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AleSmith Decadence 2006

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Bottle from South Bay. I was a bit worried that this would be sickly hoppy, as the commercial description kind of described, and as I am not that keen on over-hoppy beers. I certainly like them, once in a while, but for the most part I feel they donít usually show a brewers craft or signature, and rather become a show of who can pack the most hop into a single brew. The reviews so far have not really pointed to much hop character, and I was relieved, as Alesmith is no doubt my favorite brewery, and I wanted another classic from them. Time will tell if they delivered, but letís set one thing straight: this is a hoppy beer. Perhaps itís not a massive IIPA or huge BW as Americanís have gotten used to, but itís a hop-forward beer that has only been neglected for itís hop character because of itís extraordinary balance.

That said, this is a great beer. The nose is almost completely hops, round and rhubarby, defined by aged and mellow scents usually reserved for year-old IIPAs. It works. It is surprisingly meshed and reserved for a beer this "young" -- who knows how long they aged it -- but is still certainly hop-forward. But hop forward to the taste and itís a completely different story. The taste is rich and caramelly, clearly boiled for a rather long time, and then tanked for who knows how long. Did they originally plan to release this in 2006 or what? Old, chewy malt flavors resonate amongst elder and majestic hops, bringing a lightly sweet and boozy finish. Never have I seen a beer thatís been aged to well before release. Perfectly balanced.

Of course, for me, it could still be aged more. Maybe a year -- 2 years, max. Seeing the hops die down and sherry come out could do this beer well, though I feel it could never reach the heights of the rest of Alesmithís 750s. Time will tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
dark brown body with an "evil red" tinge in it.nice thick light brown head that leaves some webbing on the glass.the aroma reminds me a bit of winter yulesmith with a slight alcohol and malt backbone.(so in others words,grapfruit hops.)i also grab some cotton candy.flavor blends up pine,juicy fruit gum,caramel malts,a bit of brown sugar,a bit of all spice,and a tiny alcohol finish.this is damn tasty right now and i bet in 6 months to a year it will be awesome!

   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 (5533) - 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 (2470) - 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 (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, 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.

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