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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   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.


4.4
   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 playitbybeerís 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 itís 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 (7662) - .....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 (4036) - 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 (3236) - Meridian, 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 (4000) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Tweety. Pours a clear warm reddish brown with a small, rough off-white head. Intense aroma of dried fruit and some bourbon. Quite full-bodied but rather flat, hard roasted malt, Bourbon notes but also peaty whisky. Dried fruit - prunes in particular. Warming alcoholic finish. 240709

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured a dark amber mahogany color with some tan head. The nose is bright and fruity with some thick malty caramel esters up front. Not really the most nose-forward beer based upon the flavor profile, carbonation and the intended maltiness. The flavor is outrageous however. Hoppy, malty, tart and savory. Delectable! Finishes sublime and smooth. Amazing balance and overall drinkability. Thicker Adam it seems. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Big thanks to beernbourbon for putting this one up in a freebie contest - you rock, Vince! Muddy dark pour, like many HOTD beers, like something a brigand would drink from an iron cup. My initial impression was that the nose was very similar to FFTW, a blend of yeast, spice, and wood. But what distinguishes it, and this comes through as the beer warms, is the blend of smoke and the second barrel variety, with just a hint of dark sour fruit (some raisin initially, then some tart apple). Iím not entirely convinced that it all hangs together, but itís a very good beer and Iím super stoked to have tried it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1579) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
provided by fishingnet A: Pours a nice rich brown hue with a nice tan head. Nice retention and spotty lace. S: Simple aromas of oak, smoke, apples, and black cherries. T: Apple up front, tobacco, along with nice blast of fresh oak. Subtle smoke, with dark cherries, and a hint of sourness. M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation. D: Great, really is a beer worthy of the acclaim.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Thanks to JCB for sharing! I just donít see what all the hype surrounding this beer is about. Its good, but I was far from blown away. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smoke, leather, and caramel on the nose. Candi sugar, bourbon, oaky tannins, peat, and big alcoholic presence


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