Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jack's Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer

The Stats
Style: Baltic Porter
ABV: 10.00%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.35/5
- RateBeer: 3.8/5

Take a smooth as silk Baltic Porter and throw it into Kentucky bourbon barrels and what do you get? Barrel-Aged Framinghammer! I don't know how long the beer was aged, but I have high expectations as I assume the flavors of the base beer will pop and even more will be created with the aging process. Fingers crossed!

Pours jet black like its predecessor. Ruby red on the edges with a finger's worth of brown head that slowly fizzes away.

Bourbon and oak dominate the aroma. Lager yeast shines through with subtle raisins and a faint vanilla and chocolate presence. Barrel-aging has subdued the heavy roasted notes of the base beer.

The bourbon is very sweet, but not cloying. A pleasant chocolate-covered cherry taste starts things off followed by bitter dark coffee and a hefty amount of oak from the barrel. A nice bitter hop presence is there too and it has the crispness of a lager on the finish.

The mouthfeel is reminiscent of flat coke with no carbonation and a slight syrupy texture, but not thick. It's silky smooth like its brethren, but is more Imperial Stout-like with it's feel than the normal Framinghammer. No alcohol taste and it's highly drinkable for such a big offering.

The Barrel-Aged version of Framinghammer has eliminated a lot of the roasted aroma and taste, but replaced it with delicious bourbon and oak. It is a step up in many regards with a thicker body and more diverse flavors. I wouldn't say those sweet flavors are cloying, but there is a noticeable aftertaste that can be hard to shake. But hey, if that's my biggest complaint then I'm clearly just looking for things to bitch about.


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