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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14089) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
My Rating # 10800. Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering Ulfborg, 2012. Bottle # 105/ 433. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Nose is roast, bourbon, toffee, vanilla and fruit. Very vinous and deep. Flavor ads a bit of fruity acidicity. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours a iced tea brown with tan swirls.

Aroma: Brown sugar, bourbon, fruitloops.

Taste: Cherry, brown sugar, barrel. Bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied slightly sticky.

Overall: I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but still saved it for a special occasion to break it out. That happened to be the Woodshop tasting a few weeks back. This wasn’t sour in the least bit for me, very fruity and rich, but not sour like the last few bottles I tried of regular 2008 Decadence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (8038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 650ml @ TFODRBSG12
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, caramel, oak and vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long oak, vanilla and warm finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11337) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle#105 @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Flavour is malt, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, vinous, vanilla, bourbon, oak, medium sweet, hop and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14152) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 105/433 @ Summer Gathering, Ulfborg. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are bourbon, vanilla, fruits, caramel and malt. Vinous and slightly acidic. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13946) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle, 75cl, at TFODRBSG-12. A clear-looking dark brown beer topped by a small, light beige head. Vinous, oxidized aroma with roasted notes and some caramel. Dried fruits, something fruity-sourish too. Full-bodied, warming, soft and velvety on the palate. Something sourish in the mouth, with dried fruits and something chocolatey and roasted. Hints of vanilla in the far back. Warming towards the end, with roasted malts, dried fruits, a wonderful sourness and a fine sweetness. Certainly a nice one, pity a beer like this isn’t a regular. 120818

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6560) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 105 of 455 bottles made! Thanks a bunch Jan!!! Pours hazy deep deep deep amber with a medium beige creamy head. The aroma has huge bourbonic notes like vanilla and oak. Bisciuts, loads of malt, sweetness and a slight welcoming sour hint. The flavour has huge malty and oaky notes. Vanilla, light cocoa, malt, light hops and is overall very ripe fruity and vinous. This is a plain fantastic BA BW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11687) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ TFODRBSG, Ulfborg. Deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, vinous and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Very sweet finish with warming alcohol. 180812

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Shared at daknole tasting. Pours a murky brown, aroma is earthy, smokey, cocoa, and some dark fruit. Taste is very similar with a little bite upfront. Interesting and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2012
[Rating 3,000!!!] Bottle... Poured deep, dark brown with a thin head. This was intense. A hint of infection but this imperfection really worked well here. Nose came off phenolic, almost reminded me of peat in scotch. Taste wise, mild acidity, tart berry-like fruits, vanilla, other dark fruits, and a bit sweetness. Still a bit boozy. Big time notes of oak and whiskey as well.

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