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AleSmith Decadence 2006

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 750 ml bottle from the brewery: Murky dark brown color with a medium light beige head. Aroma is rich with a little burnt caramel. Flavor starts rich and malty with some burnt caramel followed by a good dose of mellow hops, a hint of licorice and a dry orange rind finish. Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. 9.9% ABV well hidden, but makes its presence known. Another AWESOME brew from AleSmith!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
750 mL bottle. Hazy brown with a fluffy light tan head. Big malty aroma, caramel, and some hop notes. Smooth sweet caramel and vanilla taste with some bitterness and warm alcohol flavors to balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 750 ml. bottle. Pours amber-brown with a tanish head. Aroma is the symbotic relationship between sweet malt and bitter hops. Taste was a wonderful back and fourth between sweet and bitter, with neither being overpowering. This was subtle yet sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
750 ml bottle. Lots of vanilla and caramel aromas off this ruby brown ale. Nice tan head that lasted the whole glass. Very sweet and malty flavor with a nice touch of hops to give it some citrus notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 --- ReRate 09July2008 One year later it’s still very tasty. The aroma has gotten sweeter and more complex. --- Original Rating 07July2007 Picked this up at the brewry this afternoon. It pours a gorgeous reddish-brown w/ nice off-white head. Itís a very nice looking brew. The mouthfeel is creamy with a sweet flavor that has a tangy backbone. Itís another great beer from the alesmith team.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
750mL bottle. Translucent dark red-orange color with a large tan head. Soft caramel and toasty aromatics combine with floral and piney hop characters, some tinges of alefruit as well. Caramel, raisins, and brown sugar malt flavors. Some toastiness with a ruddy hop spicy bitterness. Faint smokiness and stale chocolate peer through. Lusterious raisinbread alefruit finish with an overwhelmed spicy, piney hop component. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat sticky and syrupy and a progressing warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
This is Evil Dead Red all grown up. Fantastic looking beer, and I think the first time I have ever given a 5 for appearance - but the color is this awesome dark amber/brown hue - pretty cool to look at - but the flavor - holy hell - this beer is evil, in a truly wonderful way. Ash would be proud. Thanks WeeHeavySD, you are a machine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Picked up this bottle at the brewery last week. The title "decadence" is appropriate in this case, it is an indulgence. This beer pours a dark brown, not sure why they call it a red, but there it it is--dark--almost opaque brown, that light will not shine thru. The head is ample and khaki colored, and dissipates very slowly. Aroma is very pronounced sweet anise and some cedar. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and very silky. Overall a very pleasant fullness. Taste is toasted oats, mild hops, some smoke and black walnuts. The whole experience has a ground engaged earthiness. Finishes long and glorious with rich malts, caramel and hops. This is what every beer wants to be when it grows up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 First Rating of this fine brew. Second first rating of an 11th Anniversary beer. 1st and 1st=11 maybe. I donít know just came to me. Super excited about this beer, was excited about it earlier in 06 when I thought it would be out and Iím still excited now. On to the review...Pours a really nice reddish amber with a 3 finger puffy semi stable tan head. The aroma is great very sweet and malty with hops there but not overwhelmingly hoppy like a dipa. The nose is very balanced and portends a similarly high quality brew. Iíve enjoyed evil dead red the few times Iíve had it and I never shy away from making a beer bigger. The taste is very very nice. Big bold malt profile very nicely balanced with a fresh hop feeling. There is a bit of sugary caramel molasses sweetness there and the hops round out the beer nicely. The balance is just right, as much as anyone can like hops its nice to have them subdued in a beer where they are not the main attraction. The mouth feel is great nice feeling throughout and a nice light mouth warming as well. Overall this is a pretty damn incredible beer. Thanks so much to Peter, Todd (for coming up with Evil Dead Red the basis of this beer), Bill and Matt at Alesmith you guys make killer beer are cool and damn modest all at the same time. Lastly gotta love the name, its perfect. (EVEN BETTER ON CASK)

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