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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
858
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
22.04%
 
 
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190
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For Trade:
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Photo of earljones199
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet and the coffee has faded. A good amount of bourbon flavor and the light smokiness is really nice.

Overall I'd drink it again and will probably go to the release again. It's the best of the 4 bottled variants I think

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a dark brown with a real thick head. Intense coffee aroma, nice mix of creamy and sweet with fudge mixed in. Flavor is dominated by coffee but is not intense and is rather silky smooth. Good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like the other Framinghammers, an impressive bubble show and appearance; dark brown with a couple of inches of tan foam

Smell: A rather odd aroma, certainly filled with coffee but also rather ashy

Taste: Milk coffee forward, with some chocolate and smoke building in the middle; some Bourbon influence, after the swallow, but the finish moves in a sweeter, brown sugar direction

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation; a bit of a burn in the gullet from the ABV

Overall: To my surprise, the Vanilla Framinghammer was my favorite by a country mile; I had high hopes here but this one just is a bit too sharp in its contrasts for my palate

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Pours a dark cola brown body with a surprisingly thick two finger mocha head with a good retention time; eventually slipping into a medium collar with some staying power. Not much lacing.

S- Roast malt, tons of milk chocolate, black coffee, cocoa. Very good, a bit light on the coffee but I'm enjoying the surprisingly strong milk chocolate aspect; it even smells a bit spiced up with vanilla or something similar.

F- Chocolate ice cream with vanilla in the background (not even sure where this is coming from), black coffee bitterness, cocoa, milk chocolate, roast malt, even slightly nutty. This is a delicious brew that has a lot going on, though the coffee seems to take a big backseat to the base beer's chocolate notes.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Good carbonation. It's definitely a hefty sipper with a slight alcohol burn and a bitter black coffee finish.

O- Outstanding baltic porter. It was surprising that it tasted more like chocolate ice cream than it did coffee, which acted in more of a supporting manner. So, it didn't meet initial expectations (since you know, everyone likes to dump tons of coffee in their porters/stouts) but it exceeded overall expectations in that it is a very tasty beer. I'd love to explore more of the offerings in the Framinghammer series.

Edit: apparently this is barrel-aged according to the fine BA who sent this to me. It's now much less surprising that there was an oaky vanilla flavour along with the sweet chocolate ice cream aspects and subtle heat (presumably from the whiskey).

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

Second of the Framinghammer set opened up with the boys as we settled Catan. Had the vanilla first and, seeing as I love coffee in my beer, we finished off the evening with this one. Poured a few ounces from the bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- Opaque with a thin head that does not stick around for long. Very dark with a touch of light breaking through on the edges.

S- This smells impeccable. Coffee forward on the nose, followed by lots of chocolate and finished off with some bourbon and brown sugar. What a nose. Keeps me coming back for more. I guess I'll have to taste the beer eventually...

T- Fresh coffee, chocolate/bourbon, coffee, roast/chocolate. All these flavors make their appearance in that order. So flavorful and rich. A criminally balanced beer here, as there are sweet flavors cut well by the roast and coffee.

O- Between the vanilla an coffee, this was favored by all of us. A splendid melange of flavors that get to the heart of what I love in a big, dark, barrel-aged beer. I have had better, certainly... But this is a top-notch beer. A great offering in all respects.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a dark brown, close to black, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, a little bit of vanilla, and oak.

The taste is similar. Strong, bitter roasted coffee beans are a dominant flavor. Excellent. A bit of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Very smooth, with intense flavors melding together well.

Medium bodied, similar to the mouthfeels for all the other Framinghammer variants. Low carbonation.

Probably the best Framinghammer variant, excellent stuff.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz bottle into tulip. Deep black with a bit of tan head, gone quick. Lots of coffee and roasted malt aroma, but subtle all around and balanced. Flavor of slight roast, lots of coffee and chocolate. A touch of sweetness really balances this out. Suuuper smooth mouthfeel...its phenomenal. So silky smooth and a near gulper. Really a tasty brew and I wouldn't hesitate (except the cost) to get more of this.

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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, coffee bean, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, 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 coffee and bourbon aspects all around.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich black coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and bitter-sweet black coffee flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect. There are some background flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is milder than other versions but brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp, smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big coffee porter worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black with a half inch light brown head. Dissipated with some lacing once it goes down. Great smell of bourbon, espresso, oak, and slight chocolate. The flavors come through stronger on the taste. A great sipper. Full bodied and full of flavor. Overall, prefer the regular bourbon barrel aged over the coffee and the coffee over the vanilla. All great brews.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- pours very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small sudsy & bubbly light-tan head that reduces to bubbles around the rim, no lace with a few legs left behind

S- lots of sweet chocolaty notes up front with a compliment of toasted coconut. brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, oaky vanilla and a shot of hazelnut espresso

