craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
tasting on 9/18/10 in the basement of Falling Rock. black pour with a tan head. bourbon barrel nose with chocolate and spice. big body full of oak, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, light bourbon and dark malts. wooden finish with more malts. thanks to whoever poured this one!
Em (102) - USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown. Smooth tasting. It reminds me of a brown ale kind of. Smells like chocolate. A pretty good beer
Getbetter (699) - Cucamonga, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks mspindler for the taster.From 22oz,dark brown in color,vanilla,very rich chocolate flavor,more sweeter, bourbon,Medium body.I wish they made more beers like this.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla and a shot of whiskey. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is upfront booze, vanilla, booze, and a touch of grain. Before this brew we had the regular version and this one didn’t have any of the complexity the base brew had. It was totally dominated by the booze. After it warmed up is began to show more layers of complexity. More grain and booze shined through. I really enjoyed this either way.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
long sought after bottle courtesy of ajm, thanks! what is there to say, this stuff rocks! its a massive importer with a huge and well balanced bourbon presence. delicious, enough so that you can literally drink the entire bottle by yourself!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks jhenry04. Poured very black, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, wood, little coffee, little dark fruit.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An excessively bourbonny stout/porter. Good beer but much inferior to the regular one.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about 15 months after the beer release side by side with a bottle of the regular version. Sent to me by MakeItaBanquet. Thank you so much Ben
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention
In long: Nose has a lot bourbon (like all AleSmith BA brews). The rich chocolate cake of the regular version is totally dominated by the bourbon barrels. Vanilla, bourbon, oil, coconut, caramel. The sweetness level is way to high, almost ST Crème Brule level. Somehow the residual sugars are even more apparent in this BA version and the beer feel way way too sweet. The creamy slimy body is not as satisfying as with the regular version. Again I am disappointed by a BA AleSmith. This is not a bad beer, not bad at all, but it is just huge step down from the original. It was a fun test to open both the BA and regular Decadence 2007 side-by-side but it was just too much Decadence 2007 for one person. And to be honest with the regular version being so superior to the regular version I even poured down some of the BA bottle in the drain. An act that most ratebeerians probably find as reprehensible as a Lousiana swimming pool store sending a thank-you note to BP
deyholla (5849) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kan, thanks! Pours black with minimal small dark brown head. Aroma is full of dark grains and very barrel forwards with bourbon notes and a bit of underlying vanilla. Flavor is very dark as well with coffee and some vanilla. The bourbon is more mellow in the flavor but it does seem to build towards the finish.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #1000. Bottle procured at the release by kylefleeger -- many thanks! Consumed at Atlas Bistro with hellbilly and psprings. Pours roasted black in color with a ruby tint around the edges and a creamy tan head of foam. Tasted in a vertical with the base beer and put it to shame. The beer even looked better coming out of a barrel! Smells incredible -- possibly the best aroma I have ever inhaled -- ethereal bourbon, vanilla, and molten chocolate. I want to get an oxygen tank full of this stuff and huff it like Dennis Hopper (RIP) in Blue Velvet. Tastes substantially better than the base beer and actually makes the base smell hot to the point that I had to check multiple times to make sure I had the right glass. The finest argument for barrel aging beer I have yet to consume -- offers a wave of sweetness from the aroma that moves into malt and cocoa before finishing with the bitterness of dark fruits and the core flavors of the base beer. Truly decadent. I can’t believe this lived up to my expectations.
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml Bottle 273 of 817. Pours a nice frothy tan head. Head disappeared in about a minute. Body is virtually black. No light passing through body. Aromas of light vanilla and black cherry. Even some coconut. Raisins and toasted coconut in flavor. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Nicely mellowed with a bit of aging. Warming in throat and back of mouth. Very nice beer over all. Some imperial beers can sometimes be over done. Not this one.