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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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. Alesmith 2008 is a traditional English-style Barleywine. Only the finest floor-malted barley and English hops were selected, in addition to a true top-cropping English yeast. Intensely malty and overflowing with flavors of caramel and toffee. Decadence 2008 showcases the very best of this classic English style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, JoeMcPhee, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky reddish brown with a spare semi-lasting bubbly white head. Aroma of dark fruit, light hops, caramel malt, some wood and some alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, raisins, hops, wood and a long bitter finish. Really good stuff, it held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
750ml bottle shared by blankboy with me, gregclow, jercraigs, mabel and joemcphee. Thick-looking brick red slightly muddy pour, smallish off-white bubbly head. Aroma - alcohol, tart fruit, floral goodness. Taste - thinned out some (aged? oxidized) - still a good BW ... tart though. Thick, acidic, mildly carbonated, a little sour - very good still

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock 750ml bottle pours a murky orange with big vanilla and malt aroma. Sweet caramel and oak taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7780) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
750 ml bottle on a couple occasions. Pours a dark copper/reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have the sweet caramel toffee notes I like in an English BW, some dark fruits and light earthy notes to the finish. The tart character from the "infection" was not expected, but did not really bother me that much either. I wish I could have had this fresh to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

[ Vintage 2008 ]. [ Trade by madmitch76 ].Clear medium to dark amber red colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood, dark fruit, plume, light oxidide, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light light acidic with a long duration, dark malt, dark berry tart, oak - wood, light red wine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121116]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
reggiedunlop (3583) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours a clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has sweet tart fruit and cardboard. Flavor is tart fruit and caramel...lots of cardboard! Clearly infected or didnt hold up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
back (1685) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
Brun klar skum lidt hvid kort Bær gær citrus frugt rødvin træ fad Sur lidt bitter lidt sød modrat Blød 16/11-12@ F1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (13839) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Hazy dark amber/brown/red with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, toasted, plume and a little toffee. Flavour is malt, dark fruits, little sour, wood, oak, caramel, toffee, medium sweet, yeast, vinous, berries, hop, warming and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15109) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle @ "Det er meget mørkt i Ulfborg", November 2012. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Nose is toffee, dark fruit and caramel. Vinous and well aged. Flavor is oak, red wine , caramel, berries and fruit. Full bodied. Slick and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2301) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: I was unfortunately too late to get a bottle of Decadence from the usual South Bay Drugs spot so I had to drive out to Santee in a desperate attempt to get my hands on a bottle. Luckily, I was able too. Created a huge thick fluffy head that was very stubborn and would not retreat while the liquid was a solid shade of mahogany with a brown tint. From the nose, there is a typical English barley wine scent of caramel or toffee along with dark fruit and cigar or tobacco. The immediate flavor is tart and shocking and seems a bit unripe or unbalanced but with the help of a thick molasses like syrup taste and sweet toasted caramel malt it does hold some kind of strong profile. However, I still feel strong about this beer not being as well rounded as all the previous decadences, but I guess sometimes it just doesn’t work out how you intended it to be.

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