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RATINGS: 480   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Huge thanks to Hoppymeal for giving me a chance to try this. In an unbelievable act of generosity. Poured opaque black with no head. Aroma was vanilla, chocolate smoke and a bit tart. Taste was so interesting, chocolate and roast, then a bit of apple, then some nice full smoke with a caramel apple finish. Nice lingering smoke on the end. Never quite had a beer like this one. Really creative. Thanks derek, thanks alan.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Thanks to glkaiser for this rare bottle! Complex aroma of wood, dark ripe fruits, cherries, slight funk, light bourbon, slight vanilla, slight chocolate, slight caramel, slight tobacco, and light dark malts. Poured dark brown in color with a tiny, light brown head that lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Complex flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, wood, smoke, light tobacco, light smoked meat, light cherry, light bourbon, slight vanilla, slight tobacco, slight caramel, and a hint of red wine. Full body. Smooth, viscous texture turns slightly chalky. Soft carbonation. Woody, malty, slight bourbon, slight tobacco, slight smoke, slight smoked meat finish is slightly chalky. 11.5%ABV is totally hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 Bottle. Aroma has notes of dark ripe fruits, smoke, molasses, oak, sherry, port, bourbon, and Belgian candy. Very complex nose, changes quite a bit as it warms, still dont think I got everything. Very dark brown hue that sits almost black in the glass. Small off white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sticky sweet, some alcohol and finishes with some bitterness. Again, quite complex flavor with smoke, oak, bourbon, sherry and port tones. Palate is very full bodied, and very soft. Very intense brew with a level of complexity thats quite impressive. Very well done, too bad its so rare and limited. A work of art, bravo!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle shared by Sparky27 @ Hellbillys Holiday Tasting...THANKS ERIC!!! Deep mahogany liquid pours out of the bottle. Just a few huge bubbles present themselves above the brew...little carbonation. Very complex and delicious!!! Tons of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and candied sugar along with dark fruit. Quite sweet but the smoke and oak flavors cut though it a bit. Yum.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with Brewdad. Thanks Mike!. Pours a mahogany color with almost no head at all. Aroma of smoke, bourbon, molasses and dark fermented fruit. Taste is semi sweet with hints of vanilla, bourbon, apple cider, roasted malts and slight bit of hops. Very complex and balanced. Excellent brew with a smooth lingering semi sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 12 ounce bottle in a snifter. Pour is dark opaque brown with zero head. The liquid is viscous enough to cling nicely to the sides of my glass though. The nose features quite a bit of smoke. In the background I can pick out some oak, tobacco, and a bit of the apple brandy. The flavor is pretty complex, and I can easily say that Ive never tasted anything quite like it. You get plenty of smoke, smooth oaky vanilla, and wonderful apple brandy. The mouthfeel is full and viscus, but for the most part flat. Matt is great, but I really wish he was carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottles shared by Sparky27 and rustychiles at hellbillys holiday tasting. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head. Roasted malt and ripe fruit in the aroma. Flavor is complex and delicious. Smoke, apple, chocolate, malt, dark fruit and alcohol are all in there. Really good stuff. Thanks guys!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Poured a clear deep golden brown color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with nose of smoke and alcohol. toffee notes as well. The flavor had a sweet start with some smokey notes. caramel and vanilla notes. Very long finish. Warming with a medium-full body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of writerjlberg and shared with the Phoenix crew at hellbillys holiday tasting. Rustychiles brought one as well. Pours deep mahogany with almost no head. The nose is smoky roasty malt, dark fruits and faint booze. The taste is vanilla, molasses, light wood, sweet fruits and some booze in the finish, though not overpowering at all. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Thanks Luke!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso and shared with the Phoenix Crew alongside a second bottle shared by Sparky27. Pours a caramel brown with a nice than head. Aroma is smoke, tobacco, cocoa, malts, wood. Flavor is chocolate, smoke, wood, peat, tobacco, caramel, leather, brandy, a touch of sourness and fruits. Lots going on in this one.


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