Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Baltic Porter
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,306
4.3 | pDev: 7.21%
Nov 12, 2022
May 06, 2013
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - CoffeeBarrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee
Notes: A lengthy conditioning period in bourbon 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.

55 IBU
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour is quite nice, with the tan bubbles maintaining a bit of structure after the pour. A quick sip reveals a thin sheet across the glass from my lips that is reclaimed as I return the vessel to upright.

Opening aromas are lightly roasted malts that give a bit of a bitter chocolate and some hints of licorice. Impressions of tart, dark fruit come through a tad more than any specifically from the barrel. Coffee and barrel grow throughout the pour, but work in what I think are appropriate proportions to the roasted malt throughout.

Back to a couple sips finds the coffee starting to come through, lightly sweetened and perhaps with a splash of whiskey. The nose is opening with the same increase in barrel influence. Back-end bitterness is starting to blossom, as well, with a drying effect on the feel. I'm starting to get a more consistent and interesting evolution from the beer - lightly sweet opening to a dark roast coffee, followed by a bit of barrel tan that evokes thoughts of fruit, leading to a well-integrated whiskey presence, and finishing with high-cocoa dark chocolate bitterness. Quite nice.
Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
In review: 2021 Vintage

A - Pitch black pour with very dense light tan lacing.

S - Heavy on the roast and chocolate char followed with light coffee ground and Bourbon.

T - Chocolate roast, chocolate char, coffee, and Bourbon from start to finish. The barrel aged presence is definitely there along with heat in the back of the throat.

M - Big medium body that's dry on the back of the tongue.

O - This is a pretty fantastic Framinghammer variant. Recommended.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Dgman8053 from New York

Feb 10, 2022
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Reviewed by timmy2b from New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle poured into a minor goblet. Heavy coffee nose. Minimal barrel. Lots of chocolate taste in the front. coffee in the aftertaste. Pretty good porter, would like to try the rest of the Framinghammers.
Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 3.53 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very dark, with a tan head. I get a lot of coffee in both the smell and the taste. Not so much bourbon. I'm not bothered by that, as bourbon can overpower other flavors. But it's amusing that "Bourbon" is more prominent on the label than in the beer itself. The roasted malts are right there, along with vanilla, and some bourbon flavor to be sure. The ABV isn't very noticeable.

Overall, it's quite a fine beer, well balanced, and well executed. Especially recommended if you like coffee beers.
Feb 26, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle into a goblet. Etched date on base of bottom of bottled hard to understand, not that it matters much with this beer.

Looks splendid in the glass. No light can penetrate the darkness, small tan head dissipates to a ring and sparse covering. No lacing to speak of.

Rich coffee aroma and warm alcohol.

On tasting, smooth, sweet, lovely coffee taste. Barrel aging restrained, which I appreciate. Faint roast, slightly warm. Superbly balanced.

Mouth close to Full, finish warm coffee.

Overall, a really enjoyable beer in front of a fire as the snow falls in NE Pa. Balanced, and probably goes down a bit quicker than it should.
Dec 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Barrel Aged Framinghammer – Coffee from Jack’s Abby. Purchased 10/20/20 for $10.59 (Including tax) for 16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.627/oz) from Shangy’s in Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 12/11/20.
Undated. Below the left edge of the label etched into the glass in near-microscopic characters “80114V2122208”. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.1 cm, aggressive center pour), fawn, high density with a rocky top, average retention, diminishing to a five to eight mm crown fed by effervescence, and a thin complete cap. This lasts throughout the entire consumption. Second pour produces a tight 0.8 cm head.
Lacing – Fair. Broken spiderweb fragments hang on the glass.
Aroma –3.5 – Weak coffee, no malt no hops, no yeast. Lasts but becomes ephemeral.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly bitter with extremely weak coffee and no roasted malt, no hops, no yeast. No bourbon or barrel flavor. No alcohol (10 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma, although an annoying gastric reflux-type warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends with weak coffee, like iced coffee after the ice has melted.
Palate – 4 – Medium, on the cusp of creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3, after deducting 0.25 points for no date and 0.25 point for no ABV – I shouldn’t need a secret coder ring to see how old and what ABV my drink is. Both the appearance and the palate are what keeps this in the average range – aroma and flavor fall short.
Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A charcoal black brew with a finger of tan froth.

