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AleSmith Decadence 2010



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RATINGS: 531   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2014
750 ml Bottle of Olde Ale, bottled on 2/27/14. Dark reddish brown pour with a solid layer of beige foam. Notes of brown sugar, butterscotch, toasted marshmallow and dark fruits in the aroma. The flavor consists of toffee, caramel malt and dates upfront along with some cherry, tobacco and currant toward the end. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy with soft carbonation and more dark sugars and leather in the finish. Overall, an enjoyable "olde" school style dessert ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (216) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Alesmith Olde Ale, bottled March 4, 2014. Pours chestnut brown with a garnet hue when held in the light. Little head retention, which is expected for this style and such a high abv. Aroma of raisins, currants, port (vinous), apricots, nuts, sweet malt, and lots of booze. The flavor comes on in many layers, it starts off bright and fruity with a candy sweetness, then the alcohol burn kicks in, followed by hop bitterness at the end. In theory this should be a well balanced beer, but it seems that the flavors come on in waves and are not harmonious. I do like this beer overall, as I love big beers, so kudos to them for even making it and offering it up to us beer geeks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (765) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
750ml bottle pours a brown color without much head. Strong burnt toffee and some noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Traded bottle of the 2010 version. Nice dark brown pour with some amber highlights and a small head like coffee foam. Aroma dark malt and molasses plus maybe a slight nuttiness. Rich flavor with a velvet smooth mouthfeel. Main flavor is a sticky toffee and burnt caramel taste. Lots of coffee and baking chocolate in the finish. A lingering warming from the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2013 Old Ale bottle. Pours dark brown with a big frothy head that fades very slowly and leaves great webbing on the glass. Great aroma of overripe cherries, dates, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is very sweet but not cloying. Rich dark fruits, caramel, nuts, and a very light touch of smoke. Figs and cherries linger long after the finish. No hops at all, no bitterness. Very nice Old Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1899) - USA - MAY 10, 2014
Brilliant amber in color... Aroma of stone fruits, Caramel malts... Flavor is peated malts, smoke, spices, malts... Really rich, pleasant... Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3811) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is oxidized caramel, wine wood, fruits, more caramel. Flavour is thick molasses caramel, liqourice, oak etc etc. Great but too sweet to really enjoy for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3301) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
On draft at he brewery. Pours a cloudy brown with a beige head. Nutty malt nose. Flavors of caramel with dark fruit notes. Medium heavy body. Slight bitter and roasty finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2013 Total Score: 3.8
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch. Very boozy finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1391) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
2013 "Ol Ale" big bottle from a trip to the brewery back in November (pouring on 4/11/14). Pours deep dark purplish reddish brownish amber color with a one finger khaki head. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisins, fig, sweet brown sugar. Big malts here as expected. Flavor is very sweet with hints of those same prune and fig notes found on the aroma, some nice caramel, and more brown sugar sweet to finish. Just a hint of subtle dry hop bitterness to finish and balance things out. I can see how this would age incredibly in a bourbon barrel. Big body, medium soft carbonation, and a sipper. Very nice in style. AleSmith just does everything well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1301) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2014
Alesmith Olde Ale British-Style Ale MMXIV 750 ml bottle, bottled on 2/26/14. Pours dark ruby amber with a medium creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits and some spicy alcohol and a little cardboard.

The flavor is lots of hot alcohol with some sweet sugary dark fruits and molasses and a touch of green apple. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, sweet sugary fruits and tons of alcohol doesn’t do it for me.

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