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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2906) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle # 105/433 @ fonefan, thanks Jan. Muddy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, plum, dates, oak, vanilla, vineous. Flavor is dark fruit, raisin, plum, oak, alcohol, vineous. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7882) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 105 of 455 bottles made! Thanks a bunch Jan!!! Pours hazy deep deep deep amber with a medium beige creamy head. The aroma has huge bourbonic notes like vanilla and oak. Bisciuts, loads of malt, sweetness and a slight welcoming sour hint. The flavour has huge malty and oaky notes. Vanilla, light cocoa, malt, light hops and is overall very ripe fruity and vinous. This is a plain fantastic BA BW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (44143) - 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]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Brown black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of BB, oak, vanilla, and raisins. Flavor is BB, chocolate, vanilla, abv, oak, and sweet dried fruit. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2011
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.

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