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Jack’s Abby Vanilla Bean Barrel Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big, bold, black and aged in bourbon barrels with ... vanilla beans. The lengthy barrel conditioning period 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.

OG 23.5 Plato / IBUs 55 / 10% ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1026) - , Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2014
rate #993; bottle from phatdog1. held this back; loved the regular version (4.4 rate) but rated this much lower which is odd, thought I would enjoy more with the vanilla. not sure if it is me or ?? but bourbon in aroma and taste ruined this for me - just overpowered everything...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6340) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle - Rich milk chocolate with a nice sweetness. Deep jet brown and no head. Lots of milk chocolate, sweetness and well balanced. No booze notices and very creamy on the palate. Vanilla was not really prominent although lots of sweet notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1306) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2014
A- an opaque mahogany pour with cola edges. No head or lacing to write home about. S- it easily draws comparisons to BA Framinghammer with vanilla added. Some oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes start off. Raisin bread, clay, tangy cacao, rhubarb, roots, brown sugar and molasses create a solid presence. Mild morning after bonfire and clean green pepper. A little bit of fire roasted marshmallow. M- medium oily body like all Framinghammers. Alcohol is well hidden. T- vanilla beans are proud and prominent from the get go. Chocolate is dry and somewhat secondary but not to be outdone. Earth notes are strong in the middle. Oak and dried fruits show up fashionably late and welcomed. Some herbal and vegetal notes follow, like green pepper, grass and tarragon. Ending is on the dry side with bakers chocolate, more grasses and light licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1272) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle shared by Michael - thanks! Clear cola color. No head. Coconut, chocolate, vanilla beans, alcohol, toast. Sweet, rich, boozy, warming. Overall: compared to earlier vanilla beer, this is surprisingly a bit harsh. Still, I’d drink this again. Almost perfumey at times?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle that I took to RBSDG at the Dad Pad. Pours a deep black with thin tan head. Roast and cocoa on the nose, a bit of vanilla and touches of wood. Medium bodied, warm vanilla and soft roast. Smooth and long lingering tannins with gentle roast and cocoa. Long and warm. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle generously shared by my friend Dave. Pours just about black with a tan head. Very pleasant aroma that is ample vanilla, bourbon, oak, and lightly roasted malt. The flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, lightly roasted malt, just a bit of molasses. There is some alcohol heat at the finish, but that only serves to intensify the flavor. Fairly well-rounded mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (792) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. A smoother, less boozy version of barrel framinghammer. Creamy mouthfeel with a bitter finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1782) - - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pretty much identical to the normal barrel aged Framinghammer but with some light vanilla bean notes in the aftertaste. The vanilla takes a little edge off the booziness of the base. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1112) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Black pour, brown head. Huge aroma of chocolate and oak. Flavor is amazing chocolate, oak, brown sugar, and huge intense vanilla sweet finish. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3427) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle, brown pour, tan head, nose and taste are both coffee but the vanilla smooths it out

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