Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Bottled. Hazy dark chestnut coloured. Aroma of liquor, sweet fruits, wood, vanilla and some caramel. Sweet flavour with the same notes as in the aroma. Very vinous. Full bodied. Rather smooth mouthfeel. Very complex and pleasant.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Vintage 2005, 172 out of 280. Pours dark ruby orange with a thin off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is bourbon, wood, pine, pickles. Flavor is bourbon, molasses, caramel, pine, wood, pickles, alcohol. Well blended and quite delicious considering that I don’t care for barrel aged too much.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Sampled twice, first at Dr. Bill’s 2006 party, and secondly at the 2nd Annual Woodshop Tasting. Rating is a compilation and contemplation on the notes from both tastings, as well as notes from the plain Decadence tastings. Pours a transparent color of rich chestnut brown with gentle ruddy hues, topped with a thick layer of creamy beige head. Lots of bourbon and oak in the aroma, creating a nice blend of caramels, whiskey, and vanilla. Dry and rich all at the same time. A touch of gingerbread cookie and molasses add a bit more complexity, but the bourbony oaky dryness tends to dominate a bit. I recall the non-barrel-aged version to have an abundance of light complex fruits, but these seem to be a bit more hidden behind the oaky barrel character. Full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a silky smooth texture. Flavors of rum, brown sugar, cinnimon spice, and caramelly malts start out enticingly on the palate, but again, the dry oaky characters of the barrel tend to crowd the delicious malt dimensions the beer is trying to offer. Finish is a bit hot, leaving me exhale a puff of an old-timer’s breath. Quite good overall, but the barrel is a bit too prominent for my tastes. The non-barrel-aged version was so good to me, I expected this one to add even more complexity to an already phenomenal beer. Instead, I found it to hide a bit of it’s character.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
05 vintage, Bottle #230 of 280. Big thanks go out to SDbruboy for delivering this lovely brew to my doorstep. Head is small but lasting, tan in color with a spotty laceing. Lightly hazy deep amber colored brew with ruby red edging when held up to the light. Nose is soft bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and dark fruits with a whiff of lumber. Body is med/full, lightly oily and coating, silky smooth and luxurious. Plenty of balanced woody and bourbony flavors rolling around not to mention vanilla, light roast, caramel and dark fruits. As you sip on this one it just amazing how the flavors all meld together, none being dominant, cept maybe for the bourbon and ever so slightly. Hated to see it end! Lightly sweet finish is lasting, malty and fruity. Alesmith does wonders with it,s barrel aged brews and Cliff has done wonders getting them to me and for that i say Thanks to you once again Cliff. Any chance of a BA Grand Cru?
eaglefan538 (2801) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vinage 2005, bottle 230 of 280, shared most generously by Slob. Murky reddish brown color, a perfectly centered-in-the-glass round head of about 1 full inch in diameter, along with a thin ring around the glass edge. Surprisingly some lacing to go along with this. For a style that can offer nothing in appearance, this one was looking fine, some little chunkies to go along with it all (YUM!). The aroma was bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, oak, along with a light fruity accent of faint sticky cherries. The flavor was malty, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, oak, along with some sort of a toasty influence at the warmer temperatures. The alcohol was very under control, super smooth at all temperatures, super hard to believe this was a strong beer outside of the hefty maltiness. Mouthfeel was moderate in body, not nearly as full as the maltiness might cause you to anticipate. Weak but ample carbonation. AS has done the best (by far) barrel aging in all such of my tastings, this one a perfect match for the style. While the bourbon is firm and assertive in their BA products, they’ve still manage to allow the base beer qualities to play a significant role. In fact, in the case of Decadence, this far exceeded the standard non-BA-aged product. A big hats off to AS, and a super duper thanks to Bert for sharing so generously!!!
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the woodshop tasting, lots of alcohol, some sweetness, caramel, fruit, oak, but very hot, will be great when it mellows out, still great, just not ready yet.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Woodshop Tasting. Poured a light brown color with almost no head. Aroma was bourbon, oak, alcohol and some toffee. The flavor was mostly bourbon with alcohol. Not the best BA beer, but sould be better with more age.
zathrus13 (1660) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #800. Bottle #211/280. Pours brown, with a small head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. Flavors is bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, fruit, wood, and wine. A lot going on. Medium body. Still hot, but still good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2010 #800 750 ml bottle (247/280) via trade with Bartzilla and shared at our Mesa gathering - Pours a hazy light brown color with no head. Very spotty lacing. Aroma is vinous, maple, and oak. Flavor is maple, oak (bourbon), esters, and alcohol. This beer was HOT. Medium body. This beer is a little overbearing at a young age. I believe this beer needs to age a few years. If you got one, sit on it for awhile. Thanks Bart.
Re-rate on 5/8/2010 750 ml bottle (94/124) - I don’t know if it’s the extra couple years or the second bottling, but this beer is much better. It’s not near as hot or oaky. Very smooth and easy to drink. So beers do get better with time.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 750 ml bottle from the brewery. Lots of respect on this one... I did enjoy the numerous flavors in this beer: caramel, raisins, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, wood, oak, lots of bourbon flavor - very delicate palate and lush mouthfeel. Decadent nose - smooth and elegant...it lightly massages the inside of the nostrils, wow - - - a subtle oak/bourbon/toffee type combo. Outstanding. Recent batch release in fall ’07 had a soft carbonation and was a lot fuller bodied then the fall’ 06. On second experience, I think this beer is completely down-rated. Flat out, a world class concoction.