Finhead (1213) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is my least favorite of the Hatter series. It has a hazy brown pour with almost no head at all. The woody aroma has a bourbon-like quality without the alcohol. It has a light body with thin texture and average carbonation. The taste is again woody with a dry, bland finish.
musinj6 (414) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours brown with foamy head. Aromas of wood and bourbon. Medium bodied and moderately bitter up front with an off taste finish that I cannot quite identify. I was disappointed in this given how much I like the Mad Hatter
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought at Lemon Tree in July. It probably shouldnít have been cellared this long, but letís see. Pours a gentle hop nose. Amber to brown body, nice half-finger of eggshell foam. First sip is mild, but just a little more builds up on the Centennial hops. The malt gives the impression of starting toward phenol, but as of now, itís just fine. A bit sweet on the tongue, but also a dry finish. Hops building in the aftertaste. Any oak impressions are around the edges, part of the aftertaste. The Mad Hatter with just a little something extra, yet excellent for a $5 bomber.
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Catching up on Ratings, November 2011.
Appearance: Pours dark copper.
Aroma: Aroma is of citrus and and oak.
Taste: Pretty much as the title implies, IPA leanings with Oak..
Palate:Smooth palate on a medium body..
Summary: Solid interesting take on an IPA. I donít know if it belongs in the IPA category though, as itís kind of an offshoot and not traditional in style(which is perfectly fine, given my rating).
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last of the Great Hatter Experience of the Richmond 16th. Medium amber, aroma and flavor yet again match. Caramel oriented with a pleasant, slight vanilla note. Faint citric hops quite muted. Not bad at all, probably my favorite of the set, even though I usually donít like oaked IPAís. In this instance, it seemed to add some character that the original lacked.
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Sampled with the other 5 in the series.Clear amber pour with bright white ring of head. Honey sweetness and mellow hop on the nose with a malty semismokey backbone. Flavor is mellowed and hints of vanilla and wood and the same piney citrus underlying base. Pretty good actually.
tia (1010) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Golden foamy head. Smells sweet and perfumey with a note of spice. Kind of tastes like bourbon. I like bourbon. Mild carbonation.
Sammy (8911) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Initially a very sour and then the woodiness takes over. Very Good drinkability, the barreling was effective. Lacey on a lighter yellow body. Hoppiness was well integrated and about right.
jandd1983 (2745) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a copper/orange color with an off-white head. The aroma was of hops and whiskey. The flavor was about the same, though somewhat dominated by the whiskey flavor.
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
If youre going to Barrel age an IPA you have to dry hop the shit out of it and this one didnt do that. The hops are muted and the taste is really just spicy oaky lightly hopped mess. Tastes to me like very watered down makers mark with a splash of lemon. blah