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#21 Mad Hatter Golden Oak – why it’s good to mix the grape with the grain

Review #22 Mad Hatter Golden Oak 86/100

Picked this one up a couple of weeks ago but I’ve only just got around to cracking it open.  It’s really great to see beers of this quality coming out of my home city, as we’ve had a huge real ale scene in Liverpool since pretty much the birth of the city, however, it’s only been fairly recently that we’ve seen really well produced craft beers emerge from the city’s few craft breweries.

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Out of the bottle and into the glass, the Golden Oak pours a very deep, honey colour with a generous level of haziness which gives way to a light, moderately effervescent head which laces the glass nicely.

On the nose there are aromas of unripened plums, sharp gooseberries, dry white wine, acetic acid and ester like aromas (ripe banana) – maybe due to Belgian yeast strains?

On the palate there is a slightly sweet maltiness, followed up by punchy flavours of sharp fruit – Baking apples, cranberries, unripened stoned fruits, following up with a Chardonnay like dryness.  It’s quite scary how easily this one goes down considering it is a 9% beer.

Cheers

Matt

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