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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Matt VandenBerghe and Matt Bonney (Bottleworks and Brouwers in Seattle) personify the spirit and dedication that has helped craft beer become the vibrant industry it is today. This Beer was originally Brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Bottleworks, and will be released every few years from the Brewery. Matt is made with two Munich malts, two Smoked malts and two types of Belgian candy sugar. It is aged in Kentucky Bourbon and Apple Eau de Vie barrels from Clear Creek distilling. Matt is deep and lush with notes of apple, chocolate and smoke.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 12oz bottle purchased long ago in 2010. Reviewed from notes, consumed 12-17. 2010 vintage. A: Black like charred ash. A thin creme lacing and sticky, sticky legs. N: Deep inhalations of smoke and apple brandy. Chocolate and leather drift in and out between the charred oak. There’s deep vanilla here and caramel. Rich and inviting. T: Smoke, candi sugar, and malt. Bourbon and oak notes overlap with the apple brandy depth. A second layer of chocolate and leather. This is absolutely superb. M: A hefty body with a completely shocking lack of alcohol. This is carbonated, if barely. Lingers. O: A complete tour de force. The 2010 is the superior vintage, by far, in my estimation, and this is drinking quite well at 2 years old. Glad I have more. Edit: After having this one on tap for the 2013 vintage, I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite beer right now and deserves a bump accordingly.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1793) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from a trade. 2013. Dark brown pour. No head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with a slight booziness. Complex. Medium thick mouthfeel. Low carb. Loved this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1303) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured clear brown with light beige head. Aroma is super caramel light roast malts sweet. Light carb med bod. Complex taste quite sweet boozy tobacco roast.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theothermatt (224) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle as a present. 2013 Vintage. Brown pour without head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and apples. A nice richness to this. Boozy with hints of apple, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and charcoal. Really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1006) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2013 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, oak, hickory smoke. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a huge savory following and slight ethanol finish. Overall, this brew is amazing!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (622) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2014
2013 bottle in trade with bursprak, Thanks mate! Muddy brown pour into Unibroue glass. Minor head. Aroma is oak, mild bourbon, molasses, prunes, dates. Great complex smell which doesn’t rely on any one characteristic. Also, one of the very few beers with a dark fruit smell which doesn’t remind me of a Belgian strong, which is good. Taste begins with massrive sweetness like fortified wine, then honeyed prunes and dates, toffee, caramel. Lovely soft carbonation. Abv extremely well hidden. Finishes with a very very mild smoke which is surprising for its lightness - must have used less smoked malts in this most recent vintage. Dry finish. Just a great drinking beer here! As it warms dark fruits take over more and a boozey vibe. Overall, best HoD I’ve yet had - perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Like the best parts of Adam and Fred had a baby and called it Matt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle [from trade with cavemanlawyer, big thanks!!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Niels. Opaque dark brown to black color, small off-white head that diminishes instantly. Aroma is malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary. Tastes about the same: malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary, perhaps a slight bitter. But it’s just not, no totally not what I had expected it to be. Quite a disappointment.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sherry, bourbon, sweet, alcohol, red wine, rinse appelstroop, boozy. Pretty sweet stuff. Tastes cider, cork, mead, honey, alcohol, sweet, booze, wallnut. Full body, soft carbo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (3057) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, boozy, sweet, awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
355 ml bottle split two ways, thanks Aaron! Almost black pour, slightly see through at the edges, with a small beige head. This one has so many things going on, tobacco, vanilla, apples, loads of dark dried fruits, roast, some light smoke and some bourbon. In a weird way all this comes together in a beautiful way and it’s a great sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1076) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle at Hair of the Dog. Pours black with very little to no head. Aroma is strong of chocolate, sweet, molasses, coconut, apples, roast . Taste is a little roasty, sweet fruits, low carbonation, full bodied, tons of flavor. Overall, great.


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