T- lightly roasty, brown sugar flavors mix with a licorice-like sweetness with notes of silky oats and oaky barrel juice, alcohol on the finish with lingers of coffee, bourbon and molasses

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a crisp mouthfeel with a smooth finish, light warmth on the linger, high drinkability for 10%

O- the aroma was more impressive than the taste, but overall very good. I didn’t pick up as much coffee as expected, rather more sweetness that bitterness

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a fairly dark brown color with lighter brown and reddish highlights. Beige to tan colored head head with small and medium sized bubbles, sticks around a little bit but fades awy after a little while; leaves a little bit of a ring around the edge with a couple of the larger bubbles sticking around. A little bit of lacing, not a ton, but a little bit. Good looking beer.

Smell is pretty straight forward and good. Fresh medium roasted coffee beans and grinds. There's also some milk chocolate but less lactose (like a Nesquick or Yoohoo), some oakey vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Little bit of heat tickles your nose.

Taste is a step up, everything except the heat is a little stronger than the nose. Coffee still very present, almost like a slightly stronger roasted medium blend or an espresso shot added to a cup of coffee. Same semi-sweet chocolate/coco/mocha flavors as mentioned above as well. Burned sugar and charred butterscotch and brown sugar. Vanilla not quite as strong in the smell, but slightly present. More like bourbon smoked wood so there's some slightly outdoorsy/earthy flavors. Not quite as hot as I would have anticipated, everything meshes really nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not too heavy. Light to moderate carbonation level that leaves it fairly refreshing, especially for a barrel aged beer. Pretty smooth with a warm but not too hot bite at the end. The 10% is very well hidden, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Designed to be a sipper, but if you're not careful, this is going to go really quickly. Another nice job by Jack's Abby. They know what they're doing on all aspects.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Frothy head fizzes away ever so slowly, with chunky slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains with coffee and fruitiness.

Taste is dark maltiness to start, a touch of dark fruits in the middle, and coffee and alcohol to the close. Slight numbing after swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Comes together nicely.

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Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a fantastic beer received from mjg0725, so I had to go for another to try to keep the winning streak alive. 500ML bottle split with my coffee-addicted wife.

The pour hits the right shade of black, with just a hint of Van Helsing around the edges. Nose is light. I'd have guessed this was just light roast if I hadn't seen the label, pretty subdued, to go along with flakes of sweet malt.

Coffee Framinghammer has some serious barista roots. Coffee kicks it up in there, but puts down the cappachine & back away to let the beer breathe. Great sweetness cuts into the roast (must be the shady sugar), aided by a trapdoor of chocolate, vanilla, & a surprising lilt of bitterness for a finale. Tastes...deep. Ridiculously rich. Couldn't be sucking this down faster if I had a near-fatal caffeine withdrawal headache coming on.

Didn't believe the Framinghammer hype. I have another variant & if that one is this good, I'll be a full-blown Believer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jageraholic
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: served into a snifter. Nive dark brown color. Lets some light through around the edges. Half inch of tanish head dissapates to a nice ring around the glass with a few bubble patterns floating in the middle. Lacing always drops back down to the ring. Doesnt stick.

S: gave it some time to warm up. Alcohol funneling to the nose. Roastiness and dark chocolate in the distance. When this was fresh out of the fridge it was very coffee forward, but it mellows out.

T: when cold, coffee forward with chocolate and roastiness in the background, but now that it warmed i like it better. Smooth coffee flavor with a good mix of chocolate and a little vanilla in the background. Alcohol and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: lighter on the tongue than i would have imagined. Roastiness and microbubbles tingle on the tongue a little. Coats the mouth nice. Very smooth. Great finish.

O: Great beer. Love the body on the beer. Strong flavors that might mellow out with some age. Alcohol on the nose is a bit much. Thankfully doesnt translate to the taste very much. Still think i like the original framinghammer the best.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 500ml bottle served in a tulip at 49 degrees. Pours darker than cola with a frothy, two-inch, khaki-colored head. Some lacing, but weak legs. Incredible nose - roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toffee notes. Taste follows nose, but is not as rich and bold as anticipated. That said, everything coalesces together nicely without one aspect being too assertive. There's also a thread of milk chocolate that also weaves its way into the flavor profile and finishes with a robust, roasted coffee character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation; however, the overall representation comes off a bit thin. One of my favorite styles, and this beer really holds its own. Not only one of the better Baltic Porters out there, but also one of the better coffee-based beers as well.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from brewery that is barrel aged coffee but mysteriously doesn't say it on the bottle.
A: jet black fully opaque with half a glass of mocha head that has a lengthy staying power of about 3 minutes
S: bourbon toffee, brown sugar, roasted coffee beans. One of the most pleasant smelling BA coffee stouts
T: bourbon right out of the gate leading into a sweet coffee and molasses combo and some boozy heat in the finish
M: bit thin on the palate but can't complain too much because fairly smooth from start to finish

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Photo of NCalement
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe.

