¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo amigos! I’m celebrating tonight with a beer from local favorite Jack’s Abby that drew its inspiration from a delicious Mexican sauce.
Beer Name: Mole Barrel Aged Framinghammer
Brewery: Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers (Framingham, MA)
Style: Baltic Porter
Description: A variant of the brewery’s popular Framinghammer porter aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, chili peppers, and cinnamon sticks. Read about how it all comes together here.
Appearance: Poured a thick dark cola brown/black body with a minimal amount of fizzly tan lacing around the edges.
Smell: Sweet chocolate mixed with cinnamon
Taste: Creamy chocolate and sweet dark malts upfront were joined mid-sip by rich grains and a hint of cinnamon. Finish is warming in more ways than one with chili peppers blending in boozy bourbon barrels influences.
Mouthfeel: Slick, full body with minimal carbonation.
Hype: Framinghammer and its variants are all well-respected, sought after brews but hype isn’t necessarily the right word here. Jack’s Abby has sufficiently upped its production and distribution to the point that anyone who wants these can get them without lining up or having to put in a lot of legwork. The bottles don’t sit on shelves long, but they are readily attainable (at least in my area).
Overall: The brewers hit their mark on this one a delivered a beer that clearly brings to mind the food that inspired it. I don’t think this is something I would want all the time but would consider it again as a novelty dessert beverage. The chocolate notes stood out nicely against the heat in the finish and the interplay between the different components kept me going back for more. Best you enjoy this one slowly (and, of course, responsibly).