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RATINGS: 488   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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4.8
Larry_Spurgeon (19) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 A 2010 bottle drank on November 8 at Hair of the Dog. $30 for a 12 ounce bottle. Sounds expensive, but it was worth it. Easily the best beer of the night.

3.4
JefVerstraete (3668) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte. Black/brown colour, no head. Flat, no carbonation. Sweet, malty, notes of unripe apples, smoke, paint thinner, unripe vegetables. Hmm, strange combo of flavours, not really what I expected. Maybe a bad batch? Not the best beer I tasted.

4.4
mvh83 (6) - 's-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2017 does not count
Smells of apples, carmel and smoke. Pours dark with no carbination. Amazing taste, real mouthfull.
Great strong/old ale.

4.3
bergstaden (3256) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2017
Thanks a lot to GT for the bottle - Dark brown, olmost black with off white head - Dark malty aroma with some dark fruity tones - Dark malt body with dark fruity tones with some notes of wood - The dark fruity wood notes goes into the finish - This was real good

3.9
crispaire (246) - - 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 (2144) - 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 (9487) - 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 (2146) - 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 (1223) - 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 (15330) - 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.


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