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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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Very dark amber chestnut with a thin but stable off white head. Bloody hell. I was expecting this to be good but Christ on a bike, this is a belter. Big and boozy all round. Stunning apply calvados that reminds me a lot of of Neige Ice Cider blended perfectly with the bourbon and chocolate. Faint honey, lots of fruity sweetness. Seriously complex, fantastically rich and decadent. Amazing length, amazing balance considering how much it has going on. Utterly excellent beer. Thanks as always Grant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a dark ruby brown with a one finger light tan head. The nose is sweet, mild alcohol, cherry skins, rich and malty, mild tobacco. Flavor is very rich, malty, complex, woody, mildly sweet, raisiny, some alcohol, leather/tobacco. Smooth warm and velvety palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
12 oz bottle. Inky brown with a hazy slick and a few bubbles. Nose is licorice, caramel, apple jack, vanilla and chocolate; luscious. A silky sipper with a mild bite and a lingering, warming buzz. Taste is raisin, caramel, wood and tart blackberry. Finishes with peppery orange marmalade and dark chocolate. Lush and intoxicating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Thanks Alan. Poured dark amber brown, smooth, caramel, bourbon, vinous, wood, vanilla, little alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Thanks Fidel for going to Portland to bring this one back! Pours deep caramel brown. with no head. Nose is fruity and sweet sugars, maybe some vinous fruit? Same in the flavor with bourbon and vanilla nicely adding complexity and a bit of heat. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
What a treat.....a sample was poured for me at the Brouwers Cafe (thanks Ian!). In the bottle for a yr (or so). Dark brown/black..minimal tannish head. Great nose...vanilla, a little booze, slight smoke....good stuff. Great choco flavor....a little roasty too....light smoke coming through...glad I let it sit for a bit as it was a bit too chilly initially. Smooooth mouthfeel....great stuff. Thanks Ian for sharing!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
Black with a tiny white beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. Finished sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
God bless you fishingnet for sharing this awesome beer. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, some smoke/ band-aid, and some fruitiness. Flavor is chocolate, burnt sugar, cherry, smoke, and cocoa. With a silky-smooth mouthfeel, this full-bodied beer leaves the mouth with lingering smokey chocolate. Excellence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Big thanks to fishingnet for scoring several of these. You ROCK my friend. It pours deep dark brown with copper edges and thin tan head. The aroma is fruity, tart (a bit of crushed aspirin maybe), some booze, rich ripe dark cherries and smooth rich malts way in the back. In the taste I get a high level of something I like to call: holy shit good. That level of goodness is brimming with rich creamy dark fruitiness along with chewy rich malt sweetness. Nice combination. It then gets a somewhat ripe cherry like flavor to go along with additional notes of caramel, dark ripe grapes, molasses and some booze. Yummy, sweet, and full of assertive yummy goodness. Everything I like in a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
12oz bottle. Big thanks to 5000 for trading this to me. Pours deep brown, capped with a thin tan head that fades to a ring of bubbles encircling the glass. Beautiful aroma; apple, chocolate, bourbon, chocolate, sour cherry and pear are the predominant aromas, with caramel, dark fruit and smoke in the background. Flavor begins with smoke, peat and chocolate. Apple is more dominant in the aroma than on the palate. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, oak and apple add complexity. Peat, smoke and bourbon stick around for a long finish. It’s a bit on the hot side, but otherwise this is delicious.

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