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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle @ "Det er meget mÝrkt 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 (2359) - 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 doesnít work out how you intended it to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Acquired two of these in a cellar cleaning a friend was doing. Very excited to try this! Enjoyed in a huge Riedel Bordeaux glass at just above fridge temp around 45-50 Degrees F.

A - Poured a plum to brown hazy purple into the glass. No head at all, almost no carbonation wisp as I uncapped it. Looks very murky.

S - Smells very sweet. Lots of dark fruits and sugars. Very like candied sugar sort of sweetness. Hints of vanilla and smoke.

T - Lots of fruity characters to this. Plums, bananas, mangos, kiwi and something else. Maybe grape juice? It has this uber bitter-sweet taste that stays around for a while. Middle of the tongue is very musty and sort of raw. Back of the tongue is this light campfire smokiness.

M - Very mild carbonation but itís still there. Heavy body.

O - This is the oldest barley wine Iíve had. Itís remarkable. Iím going to hold onto the other one for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured a very deep and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, lots of maltiness, some woodiness, dark fruits, and some earth. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nuts, and dark fruits. Tastes of the softer side compared to the aromas with the alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
A hazy amber color with a small khaki head. An interesting array of aromas on this. Certainly sour with a strong citric acidity and a bit of vinegar. Candied orange peel, caramel, and some toffee. A little bit of grapefruit on the finish. The flavor is somewhat sweet with toffee and brown sugar. Still a little bit of booze along with some dark fruits. Definitely tart, but not overwhelmingly so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14682) - 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 (22450) - , 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 (12711) - 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 (9426) - 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.

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