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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%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamChandler (4518) - 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 it’s still there. Heavy body.

O - This is the oldest barley wine I’ve had. It’s remarkable. I’m going to hold onto the other one for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
From the cask at O’Briens. Dark brown amber in color. Sweet caramel and sugary aroma. Super smooth and rich on your palate as one wold expect from Alesmith and the Decadence series. Complex thick flavors of molasses, toffee , and butterscotch. Alcohol moderately apparent. Excellent sipping barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1545) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Cloudy orange red pour. Aged fruit smell. Has some alcohol with heavy scents. Apple and grape are notable. Big tingle upfront. Taste is very large and present. Has heavy fruit and wood, with a nicely masked presence of alcohol. This is very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
750 mL bottle. This guy pours a deep cooper brown. Nose is full of sweet caramel and toffee, English malts. Flavors follow with a nice caramel creaminess, caramelized brown sugar, a bit of dried dark fruits. The yeast is different flavored then the yeast Alesmith usually uses. Breadiness taste more wood-like with some pumpernickel maybe? Mouth is full with a creaminess to it. This should only get better with age. Glad I picked up a few for that very purpose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Very sweet and candy-like barleywine style ale. 4oz pour at a beer tasting. Unique balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Quite ruby in front of halogen - otherwise just dark. Nice two-finger tan head; fine bubbles. Aroma of sweet mild dark fruit; sort of cherry. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Lots of malt, light touch of sour, and significant fruit. There’s something more than caramel, but it’s definitely not treacle. A bit of heat. Finishes quite a bit cherry. The sour might reflect the type of cherry. Seems to have a bit of chocolate in the aftermath. There’s a heck of a lot going on in this beer. Keeps changing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle from Jon and shared with Shawn and friends:

Mahogany hued with ruby highlights topped by a lush creamy head which left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of walnut, bread, roast, wood, fig, berries, and slight PNW and grassy hops vapours. A bit oxidized but not too bad, no hint of any unwelcoming sourness in this bottle. The taste starts with a dark fruit and sweet malt (biscuity and caramel) counterbalance which lead to a light spice and earthy quality, some tobacco and leathery notes. There is a light hop bitterness still to be found. The mouth feel is lush yet still aggressive around the edges, medium to full bodied, a bit boozy upon the finish. Overall this was an outstanding bottle that has not shown any side effects of infection and minimal aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from trade. Nice notes of Dark Fruit, vino, caramel and bread. Very smooth for 11% and everything I expected from a great brewery like Alesmith.

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