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RATINGS: 488   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle from trevor211 - thanks a ton. I wanted to wait, but this one kept calling my name (and I have another bottle sourced it looks like) so screw it. This one has a beautiful brownish, murky pour - very reminiscent of Adam. Aroma is a really nice mix of oak, bourbon, wine, apple, smoke, chocolate and so much else - unreal complexity in the nose alone! Flavor has a good bit of oak/wet wood with the bourbon being slightly more noticeable than the Apple Brandy. Smokiness is fantastic here with just enough smoky campfire and a good bit of wood and sweetness. Some funky cheese here too Theres candy, a multitude of fruits and earth. Probably the most complex beer I’ve sampled. Crazy good mouthfeel with just a hint of alcoholic heat and just enough sweetness and wood. This blows away almost all other Wood-based beers as its so well balanced, and I’m gonna guess its only gonna get better. Hypnotizingly awesome, and I don’t usually like young HOTDs nearly as much as older ones. A 5 all the damn way.


4.2
beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
#1700 rating. Small bottle shared at Brian’s. Pours a murky dark brown with no head. Aroma is smoky, dark fruits, prunes, bourbon. Taste is oily, boozy, dark fruits, prunes, chocolaty. Very nice.

3.8
radarsock (1193) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2017
Popped its cap off at 3:00 pm. Made steak with Lebanese garlic sauce as a complimentary sustenance.
An dedicated, terrifying special release will finally be opened. Matt loudly announces to me how good it think it smells. Smoked acorns in a vat of dark caramel was instinctual. Let warm and burnt sugary, vanilla sugary, and aggressive woody goodness will invade your olfactory similar to how the boozy maltiness common in those freakish Bruery strong ales have come out. The magical rum raisin flavor only appeared when I started sniffing heavily at the liquid as if I were in the depths of a serious coke binge.
The maltiness of this strange and wonderful brew is a miasma of interesting and irreverent bellicosity. Matt cares not where you’re from, an intense donnybrook will be in your future with this unforgiving mammoth. If the burnt sugary aestheticism isn’t for you, give the bottle for the air to inspect for a few minutes before drinking again: boiled beets, graham bread, oak, and rum raisin ice cream can be seen leering in now. A well-meaning sugar bomb that probably was at its prime two years ago.
The palate-washing warmth is possibly the most impressively "scotch like" I’ve encountered in a beer all year. A single asthmatic exhalation of tobacco leafs, underripe figs, and maple sugar on its slowly lingering finish.
Thick, creamy almost, and complex: another unquestionable oak-bready beer with a noteworthy burn.

4.4
gunnfryd (14872) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2017
KRS 110317. THX to Bergstaden. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma isdried fruit, chocolate, smoked, bourbon. Flavor is dried fruits, raisin, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, oxidation, oak. Full Body. Complex very nice beer.

4
Jyrsa (834) - - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle at tasting session with friends. Thanks Tide! Herbal, licorice, char, alcohol, vanilla, raisin. Sweet but well balanced. Muddy palate and an appropriate finish.

4.2
GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle thanks to Blue_Zulu! Pours near opaque brown/black with no head. Aroma is caramel, slight booziness, dark fruits, prunes. Taste is smoke, slightly peated nutiness, a hint of cocoa, a hint of raisins, honey syrupiness, some apple tartness. Syrupy mouthfeel.

4.1
Tide (3895) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle from Hair of the Dog. Dark brown color, minimal beige head. Bittersweet taste with raisins, dried fruits, oak, toffee, bread and ripe fruits. Bittersweet taste with oak, raisins, dried fruits, resin, toffee, bread and hops. Exquisite American strong.

4.5
AgentAle (1745) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2017
Aroma is dense roasted malts, raisins, butterscotch and toffee. Taste is again deep deep rich malts An almost chewy mouthfeel. Fantastic light earthy notes meet the intense malt profile and work on harmony. An almost buttery and soft caramel drizzle greets the finish. Light bitterness but subtle. Appearance is black with a thin brown head that understandibly doesn’t last long given the high abv.

3.9
jc1762 (1435) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle into a snifter showing opaque dark caramel brown with no head despite an aggressive pour. The nose shows a strong alcohol background with sweet notes of figs, molasses, caramel, smoke, bourbon, and hints of raisins and light red apple. The palate is full bodied, oily, and slick with no carbonation. Flavors of brandy, light apple, figs, Belgian yeast, and molasses but completely dry with a light vanilla background. The finish shows a lot of bourbon - vanilla, smokiness, and savory umami notes. Very light alcoholic heat despite the high ABV.

4.3
markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2017
Backlog, bottle shared. Poured darker Brown with Some tanned bubbles. Nose of toasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, Dried fruits, prunes, riped apples, oak, bourbon, soaked raisins, light oxidized porto kind of notes. Unique and delicious

3.7
Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2017
I didn’t rate this? I had it with Bonney back in the day. Ticked 5/5. Right on. Has a bit of haze. No head. Medium brown. The aroma is a bit soy sauce, hazelnut halva, and rice syrup...it’s a bit complex aroma and these were the first three I pulled out. That eau de vie comes across strong. On the palate, this is soft, sweet, light dates, prune, some fruity dark sugars. The big thing is that it is refined, and smooth.


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