I picked this up not intending to review it, since I was sure that I must have done so at some point already. Since it turns out that I haven’t, I figured I might as well. As a fan of this beer and its variants for a few years now, I did this more for fun than experimentation.
Beer Name: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
Brewery: Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers (Framingham, MA)
Style: Baltic Porter
Description: Stylistically similar to all those big imperial stouts I’ve been drinking lately, you can read a bit more about this barrel-aged version of the brewery’s popular Baltic Porter here. My .5 liter bottle was dated 03/07/2017 and cost a reasonable $10 downtown.
Appearance: Poured a thick black body topped off by a thick, two-plus finger head that formed without much encouragement. The foam gradually settled down to a thin coating as the beer went on.
Smell: Light mix of oats and sweet bourbon. Inviting, but not as strong as I was expecting.
Taste: Rich, sweet dark malts upfront set the tone for this beer. Following up on this were hints of vanilla, grainy oats, and an extremely subtle bit of roast. A sweet bourbon presence carried this through to the finish, mixing with oak and vanilla along the way and leaving a pleasant lingering sweet heat at the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick body with low carbonation. Accentuated the beer perfectly.
Hype: This is a very respected beer, but the hype isn’t really what it once was. When this first started being released it flew off the shelves, but since then the brewery has ramped their production way up and can better meet demand. Doesn’t make it any less tasty though.
Overall: Excellent beer, every bit as good as I remembered. Highly recommended, definitely check this out if you haven’t already. I also highly recommend picking up any of the variants you may find as well.