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AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 71   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 (34188) - 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]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13796) - 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 (13677) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13106) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks GT2. Medium tan head, muddy cola-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous, some sour, light dusky oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, sour, light chocolate. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity, low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Thanks Ibrew2or3-750 bottle-pours an off white head with bubbles and brown color. Aroma is medium malt-leather, earthy, cocoa, dark fruit. Taste is slight vinegar up front, medium malt-leather, earthy, cocoa, dark fruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10755) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - 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 (10530) - 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.


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