Breakfast Beer Tasting: Madcap Scotch Madness
Sometimes you just need a good strong Scotch Ale to give you that kick in the balls in the morning. Or so the mad Scot who lives opposite says, anyway. Taking him at his word, I thought I’d try some Madcap Scotch Madness.
Basics: It’s an 8.5%, bottle-conditioned, 330ml Scotch Ale. And no, it’s not named in honour of the fact that the Scots are considered only a little less barmy than the Welsh. Although they are, obviously.
It’s brewed in the wonderfully named Eccelfechan and poured a very dark tawny colour. It was very lively, but settled down to a middling, beige head. The aroma was predominantly sweet malt.
Taste: Quite creamy initially. There’s some caramel and toffee, but also a noticeable vinous quality to it. Easy going enough considering its ABV, but lacking any real depth of flavour.
Finish: Brief burst of sweet malt.
Conclusion: Disappointing. I’m not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I think this one lacked anything to justify the heavy alcohol content. One for the mad Scotsman who lives opposite you.