HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a rich brown with a light thin head. Aromas of fig, clove, caramel and alcohol. The mouth feel is perfectly balanced. Caramel, brown sugar and vanilla are the dominate flavors. This is a notably step up from the original Decadence. A great beer. I can’t wait to see how it ages.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to NachlamSie, shared with tronraner and muenster. Pours a hazy auburn with a nice tan head that lasts for some time. The aroma is a sweet and tangy such as darker fruits. There is a noticeable hops presence in the aroma as well. As the brew hits the tongue, there is a caramelly mouth-feel and noticeable but light acidity. The darker fruits flavour becomes quite apparent. As the brew warms, the sweetness and tanginess bursts more in both the aroma and flavour. It seems to be an agreement in the tasting that this resembles a barleywine more than any other style. This is quite tasty.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this before and enjoyed it more then. The carbonation blew out of this beer all over the place so be careful. This beer looks awesome. Dark haze that is very cloudy. Hoppy sweet maple syrup flavor (scent as well). The beer is too sweet for me. Whoever said this was a Barley Wine might be right.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly light fruity aroma for a dark, red ale. A thick, rich, but very well balanced feel with notes of citrus and raisins. The finish is relatively clean giving the strength of this beer but there is a malty aftertaste that is not unenjoyable. I look forward to aging these bad boys.
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from wetherel. Pours Dark red with nice head. Strong caramel aroma with citrus hop. Sweet flavors of caramel with some toffey notes. There is also some alcool and strong C-hops flavors. This full bodied beer shows a high bitterness level which helps balancing the sweetness. Nothing new that has not been brewed yet but this is well brewed. Thanks John!
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber, a bit cloudy. Huge, frothy brown head. Sweetish malt in the nose. Tastes quite sweet and "big", finish is dry enough due to the ethanol flavor that lingers. Hops in bitterness and aroma seem fairly subdued.
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask @ Hamiltons. One of the best Casks ive ever had. Completely rich, full bodied, caramel, malt, delicately tart but not too sweet. light chocolate but hardly notice. A wonderful earthy appeal on Cask and a lengthy finish that just continues to leave you wanting more.
UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red brown with a decent cream brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, and butter. Flavor is terific, rich, smooth with sweet flavor coating the sides of the tongue.
Beerly There (26) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly.
it has a rather sweet , malty aroma. It tastes of brown sugar and little else. The sweetness obscurs the alcohol. A late appearence of hops during the aftertaste. A nice enough beer in its own right but it is a victim of AleSmith’s success... that is, it is mediocre by there standards.
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Brock_Landers via trade. Pours a titilating ruby red with a frothy head. Aroma is of sweet, dark, sun-dried fruit. Toffe, caramel, and syrupy plums make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Body is fuller than most, bordering on syrupy but falling just short. Maltiness balanced well with a solid earthy, floral hop note. Wonderful brew. Always ISO!!