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AleSmith Decadence 2006

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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Imperial Evil Dead Red Ale (also known as Dead by Dawn)

Alesmith's Decadence Anniversary Ale was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate our first decade in business. The brewers at Alesmith had such a great time concocting Decadence that they decided to make it an annual event, and brew a new style each year to commemorate our Anniversary. The second release in the Decadence series, Dead by Dawn, was inspired by our own seasonal specialty ale, Evil Dead Red. What if we made it bigger, bolder and even more evil? The result is Decadence 2006 Dead by Dawn, a devilicious auburn-colored ale with a complex sweet caramel maltiness balanced by the just the right amount of hop bitterness. Dead by Dawn showcases an enticing hop flavor and intense hop aroma that rounds out this rich, full-bodied ale. Join our Anniversary Celebration with Decadence. You'll soon discover why Alesmith is known around the world as the place to find Legendary Craftsmanship.



3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3271) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
bottle shared by fappa78 at DLD. a pleasure, Mat. Notes of brown sugar and raisin sweetness, pleasant bready sherry oxidation, a touch of leather. touch of sweet earthy booze. has held up pretty well over the years, it seems. mellow. nice body. pretty good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by foppa78 at Dark Lord Day 2011- thanks again, Mat! Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits (plums, grapes, raisins), toast, and nuts. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, mild spices, and toffee. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation. Pretty interesting beer that has held up well for 5 years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD ’11, bottle another huge thanks to Matt for getting to try this rarity. Big reddish pour, nice white head. Aroma is full of sweet toffee, vanilla, and burnt and caramelized sugars with a nice wood, tannic oak presence that leads to a slight earthy, spicy hop bitter. Taste is a perfect carb level, with notes of deep toffee, burnt sugars, caramel, vanilla, some slight ripe red fruit with a nice oaky, tannic, dry finish melding well with the slight earthy hop bitter. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
750ml received in a past trade with JCB. Thanks again Jason! Pours a deep, dark ruby color that’s completely opaque with bright golden ruby edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and chunks of lacing are left behind. Sweet leathery malt aroma that is nicely balanced out by hints of dark fruit, earthy pine and citrus hops. I’m really surprised how hop-forward this beer still is given that it came out five years ago. Although it is still plenty hoppy, the leathery malt profile is most prominent with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a good balance of earthy and sweet hops and sweet, leathery malt. Only slightly boozy and not really hot at all with subtle warmth in the finish. Very complex with the sweet pine and citrus hop flavors complimenting the sweet caramel, rye, toffee and hazelnut notes. A bit dry and bitter but still nicely balanced. The malt backbone is slightly toasted with a nice dark fruit presence, especially dark cherry, grape and plum. I’m glad that this beer held up but I think it might have reached it’s peak.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a dark resigh brown with about a finger of tan head, good retention and great lacing. The aroma is strong with tons of malt and alcohol. The malts present as mostly caramel with light hops, uncannly similar to a barleywine. The taste is also very bwish, sweet caramel to start balanced by a light hopw finish. The biggest problem here is the feel, light to the feel, not much of a finish. Overall, this is a great easy drinker.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
Pours a hazy brown. Some sweetness. Quite hoppy. Also aromas of caramel and spruce. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
750ml bottle thanks t0rin0. Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany red color with a one-finger tan head that lasts. Great aroma, big caramel, dark fruits, and sherry oxidative notes. Great flavor, barleywine-like and old but in a good way. Big sherry to go along with the caramel malt, with sweet candied dark fruits and maybe even some spice. Any booziness in this is GONE like the ’N Sync song. Great beer, even after 4+ years. AleSmith, f-in’ A, they can brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Enjoyed 12/17/2010

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a retaining creamy tan cap.

Aroma: Dried tropical fruit, powdered sugar, port wine.

Taste: Big sticky caramel malt, tropical fruit, port wine with very faded herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, sticky.

Overall: There is hope for this beer, as it hasn’t shown negative oxidation qualities, and is very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Dark brown with a small dissipating white heat. Nose is very malty with a slight faded hop aroma. Taste is very sharp and alcoholic, sweet with a bit of chocolate and toasty malts. This may be a bit old but it has held up well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Thanks Peter for this gift - dinner at The Linkery, Nov. 2008. Consumed 01/09. Gorgeous medium-dark chestnut brown with a fine, dense, medium tan head with excellent retention. Dark, citrus hops and nutty and toasty malted grains in the aroma surrounded by a soft caramel sweetness. More caramel sweetness in the flavor with subdued, sweet, fruity, citrus hops flavors. Aged characteristics of caramelized orange peel, slight oxidation, and nutty maltiness. The alcohol is very well integrated into the body making the 10% hardly noticeable, except for its essential contribution to this beers great structure.


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