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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle w/ the bro. OK, wtf? Are people really diggin this? That tart/sour twang can’t be what Pete and crew were going for, was it? This was tough to muscle down ... something seems to have went wrong here. A pretty big let down ... not sure what to think ... anyone have any idea?


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Rated in 2014, so aged 6 years. Looks reddish brown, with a ring of foam. Smells winey, with hints of cherry. Pleasantly tart. I’m not sure if this is infected or what, but it is lightly sour and a bit winey, in a very appealing way. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"bigger maltiness in this brew, in the nose and flavor. holy cow. i wonder if it was always this ridiculously malt driven or if the hops faded after 2+ years in the bottle. lots of toffee & dark fruit sweetness. booziness in the aroma but not the taste. overall, a nice beer, but average for Alesmith, and not wuite as good as their "regular" barleywine. you’d expect an anniversary ale to be a step up..."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2434) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
*Moving old ratings over here*

Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out after our MD/DE trip.

A - Pours ruby tinged brown with a small one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, candied sugar, faint hop bitterness, and some light tartness. Not too bad but I have had better.

T - Starts off with lots of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of toffee, candied sugar, dulled hop bitterness, and the light funk from the nose. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light booze heat, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel with only a tiny bit of booze creeping in toward the end of the glass.

O - This one was OK. The flavors were all there but it was a little muddled. I wouldn’t mind trying the BA version in the future but I wont be actively seeking it out.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3243) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle at home. Brown and bronze color with a cola-like head. Sweet aroma of caramel, cherries and a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Big flavor with some tartness at first but then settles into some warming, boozy sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Fine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, JoeMcPhee, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky reddish brown with a spare semi-lasting bubbly white head. Aroma of dark fruit, light hops, caramel malt, some wood and some alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, raisins, hops, wood and a long bitter finish. Really good stuff, it held up well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
750ml bottle shared by blankboy with me, gregclow, jercraigs, mabel and joemcphee. Thick-looking brick red slightly muddy pour, smallish off-white bubbly head. Aroma - alcohol, tart fruit, floral goodness. Taste - thinned out some (aged? oxidized) - still a good BW ... tart though. Thick, acidic, mildly carbonated, a little sour - very good still

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock 750ml bottle pours a murky orange with big vanilla and malt aroma. Sweet caramel and oak taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5899) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
750 ml bottle on a couple occasions. Pours a dark copper/reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have the sweet caramel toffee notes I like in an English BW, some dark fruits and light earthy notes to the finish. The tart character from the "infection" was not expected, but did not really bother me that much either. I wish I could have had this fresh to compare.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

[ Vintage 2008 ]. [ Trade by madmitch76 ].Clear medium to dark amber red colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, wood, dark fruit, plume, light oxidide, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light light acidic with a long duration, dark malt, dark berry tart, oak - wood, light red wine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121116]


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