Great Raft Dou­ble Bar­rel Old Mad Joy

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Porter -

LOC: Shreve­port, Louisiana ABV: 10% | IBUS: 60 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“This batch was aged in Pappy Van Win­kle bar­rels for six months, then trans­ferred to su­per-fresh Buf­falo Trace bar­rels for an­other six months.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Def­i­nite sweet-bar­rel qual­i­ties with the funky sweet­ness and the dark carameliza­tion. Slight smoke and to­bacco. Base beer is pretty much lost un­der the bar­rel char­ac­ter.” Fla­vor: “Bar­rel char­ac­ter comes through on the palate with the beer play­ing sec­ond fid­dle. Rich and com­plex with some dark choco­late, cherry, and caramel, and with enough sweet­ness to off­set the sig­nif­i­cant tan­nin con­tri­bu­tion from the bar­rels. Fin­ish is sweet, tan­nic, and slightly hot.” Over­all: “The bar­rel ag­ing is the pre­dom­i­nant char­ac­ter. Strong and com­plex. There’s great un­der­ly­ing malt fruiti­ness that is ac­cen­tu­ated by the whiskey-like fin­ish.”

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