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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:
861
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.19%
 
 
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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 mabermud
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch brown body that pours somewhat thin. The head looks soft and is light mocha colored.
Smell: Rich coffee aroma before medium roasted grain aromas. Background dark chocolate.
Taste: Rich, sweetened coffee and medium roasted malts. Then comes background vanilla and dark chocolate. The barrel blends in well, like complimentary jewelry. Hops are somewhere. Staleness? Sweet and balanced combination.
Feel: Thicker than not body. Smooth throughout. Dense, creamy carbonation at the finish.

Overall - Well-done. The oak is standing in the background. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a porter/stout glass.

The looks is pretty consistent with Framinghammers: coffee-with-cream-colored frothy head and extensive lace over a pitch-black body. Always a good sight to behold.

Musty coffee smell reaches me alongside some vanilla and caramel. It is a dated smell but I'm not surprised giving this beer was bottled on June 5, 2014. I'm slowly learning to drink my coffee beers sooner rather than later. It has a Belgian quality due to floral yeast and hop aromas, but I like this and associate it with beers like Cuvee Delphine.

Wow. Wasn't expecting so much sweetness. The coffee comes on strong and blends with sweet caramel, vanilla and tastes like a heavily sweetened coffee with cream. Reminds me of how I drank coffee as a younger lad looking to mask the coffee flavor with additives. I'm not complaining though, I like that taste. I still get some earthy and floral hop flavor from the brew and a bit of solvent flavor, offering some alternative to sweet flavors only. A nice chocolatey flavor lingers on my tongue.

Well, it's the least hot of all the Framinghammers that I've had, I think. The booze is much better contained. There's plenty of sweetness but I enjoy it and a fairly smooth, low-carbonated body. It's a good warming beer, although I'm drinking it while it's 70 degrees out

I have one more Framinghammer to try (Coconut, I think), but this one is the winner so far with respect to flavor and feel.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark shade of brown. Not quite black in color. Still a bit translucent around the edges. Forms a smallish darker tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly leaving just a trace around the edge. Minimal lacing. Aroma is wonderfully potent: coffee, espresso, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is also pleasant, but falls off a little. Again, there is coffee and dark chocolate along with a moderately sweet dark fruits and a rich maltiness. But the flavor seems somewhat thin, presumably from the alcohol. On the heavier side of medium. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Overall, a very nice beer. Complex yet drinkable. A great complement to a chocolate-centric desert.

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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 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 AirBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Two fingers of bubbly light brown head which quickly dissipates. Thick, black body. Great lacing.

S - Sweet booze. Dark choclate. Some mild roasted coffee bean. Rich chocolate ice cream. A little more bourbon as it warms.

T - Milk chocolate shifts to mocha. Then some lightly roasted coffee and a little bourbon. Coffee ground bitterness in the finish. More coffee and way more booze as it warms.

M - Slick and heavy, but not too cloying A little sticky in the finish. Definitely a sipper. A little numbing as it warms.

O - Another great variant. Harshest of the variants that I've tried. Gets super boozy as it warms.

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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 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 Auror
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery on release day. Consumed 3 days later. Refrigerated then allowed to reach cellar temp. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance- Very dark brown, perhaps black. Head is mocha-colored and billowy. Several minutes later and although the head has faded, a persistent layer sits atop the beer, pockmarked with bubbles. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Wonderful coffee and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Toasted grains also are evident. Not picking up on much bourbon, contrary to my experience with the plain barreled version. Upon warming, bourbon/alcohol are more noticeable.

Taste- Roasted bitter coffee, mild oak. Some vanilla sweetness from the bourbon. Chocolate malt. Hops are present to keep things from getting too sweet.

Mouthfeel- My god is this slick. Not viscous, but it has some chewiness to it. Carbonation is evident but not overpowering. Awesome. Some mild alcohol burn as the beer reaches room temp.

Overall- The beer goes down incredibly easy for 10%. For me personally, the roasted coffee flavor is a bit dominant. Full disclosure, I'm not a coffee drinker. The aroma and mouthfeel are wonderful, but the regular bourbon Framinghammer has a lovely balance of flavors that the coffee beans seem to have overwhelmed in this variant. That said, still great.

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

A: Midnight black with a thin, mocha colored head.
S: Bourbon, mild notes of medium roasted coffee and chocolate and perhaps a hint of vanilla like sweetness.
T: Similar to the nose; however pretty strong on the bourbon booziness.
M: Mild carbonation, medium body with little to no bitterness.
O: This one packs a heavy punch. Please eat beforehand and/or during. You WILL feel the alcohol.

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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 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 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 Dools9
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Liked it better than straight up barrel aged version. Smooth vanilla and oaky bourbon, lots of milk chocolate, rich roasted coffee. Very drinkable for 10%.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle pours a dark brownish black color with a khaki colored head. The aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate syrup up front with only a faint hint of the bourbon. Some oak and vanilla as well roasted malts. Slightly earthy. The taste is lots of the chocolate syrup followed by the Bourbon and the wood. Roasted malts with some underlying smoke flavor. The coffee comes out more towards the end. Espresso, chocolate and coffee all blend at the end nicely with the Bourbon. Boozey, as expected with a good amount of alcohol burn. Smooth mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. Overall, fantastic. Just like all the other variants I have had so far.

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

I brought the whole 2012 set to our monthly tasting.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, chocolate and smokey dark malt. The coffee is quite strong while still being balanced with the other aromas, very nice work.

T - Starts off with the strong fresh brewed coffee slowly being joined by some mild sweetness, - mainly the chocolate and vanilla - toasted coconut, smoked malt and warming woody bourbon. Finish is pretty roasty with some mild sweetness, lingering long after the finish. Not as well balanced as the nose but still really nice.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel with some nice sweetness to even it all out. A bit of tannins and very light booze dry the palate at the end of each sip.

O - This was probably my favorite of the three, just barely beating out the vanilla. The coffee really accentuated the base flavors and yet it remained easy to consume. Glad I could try this one and share it with everyone.

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

Thanks again to Ryan for sharing this one. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks the same as the others more or less.

S - Coffee, vanilla, coconut, roasted malts, marshmallow, and oddly enough there's more bourbon here compared to the other versions. Coffee is well-integrated, and doesn't overwhelm like the vanilla does.

T - The taste has lots of roast, with some coffee, but more in the way of espresso bitterness, smoke, and charred oak. Reminds me a lot of the regular version, as the coffee integrates well with the pre-existing flavor profile.

M - Similar feel to the other variants, although the coffee and vanilla versions were a bit more tannic than the regular versions, presumably from the adjuncts. Still quite smooth in texture, with light residual stickiness and no obvious alcohol.

D - Good stuff, although I think this may be my least favorite of the three variants. Still, it's a delicious beer that I'd happily drink again at any opportunity in the future. Perhaps a bit more coffee would bump this up to world-class.

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

Bottle opened on 7.30.13

A - Pours a blackish with a 1/2 inch dark tan head with good retention.

S - A touch of bourbon barrel, pretty mild.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, lots of coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of barrel and coffee. Exceptional.

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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 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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