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!

Mad Hatter Brewing Company – Imperious

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Brewery: Mad Hatter – www.madhatterbrewing.co.uk / @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 – Hare of Darkness

Hare of DarknessBrewery: Mad Hatter – www.madhatterbrewing.co.uk@MadHatBrew

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 8%

Purchased From: Source Deli Ormskirk – www.source-deli.co.uk / @sourcedelipaul

Pouring and Look: Dark 80% chocolate colour with a caramel head.

Smell: Faint hop aroma, rich dark fruits, liquorice, burnt malt, it smells gorgeous.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, burnt marmalade, dark treacle with undertones of liquorice. It’s a dark rich bouquet of flavours

Thoughts: This is a truly stunning Black IPA, it smells gorgeous, the taste is sublime and the bottle artwork is fantastic. Buy it, drink it, rinse and repeat.

The perfect time to drink it: (you might need to click the picture to get it extra large).

A drawing of @Judging_Jester drinking Hare of Darkness

A drawing of @Judging_Jester drinking Hare of Darkness