Three Matt's (M3 Barrel Magic)
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
13.69%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 5.02%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
30
From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  17
Gots
  5
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes:
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 30
Photo of Radcpa
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Other than cost, this is one of the best strong ales that I have ever had. Very dark appearance with no head. Pours like a thinner molasses. Nice sweet molasses aroma. Taste is also a sweet very flavorful molasses. No alcohol aftertaste probably because it has aged for 9 months.

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Photo of aleigator
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a bubbly, small head, which vanishes to a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, spicy licorice and a hint of booze, resulting from the subtle oak appearance. A note of raisins add to the sweetness of the aromas with a light toastiness tying everything together.

Has a very silk, smooth mouthfeel with a medium to heavier body and a well nuanced barrel appearance. The balance of this is intriguingly well set and leads to a long lasting enjoyment.

Tastes incredibly more complex than it smelled, with a unique foundation of toasty malts, fresh tobacco, roasted coconut and bakers chocolate. Atop of this settles a hint of vanilla, old wood, a boozy bite and thick fudge with a hint of cinnamon. Finishes with raisins, soaked into booze, a warm throat and lots of melting bitter chocolate, red berries and a hint of peppers.

Fantastic beer with an astonishing depth in which I find something new every time I take another sip. It drinks surprisingly easy at the same time with just the right barrel intensity, bringing a satisfying, chocolate coated warmth to the palate.

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Photo of moose1980
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side-by-side with Brew 200 and B-Bomb. The aromas of all three were, surprisingly, not that entirely different. However, the blend here definitely made it more complex. Great, but not probably not worth what it takes to get it.

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Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The beer smells rich and decadent, as I pick up chocolate syrup, considerable vanilla, coffee and light bourbon. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this rich, sweet beer. Mouthfeel is very impressive. There is a huge presence on the palate, but even so, the soft creamy richness of this beer never becomes heavy or tiring on the palate. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell it's up there.

So, a couple of thoughts. While this is obviously an outstanding beer (and an interesting blend), I'm not sure it's better than the individual components that went into the blend. In fact, I thought the flavors in this beer a bit muddled, but even so, this beer is so delicious, it's completely irresistible. It would be fun to try this again in a year or two (not that I'm likely to have a chance), but regardless, this is yet another impressive effort from the folks at Fremont.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours almost pitch black witha half finger of head hat fades fast.
S: sweet grapes...like wine. More like chocolate covered Ba grape juice.
T: yum! Very smooth, balanced and drinkable. It starts with sweet bourbon soaked grapes and cherries and some spices..maybe cinnamon. This is well put together.
F: velvety smooth. So drinkable, no abv present, just crazy how 13.69% can be.
O: this is an awesome beer!

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Photo of Beer_Line
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was ok. Just another blend really with some better barrel notes in there. Fruity and malty. just meh. I'd much rather have the base beers. Regular Bbomb is even more enjoyable

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Photo of MrPez
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Really dark and thick. Next to no head retention even when poured hard. Nice lacing.
Smell: ugh. This was fantastic. Rusty Nail with a strong bourbon finish. Cinnamon, bourbon, molasses, very light fudge and dark fruit.
Taste: this is where I give Fremont props. They make their stuff taste like it smells. Utterly amazing. The blending calmed their usual barrel strength. It was still very present, but the other beers came through quite well. I got the cinnamon and smoke from rusty, abominable bitterness, cherry and the sweetness from brew 2k/rusty nail.
Feel: thick and juicy. It was viscous. Probably the thickest from them I've had. The feel was that of a slightly aged stout, but better. It wasn't harsh nor mellow. I think their blenders nailed this guy. You get everything in it very clearly, but not horribly palate numbing. Let it evolve from cold to ideal temp. You won't be disappointed to experience the evolution.
Overall: I'm really glad I got somebody to let go of one in trade. Is it worth the price tag to do so? Eh. That's up to you. Personally, I think it's a bit steep. If you're a Fremont lover, you'll love this no doubt. The blend was amazing as it warmed up. I couldn't get over that nose. But then again, I think Rusty Nail is my favorite beer. So it was fairly easy to love this dude. Solid beer. I still wish everyone would ditch the 12oz/375mL bottle size to share with more people. 500mL is about perfect for this.

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A blend of 2015 Rusty Nail, 2015 Bourbon B-Bomb, 2016 Bing Cherry Stout, and 2016 Brew 2000 Westland Peated. 3 Matts blended this beer for the 3 Matt dinner at Toronado in Seattle.

Had on tap shortly afterward since I didn't make the dinner. This is an exceptional beer. I think I prefer this to the Ancient Ones, and definitely more than the component beers I've been able to try (Bing Cherry stout and Brew 2000 have yet to be released...)

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Three Matt's (M3 Barrel Magic) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 30 ratings