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Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte

Rating: 4.1

Only my second beer from the Mad Hatter brewery in Liverpool now, this one follows on from their Absolem’s Alt offering from late 2015 that was brewed in conjunction with Brewdog’s Leicester bar as part of the breweries annual #CollabFest day. I’ve also tried 2 Cathedrals Honey Beer which isn’t a Mad Hatter beer but was made at their brewery so this will be my first beer brewed solely by Mad Hatter. I picked this one up just before Christmas based on a recommendation by the staff in the bottle shop, it was described as a ‘Black Forest gateau beer’ which is pretty much what the name translates to from German anyway. The beer appears to be an annual release from the brewery and was originally a 10% abv. offering but the 2016 version now comes in at 7.2% abv. and is the one that I tried in early January.


Appearance (5/5): Pouring a very dark brown to black coloured with an opaque body, this one has a nice, thick looking head that starts about two centimetre tall and is creamy looking. It is a tan brown colour with a slightly creamy texture that holds very well over the opening minutes before eventually thinning out a little but it’s definitely better than I’d expected and looks great.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a sweet nose with an excellent combination of cherries and chocolate alongside touches of sugar. There was a few darker malts and hints of plum alongside something reminiscent of a Christmas pudding or brandy aroma before some spice and a nice combination of dark fruits showed itself. The balance was a good one too, with some caramel malts nearer the end to give the beer a solid and enjoyable start.
Taste (7/10): Initially quite sweet like the nose, there was some nice sugars and cherry coming through in the early going with a bit of chocolate too. The balance was good with nothing dominating and the promised chocolate gateau flavours were present too. Some darker malts and caramel started to come through nearer the end with the odd juicy touch as well but overall it was an interesting beer without being overly complex. Some further fruits also appeared right at the end in the form of some dates and figs; very nice stuff.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite sweet without being overpowering or sickening, there was a few sugars and darker fruits adding to it but the balance remained good. It was an easy-going beer on the way down and seemed well carbonated with some dryness nearer the end. Not an overly complex beer by any means but it remained interesting and enjoyable throughout.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice beer without blowing you away, the taste of cherries and chocolate was something different and proved quite enjoyable; it definitely reminded you of a Black Forrest gateau without coming through as an overly sweet beer. There was a nice balance to proceedings and although not overly complex, some nice dark fruits and subtle malts did feature. Perhaps not quite as good as I’d hoped for but still a really nice beer and I’d be tempted to look out for this years edition towards the end of the year.

Brewed In: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Brewery: Mad Hatter Brewing
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Baltic Porter
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.70

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