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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
Thanks to Pantanap for sharing. Dark brown almost opaque with small beige pancake head. Cherry, apple aroma with barrel, beautiful, sweet, subtle smoke. Flavor is cherry, some alc, slightly sour, bourbon, sweet dark fruit, appe butter, dirty, earthy, smoke comes off as char, dates, alc finish, delicious. Medium to thin with watery body. What an amazing beer, one of the best that I’ve had in awhile, well since dirty horse.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle THANK YOU DAKNOLE! Dark cloudy reddish brown with scattered lacing. Apple brandy beer with a perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness,both intense, with subtle harmonics of smoke and fruit. Exceptional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a clear caramel with ruby highlights and a small brown head. Aroma is apple skins, peated malt, brown sugar, brandy, caramel, alcohol, and raisins. Flavor is alcohol, roasted barley, peat smoked malts, and a nice touch of apple. Remarkably dry for a beer this big and this young. Medium body with little carbonation. I’m hoping the flavors will mellow and blend on this guy over a year or so.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
T3. Huge thanks to padrefan98 for this one. I’d like a sixer of this to go please. Red brown with a tiny head and lace. Subdued nose. Oak and warmth. Tiny bit of sourness hidden in there, along with a hint of chocolate. The flavor was remarkably complex. Caramel, cola, hops and malt, vanilla. Smooth and sharp all at once. Seriously delightful. I cannot even begin to relate the complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2316) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2009
Thanks to AmEricanbrew for sharing. Flavor is apple wood smoked bacon, tart apple pie / crumble, cinnamon, and vanilla. Nose is pretty much the same. This beer is like a delicious breakfast and I really like to see the use of smoked malts. Well done. Medium mouthfeel. Long and haunting finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Thanks to suzygreenberg for trading me this bottle. Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. Phenominal beer. I hope to visit the creator this summer. So complex, so delightful. I wish I were a poet. Damn good, caramel, malts, vanilla. Incredible!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of padrefan at T3 tasting. Brown pour with a very small thin head. The aroma was big and bold with mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves and allspice. The taste was complex and showed a fair amount of peat along with, apples, toffee, hazelnuts and spices. The finish is long with a lingering wine quality. The palate is smooth and creamy. Overall: A great brew. Thank Jon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to americanbrew. Pours a very dark brown, cloudy, with faint orange hues. Aroma of nice fruit, dark malt, cherries. Flavor is very sweet, smoke, wood, beef jerky, some fruit. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, Very good stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Sampled this one with a bunch of tickers and a high thanks to Padrefan98 for bringing this. Aroma of peat, scotch, and apple cider. Flavors were incredible, peat, scotch, apple, malt, and a little booze. This is worth the effort.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
My god, thank you to my fellow Jon, not John, that second H is totally unneccessary, its worthless. Real, yes I said Real Jons are spelled Jon not John. Thats stupid, and as such Jon made a good choice, and this is my first try of Matt the beer everyone loves. Pours brown with a bubbly/ no head. Pours sweet and rich boozy, but nicely peaty and scothcy. Pours sweet, peaty, malty with awesome smoke aqnd rich apple and very complex crazy, rich and will age well!!! How do people think this is hot, its not, maybe on tap but in the glass this is smooth like butta or silk or a babies butt, yes. yes. yes.


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