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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 214   ABV: 7.12%
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Mad Hatter aged in Kentucky barrels. Round, smooth wood character brings a new dimension to dry-hopped, aromatic hoppiness.
14.0 Plato
Pairings: Smoked foods, tomatoes and beef.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2009
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a thin tan head. Orange and grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malt and oak. Barrel-aging comes through immediately in the flavor with oak and vanilla hitting the tongue first. A bit of bourbon is next before orangy hops and a creamy finish. Sorta tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad, but Iím still not fan of barrel-aging this style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6289) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sampled draft on tap at the brewpub (Holland, MI). Pours a nice golden hue, largely clear, with big bright white bubbly head that keeps up a decent layer and clings extraordinarily well. Aromas are malty, grainy, pale, and caramel combined with a light oaky dryness with some sweetness. Floral and citrusy hops very evident, with a bit of grapefruit sweetness. The oak makes this beer, and that is big from someone who does not care for the base Mad Hatter. Finishes lightly sweet, with oak, and light bitterness. Doesnít throw the normal cloying syrupy sweetness that I have been feeling from oaked IPAs lately. Truly, a great beer. Cheers.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
A decent IPA, though I am not a big fan of the oak aged IPA thing. Aroma was so so. Caramel malt with a hint of smoke and wood. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was like a smokey IPA. The malt and wood overpower any hops that tried to shine through. Nice novelty beer, but thatís it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Aroma was interesting. Fruits and a slight bourbon tone. Flavor was bourbon with not many other interesting characteristics. Not very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Draft at ACBF09. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially). 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle - Pours clear amber, medium high white head. Nice hoppy smell that most IPAís have, could not pickup any undertones. Taste is nice strong hops, a little rough, biting aftertaste. I enjoy a nice hoppy aftertaste, but something in this just wasnít right. I did not like this IPA as much as I do others.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Pours a clear copper, pretty carbonated. Semi-sweet beer with not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness as I like in an IPA. OK, but not great.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2008
translucent gold, with insubstantial white head. aroma is hoppy, but not very strong. not as hoppy as i like in an ipa, and the barrel seems to cut the edge of the hops, anyway. i found it very mellow, and mellowness is not what i appreciate about an ipa. there seemed to be more minuses than pluses in barrel aging this ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
natejgood (423) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a clear medium gold color with a light white foamy head. The aroma is of bitter hops with a hint of sweetness in the background. There is also a bit of a grassy smell. The flavor is much more light and simple than I was expecting. The beer has a light bitter hoppy flavor with hints of grass, and it is fairly smooth in the mouth. There is another flavor in the background, but I canít put my finger on what it is. Maybe it is a bit smokey.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(Bottled) Very hazy amber with a small head. Very aromatic-hoppy aroma with tropical fruit, pale malt, and hints of alcohol. Strongly hoppy, grassy-fruity flavor - a bit stingy but quite nice. Medium-bodied, low-carbonated palate. Probably would get a higher score outside a Belgian Xmas beer festival...


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