Aroma full of treacle and dark fruits such as prune and black grape. Graham cracker and herb are also noticed.
Super complex flavor with syrup and and other sweet treats up front and doses of pine and herb following. Dark fruits and a fusel spiciness throughout.

Medium to heavy but definitely lightens up as it warms.

This is the King of the remind me to check the cellar more often beers.
Sep 10, 2020
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big dark roast coffee and light barrel. Heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet and roasty. The coffee taste is very pronounced in this variant--moreso than other variants. Tasty and a solid entry in the Framinghammer series.
Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

May 09, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head, settles to a thin ring without any lacing

Big aromas of coffee and vanilla, more subtle roast and barrel presence

More roast in the flavor, a nice woodiness from the barrel with the coffee still there to back it up, milk chocolate and a bit of smoke

Actually drinks pretty smooth, once again asserting that this is a lager, mild carbonation with a medium body

This was good, but nothing mind blowing. Definitely doesn’t drink like it’s abv would suggest, but can be felt
Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 4.61 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks and smells a lot like the original... The retention is a bit less and there is the edition of some medium roast coffee on the nose... The heat of the barrel aging is omnipresent on tongue... Silky smooth but not as creamy as the original... Exellent beer, but the original gets the nod...
Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a long tulip glass.

Milkshake topped mocha head of three fingers. Big staying power, with a thick chunk sheets of lacing. Classic dark walnut black opaque body tops it up..

A nice aroma, with a dominant coffee flavor. Thick milky sense with hinting condensed milk sweetness, mild sensing dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

Palate hits paydirt. Thick absolutely chocolate dark rich velvet tones, with vanilla coffee flavors all over. Marshmallow texture but without the huge sugars and sweetness. Faint touches of red to dark fruit flavors, mixing in with some prickly clove spice as well.

Real richly made brew, probably my favorite by far in the Framinghammers' I have had so far.
Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by xungmound98 from New York

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a hearty fluff of foam above (2 fingers). Khaki foam lingers for a long while. Aroma is roasty coffee with roasty, toasty, nutty, and earthy malts with a little caramel and molasses. The bitterness of the malts and coffee drive it. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts with roasty coffee, chocolate, cocoa nibs and bourbon poking out of the malt mash. It has an incredible smoothness. Mouth feel is creamy - thinking hearty, whole chocolate milk. Overall, big and flavorful, but with the balance and texture to suit. Lovely.

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 29, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jul 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a pitch black with an offwhite head.

Aroma is astringent roast malt with a hint of coffee and barrel.

Taste is a little thin, but taste is full of that rich coffee bourbon.
Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Presentation: Draft, served in a half liter seidel.

Appearance: The thick, tan colored one finger head stays around for a long time and it eventually settles down into a thin foam layer. The lacing is incredible and covers the entire glass. It's an extremely dark, clear, brown, almost black color.

Smell: It's mostly sweet, with some vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, malt and a slight musty funk from the barrel in the background.

Taste: It starts with some delicious, roasted, dark chocolate and coffee notes. It moves towards some sweeter milk chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar notes and then it finishes with a an earthy, wood flavor and some cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely, smooth, creamy and robust but it stays light enough to remain drinkable (for the style) and it never gets cloying. The carbonation is low.

Overall: It's missing some barrel character (and a more or less pronounced barrel presence is mostly down to personal preference) but that's fine. It makes up for it in everywhere else. From the looks, the aromas, the taste and texture; it's an absolutely fantastic beer in every single way.
May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black, thick looking pour is topped by a finely bubbled two fingers of tan foam for five minutes, then carries a thick ring and skim with wallpaper lace for duration of the glass.

Mmm, med. strength aroma, but full of dark sugar, bourbon, and dark roast malt goodness. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, and very light charry notes turn this into an alluring bouquet. As it warms very light citrus and oak notes appear.

