RATINGS: 482   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentAle (1713) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2017
Aroma is dense roasted malts, raisins, butterscotch and toffee. Taste is again deep deep rich malts An almost chewy mouthfeel. Fantastic light earthy notes meet the intense malt profile and work on harmony. An almost buttery and soft caramel drizzle greets the finish. Light bitterness but subtle. Appearance is black with a thin brown head that understandibly doesnt last long given the high abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (1306) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle into a snifter showing opaque dark caramel brown with no head despite an aggressive pour. The nose shows a strong alcohol background with sweet notes of figs, molasses, caramel, smoke, bourbon, and hints of raisins and light red apple. The palate is full bodied, oily, and slick with no carbonation. Flavors of brandy, light apple, figs, Belgian yeast, and molasses but completely dry with a light vanilla background. The finish shows a lot of bourbon - vanilla, smokiness, and savory umami notes. Very light alcoholic heat despite the high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (4375) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2017
Backlog, bottle shared. Poured darker Brown with Some tanned bubbles. Nose of toasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, Dried fruits, prunes, riped apples, oak, bourbon, soaked raisins, light oxidized porto kind of notes. Unique and delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (17132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2017
I didnt rate this? I had it with Bonney back in the day. Ticked 5/5. Right on. Has a bit of haze. No head. Medium brown. The aroma is a bit soy sauce, hazelnut halva, and rice syrup...its a bit complex aroma and these were the first three I pulled out. That eau de vie comes across strong. On the palate, this is soft, sweet, light dates, prune, some fruity dark sugars. The big thing is that it is refined, and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rosskyle (643) - 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16983) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, shared by bergstaden. A murky dark brown beer with a minimal sized, close to just a rim of bubbles, beige head. The aroma is quite oxidized, boozy and sweetish, with leather, raisin, wood, some chocolate and tobacco, even some apple hints and plums. The flavor is quite sweet, with a decent bitterness, quite a bit of warmth, and roasted malts, some bonfire and raisins, leather and tobacco, hints of dried fruits and a touch of dark sugar. Its full bodied and quite warming on the palate, some carbonation left, but its quite flat, and with an everlasting finish. Wow, this is delicious indeed, hope HotD decides to brew it again. 170311

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (11291) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle 355ml vintage 2013 @ geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oxidized, dried fruits, raisin, alcohol, coal, ash, smoke, oak, vanilla, leather, tobacco, red apple and bourbon. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, smoked, dried fruity, oak, bourbon, vanilla and roasted finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geokkjer (7607) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of bergstaden. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma of malt, leather, smoke, wood, tobacco, ripe apples, caramel and charcoal. Flavor is sweet and malty with some vinous notes, smoke, charcoal,chocolate, mint, wood and caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
courtneysux (3) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2017 does not count
This is one of those beers that Ive chased for a few years and finally got a couple bottles. Massively disappointed. I guess I should have paid more attention to previous reviews around the total flat carbonation of this beer - there is none. Its super sweet, flat, and smoky. If I wanted that taste profile, I would rather have scotch. Honestly, this would be a drain pour for me, if not for the scarcity and work for me to get it. Too bad, I love other HOTD beers and heavy BA strong ales. The flat carbonation absolutely destroyed my enjoyment of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (2086) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2017
From bottle thanks to Daawi! Pours a very ugly sediment filled poop brown with a small off white bubbly head. Aroma has cough syrup, light leathery smoke, bourbon, gun powder, cowboy, tobacco, light booze. Taste is sweet, light roasty, toffee, caramel. Light smokey and bitter finish. Full body and a Lie carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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