A couple of weekends ago I did something I almost never do: I stood in line to buy rare beer. Generally speaking, I have an philosophical issue with limited quantity beers; I won’t go down that rat hole right now. This particular event celebrated the release of two barrel-aged beers brewed by Jack’s Abby in collaboration with Julio’s Liquors.
Both beers used Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter as a base. Julio’s contributed the bourbon barrels. The two beers were:
- Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer with Vanilla Beans
- Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer with Barismo Coffee
And they are FAN-FOOKING-TASTIC!
Tonight I’m finishing off my bottle of the Vanilla Bean variant, my favorite of the two. Although super dark and more suited for the winter months, I find myself sucking this stuff down like water. There is a wonderful mix of flavor going on: bourbon, oak, and booze up front followed by sweet melted sugar and the strongest vanilla taste I can recall having in a beer.
Another absolute home run from Jack’s Abby.
Jack’s has been climbing my list of favorite breweries and frankly, this beer just vaulted them into my top-5 for the country and probably #1 for Massachusetts. As I close in on 1000 beers reviewed on LIBA, that says a lot!
The brewery sold out of these beers in a single afternoon. The other half of the supply, which was given to Julio’s, sold out in the afternoon I attended the event. In this instance, the reason for the “limitedness” didn’t offend me as the guys over at Jack’s Abby had no clue that the beer was going to be this popular.
The brewery has plans to produce the beer in quantity in the future.