Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

Vanilla Barrel-Aged FraminghammerVanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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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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Added by Resuin on 05-02-2013

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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of OneEye78
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josbor11
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Czarkazm
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date was smudged, but looks like it was bottled 3/31/2016. In the glass, it appears to be a dark chestnut color with burnt ruby amber visible where the light hits it. It's topped with a slowly dissipating toasted tan head. The smell is sweet toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, vanilla bean, oak, belgian yeast notes, and some dark fruits. Medium mouth feel with lots of carbonation; sweet, clean finish. The flavor has lots of vanilla, burnt caramel, raisins, cocoa, coffee with a ton of creamer, earthiness, hazelnut, roasted malts, and fruity yeast. The barrel aging gives this more depth and complexity than the base beer. It's still a little thin for my preference but this is a very clean, easy drinking baltic porter.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbthom123
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the cooler at the brew pub and drank the same day. Mahogany black with two thick fingers of very bubbly, cola-colored head that's amazingly quick to dissipate into nothingness. Nutty aroma of rich dark malts with a touch of bourbon behind. Nutty porter flavors with a good dose of bourbon, heavy natural vanilla and some alcohol burn. Bitter hop aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Fairly still. Honestly, sort of a weird mix here. The sum seems less than the individual parts, IMO. I was disappointed by the zero head retention and lacing; the nuttiness and hops in the porter, to me, didn't meld well with the bourbon or vanilla; and, while I appreciated the natural vanilla flavors, rather than artificial ones in many vanilla beers these days, it started to seem pretty heavy-handed as the bottle went on. Despite the high rDev here, I think I'm actually being generous in my rating.

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Photo of Iski100
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snoopy488
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogany, with a tan ring, and arms of pointy, soft lace.

Sticky sweet vanilla on the nose, followed by oak.

This is an “almost” Marshmallow Handjee, but not quite. It's like a chewy candy treat, dipped in chocolate. A little cloying at first, but a nuttiness brings it back down to tolerable levels.

Nice and frothy. Anyone looking for the BVDL experience, it doesn't get much closer than this, at least with this kind of accessibility. How is this going under the radar?

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

Photo of jcflorian
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage served chilled in a teku

Appearance: very dark brown with a MASSIVE khaki head and tons of lacing

Nose: clean yet rich, oaky, barrel character, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, sweet vanilla in the end

Taste and Mouthfeel: rich mouthfeel, high medium body, sweet vanilla in the front lends to chocolate, coffee and some barrel character in the middle with a bourbon hit in the end with some sweet molasses and caramel finish that lingers. Absolutely no alcohol heat at all from the 10% or the bourbon.

Overall: this is a massive improvement to the already delicious base beer. The barrel is an added layer of complexity and the vanilla beans only help it out by adding a bit of sweetness that compliments the barrel and beer well. This beer is fantastic and worthy of the world class rating.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of nra818
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kerry4porters
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown body with khaki colored head

Smell - chocolate, vanilla, fudge, oak

Taste - vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, some barrel characteristics

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the vanilla and chocolate, barrel characteristics are not as prominent as other beers in the category, finish is of vanilla and chocolate fudge , not very boozy

Overall - a slight letdown, barrel is not very prominent, but the other flavors work well. Worth a try

Price Point - $ 8.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of Pahn
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch tan pillowy head with great retention and lacing (lace wall). Pours black / very dark brown.

Smell: From the bottle and after first pouring it, surprisingly smoky, meaty aroma. I remember Framinghammer being sweeter. Big vanilla note comes out quickly and begins dominating the aroma, with smoky highlights. Eventually some cola and caramel emerge, but it's still mostly vanilla.

Taste: First sip: tons of vanilla, like the smell of homemade vanilla extract; it's not a one-note flavor, it's sweet ice-cream-like vanilla along with those luxurious, rounded, darker vanilla flavors. The dead metaphor 'vanilla', as in "Install a vanilla copy of Windows, ie one with nothing added to it," is shown to not really be accurate by these flavors. The booziness of Framinghammer amplifies the vanilla flavors. With time, some cola and sugary pastry flavors come out.

All told, rather smooth. The vanilla almost threatens to be too much, but as I get deeper into the glass the impression I'm getting is "smooth, dangerously easy drinking beer with lots of vanilla tones and some boozy malty notes." Lots of heat in the finish, but so easy drinking.

Flavors get welcomely more complex with time, but it never strays far beyond the light roundedness described above.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Creamy but light; more "smooth/silky" than creamy I guess. Slight, pleasantly dry finish. Not as hot in the mouth as it is in the chest.

Overall: This beer doesn't soar, but it's very nicely made. Way smoother than you expect, and probably too much vanilla (I suspect I'll enjoy the other variants more), but high quality. Love the mouthfeel; subtly dry, light for the style but not watery, hot but not oppressive.

I'm not in love, but I'm not disappointed either. Would I buy it again for $7~8? Yeah, I would. I'd put it away and hope for the vanilla to fade a bit, but I'd repeat buy this for sure.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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