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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this bottle to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting yesterday. Big want of mine getting slayed via the SAVOR snifter. Pours a nice copper color with a half-finger off-white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar. The nose starts off with good notes of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon in the background with slight vanilla. Very slight bit of tart cherry works its way in, adding some nice complexities. The flavor is a great combo of malt and bourbon with oak and vanilla in the background. Cherry comes out more with a very slight tartness as it warms, creating a really interesting mouthfeel. Very nice brew that I was quite happy to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small tan head. Aroma of caramel, oak, vinous, plum, and toffee. Flavor of plum, raisins, vinous, and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle #118 of 433 - Thanks Scott and Abby!. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, molasses and a backing of dark fruits. The flavor found tart dark fruit and a good malt backbone. Light alcohol in the flavor. Medium to full body, long tart and vanilla aftertaste. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
750ml bottle. appreciate this bonus from a generous californian trading partner. you know who you are... pours a ruddy, mostly non-transparent murky caramel toffee hue with lighter brown edges. a barely noticeable soapy clear bubbly head rests on top and is quick to retreat and disappear... initial aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and molasses, no hops really and then quickly turning into a medley or sour fruit consisting of cherries and others dark fruits. i was expecting sour and that i received although not quite sure if that was the original intention of this beer... flavors follow a similar wavelength with the sour dark fruits really coming through and taking over. hardly and sweet malt contributing to it at all while small doses of vanilla and bourbon do surface every now and again. tart and sour with a thin to medium bodied alongside a lighter level of carbonation. i much prefer the base beer to this version. i probably wouldn’t seek this one out again but glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Thanks to Chris... dark brown but gets redder to the ends, light tan head, on the water side... the nose is mostly caramel with some nice smooth oak notes, dark fruits as well... the taste is more caramel but thick with some bourbon and a nice tart accent, adds a little something unique to this but not blown away

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Thanks to largadeer for this great tick. Cloudy dark brown in color with reddish hues and a small light beige head. Fruity aroma with dark berries, caramel, and a little tartness evident. Good flavor with sweet caramel, oak, bourbon, prune, fig, and good tartness. Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Pretty good overall, but not much better than the non-bal aged version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
750 ml bottle courtesy of dmsohyea. Thanks Ian. Sampled side-by-side with the regular version. Pours a translucent dark brown with a small light tan head that has goon retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The first whiff is huge bourbon with some vanilla and oak. Underneath this lies a lot of the flavors present in the base beer. Raisin and plum with some brown sugar. A bit of cherry and light alcohol as well. A little bit of tartness is evident from the smell. The aroma is pretty amazing. The initial taste is relatively sweet with some brown sugar. Then comes the big bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Hints of plum and cherry as well. The finish has a decent tartness to it. No real alcohol present in the taste, which is quite surprising considering how prominent the bourbon is. Medium body. Low to Medium carbonation. A unique and amazingly delicious beer. The -bals really did wonders here, taking an average barley wine and turning it into a world class beer. The sweetness of the base beer is balanced out here, and the tartness somehow works wonderfully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
on tap at release. was looing forward to this brew since i had the regular recently and I liked where the brew has gone. first smell is sour lactic followed by some deep vanilla bourbon. the taste is great. up front is a quick cherry kick on the tongue then follwed by a dry mid palate that has a nice malt profile... the bourbon and wood take over in the back of the palate and finish very dry... I think this is one damn unique brew and look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Got this at the release and cracked the bottle with the amazing Tampa area beer geeks. It pours deep ruby copper impressive mocha head. The aroma is soured citrus, some tart notes, spicy oak notes, more soured citrus that is being slowly sweetened by maltiness, smooth sweet bourbon and sweet vanilla. Wow, I also get more citrus off at the end of the draw. The taste is rich sweet citrus hops mixing with some tarter soured citrus notes and then moving into tasty vanilla, smooth molasses, sweet bourbon and smooth spicy oak notes. This is rich and balanced and the smooth vanilla and smooth sweet bourbon work perfectly here to play against the hop notes. Wow!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
750 ml bottle. #231/433. Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a small beige head that soon fades to a fine ring. The aroma is strong and funky with wild yeast dominating; also present in the nose--whiskey, sherry and cooked vegetables. The taste is overtly sour and that seems to work well with the whiskey barrel aging. The palate is a bit thin and acetic with soft carbonation. Finished medium in duration with lingering barley wine notes. Overall: Interesting is a good word for this brew.

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