Ever heard of Madcap? This new Scottish minature 1 barrel brewery started in November 2009 based in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. Story goes ma man Adam, at my local specialist drinks shop hispirits, formerly beer ritz, suggested I tried these Mad Cap beers from the breweries contemporary bottled beer range. So I thought instead of trying one, I'll go for all the three available. What intrigued me firstly was the quirky labelling, then the alcohol contents, 9%, 10%, 9%. So no holding back on the abv's here. Here are some short reviews conducted from my newly acquired garden.
9% Belgian Triple style ale.
Pale golden with little to no head and loads of CO2. Aromas are peculiar and hard to describe... A little like opal fruit sweets. On the palate is immediately sweet with tropical and berry fruit lifted by high carbonation (think fruit sorbet) with malt sweetness reappearing in the finish.
10% Imperial Stout.
A fairly bold imperial stout reminiscent of many American interpretations but just that bit sweeter. Smooth chocolate, bready toasted malt and a sort of inky liquorish sweetness dominate this one. I also found it to go great with Ben & Jerry's Baked Alaska Ice Cream. Creamy white chocolate meets rich milk chocolate with liquorish notes underpinning. I would have tried pouring it over If I had another bottle.
Kind of a high gravity pale ale infused with Auldgirth honey. At first I was expecting this to be a kind of a high gravity summer quaffer, but its pretty heavy. Pours a deep auburn bronze/mahogany with caramelised candy like aromas. Flavours combine a honey malt richness with sticky toffee and Werther's Original sweets followed by more rich honey. So again rich, fairly sweet and complex. This one found a soft spot for some Cornish Brie I was nibbling on at the time.
Pretty interesting beers that love to play on the complex sweet/rich notes. Impressive for such a tiny plant, and good products often mean a good future so we might be seeing more of these guys in the future. It would be good to try some of their cask beers. Has anyone yet?