crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I preferred the non-barrel incarnation of this one. This one has some added complexity but also added oxidation notes.
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 8th, 2011 - I believe this sample was on the list of limited edition beers that were going fast; these are the ones tucked at the bottom right of AleSmith’s chalkboard. They frequently change, and that’s not because AleSmith is tossing out good beer. Demand drives variety, and in this case I happened to be fortunate enough to land on a day when they were pouring Barrel Aged Old Decadence. The aroma is incredibly boozy, reflecting the time spent in the barreled penitentiary, and a dozen scents familiar to my bourbon and whiskey shelf entice my nose: caramel, sugar, apple, pineapple, pine, wood, syrup, etc. The flavor introduces an acidic dimension which plays well with the complexity of the flavors, adding white grape juice to a low a slow swirling vat of darker, sweeter flavors. In fact, this almost tastes more like an Imperial Red than it does a Barley Wine. Whatever it’s categorical definition, the flavor is strangely but alluringly sour, offering a delicious puckering to an ornate balance of delicious whiskey barrel-infused flavors.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Alesmith. Slightly hazy yellowish amber pour, with a darker off-white head. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, sweet toffee, maple syrup, still some smoke in here too, boozy, and a hint of chocolate. Nicely done as always, Alesmith.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque mahogany pour with a miniscule white head. Huge bourbon and booze aromas. Nice vanilla, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Some chocolate oxidation notes, oak, caramel, and smoke. The flavor is very sweet and very barrel forward. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel sweetness. Some chocolate, alcohol, and a smoke flavor that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms up.
wheresyourball (414) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, picked up at the same time as BA Kopi; poured into a tulip. Pours amber with medium white head. Aroma is smoke, maple, bourbon. Flavor is caramel, toffee, maple, booze, with an alcoholic finish. Very smooth.
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; picked up from the brewery alongside the BA Kopi Luwak Speedway. Color is dark amber with medium carbonation, capped with a small head of vanilla colored foam. Smoked malts show through in the aroma with lots of bourbon and hot alcohol. Flavor is a sweet blend of caramel, toffee, chocolate truffle and cherry, finishing bitter with an oaky barrel-aged nuance. The alcohol really takes over the finish, with a pronounced bourbon note. Give it a few more years to mellow out, still kind of hot at this point. Overall really, really tasty.
StefanSD (1989) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from brewery. Pours a murky dark brown color with a medium tan head that audibly fizzes away to a film. The aroma is dominated by the whiskey barrel aging along with some dark fruits and a bit of sherry. The flavor is similar to the nose with the whiskey in the forefront backed up nicely by lightly smokey grains, raisins, dates, and a bit of maple. The palate is full and silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and hot. Overall: Lots of hot alcohol in this one, watch out. I had to pair this with some fine cheeses (Gruyere and Jarlsberg) to cut the booze and make this enjoyable. I’d recommend aging this for a couple of years to see if it comes together a bit better.