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RATINGS: 482   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Rating # 1000 for Hophead22.. Thanks for sharing Tim... Pours dark brown with no head.. Aroma was bourbon, caramel and some dark fruits.. Flavor was bourbon, slightly roasty and very sweet. Low carbonation.. Tasty stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at MesandSims tasting Aug 09. Clear dark brown colour, thin beige head. Some barrel ageing, touch of calvedos. Quite hot from the alcohol. Very boozy. Really just too hot. Good vanilla and some of the dark fruits. Boozy. Bit of decent apple brandy/bourbon but again just not my thing in any way shape or form.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Caramelized apples, figs sauteed in brandy, alder smoke, and alcohol heat rise from the chalice. Very dark, cidery look to the pour. It leaves legs on the glass when swirled, and the minimal head dissipates quickly. Flavor is a tidal wave of smokey brown sugar, simmered apples, and sweet bourbon. Viscous and well-rounded with a lingering finish. Fantastic sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks anniversary. Thanks Nik for the trade. Head consists of only a thin ring around the glass, but lacing sticks to the sides. Dark brown, nearly black old engine oil. Aromas of bourbon, figs, toasted caramel. The beer has low carbonation with a noticable alcohol heat. Mostly toasted malts. Hop bitterness is hidden by caramelized sugars and rich bourbon notes. Theres some spice, licorice, and a sticky coating at the end. Im a sucker for good bourbon barrel ales. Yet another spectacular brew from Alan. Cant wait for the HOTD Nov. dock sale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle sample shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Heavy woody, pine, citrus and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Standout complex brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. Its slightly sweet and malty with lots of dark fruit notes and a little anise. Full bodied and hot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (20256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017
2017-04-18, courtesy of Brian, vintage 2016, 11.5% ABV, 9-4-8-4-18=43
Dark brown color. Water base paint, phenol, tar, mild cocoa, malt, glue, caramel, cigar, soy sauce; it may sound weird, but there is so much going on here. Lean body, good blend of tobacco and caramel, hint of smoke, some tar and liquorice, bourbon, big booze. Traces of soy sauce in the final.
Complex, wonderful.

2009-08-30, courtesy of Per, 11.5% ABV, 8-4-8-4-18=42
Dark brown color; no carbonation nor head. Rich aroma, sweet caramel, molasses, maple syrup, plums, raisins; it also has a moldy oak cask touch, a bit musky too. Good body strength, partially syrupy mouthfeel; the flavor goes in line with the aroma: maple syrup, more chocolatey, a bit alcoholic, with molasses and some raisin, with strong bitterness. It would be better if the final would be less alcoholic. Interesting; I dont think its spectacular, but its a good Barley Wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Thanks Dr. Bill. Pours a very viscous dark golden brown with a dark caramel head. Sweet, malty aroma with a soft smokey edge, booze, sweet fruit, and dark toasted caramel. Flavor is sweet with good roasted malt underpinnings, brandy, wood, and a hint of smoky autumn apples. The syrupy body coast the palate leaving it a bit sticky. It adds a bit of heaviness to this beer, but that is balanced out somewhat by the pleasant alcohol presence.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Rating #1000 for me, and I couldnt have picked a better beer for the occasion, I have to give a huge thanks to Andre 5000 for sending me a couple of bottles. Rating #156. Deep dark mahogony pour with virtually no head. Great aroma, wood, some alcohol, a little soy sauce, chocolate, a lot of stuff going on there. Flavor was much the same, some dark, ripe fruits thrown in there, very rich and silky and a little sticky, this was glorious. 񡹨)

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Bottle from trevor22 - thank you sir! The nose is the least appealing part - very straightforward dark caramel malt in that typical HotDog style. The color is also well-trod ground for Mr. Sprints: a dark ruby brown. Then you taste it. Apple, caramel, winter spice (only a twist), then something very odd like taro, cream, vanilla, and somehow only the lightest whisper of wood. Is it perverse that I found this refreshing?


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