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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Sample @ AleSmith during the release of BA Speedway and 2008 BA Decadence. Pours a mostly clear deep caramel brown with a faint reddish hue, small off white head. Brew takes on more characteristics of wine barrels than bourbon. Some oak tannins with faint bourbon notes and light caramel sweetness, also, a pleasant little tartness in both the nose and on the palate.

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