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RATINGS: 471   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2009
One of the greatest beers Ive ever had...That is not an overstatement, I promise you. Had it on tap at brouwers the other night. Dark black, small mahogany head, real great lacing. Smelled of chocolate bourbon and alcohol, nothing too surprising. Taste seemed like a total clusterf*** of chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol until I tasted the apple. Somehow the apple ties everything together perfectly. It leaves a very nice, thick layer of chocolate apply goodness.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiery_1 (491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2017
355ml bottle @ the source. 2010 Vintage
Pours a semi-opaque brown with no head. Nose is molasses, fig, caramel, and hints of sweet bourbon. Flavour is just yummy. It goes down so smoothly, while rich in character. Vanilla, chocolate, tobacco and or leather, some dark fruits as well in the back. Great body! 355ml bottle @ the source. 2013 Vintage
Pours a semi-opaque brown with no head. Nose is plum, wood, light apple, swee bourbon. Flavour is just rich, smooth, and delicious... much like the nose.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2255) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Big beer. Strong in your face aroma. I was just staining some bar stools Im making, this smells like the stain. Rather smooth for what it is. Smoke. Brown sugar. Oak, and more oak. Boozy. Thanks Douglas for this top 50 beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokestereo (337) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Pours deep dark brown with no head. Aroma; Vanilla, apples, oak, plumes, figs, toffee and bourbon. Flavours; Chocolate, vanilla, apples, plumes, toffee, bourbon, molasses and oak.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
December 22, 2016. Bottle, vintage 2013. Received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty and fruity with toffee, vanilla, leather, raisins, plum, bourbon, oak, some sweet baked apple notes, warming alkohol. Taste is sweet, malty and light warming. Medium to full bodied, oily sticky texture, flat. Finish is sweet, smooth bitter and slight warming with caramel, plum, candied orange peel, bourbon and light roast.
Very nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1029) - SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin offwhite lacing N: Orange, lime, chocolate, vanilla, oak, cedar, coffee, ash, apple T: Vanilla, chocolate, hint of tar, apple, pear O: Wow! Very deep and complex and still smooth. Lovely!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1606) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Originally reviewed 4/4/2012. Dark brown murky pour with no head. Not even a stray bubble. Flat as hell. Lots of gross looking sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The nose is out there. Chocolate, apple, leather that all combines to smell like bourbon-barrel Coca-Cola. Sweet aroma. Boozy, too. Fascinating and very nice. Tastes of sweet caramel, apple, and again coca-cola. Leathery, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Licorice. I get a lot of the Eau de Vie, but not a lot of the bourbon barrel in the taste. Very sweet. Flat as hell. Thick and syrupy. Sweet. Everything that makes it tough to drink. Its a fascinating beer. I honestly dont know how much I like it. The flavors are amazing, although I dont know how well they go together. Unique enough to really impress me, though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13916) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2016
2007 bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan bubbles. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, smoke, fruitiness, bourbon, brandy and light oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finiish. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, fruitiness, bourbon, light smoke, light brandy and a hint of oak with a smooth dry lingering fruity toffee finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12252) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a hazy dark copper-brown color with a medium thin foamy white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark fruit, oaky bourbon and vanilla. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7867) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle - huge thanks to Max for sharing this one; shared with Vinny and Paul. Pours a deep brown body with soft lace. Nose is super woody, dark fruits and rich roasty espresso. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of wood dominating the palate - but in a good way; with notes of rich roasted dark fruits, maple, molasses and soft gentle alcohol in the back.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (6496) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle generously shared by Max at Pauls. He said this one was at least 5 years old. Pours brown color with minimal head and lace. Notes of basement, florals, plum, fig, dirty wood, sticky molasses, and rich stogie. Medium to fuller body. Easy going and luxurious at the percent. I miss hair of the dogs of this quality, had about 15 at Borefts a year ago but they were all shit. This one brought me back to the good old days.


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