Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee | Jack's Abby Brewing

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, bold, black and barrel aged. A length 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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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 903
Photo of VoodooBear
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.

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Photo of cavedave
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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.


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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of brureview
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.

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Photo of cbutova
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.

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Photo of Holderness
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


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Photo of Tony210
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark but translucent, minimal off white head. Aroma is mainly coffee, sweet malt, molasses, some barrel presence. Flavor is predominantly coffee, fairly sweet, some chocolate, a little boozy in the middle, molasses, faint toffee, sweet vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy from the carbonation, sweet, not as thick and chewy as I usually like my BA porters or stouts.. Overall this is an ok BA Porter, light bodied, yet boozy, pretty sweet, and loaded with coffee. Glad I tried it, not going back for seconds.

500ml bottle, no date
3.5 rating

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Not much coffee left, so I added a few teaspoons of french roast. Brought it back to life. Otherwise, great base beer and lovely barrel notes.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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 thin halo of light tan head. Aromas of rich vanilla, dark roasted coffee, subtle chocolate, brown sugar, and earthy highlights. Flavors are smooth and creamy sweet forward, a blend of chocolate and vanilla, with an immediate follow of rich roasted coffee and subtle char, solid booze notes, hints of earth and brown sugar sweetness, a touch of molasses, and some smoky accents. Very dynamic and layered palate, all on a rich, creamy, velvety body. The aftertaste is roasted coffee, vanilla, and bourbon, and it is perfectly balanced. Smooth, creamy, slow finish, with a solid boozy and roasted sweet linger. What a tremendous beer!

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Photo of Sak3
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is a perfect deep black that might steal your soul!

The smell is one that I can best describe as a master's mix of hops and coffee!

The taste was a fair one of coffee and a mixed range of fruits.

The feeling was a smooth drink that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates to a collar.

Coffee and creamy vanilla aromas precede a very nice smooth, soft, round roasty malt--the scent is not harsh or overly charred, especially with the bourbon being completely undetectable on the nose. The coffee aroma develops into an almost fresh green coffee bean as it warms, whereas with most coffee brews, they normally become more pungent bitter and roasted. The aroma of this beer is just phenomenal.

Taste is at first a bit hot, with a greater oak presence. Soon after comes soft chocolate and a very good roasted malt element, quickly followed by a creamy froth of coffee, on the fruity side, with that creamy vanilla from the nose. There is a touch of nuttiness as well. I never get an impending sense of bourbon onslaught.

Everything here is so well balanced in the beer. While it thins out, as most barrel aged beers do, it only does so as it warms. An incredible accomplishment by Jack's Abby.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly black, some dark brown elements in the pour. Aroma dropped 80% coffee and 10% bourbon, 10% roast in the divide of aromas.

Taste was exceptionally smooth. Oats and brown sugar do this nicely, allows the coffee to rock, but meld with the nuanced bourbon. The best baltic porter I've ever had.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours black in color with a full brown head that dissipates very quickly with next to no lacing. The smell is mostly coffee and chocolate with some bourbon mixed in. Very nice smell. The taste is coffee up front changing to bourbon booziness in the middle and finishing with a hint of chocolate. The body is lighter than expected but overall a really good beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

March 31st 2016 bottle, opened June 12th 2016.

A - Cola body. Light khaki head pours a fife high with in retention and lace.

S - Fantasic coffee-forward nose. Medium roast coffee, vanilla, toast. Touch of acidic char.

T - Roasty with smooth coffee, burnt caramel, toast, vanilla, touch of oak, and pumpernickel bread.

M - Smooth, silky medium-light body with great drinkability.

O - A super accessible coffee porter with a soft, well integrated barrel character.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Served cold in a teku

Appearance: black and kinda thin with a huge khaki head. Nice lacing

Nose: acrid coffee, chocolate, some oak, some alcohol

Taste: burnt coffee, char, dried fruits, some oak, creamy mouthfeel

Overall: the vanilla version was better; hands down. The coffee is a bit harsh and takes away from the delicious base beer. I really don't get the Bourbon or the barrel character. It's a very good beer but not world class IMO.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
~2-3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, brownish hues when swirled, opaque. Half finger of lighter khaki colored head, soapy consistency. Tons of spotty head lacing and alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Rich coffee, espresso bean, earthy and spicy. Real sweet, smooth bourbon notes, oaky dryness. Sugary sweetness, chocolates, caramel, molasses, toffee, and vanilla.. Touch of roasted malt and barrel char.

Taste- Coffee bean, rich roast and earthy spice. Lots of oaky astringency, dried tobacco and spice, subtle bourbon notes. Chocolates, roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Lingering oak and charred barrel.

Feel- Medium bodied feel, fairly creamy and very smooth but leaves a drying aftertaste. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Real nice barrel characteristics shine through. Offers more barrel flavors than bourbon, but the oak, char, and earthy spice is real nice. Coffee hits right up front, rich and roasty, and carries on through. Sweetness balances on the finish. Really nice barrel aged coffee beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man these are really great beers. This one was a 2015, so I expected the coffee to disappear, but it was still very present and the barrel presence was the perfect compliment.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big coffee flavors up-front, subdued bourbon elements; smooth and light-feeling with modest carbonation. Very enjoyable. One of my favorite porters of all time.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy coffee and roasted malts. Flavor follows the nose with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Has a nice rich body and overall thi has a really good flavor and a great beer all around.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - black with a brown/kakhi head and lacing
A - coffee! dark and roasted along with dark chocolate
T - more coffee, chocolate, of course caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging, and plenty of booze
F - sweet, complimented by bitterness from roasted malt and coffee, mediums/full body, but doesn't finish heavy

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Photo of FFreak
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Bevie maybe 8 or 9 months ago, can't remember the cost. Poured into a tulip glass. Looks pretty much like a thick stout...almost black, with brown around the edges and with a finger of mocha head that sticks around pretty well considering the weight of this beer. Smell is great filled with bourbon, chocolate, and syrup, although lacking the coffee aroma that I expected. Taste also lacks coffee, but is more than made up for by the rest of the package...just a wonderful BA porter. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, a great addition to the JA BA Framinghammer lineup.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

World class BA porter. Enjoyed three months after bottling. I was curious whether the coffee flavor would dominate the nose and taste but that wasn't the case at all. Aroma of wood, bourbon, roasted chestnuts, damp earth, coffe and licorice. Taste falls in line with additions of baker's chocolate, toffee and some of that exquisite bourbon-vanilla. Wish it was more of the latter but it's an awesome beer that shines as it warms. The coffee complements the flavors as opposed to dominating and it's a beautiful thing.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

About 18 months old and the barrel, coffee, hops and deliciousness has all blended together so perfectly. While not a stout, I'll take this 10/10 over BCBCS (back when it was the gold standard for coffee beers). Carb is perfect and this just slides down the gullet, begging you to send more down. Hints of sweet vanilla, wood and bourbon compliment the perfect coffee addition. Green peppers? HELL NO. Seek out some vintages of this with no worries, turn on some October baseball, open the windows and enjoy life.

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Photo of pagriley
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee dominant beer - overpowers the barrel and the base beer to the point it might as well be a cup of cold brew. Nice, if that is the sort of thing you like, but lacks balance and depth of other coffee beers that harmonize beer, barrel and coffee

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
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