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AleSmith Decadence 2010

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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The 2010 and 2005 versions have the same recipe.

In 2010 we return to the style that was chosen for the very first AleSmith Decadence®, an English-style Old Ale. Abundant malty flavors and the perfect balance of English hops define this classic style. Four specialty yeast strains and the use of tradition brewing sugars create a rich and tasty flavor profile. AleSmith Decadence® pleases and tantalizes the palate in a way that has become the hallmark of AleSmith’s premium ales.

English Style Old Ale

In 1995, a momentous happening occurred in San Diego:AleSmith was forged. In the ten years since then, we have had the pleasure of enjoying the fruits of our labor and we have been fortunate to develop a faithful following of friends. We are commemorating this decade with a very special brew: Decadence Anniversary Ale. We deeply appreciate your support and we hope you join us in our "Decadent" decennial celebration.



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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardaxe (263) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from a big bottle into a tulip. Big head that lingers. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, and butterscotch. Flavor is very sweet, filled with cherry and plum and similar fruits. Don't see much of the bitterness the bottle describes, but the beer is still balanced enough that it doesn't become overloaded with sweetness. Very smooth for 11%. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2495) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Reddish brown with tan. Aroma is a little soapy, sharp, caramel and nuts. Taste is slightly resinous, caramel, sherry fruits, some oxidation. Sweet and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle as Olde Ale MMXIV, poured to snifters showing a cloudy, brown color, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose offered some toast, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness, with esters as dried fruit, and alcohol at the ready. The taste was similar notes, plus moderate, earthy bitterness, somewhat of a syrupy texture, full body, moderate carbonation, and alcohol that was boozy, but also quite warming. Tastiest sampling of the evening!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014 (as 2014 Olde Ale), thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Hazy dark amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruit and yeast. Full-bodied with flavors of bready malt, figs, butterscotch and yeast. The finish is dark fruits and yeast. Good beer overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle @ Appellation Comely Bank tasting thanks to I think BenH, but it might’ve been McNeillR, Stuuu666 or Benjii. Appearance - dark amber to chestnut with a nice head. Nose - lots of fresh honey and some breadiness. Taste - oh, it’s pancakes and syrup. Nice. Palate - medium to full bodied and similar texture through the middle section and a big finish, which given the style is fine. Overall - yes, great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2014
On tap, pours red brown, cloudy, with almost no head and some lacing. big boozy nose, malts, dark fruit. Attack is boozy, heavy and malty. A too big olde ale style beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours deep hazy amber, nose is sweet caramel, toffee, fruity, taste is similar, sweet, dry.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (707) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
2010 bottle. Pours a deep ruby with a ring of a head and slight sediment. Aroma is a big sweet caramel with dark fruits, dark cherries, sugar, and almost barrel charistics. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Big caramel and dark fruits, leather, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Medium-full body with a low carbonation and a big, dry finish. Overall really nice. Big caramel and dark fruits with an almost easy drinking texture.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3041) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Hĺkan. Labeled Old Ale. Pours deep wooden brown with a small creamy pale goldenish brown head head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with biscuits, caramel, moist soil, orange peal, pear and hints of glue and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, biscuits, toffee, moist soil, wood, pears, orange peal and alcohol. Mouthfeel is fat, round, viscous, tiny astringent and near full bodied. finish is tiny sweet and slightly bitter with biscuits, caramel, apples, pears, moist soil and alcohol. Tasty malt profile but not a huge fan of the apple/pear esters.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at tasting as AleSmith Olde Ale MMXIV. Pours hazy red-brown, thin beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dried fruit, something earthy. Taste is more of the same. Decent balance to the finish. Nice.


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