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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 76   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (39393) - 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]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Cloudy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sour coffee. Taste is softly sour coffee, subtle brandy. Nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15566) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14997) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14811) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14427) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14270) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13676) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark amber/mahogany color with a finger or so of khaki head. S: Not surprisingly for an Alesmith barrel aged beer, the nose is full of bourbon. Lots of vanilla, oak, and maple syrup, too. There’s a bit of leather and a nice tart cherry note. Plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar as well. T: The flavor is much the same. Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors to this one with some oak and more bourbon. A touch of chocolate covered cherry and a subtle tartness on the finish. M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation. O: I had my doubts about this beer, but they were put to rest. Really a good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12989) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12920) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.


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