Jack’s Abby Vanilla Bar­relaged Fram­ing­ham­mer

LOC: Fram­ing­ham, Mas­sachusetts ABV: 10% | IBUS: 45 | SRM: N/A

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What the brewer says

“Aged in bour­bon bar­rels with vanilla beans. The lengthy con­di­tion­ing pe­riod in the bar­rels cre­ates a silky smooth choco­laty mouth feel en­hanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. No­tice­able sweet­ness gets bal­anced by roasted malt and hops bit­ter­ness. Ad­di­tional fla­vors in­clude bour­bon, vanilla, and oak.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Co­coa Puffs cereal. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Roasty and toasty. Some boozy al­co­hol with a touch of light veg­e­tal.” Fla­vor: “Big time vanilla in the fla­vor. Very sweet with mod­er­ate bit­ter­ness and boozy al­co­hol to bal­ance. The body through­out is de­ceiv­ing, given the high ABV. Fin­ishes dry with a rounded, lin­ger­ing, al­co­holic warmth. Roast malt is light, rem­i­nis­cent of a bis­cotti.” Over­all: “Crazy com­plex and a lot of fun to drink. This one is dan­ger­ous.” 91 AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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