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RATINGS: 430   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
On tap at Brouwerís. Medium/dark brown with thin head. Big dark chocolate aroma. Deep mix of smoke, thick molasses, chocolate, tobacco and some sharp fruit. Pretty big bitter finish. A little alcohol burn, but not even close to being too much. Moderate thickness. Just a fantastic blend, and the barrels add just enough

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle @ HotD, 2010 vintage, enjoyed three years after bottling. Is it in any way possible to fulfil the expectations following this bottle? Well, it starts very good, pouring velvety black with a nice finger thick creamy and mocha head. Aroma definitely follows in style with magnificent roasted malts with dark fruits and prunes, as well as an oaky wooden sweetness with a nice vanilla bourbon touch. Full and powerful, yet without overdoing anything. Full creamy body with soft carbonation, nicely following the velvety theme. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, muscovado, tobacco, vanilla and oak barrels, as well as cocoa and chocolate. The balanced sweet after taste finishes up all the expectations and then some.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
At the tapping tonight, a table of us all ordered a Matt and a New Belgium Wild. We all started in on the Matt, and eight guys whoíd like nothing more than to sit and talk about beer all shut up pretty quickly. Everybody there was a homebrewer, everybody there had tons of questions about and insights into the beer, but after a couple sips we were all sitting silent, smiling at our glasses like smitten little schoolboys. Thatís worth noting before we get started actually talking about the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle on release day, sampled at near-room temperature. Mmmm....wow. Beautiful dark brown pour with very little head, lovely and almost impossibly complex aroma of chocolate and vanilla, the smoke quite subdued in the background. Sweet and full, chocolate flavors layering over sweet bourbon, brandy-like apple filling it out, just outrageously good. Full, rich mouthfeel, sure a touch of alcohol, ahh....itís going to age like nobodyís business. This one is worthy. 9/4/8/5/18=4.4 5 years old, April 2014. Almost flat. Rich, thick, milk-chocolately. Aroma is bourbon forward, melding with aged hops. Prominent alcohol, unfortunately. Not sure I really need 12 oz of this -- 6 might be enough. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0. This is a lowball rating, based on my current preference for more drinkable instead of more intense, so Iíll split the difference. August 2014. Cellar temperature. Almost flat, as above. Aroma of oak and apple, leather and tobacco, a touch of chocolate, a touch of smoke. Gorgeous flavor, just the right level of sweetness for what it is trying to do(which is pretty high), boozy vanilla, dark fruit (raisin), smoke. The epitome of a strong Hair of the Dog Beer. Viscous and delicious on the tongue. I donít understand why the lowball last April; this is spectacular and Iím through the first 6 oz before I know what has happened. This is at least a 4.4. It could go as high as 4.6. The only place it gets dinged is for the palate (too still at this age) but it gets bumped an extra point on flavor to return to 4.4 as originally.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Mmmm....wow. Beautiful dark brown pour with very little head, lovely and almost impossibly complex aroma of chocolate and vanilla, the smoke quite subdued in the background. Sweet and full, chocolate flavors layering over sweet bourbon, brandy-like apple filling it out, just outrageously good. Full, rich mouthfeel, sure a touch of alcohol, ahh....itís going to age like nobodyís business. This one is worthy. 9/4/8/5/18=4.4 5 years old, April 2014. Almost flat. Rich, thick, milk-chocolately. Aroma is bourbon forward, melding with aged hops. Prominent alcohol, unfortunately. Not sure I really need 12 oz of this -- 6 might be enough. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0. This is a lowball rating, based on my current preference for more drinkable instead of more intense, so Iíll split the difference. August 2014. Cellar temperature. Almost flat, as above. Aroma of oak and apple, leather and tobacco, a touch of chocolate, a touch of smoke. Gorgeous flavor, just the right level of sweetness for what it is trying to do(which is pretty high), boozy vanilla, dark fruit (raisin), smoke. The epitome of a strong Hair of the Dog Beer. Viscous and delicious on the tongue. I donít understand why the lowball last April; this is spectacular and Iím through the first 6 oz before I know what has happened. This is at least a 4.4. It could go as high as 4.6. The only place it gets dinged is for the palate (too still at this age) but it gets bumped an extra point on flavor to return to 4.4 as originally.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Brown black colour, white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, a hint of apples. Sweet flavour, wood, bourbon, chocolate and caramel. Sweet finish, vanilla, apple, sticky dates and wood. Forgot the vintage, but a great brew it is!!
(From 355mL bottle @ Antwerp Gettogether Tasting. Shared by digita7693, LoPo87 and Sam. Thanks guys!!)

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2027) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle: 2010 vintage. Thanks, Jeff. Thick, viscous looking pour; a mix of dark brown & black in color with essentially no head. A modest, thin tan ring around the edge is the only sign of life. Insane aroma; honestly one of the best in business. Dizzyingly complex. Black cherries, figs, oak, vanilla beans, bourbon, semi-tart apples, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, blackcurrants & plums, ashy tobacco, light char, smoke, & a beautiful residual sweetness that ropes everything together & never comes off as overpowered or cloying. The alcohol commands itself on the palate, but asserts robustness rather than messiness, as the integration is nearly seamless. Sweet apples drenched in bourbon with a huge melange of fruit coming off; cherry, grape, plum, sugar coated dates, & currants, all coated in a thick lacquer of sticky toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, & sherry. Lots of wood & spicy, wet oak in the periphery with a finish that veers more towards the signature Hair of the Dog flavors of ashy tobacco leaves, earthy leather, & mild smoked cedar. Huge beer on the palate, thick enough to cut with a knife; viscous, oily, coating. Boozy oak, dark fruits, apples, molasses, & roasty campfire smoke are leftovers on the palate, & will be lingering for days. Absolutely incredible.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2323) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Thanks t0rin0! Murky deep brown liquid with minimal light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, dark fruit, port wine, tobacco, peppery spice, toffee and sweet alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee and raisins. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really good, complex. Awesome sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (329) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle í13 - Pours a dark brown w/ light tan head. The nose is bourbon, smoke, sweetness, and smoky. The taste is chocolate, apples, sweet, dates, and bourbon. There is some booze here but still drinkable and pretty smooth. Itís kind of an odd beer but it seems to work well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
(old rating, 04/2012). (almost) black beer, dark beige, fast disappearing head. Roasted malts, sweet alchol, bourbon and porto, vanilla en red fruit in the aroma. Taste: chocolate and licorice, sweet soft alcohol, bourbon, dark red fruit and resins, vanilla, ... Very good indeed!


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