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RATINGS: 70   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2013
750ml bottle. Thanks to Tom most definitely... Pours a medium two shades paler than cola with lesser intense edges while topped with a wispy shy of beige head... Aroma of oak and deeper caramel and toffee. Smooth vanilla and barrel throughout. A touch boozy with a light smoke aspect... Flavors are more caramel and barrel and toffee throughout. Smooth with a touch of bitter astringency. Syrup maple finish which transcends it for me being a maple fan. Bigger than medium bodied with a lighter level of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Steve at Natifest- thanks again! Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. The aroma has smooth bourbon throughout, with notes of caramel, toffee, oak, dates and other dark and dried fruits. Flavor has the same, with a deeper oaky, peaty, earthy character to it. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, warming mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I wish I had the 2011 Decadence so I knew the base beer better. This is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JStax (3381) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle shared at natifest. Pours a translucent copper with a beige head of foam. Aroma is big bourbon and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750ml, black foiled bottle, via trade. pours a murky, rich, rusty red capped by a thin, creamy, khaki head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is simply outstanding with heavy notes of sweet toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, and maple syrup backed by hints of rum, angel’s food cake, dried figs, and just a hint of campfire. flavor is fantastic, certainly a bit bolder that most Alesmith barrel aged brews, but this one really works for me with heavy notes of toasted barrel, toffee, pralines, rum-raisin cake, and vanilla beans backed by maple syrup, nutty roast, bourbon, plums skins, and subtle smoke with heavy bourbon on the finish. palate is full bodied, bold, rich, and imposing without being cloying. overall, another (i say this a lot) marvelous barrel aged effort from Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1753) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
bottle. pours murky brown with solid but fast fading head. big oak and vanilla aroma. taste is very nice charred barrel and sugar and vanilla slight smokey finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a murky rust colored brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Aroma is sweet bourbon with vanilla, light maple and some underlying heavier malt notes but the bourbon mostly dominates. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, some coconut, alcohol spice, and sweet malt/raisin with perhaps some maple. The smoke is nowhere to be found. Smooth and coating mouthfeel. Very nicely done barrel aged beer with an excellent bourbon aroma and taste but the base beer is for the most part lost underneath the bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2013
750 ml bottle (shared with the Mrs.; BIG thanks mikem409). Looks good; a hazy amberish brown with off-white lacing. Smells good too; sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and maple. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Hopscotch. Clear amber pour with a small white head. Maple and barrel aromas. Huge maple, sweet caramel malts, raisins, plums, and mild wood notes. Slight bitter finish. Good stuff...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2186) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle shared by dedollewaitor, thanks. Unclear brownish body with a medium offwhitebhead. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14259) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Thanks to Sean 9689. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Sweet malty nose. A bit of dark dried fruit, massive caramel and a bit of wood. Very vague wood, smoke, mild alcohol and some liquorice. Refined and balanced. Smooth and slick. Great stuff.

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