers cocoa. Slight spicy and boozey like vanilla baking extract.

Taste: Vanilla, milk chocolates, and hints of bourbon. Well balanced. Fairly sweet just like the nose.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Rich and sweet. Slightly thin body. Smooth beer.

Overall: Nice barrel aged vanilla baltic porter. Not many examples of a bourbon barrel baltic porter with vanilla beans. Jacks Abby continues to impress me.

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.22.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts and tons of vanilla notes.

T - Tons of vanilla, some slight roastedness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tons of flavor with very good vanilla without it being overly sweet.

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