A- Black with a fast cream head. Lacing is perfect. Looks light but for a Baltic Porter this is expected.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, faint coffee, sweet malt, alcohol and light roast.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and coffee. Finish is rich espresso and chocolate.

M- Medium to light body. Excellent carbonation and its chewy for a lager. The chocolate fudge and coffee flavor resides for some time after each sip.

O- Amazing. One of the best Baltic Porters I've had. It makes me excited to drink the rest!!!

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Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like Framinghammer (no surprise) - dark with ruby highlights, fine tan/brown cap, lacing. Lots of coconut in the aroma, some roast and coffee, chocolate and malt, slight alcohol. Less coconut in the flavour, moderate bitterness with cocoa and malt, alcohol and chocolate, mild coffee and roast, balanced sweetness. Nice texture, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation and full bodied, a little warmer than regular Framinghammer. Quite good, but the coconut in the aroma was turned up a little high in the balance.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, thick head that settles slowly, leaving many chunky spots. Deep dark brown where no light shines through.

Strong dark cocoa aroma with a bit of chalkiness. A touch alcohol as well.

Very rich body and flavor. Complicated malts of chocolate and some black patent, giving a definitive coffee flavor. Lots of alcohol warmth. This is particularly notable in the aftertaste. Light on the carbonation.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of light, foamy tan colored head. Good retention, with a thick, large-bubbled collar of head with some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Rich, dark roasty coffee up front. Delicious. A touch of dark chocolate bar, vanilla, cinnamon, and graham cracker.

T: Coffee is again up front, along with the melted dark chocolate, cinnamon, finishing mostly dry and a touch on the watery side. A little bit of an alcohol bite, esp. as it warms.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation.

O: In both the taste and aroma, the coffee is the dominant flavor. Everything else takes a back seat, which means this isn’t as balanced or complex as it could be. This is more like a delicious coffee porter sans the barrel aging.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Brian!

A: Black body, brown highlights, one finger of tan head. Good retention and lacing. Very nice.

S: No surprises: rich coffee dominates from front to back, with some vibrant bourbon spixiness underneath. Charred oak as well. Intense and great.

T: Roasty, vibrant coffee up front; spicy whiskey and vanilla oak in the middle; harsh booze and bitter char on the finish. A little rough, but tasty.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Luscious.

O: My favorite of the three (this, Vanilla, and regular BA), but still not terribly great. These 10% brews were considerably hotter than many (if not most) 12-14% monsters. Rare disappointments from a great brewery. Forget the hype, give me a regular Smoke and Dagger any day.

Cheers!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pitch black. Three fingers of bubbly beige head. Lacing sticks in broken rings and patches.

S: Nutty coffee. Rich mocha. Fudge sauce. Hints of wood and vanilla. More layered chocolate aromas. Chocolate chips and fudgey brownies. Roast and a bit of starchy oats. Whiff of bourbon.

T: Fudge sauce. Mocha. Nutty coffee builds, but never dominates. Layers of chocolate: fudgey brownies and double chocolate cookies. Chocolate caramel chews. Barrel flavors pick up steam, first with caramel, then woody flavors, and culminating with a big warming bourbon presence that never feels hot. Bourbon and barrel flavors are strong on the finish.

M: Medium thick. Full in the mouth with a silky and slightly viscous feel. Tame prickling carbonation. Warming bourbon.

O: Not as coffee forward as I expected, but that's actually a good thing. The beer strikes a nice balance,though the barrel takes over in the end. A sipper you absolutely must seek out if you love a good bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of MattXT
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating for the 2015 batch. (I had 2014 as a 4.25). Incredible improvement on an already very good BA baltic coffee porter. I feel like this batch stood up with the KBSs and Parabolas of the world in all categories.

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Photo of rjp217
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up from the brewery a couple weeks ago and poured into a snifter...

A - Very dark brown with a half finger head on a hard pour. Pretty good lace retention

S - Coffee, chocolate, bourbon are the primary winners here. They are right at the forefront

T - Coffee, tasted marshmallow and chocolate shine with a bourbon character finishing it off. I also get oats, vanilla, espresso. Not as complex as can be but the characteristics work great together

M - Probably my only gripe, feels pretty thin for a 10% barrel ager. With that said, it is creamy and smooth

O - A fantastic offering. I missed out on last years version but not this time. Drinks pretty damn easy for a 10%. I love the coffee and bourbon blending but the thinner mouthfeel brings it down a tad down for me. Overall, an excellent brew and Jacks Abby continues hitting home runs. Nice job!

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