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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This has proved to be a very interesting edition of Barrel Aged Decadence. The 2008 batch, an English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels, took on a pleasant sourness. Such quirks of nature can provide intriguing drinking experiences, like the many excellent wild ales being produced today. We think you’ll enjoy this delightfully unconventional offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle number 43. Light brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas. Damn, this bottle is infected. In the background you can make out the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. However, their enjoyment is diminished by the big sour notes upfront.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Brown black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of BB, oak, vanilla, and raisins. Flavor is BB, chocolate, vanilla, abv, oak, and sweet dried fruit. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a soft reddish amber with two fingers of sandy tan head. Nose is very malty, shows a light tartness and oyster sauce character. Prune and raisin and dried fruit all over the place. Lots of toffee and burnt sugar/caramel. Full bodied with a light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle 2/433 shared at RBWG thanks to Markwise. Pours clear dark brown. Rich malt aroma, some whiskey. Sweet flavor, lots of alcohol with a detracting tang to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
always nice to see decadence, and even better when its a barreled variety .. . deep tan .. lots of puffy lacing spots .. . caramel, toffee, plum, and booze .. . slick and tart mouthfeel .. . an alright beer but the tartness detracts from the enjoyment .. . . watch what happens when I spill this blue liquid...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG. Swore I had rated this before (and know I have had this "sour" batch 3-4 times) so it’s getting entered this time. Metal stained orange brown with a small sudsy off white head. Nose is sweet, lots of oak, plenty of vinous woody sourness, brown sugar, light dark fruits. Flavor is similar, sourness overrides what would surely be more oxidized notes which would actually be pleasant in this style of barley wine. Oh well, fun to try this semi-rare bottle. Thanks to beercellar? for this gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWGJX 2013
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a small beige head
Toasted malts, dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar and toffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle 2/433 thanks to Markwise. Pours a cloudy coppet with small off white head. The aroma is light oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with light oak and bourbon with sweet finish. Held up very well, an impressive Barley wine from Alesmith.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
I love the "incidental" sourness. It’s an infection and a beer that shouldn’t. Have been released in the first place... Instead they decided that that would make some money on the process and throw some shirty product on the market.... What the hell? Seriously alesmith? Do better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of GT2 at DC tasting. Murky thick brown-amber-burgundy. Oily beige head. Big caramel bourbon aroma. Pretty damn nice beverage. Balanced, despite the massively rich sweetness. Mellowed/lost carbonation in the mouthfeel, but still excellent. Quite a treat.

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