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AleSmith Decadence 2011 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2015
750 ml bottle ordered from the brewery and picked up in February 2013, now aged for almost three years ($30.00). Pours a deep reddish mahogany hue with one finger of fizzing cola-like beige foam that quickly recedes. Rich AROMA of dark chocolate, bourbon, still a bit of smoke, sweet maple-glazed caramels, and some booze. Glad that I opened this in mid-December as it the nose does really remind me of Christmas. FLAVOR of overly sweet toffee, boozy bourbon, maple syrup, honey / thick mead, dark sticky candied fruit, and a hint of smoky malts. Finishes sweet and with a booziness that is actually pretty nice. As with the original non-BA version, this is really sweet and comes to close to cloying, though the nice complexity in the flavors helps the situation...still, would be better if the sweetness were toned down some. Overall, nice complexity and melding of the flavors (the BA and age significantly improves it over the original)...and somehow fits in excellently here at Christmastime. (80, 993)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a dark chesnut brown color with mahogany/plum edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lace left behind. Slightly smokey aroma with a prominent barrel presence yet it doesn’t interfere with smoke, barleywine and sweet maple notes. Dry oak/toothpick with burnt sugar and subtle bourbon along with leathery malts, smoke, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. A bit of vanilla and coconut from the barrel along with charcoal, liquid smoke, fig, raisin, plum and date. On the fuller end of medium body with a strong barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the barleywine notes. Damp oak, strong vanilla bean and toasted coconuts with decent bourbon flavor that’s not overpoweringly hot or boozy. Spicy bourbon, vanilla and coconut followed by leathery malt, boozy sweetness, maple syrup, subtle smoke, date, fig, raisin and plum. Nice integration but still has prominent barrel and barleywine flavor. Smoke is a bit tame and there is some heat but the high ABV is well masked making this beer decently drinkable. A complex and flavorful barrel aged beer that doesn’t hammer you over the head with bourbon. I enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to my other bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1610) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle, I think sent to me by Shane. Thanks! A: Light mahogany color with an off-white head. N: Maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, coconut, smoke, marshmallow, toffee, and more char. T: Sweet and bitter in big but restrained proportions. M: Oily medium-heavy body, alcohol is dangerously hidden, carbonation is prickly. O: Amazing beer. Burly and potent on the one hand, but subtle and drinkable underneath.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Luke. Pours a hazy orange color with a large white beige head. A big sugary hot bourbon nose. The flavor is hot shots of whiskey, sweet maple, bourbon, big sugary sweet malty base. Strawberry. Toffee. Pretty awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (3560) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to somebody. Can’t remember. Pour is murky reddish brown. Minimal head. Nose is bacon and booze. Taste is pretty decadent. Very smooth but with a noticeable boost. Taste is moderate bacon, sweet, slight maple sweetness. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (7244) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jen. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze, caramel malt, burnt sugar. Medium mouth with brown sugar malt, caramel, boozey, very nice, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (831) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Maple brown pour with light residual off white head. Nose is pure malt bomb with caramel and light vanilla. Not getting any smoke or much maple syrup. Taste follows the nose and is pretty damn good an well balanced. Alesmith never sucks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15. Hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is toffee fudge, spice, wooded notes, rich caramel, subtle BA booze notes. Taste comprises bourbon licks, toffee fudge, light chocolate, spice, caramel, wooded notes, dark fruit rinds. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Solid BA barley wine, bitterness tempers the sweet levels well. Xolid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
27th March 2015
Swan Song at Bruce’s. Thanks to Paul. Hazy deep amber beer, good pale tan head. Sweet malts and toffee on the nose. Dry palate, good fine carbonation. Bitterish caramel malts. Touch of wood. Spicy warming bourbon dominates. Dry finish. Bitter spicy bourbon linger. The basis of a good beer but it is a bit fierce and still needs more time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4893) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Bruce. Reddy brown, lightly sparkling, small ring of tan head. Aroma is vanilla, varnish, coconut, buttery. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dry up front, sweet and boozey, twiggy, some toffee maybe. Quite different to the base beer - particularly the smell.

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