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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.



3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle.

This beer is so 2006. Not entirely in a bad way; but it makes me remember back when going over the top with caramel malt and then bathing it in hops was pushing the frontiers of American brewing. Today, itís more like being molested by an ass-ton of caramel malt and aged hops. Not that itís an entirely unpleasant experience but itís certainly not a 100th-percentile beer in todayís brewing environment. Which is a good thing; we are awash with blessings today in 2010.

That said, it is a 100-th percentile beer in appearance. Fogging gorgeous beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1463) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this one in a trade and shared with JMerritt on 2/12/10. Pours a very deep, hazy red with a small creamy head. Aroma is grassy with a strong roasted malt note, mild MO, lots of esters and a light raisin. Flavor stars with a nice raisin, nice modest malty biscuit note, sweet overall with some light caramel, toffee and light toasted ending. Body is really dense with a slightly oily texture, fine carbonation with a light dryness at the end with a mild alcohol bite. Great lacing from this beer. Overall a very nice brew that has aged awesomely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10996) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazy rich amber color with plenty of red notes to it. The head is bubbly and cream in color. S: The nose is highly sweet, but what else do you expect from a 4 year old beer? Plenty of brown sugar and caramel with a feeble pine note. T: Like I expected ,the flavor is also very heavy on the caramel with some sweet brown sugar and toffee notes as well. There is not much in the way of bitterness nor alcohol. M: The body is quite full with a somewhat low level of carbonation. Not exactly syrupy, but it is rich. D: A little too sweet without much else going on, and while the alcohol doesnít announce itís presence through heat, the beer still packs a bunch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1806) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Another awesome beer Narnad brought by to share. Murky brown with a small white head. Nutty caramel and toffee nose with ripened fruit, brandy, and raisin. Very smooth, sweet flavor - everything had just melded into one nice figgy, chewey goodness. A great beer to sip and enjoy with a friend.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2010
750 ml bottle
Rating #1300 : My second contribution of the night was a bottle of Alesmith Decadence that might be a little past its prime. I think this was better two years ago but could still hold its own with many other beers from other breweries. I would love to try the 2008 and 2009 versions to see what new tricks are up the sleeves of a great brewer.

Aroma / Appearance - The fizzy beige head was the first sign that this might be going downhill fast. The deep reddish body was still up to task however. The nose was still strongly malty with cherry and a trace of hops that have settled in the last three or four years. I donít know when this was bottled but it is still decent.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense and heavy. Full of textures like a creamy malt it sits on the throat reminding you that the guys in San Diego know their stuff. The finish lingers which teases the palate into desiring another sip until soon the entire bottle is gone. I hope this has resurfaced or will resurface soon in another name. It deserves another wide release.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13436) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle at home - Thanks to Sune. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. NIce hoppy, resin, grassy, roasted, berries, caramel, toasted, lovely bitterness, bisquit, chocolate, nutty. Nice complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15120) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 4th October 2008. Imperial Evil Dead Red edition! Cloudy dark brown beer with a frothy tan head. Thick chocolatey malt start leading in to a sweet and sour mid with more chocolate and some fruit. Lingering sour brandy tones in the aftertaste. Complex and tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Thanks wetherel! Man what a nice beer, aging better than I thought. Loads of sweet caramel jump out of the glass with some citrus hops. Flavor is sweet, tons and tons of caramel, light wood, fruit and perfect hops. damn nice brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 29, 2009
pours blood read/brown with large white head. aroma is citrus, light fruits, spice, and caramel. drinks sweet and fruity with a real nice malt backbone showing through. very tasty and once in a lifetime for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Poured a deep red/brown clay with a foamy eg shell head. Nose was juicy with amarillo hops and red fruits. Taste was very fruity, rasberry, strawberry, sweet cherry, nice clean bitterness. Big sweet caramel body, tons of non cloying sweetness, hops giving off tons of flavor that compliment the big malt body perfectly.


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