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AleSmith Decadence 2005 - Barrel Aged



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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
(11/3/07, 750ml bottle, #98/124, thanks kmweaver) Minimal beige head atop cloudy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, chocolate, fig. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, lemon, some Bourbon, raisin. Medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (33993) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
Bottled. A murky orange-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon, on a thick caramel back ground. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Pours brownish copper with a thin layer of white bubbles. Aroma is a nice blend of soft brown sugar, cinnamon, pastery crust, and brown booze. Flavor is a warm, toasty wood, slight smoke, brown sugar (but not really sweet), creme brulee, booze, and toasted marshmellows. All balanced not to sweet and not to boozy. Slick silky palate medium-full body. Finishes as a warm blend of the previously mentioned flavors. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9057) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 750ml shared by kmweaver. Murky brown and soft appearance with barely a head forming. Thick, viscous legs crawl down the glass when swirled. Nose of bourbon, oak, caramelized apples, brown sugar, and semi-sweet whisky. Solid, resinous, rich and delicious. Up front thereís semi-sweet tobacco, caramel and plum along with the more obvious bourbon and oak notes. Very huge, lingering, tingling and warming finish Ė thatís the remarkable thing about this beer Ė with a lingering note of toasted oak wood. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle # 213 / 280. Deep reddish colour with a beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with notes of alcohol and vanilla. Malty, alcohol and vanilla sweet flavor with a light note of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Rating #1000 (ignore mjís arguments to the contrary; he is a stinky liar!). 750mL bottle, #98/124, most recent bottling. My wife and I flew across the country for the BA release, so I figured the rarest of the release (and the only one I havenít had) would be a good way to go for #1000. Glad I got to enjoy it with good friends last night. Pours a murky amber brown color; slightly oily with yellow edges; thin, light tan head with patchy lacing. Huge amounts of sweet, sour-mash bourbon in the aroma; creamy butter and toasty charred oak; a warm, nougaty and caramel core underneath; the original base beer isnít completely hidden (like in the BA Wee Heavy). Full, generous mouthfeel: intense, chewy bourbon character; strong, warm sour-mash bourbon, toasty oak; dried fruits and caramel coming through from the old ale underneath; significantly better composed that the BA Wee Heavy, in my mind; oily, and weighty in the mouth, with the viscosity of a smooth cordial; no harshness or roughness at the edges; as always with the BA Alesmiths, just a gorgeous bourbon character. Lengthy, bourbon and toasty oak finish, with a little bit of chocolate coming through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Poured from a 750 ml bottle, number 98/124. Partially clear chestnut brown pour; still. Charred brownies, vanilla ice cream with stawberries and caramel are most prevalent inital aromas; alcohol is present in a truly tender and lovely complimentary tone of amaretto and bourbon. The bourbon flavor itself is brash and dominant, being tangentially nuanced by creme brulee crust, caramel, currant; the heat is thorough but not unpleasant. Almost uncarbonated; rich and silky in the mouth. Finishes with sweet bonfire smoke and burnt meat, blossoming into extended waves of maple and honey, though this is more a quality of texture than of taste. Reserved. Delicately done, though bold; the oak and bourbon are seamlessly integrated. Thanks for sharing, Ken! 8/4/7/4/15 3.8

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, number 101/124. Clarity fully submerged in this glassy chestnut brown pour. Maple and vanilla sugars in the aroma with hints of subterranean raspberry brownies; soft, feathery, warm. Flavor has a more pronounced peppercorn quality and certainly more snippety carbonation effects throughout; hints of baked peach cobbler, toasted coconut, heavy salted molasses and caramel, and a wholesome foundation of cinnamon bread and peppermint bourbon-ness. Palate has gained a lot of sparkle and body even given a few extra months; whisk of musty peat and floral honey in a winsome, soft finish. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Zac! 8/4/8/4/16 4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
#257 Medium brown, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is toffee, a bouquet of fruit, bourbon, oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Shared by Odeed from Footbalm; bottle 257/280 2005 Vintage; Nose of oak, raisins, caramel, and bourbon; clear brown with some scatted beige bubbles; flavor of dark fruit, caramel, very light bourbon, and woodiness. Thanks to Jake for sharing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
(big thanks to footbalm for this bottle.batch #1,257/280)orange/brown body with no head.very nice complex aroma of oak,vanilla,bourbon,brown sugar,orange,and cinnamon.the flavor carries what the aroma does,along with some caramel and alcohol.this is super complex,yet super smooth at the moment.alesmith does it once again.

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