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Hair of the Dog Matt

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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2010
Murky dark brown color with no head whatsoever. Aroma is of oak, cocoa, toast and it also has a meatiness to it. Sweet caramel and dark fruit also come through in the nose. Smokelike taste gives a bit of a bacon flavor and there’s also a suggestion of peated malt. Rich caramel and dark fruits are also present with a bit of barrel character. Full bodied with minimal carbonation, this certainly wouldn’t need much carbonation, but it could use more than it has. Still pretty nice and smooth on the tongue.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheAlum (6696) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery Tap Room (Portland, OR). Consumed on site, 2010 Vintage. Pours a deeper hazy brownish hue, some purple jabs of dried fruit, tamarind color with a gentle glow on the edges that is subtle. Loose bubbly head dies to a mellow ringer, tannish layer laces smaller but the nature of the beer likely leads to that. Aromas are dried fruit, a bit of raisin and vanilla meet jabs of toast, caramel and faint cocoa. More dark and dried fruit preach plum, black cherries and raisin elements mixing with some decent growing bourbon influence, spirit and vanillin, gentle warmth and subtle apple influenced spirit. A bit deeper, residual brown sugar and gentle caramel malts behind with mellow toast. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of barrel thinning leaves it with a touch of body. Caramel and oak meet dark fruit, subtle yeastiness and some fuzzy tannic oak. Gentle spiciness, dying sweetness and more raisin, gentle tannic and sticky faint molasses appeal, brown malts. A fruit element that melds and expands, dark fruit, gentle apple, some nice oak elements and oxidized and sherry like vinous appeal is firm and flowing. Rich flavors, sufficient expertly manicured oak influence as this one ends up smooth and rich all at the same time. Chocolatey and biscuity, so much going on as the flavors ebb and flow wonderfully. Rich and flavorful, a good mastered blending and aging time as this one ends up light enough without being just oak/spirit dominated. Rich, a bit carmelized, brown malt and molasses mix with toastiness, oak, and gentle fruit, dark fruit and plum. Subtle honey, earth, oak and that gentle apple spirit really adds some complexity on top of that lovely well managed bourbon spirit. Delicious masterfully crafted stuff. World class. While the nose and pour aren’t necessarily winning awards, the flavors and flow contained within definitely are.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heather_B (237) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2013 bottle split 3 ways on 3.29.14. Dark chocolate in color with no head. Smells like dark fruit and a bit earthy. Flavor is toffee and some chocolate notes. Very oily. Drinkable. I like it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2010. Deep caramel malty smell and taste. Full body, very low carbonation, and no foam.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2015
2013 bottle at HotD. Dense murky brown pour with no head. Aroma is plum, mild apple, wood, bourbon. Similar taste. Palate is slightly dense with very soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (1321) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2015
I got to try this, fuck, over a year ago. Maybe a 2-3 oz sample pour from a buddy. I didn’t take any notes, but I got to thinking I should just enter it and maybe someday I’ll get to try it again and do a proper rating, but I was at work so I didn’t have time. I just remember it being very dark brown with basically no head and having a very complex aroma with dark fruit and some smoke notes being predominant. It was very sweet and the body was heavy, oily, and soft to almost not even carbonated. It was a great experience and one I am thankful for being a part of. Someday perhaps I will get to try it again. But until then, Dave’s not here, man.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2401) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle...Pour is dark with a very small head..Nose is Chocolate, rich, plum, alcohol, vanilla, some smoke, musty, dry oak...Taste is maple, apple skin, dark fruits, spice, chewy and rich..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (1028) - - JUN 14, 2015
2013. Dark copper, almost black. Nose is booze and prunes. Taste is the same, with a touch of ass. Rough finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2015
2013 bottle, Pour is murky brown with low carb. Aroma is big sweet figs, dark fruits, and light barrel. taste is similar, very rich and decadent.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2474) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
some fruity sugar and tang to it with wood in the background. more than a bit of dankness to this bottle. a little cider and a dash of cocoa. boozy yet beery.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle shared with Doug. Cheers! Burnt caramel, dark fruit, black treacle. Taste is great, quite thick, low carbonation, lots of fruit. Light spice. Golden syrup.


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