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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Alesmithís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012
750mL bottle, split several ways, pours a murky orangey amber with a small beige head. Rich about now I was really hoping I didnít get an infected bottle. The aroma has red berries, English malt, and caramel - very rich. Flavour of English malt, tofee, dark fruits, apples, and a very subtle sourness, but it isnít dominant. Lucked out with this - certainly isnít infected. Quite the contrary, itís held up very well over the years. Very rich and warming without any cloying notes. Full-bodied, sticky, and slightly sweet, and only a smidgeon of the sourness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
21st October 2009
Cloudy red - brown beer. Sourish woody nose with a hint of cherry. Softish palate, semi dry. Mildly sour malt and sour coca cola. An undertone of bitter chocolate. Mild spice. An odd combination that just about hangs together. Finishes soft, froth and dry with more sour coca cola.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
The nose and flavor are full of a rich maltiness with notes of toffee, caramel and a nice but not overwhelming hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle at Churchillís, San Marcos. It pours deep ruby, with a thin bubbly off-white head. The nose is very fruity -plum, prune, raisin, currant, tart red grape, caramel and cake. The taste is brown sugar, caramel leather, tinned fruit (pear, apple, nectarine, peach), prune, date, red grape, plum and wood, with a dry, slightly tart fruity finish. Full body and low-moderate carbonation. A pleasant fruity barley wine (I donít mind the tartness).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
750 ml bottle, and damn if I canít remember where I got it. Thanks, though, to whoever it was. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, cranberries, raisins, sugar, milky toffee, and just a hint of earth. Flavor of caramel malts, toasted sugar, booze, dark fruits, brown sugar, and bitter woodsy earth. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Reading through old ratings, it looks like this was infected for a lot of people. Not this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
750ml bottle .. . Pours a deep molasses brown .. light foam, light lacing .. . light chocolate, toffee, burnt caramel and plums .. . slick .. . pretty good stuff, would have liked to have tried this fresh just to see where it came from .. . .

Oh. Then you must think Iím a monster

Yes, indeed I do think that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3357) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
Hazy cloudy brown, small tan head. Aroma is evident of the infected batch. Big, tart sour cherries. The hops are all but gone. As it warms the buttery, rum, bready malts come through a bit, and the the finish punches you in the face with sourness! This really has turned into a a flemish brown wrapped in toffee, and yeasty malts. Too bad. Its not 100% awful, but i dont see finishing the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
I guess I got lucky and got one of the good ones. Aged for more than two or three years. Really great brew. None of this sourness I had been reading about. The malts were really quality and drank with a big pep to it. The hops were mild but the malts were really spectacular. A great bottle for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2011
25oz bottle. I love the english style, but when I tried this fresh, it needed alot more time. Looks great, a lush dark amber/copper hue, brilliant white head. Aromas are caramel, but alot of hops in the nose, its ripping fresh. Palate is just that, bitter pine up front, turns cloying, then turns way too sweet in the finish. This needs so much more, and with a bottle left I believe a re-review will be needed soon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
In short: A thick barley wine with undesirable sourness. Infected bottle. A known problem with Decadence 2008
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when two years of age (Decadence 2008 was bottled july 2009). Bottle sent to me byÖ someone.
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a medium beige head with good retention.
In long: Iíve been sitting on this bottle for a while. I traded for it and then reports started to pop-up about a good part of the bottles being undesirably sour/infected. Finally tonight I decided to see if I got lucky with a good bottle and bad lucky with a fucked up bottle. Unsurprisingly Iím part of the unlucky ones. Rotting sour cherries wrapped in toffee, digestive rum cookies, mint, other stuff, honey combs, strange astringency. The sourness built up sip after sip and became unbearable. Bad bad beer. I used to think that AlesSmith could do no wrong. Oh wellÖ. some days youíre the rockstar, and other days youíre the clerk with a nametag and three pens in your front shirt pocket

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