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RATINGS: 489   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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Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
multiple bottles shared by rustychiles and sparky27... thanks guys. Aroma of leather and tobacco. Murky brown body with off white head. Good flavors in the mix thick caramel malt, molasas and tobacco. Another good HOTD brew thanks pals.

3.8
LilBeerDoctor (4229) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, and rich malt. Flavor of sweet apple, bourbon, and roasted malt. I don’t get chocolate or smoke. Decent, but not great to me. Palate is a little light despite the bourbon. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

4.7
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
2009 Bottle @ Christian. Dark Brown with Lght brown head. Very smooth fruty smokey alkohol chocolate balance.

4.7
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Smells of chocolate, oak, vanilla, earth, pepper, molasses, some light fruitiness, subtle booziness. Tastes of chocolate, peppery, some citrus, a touch of bitterness, dry, oaky, bourbony, sweet. Mouthfeel is velvety. Excellent!

3.2
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Thanks to GAManiac for the bottle. Dark brown murky pour with very little carbonation, the combination of smoke & bourbon hits you in the nose. Thick on the palate, I got some notes of cherry, dark chocolate and smokiness. There’s a lot going on with this beer, but for me, it doesn’t work well together. It’s an ok beer. further, I can’t see aging this beer much longer, due to the lack of carbonation.

4.3
hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle brought by Simon to the 6/27/09 D-METAL Tasting with Jared and Katie at the Del Mar pad. Thanks for hooking this rarity up Simon! One of three current Ratebeer Top 50 Beers sampled in one evening! Pours deep mahogany with a translucent center and clear edges, with a fine beige head developing with swirls. Lovely aroma of green apple, leather and light tobacco. Some smoke and molasses comes through as well, hanging above the subtle bourbon, chocolate and oak wood character as the base. Candy sugar shows itself in the flavor, along with more smoke, dark chocolates, sweet apple and cherry. Everything follows with a light bitterness and a touch of oak barrel and tobacco. Full-bodied, velvety texture to the palate. A great beer overall.

4.3
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Big thanks to GodofThunder for sharing. Deep chestnut color, thin broken off-white head. Alcohol, dark fruits, a malic sourness and acidity on the nose. Thick mouthfeel. Sour dark fruits to start, some roast behind the tartness and alcohol, some raisin also. Very nice.

5
JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to Alan at the Brewery for letting me and my dad have this on draft. This beer was absolutely amazing. Poured a golden brown with nice head. Aroma was incredible, I just wanted to smell it all day before even tasting it. It had a sweet candy smell with hints of apples, smokey oak chips, and bourbon. Taste was an orgasm to the palate with so many complicated flavors to describe. This is probably the best beer i’ve had to date. It was perfect in every way. Thanks Alan for the tour and for the awesome beer.

3.8
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2009
multiple bottles shared by rustychiles and sparky27... thanks guys. pours a murky orange tinted dark brown with a couple of bubbles on top which attempt to form a head. it smells quite complex... super sweet and malty, molasses, raisins, slight smoke and vanilla. the palate is a bit too sweet which masks much of the character... vanilla, tobacco, leather, piloncilla, dark dried fruit/grapes and chocolate come through however. the mouth feel is creamy though the body is much thinner than i would have expected with all the sugars... 8/4/7/4/15/3.8

4.1
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2009
had this at the ACBF in Boston as a share from someone cool after the event let out. Wish I could remember who shared it but thanks. Nice flavor and was to be expected from HOTD . nice smoke malt presence and flavors from Belgian yeast coming through. Malty and sweet and a dangerous 11.5% ALC. Some slight apple flavor coming through with a candi sugar sweetness on a malty base. Good stuff.


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