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Hair of the Dog Matt

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RATINGS: 458   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 17/20
jake65 (3019) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3782) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (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.

   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). I’m not entirely convinced that it all hangs together, but it’s a very good beer and I’m super stoked to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1513) - 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.

   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 don’t 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
Bottled, thanks xmarcnolanx! Pours thick with mahogany colour, almost no head. Woody pear abd orange aroma. Concentrated flavours with plenty of smoke, wood and caramel. Very powerful with massive amounts of soft malt backing up the high alcohol creating a warming, full flavoured concotion that are to be enjoyed very carefully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a clear dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of smoke, cherry, chocolate, light sourness, spice, caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fresh dark fruit, light sourness. Generally medium body with a pleasing finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle generously shared by JCB. Pours dark brown with reddish tint. Sweet nose in the way that many HOTD beers are sweet. Apples, complex malt. Some wood and vanilla/bourbon. Mild smoke/tobacco/leather. Goodness in a bottle.

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