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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 209   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Initial rating: Nice gleaming dark burgandy with inviting cappacino-like head. Superb nutty, vanilla-cream cherry nose with dark malty depth, reminds me of jw lees. Luscious and creamy nutty malts with candied cherry tones, a little licorice underneath, but that old englishy malt profile without the distracting hop bitterness...reminds me of back when I liked barleywines, before the hoppy onslaught of crap burnt me out. Grand tasting pleasures here. Re-rate - went back for seconds a few nights after first rating and it feels like a totally different beer...way more of a hoppy presence and not much of the malty depth I got out of the first bottle. Disappointing after the 1st bottle...will have to try it again soon to see which way this is going to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle from Duffmansw. Pours a golden dark amber color with a nice head. Aroma of malts, cinnamon, and hops. Taste of caramel and toffee. Has kind of a tangy twang flavor to it, but other than that its very good for a barley wine. Thanks Sean for sharing this one. Very unique barley wine to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bomber, shared with Derek. Pours orange-amber with a frothy white head. Aroma has strong esters, spice, and herbal-fruit hops. Palate is medium, made “lighter” by the beautiful, soft real-ale carbonation. Flavors here are strikingly complex. The front features bittersweet dried fruit such as apricot and fig, bolstered by firm hop presence. The middle contributes spicy notes, a touch of cocoa, and more fruit peel. Decadence meditates on a finish of hops, spice, and smoke wood. Delicious, with every sip offering something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
750 ml bottle shared generously by Eric. Pours a beautiful dark brown almost red color with a large beige head. The aroma is interesting; lots of sweet caramel and molasses, but also a strong sour woody aroma. The flavor was similar; a complex brew filled with a dichotomy of taste, a strong and sweet caramel and molasses with light hops and traditional BW elements. But this beer is also quite sour, woody and like a sour cherry. Is this ’off’ or intentional? I do not know, but it was quite nice for sure. Interesting and...OK it was decadent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - 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 (388) - 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 (7914) - 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 (3441) - 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 (1806) - 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.

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