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AleSmith Decadence 2008

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RATINGS: 203   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
750mL. Consumed about two years after bottling. The pour is a hazy black raspberry color with a small tan head rising after much encouragement. Baby lace. Nose is sugar raspberry compote and raspberry preserves. Taste is tart, lots of raspberry and bitter chocolate. Comes across as a grown up version of New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Very interesting. Alesmith thinks the BA Decadence 08 picked up sourness in the barrel. I think it was already an entire soured batch that is now showing that sourness now that it has aged. I would agree with them that this sourness is quite nice and there is no reason to consider this a flopped batch. Very good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3977) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2011
750 from some place. Boozy. Caramel. Slightly thin body. Cherry - oxidation? For some reason cellared. Now opened as I clear the cellar.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a medium to light brown with a light tan head, not very attractive not much going on. Tons of yeast floaties. The aroma is really nice and balanced, tons of toffee, caramel, and light hops. The taste is nice, light toasty caramel to start with a nice smooth hoppy finish. The biggest problem with this is the feel, pretty watery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle - Pours a rich ruby/amber color with a thin, creamy beige head. Aroma of citrus, florals, caramel, and toffee. Really quite inviting. The taste is a very well balanced and smooth blend of citrus, chocolate, toffee, and a little fruitiness. Creamy and smooth, but a little thin in the finish. Hints of vinous fruit and abv. Good, but falls a little short of my expectations.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottled @ UDRM. The aroma has caramel, spices, fruits, perhaps some tart tones, but unsure about it. Hazy, brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, (dried) fruitiness, some spice, cheese, little dust due to ageing. Good bodied. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 9, 2011
750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! Acidic, tangy, rich rubied malts. Genuine and red-fruited. Flavors waver and vary, but settle on classic mineral-forward barleywine tang, like old Thomas Hardys and Jw Lees. Snappy, rich, a bit sticky, but balanced by the quick, light tartness. A bit of meatiness and warmth bring up the back. Itís insanely faithful to itís inspiritonal examples, but alas, not quite my bag, considering the obvious oxidation and old raisin flavor existing at three years of age.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14509) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
Cloudy dark amber to brown color. Caramel aroma, mature, with chocolate, a bit cheesy. Strong flavor of caramel; moderate residual sweetness; also good malt flavor, strong chocolate, with notes of wood and raisins. Correct bitterness; the final is quite chocolatey, with some roasted nuts, more sweet; the alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle, pours an amber body with an off white head. Sweet fruity body cherry tones, hints of peach and overripe fruit tones. A hint of citrus, warming and caramel tones. Modest warming with a fruity sweetness. Alesmith does it again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
thanks to markwise-on tap @BT Wesley Chapel-750ml bottle-pours a tan head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, medium fruit-cherry, some citrus hops. Taste is sweet medium malt, medium fruit-cherry, secondary citrus hops. Soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of TampaBrew. Thankfully I waited to actually put pen to pad and tick this puppy. I had it three times within the first year of release and just didnít feel like taking notes each time. This time around the elixir proves to those sharing in its goodness that thereís no infection here. The cap popped off with the bottle at only cellar temperature of about 55F, with a mild puff and the liquid then ran into each glass with only a modest head. Yep, no big volcano at opening, no big foamer into each glass and no sharp acidic aromatics associated with a problem. All is well. The aroma is smooth sweet molasses rolling quickly into caramel covered apricot, prunes and slivers of grapefruit and spicy almost oak like notes. The taste is smooth and near slick with prune infused molasses, caramel covered red apples and then mild tart grapefruit. It finishes fairly dry with muted spicy yeast and muted spicy hops taking this to closure. Wow!


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