markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours hazy brown-orange with a slight off-white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, toffee, slight tartness, some cherry, a hint of brandy, and depth. Flavor is similar- lots of malt, followed by cherries, some small tartness, some booze, vanilla, brandy, and just a great time. The tartness is still present in a small amount, but it is not intrusive- it is mildly amused, like a question in the back of your mind that you just can’t answer, but it persists and continues to inquire. This is an enigma- one I would like to continue pondering. Very nice, very enjoyable, an almost philosophical beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was drinking this non-stop from the tap at the release...unfortunately the bottled version is not nearly as good as the tap. The bottled stuff is a hell of a lot more acidic, to the point of being a bit cloying...the bourbon flavors are nice but that tartness is a shit ton stronger in the bottle. Good loads of bourbon in the nose..flavors have tobacco and earthy bourbon, a fair amount of sticky sweetness, but that sharp sour edge that really didn’t seem to distract me in the tap version is unfortunately quite distracting here.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Alesmith - Figured I’d rate the sample I had at the brewery and save the bottle for a tasting. I didn’t have high hopes for this since I wasn’t wild about the regular version. I was hoping the barrel aging would mask some of the tartness. Nope. Tastes and smells the same with the addition of some oak/bourbon. To be honest, this beer is all over the place. I hope my rating of this beer is a tenth or two higher than the regular version. Hell, the time in barrel is worth a couple tenths. I will have to do a proper rating when I drink the bottle.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samples at the brewery. Rating #8. Dark muddy brown pour. Fantastic aroma, sweet toffee and rich dried fruits. Flavor wasn’t to my liking, tart cherries and a mishmash of colliding flavor that didn’t do it for me, still pretty interesting. (1765)
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what a beer! The aroma is tart and funky, some stone fruit, vinegar and lactic sourness. The flavor has lots of fruity notes, sourness, caramel. Just delicious.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled twice at the AleSmith release beside Vanilla Coconut and Barrel Aged Speedway. The aroma of this blew the other two away. Dark amber pour with a beige head. Smells incredible--brimming with notes of bourbon, juicy red grapes, and caramel. The taste quickly sours, but in an interesting lactic way. Very vinous and slick, as has been mentioned in other reviews. One of the more distinct beers I’ve tried since Flossmoor did Ovation.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at BA Speedway release. Brown slightly reddish, with a thin head. Lots of bourbon barrel character up front - vanilla, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, caramel, and vinous. The barrel really smooths out the front of the beer, but the finish has a strange fruity sourness, slightly lactic, and some dirty sock. Overall quite enjoyable, but it is different.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the BA Speedway release. At least I got to sample this since I wasn’t able to get a bottle. Oh well $25 more in my pocket I guess. Beer was dark brown with woody and bourbon aromas. Taste was much different than the aroma. It had a interesting funk to it with some underlying caramel and brown sugar and cranberry notes. Nothing crazy IMO, however much better than the regular release of this Decadence.
hamilton23 (592) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the release
A: Dark brown with some red highlights around the edges. Creamy beige head with lots of retention. Slow to dissipate.
S: Bourbon, slight tartness, vanilla.
T: Vanilla, bourbon, a slight tartness...like a nice wine.
M: Slick, well carbonated.
O: I was convinced that I was not going to like this beer after Peter described the beer in the newsletter. WOW...he completely undersold this beer with that description. It is spectacular. I thought it was actually better than both the BA Speedway and the Coconut Vanilla Speedway that were on tap that day.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Very mixed feelings from this one (and from what I have heard some of my friends loved it and some loathed it). Pours with a hazed brown body and a small tan head that doesn’t last for too long. Aroma is extremely barrel forward (which I really like); bourbon, oak, tart cherry, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, lightly vinous and lactic. Feels layered, balance and complex with a strong bourbon/oak barrel character as the overarching presence. Flavors are strongly alcoholic/boozy (STRONG), with sour notes, vinegar, esters (dark fruit mostly), bourbon and wood. HARSH overall. Cherries, raisins and dark fruits. As one of my friends says it reminds him of rotten milk. The sourness clashes a bit, and feels very unintentional. And its boozy to boot. Acetic as well. Lively bubbles (tap sample). Medium bodied and harshly boozy and mildly acetic. Love the barrel, but it is confused. Going to re-rate this from bottle soon (with other Ratebeerians).