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AleSmith Decadence 2011 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 is our Maple Smoked Barleywine (brewed to celebrate our 16th anniversary) matured in premium bourbon barrels. This will be our only release of this limited edition bottling. We’ll also tap a cask of Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 in the tasting room on Tuesday, February 26th.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Thanks to mcberko for sharing this. Ruby/garnet pour. No head. Aroma: huge and boozy. So so hot, but nice. Maple, bandaid, caramel, toffee, fruits (like apricot and stuff). Taste: boozy as fuck. So damned hot. Smoke comes through. Sweet and intense. The maple sweetness + bandaid smokiness doesn’t combine well for my tastes, but if it wasn’t for my personal hangups I could see how you could love this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (1965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
I was fortunate to try this rarity at a recent Seattle tasting. Unfortunately, I’m getting less and less tolerant of big sweet boozy BA beers. This has a rich brown pour with mild head, quite attractive really. But the flavors--a mix of bourbon and sweet sugar with maple and maybe a hint of smoke. I’ll be the lowest rating by far, but it really wasn’t doing it for me and I’m going to stay true to my tasting notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2014
whalesmith does it again. Perfect barrel aging. Sweet and incedible complex barrel characteristics. Phenomenal stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8688) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014. The beer is a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and maple syrup. Full-bodied with an oaky bourbon character and notes of sweet maple and smoked malt as well as dark fruits. The finish is boozy with a bourbon and dark fruit aftertaste. Good beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle @ another tasting. Aroma is huge caramel, molasses, syrup, vanilla, oak, light hint of smoke. Awesome. Flavour is creamy malty light roasty nutty vanilla oak bourbon etcetera. LRAB.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Smoke, maple, BW. Gorgeous deep mahogany, lovely maple sweet. Caramel sweet BW. Barrel is great. Terrific beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7247) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Nose brings out light smoke, bourbon barrels, and a touch of maple. Flavour brings out nice smoky notes, with medium bourbon notes, and some alcohol heat, though I bet it’s mellowed out since bottling. Very well-designed - the barrel aging makes this even more complex. Excellent slow sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (5009) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle - sweet caramel and wood. Clear copper with. Small white head. Caramel, light barrel and bourbon notes and Woody finish. Nice and balanced, well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
From a bottle (75 cl), courtesy of _angst_. CLear copper, tiny beige head. Bready and bisquity malts, piney and citric hops, pretty strong barrel aromas, a bit boozy. Semi dry, medium bitterness, some tannins.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3067) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you heatwaves! Pours dark born with a small goldenish beige head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, charred wood, smoke, charred wood, bourbon alcohol, hay, soil and alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty and tiny smokey with caramel, toffee, charred wood, smoked charcuteries, moist soil, hay and bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny viscous, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, smoked meats, moist soil, charred wood, bourbon alcohol and lemon zest. Nice smokey malt bomb…


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