RATINGS: 474   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (181) - Kent, - OCT 24, 2012
Crazy crazy stuff. I dont think Id have naturally warmed to this beer - its all over the place, wood, heat, fruit, warmth, even smoke. It risked being nutz and muddy - but hell noes. Shared with friends, in SF.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
courtneysux (3) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2017 does not count
This is one of those beers that Ive chased for a few years and finally got a couple bottles. Massively disappointed. I guess I should have paid more attention to previous reviews around the total flat carbonation of this beer - there is none. Its super sweet, flat, and smoky. If I wanted that taste profile, I would rather have scotch. Honestly, this would be a drain pour for me, if not for the scarcity and work for me to get it. Too bad, I love other HOTD beers and heavy BA strong ales. The flat carbonation absolutely destroyed my enjoyment of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1984) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2017
From bottle thanks to Daawi! Pours a very ugly sediment filled poop brown with a small off white bubbly head. Aroma has cough syrup, light leathery smoke, bourbon, gun powder, cowboy, tobacco, light booze. Taste is sweet, light roasty, toffee, caramel. Light smokey and bitter finish. Full body and a Lie carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (2276) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle thanks to daawi. Pours muddy greasy brown with a small brown bubbly head. Without a doubt one of the ugliest beers Ive ever seen hahaha. Aromas of peat, smoke, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, dust, sweet dark fruits, toffee, apples, tannins. Taste is sweet, caramel, vanilla, gunpowder, smoke, tannins, malt, sweet prunes, dates, raisins, apple liqour. Bit of a letdown honestly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiery_1 (580) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2017
355ml bottle @ the source. 2010 Vintage
Pours a semi-opaque brown with no head. Nose is molasses, fig, caramel, and hints of sweet bourbon. Flavour is just yummy. It goes down so smoothly, while rich in character. Vanilla, chocolate, tobacco and or leather, some dark fruits as well in the back. Great body! 355ml bottle @ the source. 2013 Vintage
Pours a semi-opaque brown with no head. Nose is plum, wood, light apple, swee bourbon. Flavour is just rich, smooth, and delicious... much like the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2290) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Big beer. Strong in your face aroma. I was just staining some bar stools Im making, this smells like the stain. Rather smooth for what it is. Smoke. Brown sugar. Oak, and more oak. Boozy. Thanks Douglas for this top 50 beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokestereo (343) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Pours deep dark brown with no head. Aroma; Vanilla, apples, oak, plumes, figs, toffee and bourbon. Flavours; Chocolate, vanilla, apples, plumes, toffee, bourbon, molasses and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3812) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
December 22, 2016. Bottle, vintage 2013. Received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty and fruity with toffee, vanilla, leather, raisins, plum, bourbon, oak, some sweet baked apple notes, warming alkohol. Taste is sweet, malty and light warming. Medium to full bodied, oily sticky texture, flat. Finish is sweet, smooth bitter and slight warming with caramel, plum, candied orange peel, bourbon and light roast.
Very nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1075) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin offwhite lacing N: Orange, lime, chocolate, vanilla, oak, cedar, coffee, ash, apple T: Vanilla, chocolate, hint of tar, apple, pear O: Wow! Very deep and complex and still smooth. Lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1653) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Originally reviewed 4/4/2012. Dark brown murky pour with no head. Not even a stray bubble. Flat as hell. Lots of gross looking sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The nose is out there. Chocolate, apple, leather that all combines to smell like bourbon-barrel Coca-Cola. Sweet aroma. Boozy, too. Fascinating and very nice. Tastes of sweet caramel, apple, and again coca-cola. Leathery, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Licorice. I get a lot of the Eau de Vie, but not a lot of the bourbon barrel in the taste. Very sweet. Flat as hell. Thick and syrupy. Sweet. Everything that makes it tough to drink. Its a fascinating beer. I honestly dont know how much I like it. The flavors are amazing, although I dont know how well they go together. Unique enough to really impress me, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2016
2007 bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan bubbles. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, smoke, fruitiness, bourbon, brandy and light oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiish. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, fruitiness, bourbon, light smoke, light brandy and a hint of oak with a smooth dry lingering fruity toffee finish.

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