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RATINGS: 456   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
rating #1000. its been a long road and there are many people to thank. i would like to thank most of all the D/FW crew for getting me here and all those i have met or traded with. bottle graciously provided by maltomeal. thanks a ton. poured a dark brown with a beige head and some lace. aroma was about as pure as can be with caramel, dark fruits, licorice and a whole bunch of other stuff that i just couldnt place. the flavor was even more complex than the aroma. i could only pick out the caramel, dark fruits, and licorice because there was so much stuff going on. had a wonderfully full body with a slick body that coated the tongue in Awwwww, which is a constant state of refreshment. i just cant describe how good this was.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle from 5000 in a Hard Liver trade. Second time trying this one. Nutty, lots of brandy aroma, very strong, intense, powerful fruits, and vodka. Sweetish, very thick body, full of barrel/spirits character. Great fruit complexity. No smoke noted. Has a slow burn on the way down. A bit disappointing for me. Canít even figure out what to say about this one, unfortunately.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Hazy dark pour. Smells of wonderful flavoring created by a perfect mix. Some amounts of fruit and cocoa. Niceness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009

Rating #2200

9/27/2009: Hair of the Dog Matt Commemorative Ale... Aroma: Deep caramelized malt; blackberries. Appearance: Dark (much darker than anticipated); creamy beige head. Flavor: Oaky; apple char; lots of port characteristics and vanilla; whiskey in the finish; no alcohol burn. Palate: Medium-full; smooth, mellow, and creamy. Overall: Damn good; definitely would like to have this again!

12 fl. oz. bottle ( 11.5% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! I appreciate it! Rating #165 for this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Rating # 1000 for Hophead22.. Thanks for sharing Tim... Pours dark brown with no head.. Aroma was bourbon, caramel and some dark fruits.. Flavor was bourbon, slightly roasty and very sweet. Low carbonation.. Tasty stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15071) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at MesandSimís tasting Aug 09. Clear dark brown colour, thin beige head. Some barrel ageing, touch of calvedos. Quite hot from the alcohol. Very boozy. Really just too hot. Good vanilla and some of the dark fruits. Boozy. Bit of decent apple brandy/bourbon but again just not my thing in any way shape or form.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Caramelized apples, figs sauteed in brandy, alder smoke, and alcohol heat rise from the chalice. Very dark, cidery look to the pour. It leaves ílegsí on the glass when swirled, and the minimal head dissipates quickly. Flavor is a tidal wave of smokey brown sugar, simmered apples, and sweet bourbon. Viscous and well-rounded with a lingering finish. Fantastic sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks anniversary. Thanks Nik for the trade. Head consists of only a thin ring around the glass, but lacing sticks to the sides. Dark brown, nearly black old engine oil. Aromas of bourbon, figs, toasted caramel. The beer has low carbonation with a noticable alcohol heat. Mostly toasted malts. Hop bitterness is hidden by caramelized sugars and rich bourbon notes. Thereís some spice, licorice, and a sticky coating at the end. Iím a sucker for good bourbon barrel ales. Yet another spectacular brew from Alan. Canít wait for the HOTD Nov. dock sale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11920) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle sample shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Heavy woody, pine, citrus and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Standout complex brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with lots of dark fruit notes and a little anise. Full bodied and hot.


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