Mad Hatter Brewing Company – Imperious


Brewery: Mad Hatter – / @MadHatBrew

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 11.7%

Purchased From: Source Deli –  @SourceDeliPaul

Pouring and Look: Cloudy copper like a dwarf’s codpiece with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: The initial smell is a really rich and freshly baked malt-loaf, not the cheap crap you get for 40p but the homemade stuff that fills your house with a rich, deep, sugary marmalade smell. You can loose yourself in this smell, it’s really deep with a hint of booze.

Taste: Burnt sugary marmalade, malty and earthy with a bitter sweet kick. Boozey but not overpowering it gets better with each mouthful as your taste buds get acclimatised you can start to pick out the more subtle flavours, cinnamon, floral, the hop kick is there in the band but it’s the rhythm guitarist and not the pretty boy at the front. As your taste buds and sense of smell become one with the force you just loose yourself in this beer.

Thoughts: I really love this beer, wow. At 11.7% it’s a beast but so drinkable. It’s sublime. Beers like this are what “craft” beers should be, full of flavour that overwhelm your senses. It’s perfect and my ears are tingling.

As I’m writing this, Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds has just started playing and that’s a classic as is this beer. It’s serendipity.


Mad Hatter Brewing Company – Redrum

Brewery: Mad Hatter – / @MadHatBrew

Style: Belgian Ale2014-06-16 19.49.26

ABV: 7.4%

Purchased From: Source Deli Ormskirk – / @sourcedelipaul

Pouring and Look: Hazy copper body with a caramel head.

Smell: Initially bitter hops, followed by a hint of caramel.

Taste: Fantastically bitter hops and with a sweat funky, caramel, toffee after-taste, you can really taste the yeast throughout.

Thoughts: Fantastic ale, if you where to perfectly balance the taste of sweet shop and a craft bar then this would be the taste you ended up with. You would trade your own Grandma for a bottle.

The perfect time to drink it: (you might need to click the picture to get it extra large). When I go to the beach I pass a statue of a polar bear riding a donkey. This is my homage to that moment.