Full strength taste, with (surprise!) coffee and bourbon leading the parade. Very strong dark roast coffee notes dominate, but booze is only a touch lighter, and dark chocolate a touch behind that. Very well matched roasted malt bitter meets the coffee and they form a strong flavor alliance. Still, all the other flavors from the nose are here, light accompaniment that turns this into a very delicious and deceptively complex treat. Simple, yet complex is a contradiction that is true here.

Not much to say about the mouthfeel, it is excellent for style, excellent finish, and the large amount of roast in this isn't chalky nor does it build up.

Delicious beer I will def. get again. Highly recommended.
May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Apr 17, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, Healthy off white head. Very good retention.
AROMA: all coffee, very good Smokey coffee, but nothing else.
TASTE: smooth malt, Smokey coffee, hint if booze.
FEEL: velvety smooth, medium carbonation.

Very nice porter. The BA is very muted.

Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose along with notes of bourbon from the barrel aging.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the bourbon flavors are a bit stronger and are nearly at the same level of strength as the coffee.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This would make for a good breakfast beer as it has a lot of aromas and flavors of coffee along with strong notes of bourbon. It is very easy to drink because no alcohol is perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle
Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Mar 25, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Mar 04, 2019
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I’ve included my old review from 2015.
I am disappointed in this year’s brew.
I have history with BB Framinghammer. I tasted it before it was available in a bottle. Not the coffee varietal- the original.

It’s changed.

This year’s tastes more like a coffee stout, or a Baltic Porter.

Very strong coffee taste. Different coffee this year. I like the roast.
No oak presence. No sharp bitterness in the finish. Hmm..
Perhaps the investors have too much to say.
I won’t be purchasing this beer again.

Old review:
Bottle date: 3F/30/15.

Jet black color in a Moa snifter with a 2F head which quickly dissipated. Nice looking beer,
especially in a smaller snifter.

Aroma: dark roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate. The coffee dominates with warming.

MF: very malt forward, more than other Framinghammers.

Taste: great! Strong coffee, with chocolate, with an a balanced alcoholic finish. The coffee is the dominant flavor with warming.

Overall: my first time tasting this varietal. It's now my favorite. I had the BB Framinghammer at the Jack's Abby first birthday party- from the last keg.
A fond memory. This current brew is reminiscent of how I felt about first tasting
the Framinghammer BB: bold, chocolate, without an overdone alcoholic finish.
This beer adds coffee, and a heavier malt body.
Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A- Pitch black pour from the 500ml into a chalice. The cap is thick and creamy and just gives the beer a luscious appearance immediately after pouring. Tons of lacing with sheets coating most of the glass.

S- Compared to the recent BA Framinghammer variants I have smelled this one really, really shows off a ton of coffee and the barrel is more secondary. Dark roast espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, roast barley, chocolate covered coffee beans, heavily toasted nuts, caramel and the bourbon barrel which brings on hint of vanilla and spicy whiskey. In the end a ton of coffee.

T- The coffee picks up right where it left of from the aroma with the popular bean really dominating the flavor profile. The barrel certainly picks up quite a bit with peppery whiskey, vanilla oak and booze opening up for the base brew. Bitter dark chocolate espresso beans, toasted nuts, caramel, hints of wood, bitter roast grains, charred wood, ash and just about all of the dark beer flavors. A moderate sweetness but the booze cuts into that nicely.

MF- A thick body overall with a medium level of carbonation. The texture is fluffy and a bit chewy/creamy. Ends rather warm and bitter.

Considering how big the barrel flavor was on the other BA Framinghammer variants of late it is insane how much coffee flavor they get in this beer. Bitter espresso, 90% dark chocolate and luscious malts.
Feb 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Another nice Framinghammer variant, this year's batch seems slightly boozier than last year, with maybe a little more herbaceous hop kick as well. Coffee integrates with the base beer very well -- perhaps too well, since it's somewhat difficult to pick it apart from the other chocolatey, roasty flavors imparted by the base malts. Soft and smooth mouthfeel

Feb 10, 2019
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 932 ratings