Mad Hatter Brewing Company – Cold Dead Eyes

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Brewery: Mad Hatter – www.madhatterbrewing.co.uk / @MadHatBrew

Style: Saison / Farmhouse

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased From: Source Deli –  @SourceDeliPaul

Pouring and Look: A really frothy tanned head with a dense black body. You can actually see the the light being sucked into the darkness, it’s that thick.

Smell: Sour and funky, there’s yeast in there as well and a sickly sweet smell.

Taste: The first mouthful is everything you’d expect from a sasion, tart, sour and funky like grandad’s dirty underpants left on the radiator. The second taste however, is heaven, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, red berries and underneath all that is the now mellow sourness. Wow, I never new grandad’s underpants tasted like heaven.

Thoughts: The only way I can make you experience the range of emotions I felt with this beer is by comparing it to dancing with David Bowie. There’s a masquerade ball scene in The Labyrinth and this is exactly what this beer did to me.

I pick up Cold Dead Eyes and think I’m buying an imperial stout

*Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie) takes my hand and we start to dance*

I open and pour Cold Dead Eyes…. ohh yeah baby this is an imperial stout

*Jareth is spinning me around the ballroom and staring into my eyes…intensely

I smell the beer I think is an imperial stout but it’s not! …. holy shit monkey what sour work of Lucifer is this?! My world breaks apart and I fall into the abyss. Reality has literally been broken.

*The clock at the ball strikes 12, the Jareth buggers off and leaves me, I fall into the local tip which is inhabited by a nutty horsey-women who looks like the old women who used to serve me beer at the student bar.

….but then I taste this bad boy and wow! It’s an impossible thing, these flavors shouldn’t work, it’s part saison part imperial stout. If there’s a centaur of the beer world then this beer is it. Two normal everyday things mashed together to create something unique and utterly mind blowing. This is what craft wanking is all about!

Goblin Market

Today’s exciting edition will be like a sketch show, in that there will be few different scenes with very little central narrative connecting them other than the connections my mind makes to these events, life and the universe (or lack of connections my mind makes to events, life and the universe).

Firstly, I have a confession to make, over the last week or so I haven’t played my Warg much. I know, I am disgusted with myself as well, I miss his furry little tail and his fluffy blood matted paws.

The reason for this is a good one and regular readers* will already know it’s because I’m ranking (no not “wanking” you filthy little urchin) a Defiler. I want an alt that’s raid ready which, to me, means full audacity and maps.

*if you’re not a regular reader then you should be. Honestly give it a go.

I wanted an alt that was totally different to my main and I think a Defiler fits the bill. He’s currently rank 6 (40% left until rank 7), audacity is at 10 and I need the good Lug, poor and good LC and all the Isen maps. The maps, quite frankly, are a major pain in the balls, if I could buy them with commendations I would do. Luckily, you hardly ever use the Isen maps so the pressure to get those isn’t too bad.

I do have a question for any Defilers that might be reading, what builds and rotation advice do you have? I’ve already discovered that blight is king!

Now onto other news – a friend of mine – and ex-Warg (don’t hold that against him) – recently posted a petition on the turbine forums regarding the evil that is clubbing. He covers both cause and effect very eloquently so I’m not going to repeat here what he’s written so well there. Please give the post a quick read if you already haven’t and sign and/or give feedback. Debate and discussion promote change….sometimes

Next culture – It’s a little known fact that creeps are in fact the most cultured players in lotro. Sophistication, fine wines, craft beers, exquisite food and the arts go hand in hand with playing a creep. It’s because I know that my readers are a cultural lot that I thought I’d share a recent find with you that combines both poetry and music.

I follow a medievalist and harpist on twitter (@sarah_peverley)* who is currently involved with an adaption of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market. She’s composed and recorded some original harp music to accompany the adaption. The music is stunningly beautiful, haunting and sinister at the same time. It’s a cross between Bowie’s “The Labyrinth” and a piece that could quite easily have come from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Give these tunes a listen… They’re about half way down the page under the heading “Musical Compositions (Harp)”. 

You remind me of the babe
What babe?
The babe with the power

*if you’re into medieval history and manuscripts then you should be following this woman both on twitter and her blog, you learn something new all the time.