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Hair of the Dog Matt

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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Courtesy of Per
Dark brown color; no carbonation nor head. Rich aroma, sweet caramel, molasses, maple syrup, plums, raisins; it also has a mouldy oak cask touch, a bit musky too. Good body strength, partially syrupy mouthfeel; the flavor goes in line with the aroma: maple syrup, more chocolatey, a bit alcoholic, with molasses and some raisin, with strong bitterness. It would be better if the final would be less alcoholic. Interesting; I don’t think it’s spectacular, but it’s a good Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Thanks Dr. Bill. Pours a very viscous dark golden brown with a dark caramel head. Sweet, malty aroma with a soft smokey edge, booze, sweet fruit, and dark toasted caramel. Flavor is sweet with good roasted malt underpinnings, brandy, wood, and a hint of smoky autumn apples. The syrupy body coast the palate leaving it a bit sticky. It adds a bit of heaviness to this beer, but that is balanced out somewhat by the pleasant alcohol presence.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Rating #1000 for me, and I couldn’t have picked a better beer for the occasion, I have to give a huge thanks to Andre 5000 for sending me a couple of bottles. Rating #156. Deep dark mahogony pour with virtually no head. Great aroma, wood, some alcohol, a little soy sauce, chocolate, a lot of stuff going on there. Flavor was much the same, some dark, ripe fruits thrown in there, very rich and silky and a little sticky, this was glorious. 񡹨)

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Bottle from trevor22 - thank you sir! The nose is the least appealing part - very straightforward dark caramel malt in that typical HotDog style. The color is also well-trod ground for Mr. Sprints: a dark ruby brown. Then you taste it. Apple, caramel, winter spice (only a twist), then something very odd like taro, cream, vanilla, and somehow only the lightest whisper of wood. Is it perverse that I found this refreshing?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
From Dasilky1 for my birthdaybeer. Pours the color of Ron Burgundy’s finest brown suit with a nice head. Smells of sour apple, dried fruit, smoke, dry dog food, vinegar and some nice sour funk. Tastes of molasses, raisins, apples, black licorice, and good bourbon. Boooozy with a warming alcohol finish there’s a lingering but not unpleasant film left in your mouth. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Thanks go out to MJ for the trade. Sampled to celebrate the eve of playitbybeer’s 23rd birthday. Pours pretty headless and a dark brown with a purple hue. The nose is explosively vinous and boozy with a meaty smokiness and interesting notes of celery, ocean breeze, and apple cider. I could sit here for hours analyzing that nose. Huge vinous flavors and boozy too, and thick, dark, and meaty with residual sweetness from the candy sugar, adequate balancing green hop notes, hot warming alcohol, smokey nuances, and a grape-like or even raisin-like fruitiness. It almost has a cuvee de tommee-like malt profile without the wild yeast funk or sourness...so it’s got an old school refined sipper like attitude. Hella nice.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2009
creamy and delicious, woah.. dark ruby with a medium head .. so complex, and the locks were changed .. . plum to berry to apple to burnt wood; so so so complex oh whaaat a dream, merrily merrily ..fuck! so delicious! .. hammers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks so much Jason. Sick. As expected, another big, rich, chewy, smokey, complex concoction from Alan Sprints. The combination of the already high abv and the barrels make this brew slightly too hot to handle right now but I can see this developing rather nicely in the years to come. Must find more to age.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle - thanks BuckeyeBoy. Pours a dark leathery brown with a thin, creamy tan head. Artful bits of sticky lacing. Sweet aroma is malty, dark fruits, brown sugar, and barrel notes. Flavor is rich and smooth. A very well balanced and blended taste of malt, dark pitted fruits, bananas, cloves, vinous, chocolate, and barrel notes. Silky and warming. Absolutely wonderful. I wonder what it would be like to freeze it twice and barrel age it for 20 years...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle via trade from adamharbaugh on BA - thanks for this awesome beer! Shared at a tasting with some BAs and my girlfriend, who is becoming quite the beer person herself. Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, smoke, and even a hint of tartness. Flavor is mostly malty with caramel, toffee, vanilla, prune, fig, black cherry, bourbon, roast/smoke, chocolate, apple, and some mildly tart barrel notes. Incredibly complex and tasty. Palate medium-full and smooth with long-lasting flavor and some alcohol warmth. This is a phenomenal beer. Hope I get a chance to try it again.


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