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Jack’s Abby Vanilla Bean Barrel Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (359) - - JUN 27, 2014
Roasted malt. Vanilla. Toffee. Dark toast. Pours solid black with a thick lasting dark tan head. Bourbon. Vanilla. Smooth hard candy texture. Sweet. Light to medium bodied. So smooth with a slight gentle warmth in the throat. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3270) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
500 ml. bottle. Pours a very dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, and a touch of coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1437) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Black, deep brown edges & a khaki tinted head that recedes quickly to a foamy collar. Aroma is lightly boozy with notes of roasted malt, faint vanilla, a touch of wood, & some timid chocolate. Taste is heavier on the milky cocoa side with lightly sweet vanilla behind it. The chocolate is actually stronger than the vanilla, in this "vanilla" porter. Burnt caramel malt, faint roast, strong & velvety finish with a commanding but not overly harsh boozy presence. Similar body to the other Framinghammer porters, medium & lightly creamy. An extremely solid beer, for sure, but definitely a few steps behind the original Barrel-Aged & Coffee variants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Dark brown pour with very little head. Aroma is packed with vanilla. Just hints of roast, campfire, and chocolate. Tastes like vanilla ice cream mixed burnt wood and coffee. Some light chocolate in the finish. Finish is a little rough and slightly boozy. My least favorite of the Framinghammers. Great vanilla aroma and taste but for some reason this was not nearly as smooth as the others. Still enjoyed it overall though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7895) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Leighton for another one in this series of goodness, 12/05/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl clearing to edgework. Nose is roast malt, chocolate, light spice, light vanilla essence, puff of smoke. Taste comprises much the same, solid robust Baltic Porter with a rub of vanilla. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Another decent offering from this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and light coffee. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small soapy light brown head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and light molasses. The finish has light-moderate vanilla with a somewhat light roasted coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Pours a dark brown, nearly black. Small beige head. Aromas of booze....light roasted malt and faint vanilla. Taste is thin, boozy and unbalanced. A bit disappointed, actually. The base beer is too far in the background here. The oak and bourbon dominate, leaving the middle ground muted. I wish there was a bit more body to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3225) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong vanilla, roast, oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet vanilla, light roast, hides alcohol well. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
draft at Tap & Mallet, best of the bunch IMO. medium bodied black pour. smooth cohesive bourbon & vanilla flavors. solid roastiness, dark chocolate. very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque.dark brown beer, little tan head. Airy palate, light fine carbonation. Airy lght dark malts. Nice light vanilla ice cream. Light minerals. Finishes light. Nicely joined up. Strange how a little vanilla just lightens everything.

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