pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
I was not too sure what to expect from this, but I was overjoyed to experience it. Fantastic notes of raisin, honey, some black currant, with Vanilla and a lingering bit of Maple that comes out in the finish along with some oakiness. A great deal of complex flavors in this that keep the beer beyond interesting. This may be a new favorite. Very unique and well balanced. mattkorsgaard (33) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle share. Original Batch. About as close as you can get to perfection. I can smell this beer for an hour alone. A perfect combination of base beer and barrel aging. Basically is similar to Adam from the Wood but add the eau de vie barrels for that little bit extra that sends over the top. The bourbon and apple barrel mix pefectly to create a sweet bourbon flavor. One of my all time favorite beers. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Aaaahhhhh......I often get pumped up for a beer, but rarely does a new release meet my expectations like this one did. On tap at Brouwer’s. Medium/dark brown with thin head. Big dark chocolate aroma. Deep mix of smoke, thick molasses, chocolate, tobacco and some sharp fruit. Pretty big bitter finish. A little alcohol burn, but not even close to being too much. Moderate thickness. Just a fantastic blend, and the barrels add just enough. Cheers to Alan and the 2 Matts for kicking some serious ass with this one.
The New Belgium X is a great beer in its own right, but the Matt made that beer a complete after-thought tonight. BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2012
Officially my 1100th rating !! , HUGE thanks to Derek and Matthew :) rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Head: Espresso, Small, Away fast
Smell: Old port, Vanilla , Chocolat, Bit of booze, Some malts, Subtle hint of coffee, Very very rich !!
Taste: Start is quite boozy with notes of Bourbon, red wine/port, malts, bit off coffee, some sweet apples, candy sugar, then comes a sort of Saké / Kiew like alcohol/fruity flavour in the mouth especially some sweetness , end is oily , then mouth dries because of the second alcohol booze, and all of a sudden a bit of smoke hits thru, it all ends with a deep rich earthy and Old port like herby taste , WOW Alan this one really really surprises me ! so good !
Enjoyed on vacation in Portland at HOD. I had not tasted many great beers before this, but I knew there was something different and special about it. The beer looked beautiful in the glass with a dark brown color and the head clung to the side. The taste was smooth and balanced with fruit and caramelized sugar and bourbon. Memorable and delicious!
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 12oz bottle purchased long ago in 2010. Reviewed from notes, consumed 12-17. 2010 vintage.
A: Black like charred ash. A thin creme lacing and sticky, sticky legs.
N: Deep inhalations of smoke and apple brandy. Chocolate and leather drift in and out between the charred oak. There’s deep vanilla here and caramel. Rich and inviting.
T: Smoke, candi sugar, and malt. Bourbon and oak notes overlap with the apple brandy depth. A second layer of chocolate and leather. This is absolutely superb.
M: A hefty body with a completely shocking lack of alcohol. This is carbonated, if barely. Lingers.
O: A complete tour de force. The 2010 is the superior vintage, by far, in my estimation, and this is drinking quite well at 2 years old. Glad I have more.
Edit: After having this one on tap for the 2013 vintage, I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite beer right now and deserves a bump accordingly. 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2013
THX! for sharing this one Kraddel. 355 ml. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Pours blackish / very, very dark mahogany brown with light Bordeaux hues &… no head. Yep, its as expected flat. Nose carries sweet bourbon, sticky molasses, syrupy dark fruits, clean good quality spirit riding on top of the bourbon barrel, I still find Eau de Vie barrels – even apple ones apparently – weird barrels to use since they basically just add spirit to the whole (albeit good quality), lots of sweetness in the nose of this one, sweet scared barrels & wood vanilla, dark sugar, clean spirit as mentioned riding on top of the bourbon. Taste is sweet dark apples, thick caramel, very thick syrup, thick molasses, creamy barrel & bourbon notes, white wood, lots of sweetness, syrup dark fruits, clean spirit riding at the end, this feels quite boozy & strongly alcoholic, +20 % ABV not 12.5 % ABV, wood vanilla, black chocolate, charred barrels, very warming, the alcohol warms you up in the back. Basically no carb, interesting how this would be with some light carb & slick, full which makes the carb. not all too missed. Fine stuff from Alan. ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at 16 Tons Taphouse, part of WBBF. Had Matt three times now, and this may be as good as it gets for me. Pours very dark, little to no head. Aroma is huge, apples, brandy, white fruit and smoke. Body retains a nice liveliness. Finish comes in with booziness and fruit as well as brandy again, then moves to a smoky bitterness, then sweetness again. Massive, and not to be missed. ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2013
August 15, 2013 - 2010 bottle purchased at the brewery. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, sugar and smoke. Taste was consistent with aroma. The sweetness is a bit stronger than the chocolate, the smoke sits in the background the whole way and a nice bourbon finish. Very smooth, medium to full body and nice oily mouthfeel. rosskyle (720) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2017
At hair of the dog. Sweet cherry chocolate aroma. Sweet cherry caramel malt chocolate flavor. Heavy body. Hard to explain but it is amazing.
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