Jack’s Abby Mole Bar­relAged Fram­ing­ham­mer

LOC: Fram­ing­ham, Mas­sachusetts ABV: 13% | IBUS: 45 | SRM: N/A

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What the brewer says

“Aged in bour­bon bar­rels with co­coa nibs, chile pep­pers, and whole cin­na­mon sticks. The con­di­tion­ing pe­riod in the bar­rels cre­ates a silky smooth choco­laty mouth­feel en­hanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. No­tice­able sweet­ness gets bal­anced by roasted malt and hops bit­ter­ness.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Dark fruit, cin­na­mon, ca­cao nibs up front, with a hint of bour­bon and cof­fee. Straw­berry and a bit of ox­i­da­tion. Cin­na­mon spice and medium bar­rel char­ac­ter.” Fla­vor: “Heavy amounts of fruit. Cher­ries mixed with red hots mix with malt sweet­ness and toffee caramel notes from the bar­rel. There’s a bit of smoky chile, graham cracker, and toasty malt, too. Cin­na­mon and plum on the fin­ish.” Over­all: “Well ex­e­cuted, if not sub­tle and di­aled back, ex­am­ple of the style, which is sur­pris­ingly re­fresh­ing. Not too full-bod­ied, not overly ad­juncted, and not too much bar­rel char­ac­ter. Maybe the most drink­able ex­am­ple of the style, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the al­co­hol.” 89 AROMA: 10 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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