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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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
A - Brown in color with very little head present. There is some lacing though, once you tilt the glass from side to side. The brown is clear though, as you can see a small amount through the glass. Small bubbles are visible along the edge of the glass, but really nothing much to note. S - Lots of sweetness going on here. Some fruits, sugars, malts all hitting your nose all at once. A big whiff puts the smell in your nostrils for a good amount of time even while the glass is away from your nose. There is some alcohol burn but really not a lot considering the ABV on this beer. T - Apples, bourbon, oak, sweet sugars and vanilla. Very little alcohol detected here, which is impressive. A full-creamy finish, very rich. Lack of carbonation takes away from the taste. M - Medium bodied. Very rich. Pretty much flat, which is disappointing for me. D - A sipper for sure, but I do like this one. I don’t know if I’ll try to score another through trades, because I’m disappointed that it’s basically flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
The emperor has no clothes. Bottle. Very dark brown. I thought it had a red/purple tinge while pouring. No head. Not a big aroma, hint of fruit and ash. Almost a liqueur. Dark alcohol fumes in the finish and aftertaste. Smoke and ash, possibly hte advertised apple, alcohol, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10708) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Burgundy coloured. Light brown head. Sweetness, berries, ripe fruits and alcohol in the nose. Flavour is roasted, swete, alcoholdense has loads of alcohol, notable chocolate and wood. Light spices as well. Nice and complex and actually quite balanced. Quite full bodied. Is sweetish and alcoholdense in the end. Has a somewhat grapish touch as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (35029) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small redish glare and a minimal white head. Cherry fruity and roasted malt aroma. Sweet malty and light honey like flavoured. Smooth fruity and roasted malt flavoured. Lingering smooth finish with a nice malt, cherry and honey mix of flavours. Just my simple reference of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (30378) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Bottled. A brown beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, roasted malt, wood, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, chocolate, wood, and over ripe fruits, leading to an alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 No head, flat as a pancake; near-black beer with reddish shine. Superb, alcoholic/fruity nose, complex, cognac-like, vanilla from new oak. Alcoholic, fusels, vanilla & Bourbon casks; sweet-ish, bananaester, oranges. Aftertaste with raisins in cognac. Very viscous, alcohol thinning the body. The nose is something out of a wet beer dream. The rest isn’t exactly bad, neither.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Wow, amazing. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, dark rich malt, some apple towards the end. Flavor extremely similar but even more potent. Just a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle, thanks to mj. To be perfectly honest, I did not get all that many complexities out of this beer, really just all the notes that are explicitly supposed to be there, bourbon, apple, chocolate, smoke, rich malt, and a distinct sweetness surely from the candy sugar. And to be further perfectly honest, it was awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
... at present, this is my 32th beer from the Ratebeer top 50...
Pours deep dark, muddy brown with a thin, creamy, yellowish rim of film. Aroma has a hell of a lot of character. Green apples, rubber, dark chocolate, plums, raisins, light tobacco. Low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is impressively complex. Rubber, dark chocolate, plums, raisins, oak, apples, roasted malts. A touch of smoke and thyme. Impressive viniousness. Long, lingering, warming aftertaste. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
multiple bottles shared by rustychiles and sparky27... thanks guys. Aroma of leather and tobacco. Murky brown body with off white head. Good flavors in the mix thick caramel malt, molasas and tobacco. Another good HOTD brew thanks pals.

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