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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep garnet red with a small fizzy tan head. Sweet caramel, molasses, and toffee aroma and taste with some nice tart notes and alcoholic warmth to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr Pours with a fairly large light brown head that sits on top of a dark brown hue. Head remains for the majority of the sipping period. Aroma is of dark fruits, brown sugar, some citrus suprisingly, and chocolate. Taste is fruity, and slightly sour, with some burnt chocolate in it. Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarrelRoller (15) - USA - JUL 2, 2009
thick pillowy head, hazy dark ruby color. Odd sour notes? Too carbonated for English barley-wine (probably above 3 CO2 volumes) Good beer in general but heavily distracted by "sour" something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle, 12th rating for this beer. Pours with a huge, khaki, tan head over a ruby/leather hued body. Full retention and very good lace. Aroma of brown sugar, pie crust, brandy, toffee, raisins, dark cherries, chocolate and cola. Very nice. Taste is tangy cherry, burnt toffee, rum cake, slight sour note which is odd, tobacco and some bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark auburn color with a smallish khaki head. Aroma was malt dominated and quite nice. Caramel, fruit, flowers, yeast, and something akin to cherry. The cherry elements really make it unique. A really complex and flavorful beer. Cherry, caramel, toffee, cocoa, yeast and flowers. Not really hoppy, which is a nice change. Alcohol is well hidden and this is quite drinkable. Really a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
#10 Appearance: Pours a rootbeer brown with a ring of dense foam at the top. Aroma: Dried fruit, spiced apples, chocolate, and caramel. Taste: Chocolate, caramel, chocolate covered cherries, some burnt sugar. Has some sort of berry twang to it, the makes way for a bitter sweet finish with plenty of hop spice. Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sparkly. Overall: A unique, "decadent" dessert beer. Luxurious, rich caramel and chocolate flavors, that still lets me know its a beer with its bitterness and spiciness. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Nose was huge with loads of cinnamon, raw sugar, and very spicy. Poured a medium brown with red highlights. Taste is heavy on toffee, sweet and bitter cherries, caramel, and then finishes with a rather astringent and herbal hippiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2009
8th rating, bottle I got at the brewery today, from the first of the two bottlings, shared a bit with my brother and had the rest for me, yeah, whatevs. I’ve been excited about this since I heard about well, its a decadence and an Alesmith and a new one at that. Pours rich brownish orange with a tan head. Nose is quite nice from a far. Nose is sweet with a lot of hops caramel and some nice rich fruity notes. Taste is wow, clearly different than old numbskull but still quite nice, rich crisp hops, some fruit clearly and a light liquory and the cherryness really comes out here, I like this its really interesting. I really have to say I like this and the alcohol is 100% hidden. Great Beer, to all my pals at Alesmith thank you once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour with a one inch (2,5cm) off white head, this beer has a great aroma and flavor. Extremely smooth on the palate and finish, I got some notes of cherry, caramel, vanilla with a sweet finish that had a light citrus note. Another world class beer from Peter and his team.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 On cask at O’Briens. Cloudy dark bronze color with a medium one-finger vanilla head. Lovely aroma of sweet sherry, caramel toffee and cherry with old hops. Flavor is smooth with easy transitions between brown sugar, more caramel and a light undertone of anise throughout. Definitely not like Numbskull, which I had to tell myself before trying it. A bit cloying and on the sweet side, but I can see a bottled version aging nicely. Full-bodied with a long-lasting and warming alcohol finish. From the bottle ratings, this one seems to be a letdown. Will re-rate after trying the bottled version. Original rating: 4.0 --Rating update from bottle opened on 12/31/2010. With another 2 years of age on this bottle, it has obviously oxidized and not melded well. A cardboard taste has become noticeable. Slight vegetable flavor throughout that exists underneath the dried fruit and malt tones. Maybe it would have been better to consume all my bottles fresh at release. I still love you, Alesmith!--Updated rating: 3.6

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