RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3718) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2013 batch shared by Pruf. I had the original batch a while ago thanks to Timothy. I guess I should finally rate it. Pop the cap and pours like a dead dark tea. Who needs carbonation? Aroma is very strong, alcohol strong, and lots of autolysis. All of that covers up potential smoke or anything positive. Its actually the stuff I hate in big beer. If I sip the beer without breathing its doable. In the flavor I even get a little smoke, charred black malts, its not sweet, Its got lots of tough flavors. The flat body does not help. But its better than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottleworks X Bottling
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a capped 12oz bottle that I shared at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville. Pours dark cola brown with a thin tan head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is super malty caramel and brown sugar with a nice dose of smoked malt. The flavor is all about the caramel and brown sugar with an added darker date and raisin note, very light smoke adding complexity, and the alcohol held in check nicely. The body is full with light carbonation and a long lightly smoked and very malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3203) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from a trade. 2013. Dark brown pour. No head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with a slight booziness. Complex. Medium thick mouthfeel. Low carb. Loved this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (2203) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured clear brown with light beige head. Aroma is super caramel light roast malts sweet. Light carb med bod. Complex taste quite sweet boozy tobacco roast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theothermatt (286) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle as a present. 2013 Vintage. Brown pour without head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and apples. A nice richness to this. Boozy with hints of apple, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and charcoal. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2013 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, oak, hickory smoke. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a huge savory following and slight ethanol finish. Overall, this brew is amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (840) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2014
2013 bottle in trade with bursprak, Thanks mate! Muddy brown pour into Unibroue glass. Minor head. Aroma is oak, mild bourbon, molasses, prunes, dates. Great complex smell which doesnt rely on any one characteristic. Also, one of the very few beers with a dark fruit smell which doesnt remind me of a Belgian strong, which is good. Taste begins with massrive sweetness like fortified wine, then honeyed prunes and dates, toffee, caramel. Lovely soft carbonation. Abv extremely well hidden. Finishes with a very very mild smoke which is surprising for its lightness - must have used less smoked malts in this most recent vintage. Dry finish. Just a great drinking beer here! As it warms dark fruits take over more and a boozey vibe. Overall, best HoD Ive yet had - perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Like the best parts of Adam and Fred had a baby and called it Matt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (14680) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle [from trade with cavemanlawyer, big thanks!!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Niels. Opaque dark brown to black color, small off-white head that diminishes instantly. Aroma is malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary. Tastes about the same: malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary, perhaps a slight bitter. But its just not, no totally not what I had expected it to be. Quite a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5675) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sherry, bourbon, sweet, alcohol, red wine, rinse appelstroop, boozy. Pretty sweet stuff. Tastes cider, cork, mead, honey, alcohol, sweet, booze, wallnut. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, boozy, sweet, awesome.

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