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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2772) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle received in trade nicks6217. Pours very dark brown with a very small bubbly goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, smoke, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred US oak, caramelized apples, roasted almonds, hay, bourbon, raisins, dates, bourbon, apple brandy, hazelnuts and hints of bitter chocolate. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, biscuits, smoke, vanilla fudge, roasted malts, brown sugar, apple brandy, bourbon, charred US oak, roasted coconut, raisins, prunes, dates, moist soil, dried pine needles, wet stone and hints of tummy warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny roasted astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, apple skins, moist soil, biscuits, apple brandy, hay, smoke and charred wood. Incredibly complex…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle, huge thanks to Alex (_angst_). Almost black beer, small head. Bourbon aroma, whisky, cream, vanilla, licorice, grapes, raisins, figs, dades, caramel, candy notes, warming alcohol, hazelnuts, nutcreme, toffee, chocolate, vinous notes. Malty caramel flavor, hazelnuts, citrus, raisins, figs, warming alcohol, licorice, salty, tar, cocoa, hay notes. Sweetish alcohol finish with caramel, licorice, grapes and salty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2014 RBWG Grand Tasting. Dark brown pour with tan head. Complex aroma. Brown sugar, a touch of smoke, bourbon, chocolate, cherries. The flavor follows the aroma. Smooth, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewje41 (426) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle pour 2010 at the brewery. Strong aroma. Really nice aged flavor with hints of cherry. One of the best beers ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (917) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
beige head disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma candysugar, umami, soy, porto, sweet, vanilla. taste like aroma, cherries? with sweet aftertaste. dense mouthfeel, fair carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1865) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Hair of the dog matt at RBWG-2014 Intimidating strong aroma suggests boozy syrup over dark bread with a touch of smoke. Flavor follows. It is sweet and syrupy. Interesting for sure, but too extreme. More cordial than ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (211) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany. Light carbonation. Quickly diminishing head, light spotty lacing. Aroma is fantastic. Nice deep oak with sweet molasses and slight alcohol/bourbon sting. A second (and third) smell gives some vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is almost as it smells. The body is relatively light as I was expecting something thicker from the sweet molasses on the nose. The oak, vanilla and alcohol interplay in smooth cohesion. Nothing to overbearing but all very present. Finishes very clean. No alcohol sting, but rather a nice warming sensation. A bit sticky on the palate at the end...some lingering notes of booze and caramel in the back. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #51. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of earth, toffee, herbal hops, mild smoke. The taste is sweet toffee malts, citrus, raisin, caramel, nuts. Medium bodied, good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2085) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Aroma: Bourbon, Smoked Malts, Plums, Candied Sugar Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Minimal Brown Head Ring, No Lacing Taste: Dark Fruit, Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Mildly Smokey Mouthfeel: Poor Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (686) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
This brew is a fitting choice for my 500th rate. Pours a dark brown. Scent is rich, sweet, and boozy. Flavor is all over the place yet is somehow unified. Smoke, molasses, and fruit combine in lovely fashion. Thick and lasting on the tongue. Bottle - Share from jrob21

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