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

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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

Added by Auror on 05-06-2013

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 871
Photo of gatheredwaters
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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 +4.2%
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 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 h0wdy
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.9%
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 -13.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +4.4%
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 -0.9%
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 -4.2%
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 +5.8%
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 -0.9%
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 +7.7%
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 -12.5%
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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Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle from 7Sport (many thanks!). Bottled 3/30/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep, near black brown like cola or black tea with a tall, three finger pillar of pale tan head. The froth settles to a broken ring around the edges and some scattered wisps across the surface but leaves no lace.

Aromas of coffee, roasty malt, brown sugar, bourbon and some caramel. A nice, welcoming blend.

Soft, rich, flavorful blend of coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, rolled oats, faint char, hints of dark fruit skin and a mild but present nip of booze. The flavors work together and meld beautifully, drifting in and out of each other deftly. This is smooth, delicious and very easy to drink for a barrel aged brew with double digit abv.

Decadent, creamy, medium full feel with softly bubbly carbonation. I continue to be consistently happy with the body and feel that Jack's Abby achieves with the Framinghammers. Enjoyable notes of coffee, mild bourbon and roasted malt linger in the finish.

Jack's Abby have another outstanding take on Framinghammer with this coffee barrel aged variant. From start to finish this is a top notch beer. Well worth an effort to try.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed nearly a year after its initial release.

The coffee has fallen off but the base beer (barrel aged, then cellared) has held up well. Better than the regular and vanilla variant, though not as good as the cocoa-nut version.

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

Great coffee porter! Poured from the bottle into two Teku glasses. Smooth mouthfeel, and the barrel aging was not overpowering. Jack's Abby knows how to get it done!

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Photo of lochraneg
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured hard into a snifter glass , beer is dark an thick ,head is a beige 1/2" ring on top. Dissipates quick
Smell: Rich Whiskey/Bourbon scent. Coffee aroma is prevalent, but not overwhelming
Taste: Subtle whiskey flavor that makes this totally drinkable.
Feel: Easy to drink, not too thick, but not thin. It lingers on the tongue only slightly
Overall: Definitely a great beer. I traded for it and happy I did.

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Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Shoutout to Perryman for this trade!
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pour with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. If there are rising bubbles, I can't see them. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of bourbon and molasses combine with mild aromas of coffee, oats, bitter roasted malts, and vanilla along with subtle sweet chocolate aromas.
TASTE: Mild bourbon flavors (thank goodness they aren't strong like the aroma because I don't like bourbon) enter initially immediately followed by strong molasses and mild coffee and oat flavors. Mild bitter roasted malts and vanilla entangle with subtle sweet chocolate flavors to finish off this incredible symphony of flavor.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated (y'all know I love that combo). Goes down ridiculously smooth but finishes with a moderate dryness (due to the bourbon, I'm assuming).
NOTE: This has replenished the hope I had for bourbon barrel-aged beers. After trying W00tstout, I never wanted another bourbon BA brew because it was so strong. This has changed my mind. The bourbon was incredibly well-balanced. I loved it.

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

Favorite of the variants. The roast elevates the entire beer, while the coffee plays well with the bourbon character. Big roasty nose followed by a well balanced straight forward coffee flavor.

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Photo of Houser
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bourbon barrels create a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/22/15

A: Pours an ominous black, but up close it is a dark, dark, deep brown, with some lighter brown around the edges - pours with a medium sized, tan head, fades quickly to a few wisps, a small collar, and leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Rich, roasty coffee and burnt malts - coffee beans, with a very dark roast and some char - bourbon is fairly prominent next, with some wood, vanilla, and booze - big malt presence - roasty, burnt malts, with an array of chocolate - dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, burnt brownies - some caramel sweetness and some brown sugar - the aroma is quite dry overall

T: Coffee, bourbon, and burnt toast... someone's drunk at the diner - coffee is not as prominent in the taste as it is in the aroma, but it's there - dark, bitter coffee or maybe espresso - bourbon is quite strong, but it works surprisingly well - wood, booze, and some vanilla - malts are very burnt, but have some nice layers - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and charred chocolate cake - loads of burnt bitterness - some sweetness, with caramel, molasses - lightly spicy, with some earthiness - finishes dry with more bourbon

M: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, finishes woody and dry

O: Coffee usually makes everything better

Framinghammer is one of the very few beers I've ever had that genuinely improves with bourbon barrel aging. The balance between the base beer and the bourbon is delicate, and the coffee doesn't do much to an already-nice blend. If anything, it just adds more roast.

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