2016 Barrel Aged Old Mad Joy - Heaven Hill | Great Raft Brewing

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Great Raft Brewing
Louisiana, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Westmalle318 on 02-27-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by JDice20:
Photo of JDice20
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this release of BA OMJ. The Heaven Hill barrel really shines
in this BA Porter. This release easily beats out last years Pappy barrel.
Still have one in the cellar. Cant wait to crack it when the weather gets right.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is heavenly...Heaven Hillsly I should say. The barrel presence hits you right off the bat. Oak, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is much of the same with some underlying dark fruits and nutty notes. Body is a touch thin for my liking, but par for the course with a porter. This is a really impressive beer. I haven't had the base, but all indications are Great Raft utilized the barrels to near perfection here.

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Photo of Yeti1979
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber

A-Great looking beer! Pours fairly dark with light tan head

S-Bourbon sweetness, semisweet chocolate, pecans, toffee

T- Really nice nutty, sweet, bourbon barrel beer. Rich caramel sweetness followed with the perfect of oak barrel. Finishes with the bourbon, but not overpowering. Right balance of sweet and malty

M-Medium bodied beer with appropriate carbonation. Thick enough to allow that bourbon goodness to linger, but thin enough to really enjoy.

O-This is really well made beer. Super flavorful and enjoyable. Solid offering from Great Raft

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Photo of tbryan5
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwkdmk
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glass_house
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at 50° F. Fantastic label art and gorgeous gold wax that comes off easily. Good start.

Pours a deep dark cola brown with one finger of mocha head. Maintains a solid collar throughout with minimal lacing. Smell is rich dark chocolate, spicy bourbon, vanilla, mild coffee, and some dark fruits. More goodness.

The taste leads off with rich roasted malts that resemble milk chocolate more so than dark. A bit of oak, toffee, and dark espresso bitterness. Bourbon is noticeable throughout, with more of a spicy cinnamon character. Warm on the finish, but not boozy. As it approaches room temp, more fruit comes through, giving the impression of ripe dark cherries. Absolutely nailed the flavor in my book. It trends more sweet than bitter, but that's just fine with me. It's beautifully complex with layers of flavor that meld flawlessly. The mouthfeel is appropriately a velvety medium that coats the palate well.

What a beer. Smooth and [dangerously] drinkable, yet rich, complex and nuanced. Thoroughly enjoyed this to the last drop. Up there with the best BA porters and stouts I've had.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Pours pitch black with creamy mocha head that recedes pretty quickly. Nose is big bourbon with notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose closely with a big pop of bourbon upfront with caramel and vanilla and roast on the back end giving way to a lingering bourbon. Lively carbonated with a medium light mouthfeel. Reminiscent of barrel aged Narwhal.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Teku glass. Pours a very dark brown with 1/2 finger head that dissipates to the edges of the glass. Aroma is a big bourbon character, oak, vanilla. Taste is much of the same. Huge bourbon upfront, caramel and toffee sweetness balance out the bourbon flavor. As it warms, I get some more chocolate and dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a fantastic barrel aged beer. Graft Raft is doing fantastic barrel aged beers. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of KevSal
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

heard a bit of talk about this one and tracked one down. I just got this one hours ago from tbrian5

bomber into a perfect stout glass

looks great in the glass like cola, small fizzy head and brown edges. I had to note, the label is gorgeous! with gold wax
the nose is very inviting, nice chewy bourbon upfront, definitly a Baltic porter, classic Baltic porter nose, dark fruits, strong malts
the flavor is... wow. I had high expectations and this definitly exceeded them. great bourbon flavor, very tasty base. vanilla and dark fruits, every sip makes you want to take another, no joke!
body is thinner than expected for a 10%er but it still does well to get the flavors, just shy of thick
overall I'm pretty impressed. when you have normal raters rate this one high you know it's gonna be good, and you know it's not local hype ether. this is the real deal. this is a true flavor bomb. hopefully I get to try more from great raft and they keep makin beers at this caliber. best beer out of LA
I need a few more bombers haha

thanks for the chance Travis!

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deliciously sculpted of toasted grain, bourbon ingluence and a lush understanding of the porter sytle to devise some taste that's strong, robust and chocked quite full of culinary art.

Pouring the darkest of browns and casting an ominous sheen, the ale sheds a bold array of aromatics stemming from dark coffee, dark chocolate, over-cooked toffee, candied walnut and the whimsy of bourbon ball candies (if you're bourbon country savvy). Its taste is succulent with sweetness; nearly rife with caramel, chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

The middle palate denies none of that, rather latching onto the taste of coffee-rich and cocoa-rich brownies that lull the senses into a toasty and robust abyss. Dark fruits of licorice, grape and plum add intrigue without dominating the scene, trailing with a toasted sweetness of coffee cake- check!

Rich and sweet on the palate, the beer's texture is full, but not extreme. Trending porter-like, true to form, the beer's imperial strength with definitely register to the senses but remains tricky in its drinkable fashion- it's quite a sin as the ale falls into a bittersweet frappucino finish.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westmalle318
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bmroussel
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jdell15
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Barrel Aged Old Mad Joy - Heaven Hill from Great Raft Brewing
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 21 ratings