lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Major thanks to Dak, he’s still officially (and probably will be forever) my favorite beer person. In the world. (111/124) * * *
I have to be frank here and say that my review is going to be sub-par for multiple reasons, specifically that I was really more interested in basking in the moment as well as the fact that I was at least 10 tastes in at this point, so please, forgive me for my terrible notes. * * *
Poured into my designated tasting glass from Cigar City Brewing, it appeared a rich dark chestnut brown with ruby/copper highlights and was very murky and speckled with sediment. I can’t say much about the head, as I didn’t pour it myself, and it was probably a good 2 or 3 minutes before I was able to really delve into it and take pictures, so judging solely from the photographs and what I’ve read about most extensively aged (as well as barrel aged) beers, I’m willing to deduce that what I saw when I was snapping shots is pretty much all there was. A few large bubbles submerged under smaller bubbles in a medium pearly, wheat-colored ring of foam hugged the glass while floating heavily on top of the liquid. As I drank the beer, there was no lacing left behind and no visible carbonation throughout. * * *
Now that we’re done with the easy visual part, I can’t guarantee my opinions and findings with this beer, but I will try my damnedest to decipher my scribbled notes. As I stuck my nose in the glass, I initially came out with lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel, which made it seem very sweet. As I returned to the brew, thick oaky notes and pieces of syrupy brown sugar toffee floating in bourbon presented themselves alongside some deep, rich malts and slightly fainter dark fruits, namely raisins and figs, which I actually didn’t find until after I had started tasting. Despite all of the very sweet components, the larger presence of the bourbon and oak really smoothed everything out without making it too mild or too heavy. * * *
How am I doing so far? Not too shabby for a beer I had 3 days ago in the middle of a busy and delicious tasting, if I do say so myself. Now for the flavors. From what I remember without looking at my notes, and while reading through what I found in the nose, I think that the taste and the aroma were pretty similar and complimented each other in their similarities. According to my notes, the whole drink was ridiculously smooth and dominated by the bourbon and oak flavors. I found some faint dark fruit molasses (raisin and fig again, maybe some dates), quite a bit of vanilla and caramel, sweet dark malts, chocolate, toffee, and a very light doughy yeast that seemed a little out of place. I may have imagined the yeast altogether, but with all of the "specialty yeast strains" they used in this brew, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that some of it may have survived. Regardless, it wasn’t a feature that would ever characterize this beer for me, so I’ll just focus on the sweet, sweet dark and malty and bourbony love that poured from this bottle. I did enjoy that there wasn’t a sweet aftertaste and that the mouthfeel was creamy without being thick or syrupy. The carbonation was lightly spicy, due in large part to the alcohol (11%) I’m sure, but over the course of my tasting, it actually felt rather soft, though far from flat. Overall, trying to tell that this Decadence was 11% alcohol was impossible. It was just too smooth in execution and too velvety in flavor, which made for one hell of an experience. I only wish that words could do it justice. This was definitely one of my favorite beers from the tasting and I am counting myself extremely lucky to have had this opportunity.
djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a clear amber with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is oak, booze, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with strong oak and light booze finish.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #2800! 2010 bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark fruits and vanilla. Bourbon and oak flavors up front with fig and raisin and some vanilla. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Another excellent beer from Alesmith’s barrel program. Thanks Craig!
pushkinwow (1821) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle, thanks to James! Lightish brown with a beige head that disappears. Although Raura said it tasted like it had been soaked 6 balls deep in cough syrup Lots of vanilla, bourbon, some oak, quite buttery, muted oxidization, caramel, raisins soaked in booze, bit of molasses. Sweet, boozy, mild carbonation and full body, long finish with more buttery bourbon.
mikeohlsson (8) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big bourbon aroma. Tastes of raisins & bourbon. Very smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
25.4 oz bottle, 2010. Deep purple brown with a brief beige head. Nose is bourbon, raisin, toffee, molasses and vanilla. Boozy medium body with a biting tang. Taste in line with the aroma. Like the name this one is rich and luxurious. Wonderfully complex adding toasted coconut, port wine, balsamic cantaloupe and Fig Newtons. A tad too much on the bourbon but still excellent.
Marheb (1639) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(Cuvée 2010): Déjà au nez je peux confirmer que c’est une bière d’exception avec des belles notes de figue, dattes et bourbon dans ce qui semble être un assemblage balancé comme seul Alesmith peu le faire. En bouche c’est une texture divine qui nous accueille et transporte un armada de saveur déjà annoncé par le nez. Jamais le bourbon ne veut prendre trop de place et la chaleur de l’alcool n’est même pas un facteur. Je savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre ne connaissant pas les conditions d’entreposage mais elle m’a complètement jeté sur le cul.
Garlic_of_Doom (344) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle, 2010 vintage. Thanks a lot for this one Justin!
Pours murky red/brown, a thin lacing instead of a head.
Aroma is powerful, loads of vanilla, bourbon, sweet malt, wood.
Taste is sweet, with sweet caramel malt, raisins, vanilla, peppery spices. Noticeable alcohol heat at the end.
Oily mouth and sticky mouth feel, full bodied, low carbonation.
Really long after taste.
This is the slowest sipper I’ve crossed paths with. Glad I shared the bottle with 3 friends, otherwise I would still be sipping it. Not that something like that would hurt...
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 edition, black foiled, 750ml bottle. pours a hazy, russet brown with hints of ruby at the edges capped by a thin, creamy beige head that leaves a tight ring of lace. aroma is simply fantastic, the really smells like an "old" ale with notes of dried figs, dates, toffee, and earthy hops backed by wet leather, toasted oak, cloves, orange peel, and subtle bourbon. flavor is remarkable as well, with more intense notes of toffee, figs, pralines, dates, and oak complemented by subtle chocolate, maple, cider spices, and bits of citrus with smooth, boozy bourbon on the back end. palate is full bodied but far from sticky with nice carbonation and a lingering finish of sweet toffee and bourbon. overall, another world class barrel aged effort from Alesmith.
dalekliz (824) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle, opened for my graduation! Pours a murky brown with an off-white ring. Sweet boozy aroma, of bourbon, oak, chocolate, malt, caramel. Taste is rich, bourbon oak, malt, sweet caramel and toffee. Lingering big rich bourbon and malt. Has gotten very sweet, but still an excellent beer even after aging in my closet for so long.
ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 June 14, 2013 - bottle via trade. Dark brown pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma and taste of bourbon, caramel and wood. Smooth and medium bodied. 2010 vintage.