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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2010
Deep dark brown colour with a small ring of beige bubbles, looks heavy and inviting. Aroma is distinct apple, light smoke, chocolate, caramell, tobacco, raisins and lots more. Flavour is the same but about ten times as big, really generous with lots of leather, tobacco, chocolate, toffe, vanilla, bourbon and fresh green apples. Body is extremely smooth with low carbonation, perfect for the style. Amazingly complex and generous big malty brew. I wish this bottle would never end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
12 oz. bottle (Bottleworks X) via trade with ditmier - Pours a deep brown color with no head. Very lightly carbonated. Faint spotty lacing. Flavor is all over the place. Im not going to try and figure out what Im tasting. Its just really good! Same for the aroma. Nice! Finish is soft with a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Very nice. Just wish it had just a bit more carbonation. Thanks Eric.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Without getting to deep into explaining the interesting history behind why I am going to rate this beer in this manner, Im going to go ahead and tell you all that this brew is a dandy, and if you come across it - BUY IT. You probably wont though, more than likely its all holed up somewhere in the fridge at Bottleworks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2010
damn good tons of complexity from the barrels....6 months defintally did this beer some good...thanks to who shared this bottle with me on the last dock sale!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Rating #2500. 12oz bottle, courtesy of . Thanks, Mike! Pours a murky, oily, deep amber-tinged cola color; very light carbonation and minimal head formation; nice density of color and pleasantly viscous. The aroma on this is very dense and smoky: lots of smoked meats, caramelized brown sugar, and nicely charred barrel notes: wood, light bourbon, slightly warming; this has a huge amount of heft and density to it: highly attenuated, very creamy and viscous, seamless, and lots of smoke and leather. Full mouthfeel: very minimal carbonation here, but it works well for what this is: an enormously dense and chewy, liqueur-like beer with lots of leather, tobacco, and smoked meat notes; hugely complex, very much leather and tobacco dominated; the barrel character provides some toastiness and charred wood notes, along with a light amount of bourbon / liqueur character; beautifully integrated, (again) seamless, creamy and viscous and all kinds of complexity; I was disappointed by Michael, but this is HOTD at its finest all over again: hugely attenuated and developed malt core, perfect barrel presence, and incredibly generous in its notes, striking them clearly: tobacco, wood, smoked meats, light fruitiness, and soft bourbon; absolutely gorgeous, and another masterpiece from Alan Sprints. Ali, who doesnt usually care much for this style of beer, also gave it an unofficial 4.4, and this is why were married. Long finish of charred wood, leather, tobacco, and vanilla-tinged bourbon notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Christmas Day we had the chance to have some family over for a tasting and I was lucky enough to share this with a few of them. I always go a little jig when Im doing a new HotD beer because I know Im in for a treat of some kind, and this was no different. Body is a cherrywood reddish-brown, still body with no head. A decadent aroma full of maple syrup, rummy raisins, figs, mocha, oak and bourbon. Flavor was equally divine, with tons of rich caramel, sharp smoke, pungent wood, bourbon, appley....clearly something to be savored in a special time and place. Christmas Day with family was definitely it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Thank you God in Heaven for allowing me to try this masterpiece. $18 for a 12 oz. at Brouwers (where I tried the beer), and $25 at Bottleworks, where is was out of stock. Nice black color. This beer has a nice viscous pour. Not much carbonation on this thing, except for a few bubbles popping out. You can tell that if you were able to produce a head on this thing it would have a deep dark chocolate head. A lovely aromatic aroma of chocolate and bourbon. The smoke isnt coming out much at first, but as the beer gets a bit warmer I smelling the subtle hints of smoke. Some touches of wood come through in the aroma as well. Just a very nice deep and complex aroma. I thought this beer was going to be undercarbonated, but it is far from it. The carbonation gives a nice smooth backing to the chocolate and strong bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor isnt strong to where you get that sour-type bourbon flavor. The smoke comes out more and more as the beer gets warmer, and you being to taste it later on. I can see how there were apples used at some point in the brewing/aging process, because I get a VERY subtle fruit flavor. This beer is awesome and I am very happy to have tried and very satisfied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle, Caramel. Dark fruit and wood tones. Finishes slightly dry, bitter. Fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 26/09/2009 Bourbon malt aroma. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a crisp dry and bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (6013) - GERMANY - NOV 22, 2009
Big thanks to mreusch for this one! The bottle looks great, the beer in the glass is deep black, small head. Strong malty aroma. Starts also very strong, intense notes of chocolate, nougat, coffee. Also a little bit alcoholic, warming. Finish a bit prickly-woody. Goes down soft like velvet, warm burning aftertaste. A wonderful beer!


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