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RATINGS: 464   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 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 (10420) - 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 (5187) - 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 (8159) - 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. Itís a bit on the hot side, but otherwise this is delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Tried at toncatcherís T3 tasting. Wow. Very good. Peaty. I love peaty. sweet. Big. Very smooth. Very easy to drink. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
HUGE thanks to fishingnet for sharing these bottles. Pours a deep murky brown. Nose is loads of malt, bourbon, moonshine, honey, toffee and caramel. Flavor is feint apple, warming alcohol, big bourbon, loads of roast malt, smoke, smooth toast grain, cocoa, hints of coffee, dark fruit. Absolutely amazing beer.

   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 donít know if Iíll try to score another through trades, because Iím disappointed that itís basically flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4903) - 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.

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