RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 214   ABV: 7.12%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (8890) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
pours clear dark golden with a very nice off-white head, good retention and strong lacing. toasted maltiness, rye-like graininess with a caramel touch, fruitiness - oranges, apricots and berries, touch of coconut and other lo-fi barrel components, pepper, grass and bitter herbs. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily, balanced grassy-piney-spicy-woodsy-citrusy finish. slightly changes the original brew but does not necessarily improve it. still slightly above average ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3645) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2014. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is light pine, resin, floral notes from the hops, light wood, light cereal.....taste is slightly sweet to start, with hints of toffee/caramel, light pine, resin notes, light wood tones, finishing with a soft hop bitterness.....mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation adds tingle, and minimal acid. This is a very English IPA. The hops are lightly American, but were used with a relatively light hand making for a gentle bitterness, and relatively light hop aromas and flavors. The wood, while present was only slightly noticeable, and helped to moderate the hops. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1290) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bomber bottle poured a clear deep copper hue w/ large creamy lasting beige head and thick sticky lacing. Moderate aromas of oak, malt, and spicy hop. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are vanilla, oak, malt, caramelized sugar, straw, and grass. Medium bodied, light creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2014
I really like the woody aroma. The taste has a caramel sweetness that pairs well with the fruity notes of the hops. The finish is smooth with plenty of oaken burnt sugar... Overall, very nice...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bomber. Nose deep, heavy caramel with no toffee but a lot of wood -- pine and oak in roughly equal proportion. Pours deep, dark amber (still transparent) with a large and foamy beige head. Light0medium body, dry and stripped of just about all flavor save for the oak barrel and resinous hops -- very much in the style of a West Coaster -- no redemptive malt character, despite the presence of flat caramel, but there are some slight herbal and woodsy touches when the dulled boozes recedes for a moment. Warms the throat and chest, but ever so gently, that we dont mind. There is a roundness, a smoothness here that relieves us of the need for the crisp and refreshing bent of the modern IPA (really a nice sipper in the classic sense, with the depth of a good Old Ale), and yet, for all the lovely traditional, cask-loving memories that haunt this bottle, there isnt quite enough soul to necessitate another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1755) - - SEP 21, 2014
Bomber. Oaky aroma with floral hops as well as a bit of bourbon. Pours copper colored with a good soapy off white head with good retention and lacing. Good oak flavor with a bit of bourbon-like flavor with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a good floral hop flavor with a slightly bitter bite. Excellent barrel aged ipa with great balance of hop and malt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
A well made barrel aged IPA. There is a good blend of the hops and floral notes with the woody piece from the barrel. Keeps both the hops and oaky notes on a solid level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (404) - North Branch, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Poured from a 22oz bomber. No date on the bottle - but it is vintage 2014. Aroma - Can definitely smell the oakiness. Dark fruits too. Appearance - very clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Smell 1/4 finger of head. Taste - Very smooth tasty beer. Great bite at the end of my mouth. Palate - Nice mouth feel. Overall - Pretty pleased with this. I think if it were to age I wouldnt like it as much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (9155) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Clear brilliant deep copper under a thin foamy white head. Brilliant nose of citrusy hop depth, some floral hop resins, a touch of dry grassy hops and a brilliant fresh nose about it all, mixed with coconut and vanilla oak tannins with a little toffee sweetness underneath. The oak tannins themselves show through a little too sharply on the flavor, but its backed by piney floral hop resins and a residual grapefruity zesty twang. Deep and nuanced with complex hop notes that arent easy to pin down, with a clever oakiness featuring wood and coconut tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle: Vibrant, lighter amber with some bright orange around the edges, semi-clear & topped with a slightly chunky eggshell cap. Aroma is loaded with spicy oak, tannins, mild floral hints, botanical water, white pepper, & some mild ashy notes (not sure if theyre from the hops or the oak). Taste transcribes to a semi-abrasive heat on the palate; lots & lots of spicy oak, earthy & ashy hops, stinging floral notes, & tree bark with a mild bitterness. Hint of citrus peel, maybe? But the heaviest component in this beer is wood, in both aroma & flavor. Not bourbon. Not hops. Spicy oak. Not bad, mainly because I do enjoy the smell of fresh wood, but its a little over the top here.

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