Review #12 Mad Hatter Salted Caramel Quadrupel 84/100
There are a few quality brewers in Liverpool, some better than others. Mad Hatter is a brewery that seems to be improving rather nicely. The Salted Caramel Quad, for me, is by far their best expression to date and at 10.4% ABV it makes a nice change to have a strong, British brewed beer poke it’s head of the unrelenting sea of <4% pale ales an blondes that we are seeing too often.
Out of the bottle and into the glass, the beer pours a deep chocolate brown with medium to high carbonation producing a light yet slightly creamy head, swirling the glass the rather viscous, oily liquid laces the glass very nicely. The head remains for a good 10-15 minutes.
On the nose there are notes of bitter chocolate, a massive maltiness, leather and ester like aromas.
On the palate I’m instantly greeted with a generous amount of malty sweetness as the viscous liquid blankets each one of my tastebuds with an oily layer of deliciousness, a very nice level of salt triggers the corners of my mouth to come alive. After the more ‘in your face’ flavours begin to subside, delicate notes of prunes, raisins and ripe bananas come out of the woodwork, which is typical of some Belgian style Abbey beers. I would’t be at all surprised if a similar yeast strain was used in this brew. Anyway, I highly recommend this one and look forward to having it again.