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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 12oz bottle purchased long ago in 2010. Reviewed from notes, consumed 12-17. 2010 vintage. A: Black like charred ash. A thin creme lacing and sticky, sticky legs. N: Deep inhalations of smoke and apple brandy. Chocolate and leather drift in and out between the charred oak. There’s deep vanilla here and caramel. Rich and inviting. T: Smoke, candi sugar, and malt. Bourbon and oak notes overlap with the apple brandy depth. A second layer of chocolate and leather. This is absolutely superb. M: A hefty body with a completely shocking lack of alcohol. This is carbonated, if barely. Lingers. O: A complete tour de force. The 2010 is the superior vintage, by far, in my estimation, and this is drinking quite well at 2 years old. Glad I have more. Edit: After having this one on tap for the 2013 vintage, I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite beer right now and deserves a bump accordingly.


3.9
crispaire (242) - - SEP 17, 2017
smells of damp earth, wood, apples, smoke. pours an opaque dark brown, on the edge of blackness. flavors of liquified carmel apple candy, hint of cider, heavy malts, and depth of smoke very well represented. this is a beer that was savored by the light of a campfire.

4.4
wchesser (2110) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2017
Bottle from mcberko or bytemesis-sorry I can't remember who but thanks all the same! Dark cocoa brown color, minimal carbonation even with an aggressive pour. Nose is sweet caramel, light marzipan, very light coffee and dark roast malts. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. Flavors of burnt caramel, toffee, dark roast malts. Rich, slick mouthfeel. Awesome strong, old ale.

3.8
czar (9266) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2017
pours unclear medium dark brown with a very small beige cap offering minimal retention and lacing. smoked raisins, charred berry fruitiness, woody maple syrup, some beef concentrate, madeira traces, salt. low if not flat carbonation, medium to full body; sweet smoky finish. complex smoky american strong ale.

4.2
beerplace (1805) - 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 (1204) - 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 (15099) - 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 (890) - - 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 (1874) - 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 (4063) - 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 (1783) - 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.


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