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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2012
75cl, Vintage 2008, at 11%Vol, Bottle 176/433, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, malty/vinous and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2012

Bottle 750ml. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

[ bottle # 105/433 ]. Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vineous, wood, alcohol, laber laver, dates, prunes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, oxidide, dark fruit, bourbon, prunes, dates, dry, fruity tart notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice and balanced ;-) [20120818]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting, London. Cheers to Paul! Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Tangy, dark malts in the nose, some berries, black currants. Medium sweet flavor, pretty big on the tang front, with blueberries, more currants. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Faintly warming to finish with very tangy berries, toasty dark sugars. Interesting stuff. Rich and dynamic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16883) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle ( #245/433) at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Paul/Scopey for this one. Opaque medium brown in colour with little in way of a head. Oaky woodiness on the nose allied to nuts, toffee and some spices. Sourish wood tones in the flavour allied to dark soured fruits and some toffee. Fullish body, smooth drinking, picking up wood once more in the aftertaste. Will point out this had been opened at a tasting around 4 weeks previously and corked. Definately past its prime so will need to re-visit but from what I actually drank a re-visit will be no hardship as it was still eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Big thanks to le Scopey for sourcing this behemoth. The pour’s deep brown with a small white head. The nose is sharp sugar cookie, some toffee, mild fruits. Booze. The taste is vinous blackcurrent, some maple, hints of vanilla and spiced fruit cake. Quite fruity. Viscous and mellow. Age has certainly smoothed the edges on this beer. Overall, quite interesting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12508) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle from a trade with richiesd, consumed at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. Bottle #245/433. Last barley wine of an epic session and thankfully a very good one at that! It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is very fruity indeed; blackcurrant, cherry, jammy, toasted coconut, caramel and vanilla. The taste is blackcurrant jam, tangy, currant, plum, prune, wood, caramel, vinous, vanilla and underlying alcohol warmth, with a jammy fruit finish. Full body and carbonation. Smooth, flavoursome a well balanced. Probably the most unique out of the (many) barley wines we tasted that evening. I am yet to have a bad beer for these guys!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle # 105/433 @ fonefan, thanks Jan. Muddy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, plum, dates, oak, vanilla, vineous. Flavor is dark fruit, raisin, plum, oak, alcohol, vineous. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - 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 (1806) - 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 (10944) - 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.

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