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Hair of the Dog Matt

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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Thank you God in Heaven for allowing me to try this masterpiece. $18 for a 12 oz. at Brouwer’s (where I tried the beer), and $25 at Bottleworks, where is was out of stock. Nice black color. This beer has a nice viscous pour. Not much carbonation on this thing, except for a few bubbles popping out. You can tell that if you were able to produce a head on this thing it would have a deep dark chocolate head. A lovely aromatic aroma of chocolate and bourbon. The smoke isn’t coming out much at first, but as the beer gets a bit warmer I smelling the subtle hints of smoke. Some touches of wood come through in the aroma as well. Just a very nice deep and complex aroma. I thought this beer was going to be undercarbonated, but it is far from it. The carbonation gives a nice smooth backing to the chocolate and strong bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor isn’t strong to where you get that sour-type bourbon flavor. The smoke comes out more and more as the beer gets warmer, and you being to taste it later on. I can see how there were apples used at some point in the brewing/aging process, because I get a VERY subtle fruit flavor. This beer is awesome and I am very happy to have tried and very satisfied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle, Caramel. Dark fruit and wood tones. Finishes slightly dry, bitter. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 26/09/2009 Bourbon malt aroma. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a crisp dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (5890) - GERMANY - NOV 22, 2009
Big thanks to mreusch for this one! The bottle looks great, the beer in the glass is deep black, small head. Strong malty aroma. Starts also very strong, intense notes of chocolate, nougat, coffee. Also a little bit alcoholic, warming. Finish a bit prickly-woody. Goes down soft like velvet, warm burning aftertaste. A wonderful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a spicy malty caramel and chocoalte aroma with some weak hints of smoke. Fruity malty dark fruit flavor, chocolate flavor hints of caramel and some weak hints of smoke. Has a slightly roasted malty fruity dark fruit finish with hints of chocolate, caramel and smoke. Vert nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Deep brown pour with no head at all. The nose is very rich and intense. Lots of heavy, tarry sweetness. Rich aroma with a lot of heavy molasses and a rich oaky sweetness. Chewy cocoa and a prominent smokiness over a heavy dried fruitiness. Prunes and plums as well as some nice pear fruitiness. Chewy with a lot of vanilla and more oaky tannins. Lingering chewy body with a mix of leather and oak. Big and tasty. I quite like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz.
Clear dark red brown color with virtualy none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dark berry, moderate smoke. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090724]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
bottle thanks to tthomas (BA trade). Pours dark with small white bubbles instead of head. Nose is of dark fruit and chocolate. Some alcohol. Taste is fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is chewy and alcohol noticeable. Very good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - 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. Can’t even figure out what to say about this one, unfortunately.

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