ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Shyamallama. Stylistically beautiful. May be the top of the style very soon and that would be okay with me, Nose is intense nanner, smooth German grain, sweet malt. Color is a glossy black. Flavor is that sweet German bock twang, smooth yeast, light roast, faint chocolate. This doesn’t taste like it is from the US which is among the highest praise. I do wish it were bigger so it tasted like an anniversary offering.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: a pour not attended to with the utmost attention left gigantic glacier like tan head completely overshadowing the shallow pool of deep dark, slightly muddy burgundy. Soon, the head, dense as can be..sat very pillowy and full. The nose is certainly chunky with banana, extremely vivid yeast laden banana. The nose is robust, in your face, and elegantly showcases the yeast and wheat with upmost style. The first pour had carbonation that seemed to lose its balance and become somewhat flabby as soon as it hit the tongue. This continued for the rest of glass until repour, when carbonation started to feel perfect....The flavors behind are quite nice...wheaty banana bread, caramel, and almond come to mind. There is adequate and complimenting hop balance to keep things in place, but flavors are certainly showcasing the German yeast and wheat just like they should be. Alcohol flavors do not surface, but a warmth certainly does. Really, when you think stylistically, it’s dead on weizenbock...there isn’t anything that pops out as being utterly unique or mindblowing, but its absolutely to style with a nice high ABV and huge, clean presentation of the yeast and wheat.
daleharshman (827) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler fill from brewery. Decadence had not been available for growlers the past few years, so I was happy to get one this time around. Pours a fairly dark brown with some red in there and a thin layer of tan foam composed of extraordinarily small bubbles. Aroma of chocolate covered bananas along with lighter tones of spice and roasted grain. Flavor is also full of chocolate and bananas but the sweetness is subdued nicely. At the Alesmith tasting room, Jessica explained how they used a lower temperature with the new hefeweiss yeast to discourage some of the banana esters. The banana still comes through rather strongly here but I like it. It will have to get a bottle of this as well to see how how it ages and if the banana is as strong. But overall, another impressive effort from Alesmith and nice to see them trying their hand at some new styles. (211, 10)
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 750 mL bottle from OTM The appearance is a deep dark ruby edged brown. The head on this guy is monstrously foamy with a light tan color. The nose is full of wheat, grains, malts, dried fruit.. Flavors are plenty in this brew. I pick up a lot of dried candy fruits, pumpernickel bread, plum, grape jelly, a nice roasted malt bouquet. The mouth is full, oily and sticky. Not a style I have much history with but a flavorful beer with a lot going on.
StefanSD (1923) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dark red brown color with a medium khaki head that has fair retention. The aroma is distinct with murky fruits; apricots, mangoes, apples, sweet burnt barley and roasted chestnuts. The taste is similar to the aroma, lots of complex fruits with roasted grains. The palate is full and smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering roasted grains and cocoa. Overall: This is one very tasty wiezenbock that should age superbly.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: On tap at the Brewery, 1/8/10
Dunkel Weizen Bock
Aroma: It has some spice, orange, brown sugar, banana, chocolate, and bread
Appearance: Poured a dark brown color
Flavor: Taste is complex mix of some nice malty flavors
Palate: Drinks nicely, no ABV burn, long finish
What wonderful luck that I showed up at Alesmith and they were putting out the keg of Decadence 2009. This stuff was really solid, but I bet the bottles, with a little time in a cellar, would be even better. I couldn’t help but think, when I was drinking it from the tap sampling, that it felt a little young. Consider that a mild criticism though, because it is darn good.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased a week ago at the brewery, $11, I believe. Clark deep Ruby White a fairly well-retained brown head. Nose has loads of yeasty banana and spicy clove up front, with some figs, toasted hazelnuts, and mild chocolate in the back. Something lightly salted is in there, as well. Flavor follows suit With plenty of the banana, though the spice is toned back a little, and some lemon and dusty malts come forward. There is also some umami. Dark fruits seemed a little more restrained as well. The finish is semi-dry with bitterness at a 2-3. Moderate to high carbonation with a medium-full body. Pretty good weizenbock. 6th rating, 1st from a bottle.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado S.D. Pours a deep coffee brown / black with a creamy beige head, great lacing left on the glass. Tons of candied dark fruits, toffee, and spice on the nose. Very heavy on the palate with spice, banana, clove and candied dark fruits being dominate. Not my favorite style but, still damn tasty.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep chocolate brown with a slight tan halo.
Nose is pretty mild with nice hints of plum, anis, and banana.
Taste is fairly complex, fair amount of residual sweetness, hints of cocoa, raisin, herbal hops, slight woodiness, and a perfect level of carbonation.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at toronado on 12/15 for the SD release! how lucky was i, an east coaster, to be there for this one?! pours a dark brown with hints of copper and a thin, light tan head leaving a ring of lace. the next quote is from my notes:
"spicy, banana bread, herbs, ginger, fruit cake, nutty malts, prickly carbonation...fucking great! like schneider on roids!"
i think that pretty much sums it up. hope the bottles, if i can get one, taste as good as the draft version. alesmith amazes me again.