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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (516) - Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bomber to a tulip. Thanks Kevin. Pours deep Amber brown with thin head and lacing. Notes of fresh baked brown bread, caramel and brown sugar. Flavors are complex layers or dark fruit, raisins, spice... Balanced with some mellow hop bitterness ... Delicious... Would like to revisit in after a few years in the cellar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2015
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Totally hazy brown/red color. Thin off-white head, leaves good ridges and ropes of lace. Just a minimal ring halfway through though. Great dark fruit, earthy hop, nuttiness, mild vanilla. Bit of chocolate. Some decent roast malt. Moderate to bigger sweet, though not cloying. Good mild to moderate bitter, and nice bit of warmth on the finish. Bigger body. Very thick, kind of chewy mouthfeel, nice creamy fullness to the texture. Mild slick finish. Fantastic way to do an old ale. 11% alcohol works fabulously here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3089) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, over a clear copper/brown (SRM 19) body.......nose is heavy dried fruits including plum, raisin, fig all from the malts, light molasses, mild herbal notes, balance heavily to the malts......taste is sweet, with heavy dried fruits including fig, plum, raisin, molasses, hints of cocoa, finishing with light hop bitterness, balance to the malts......mouth feel, heavy sticky body, alcohol heat present, mild carbonation. This bottle is a bit too young, and probably needed another year or two as none of the usual signs of age (oxidation, sherry etc.) are present. The alcohol is high for the style, and too prominent, but aging would correct that. Alas, temptation led me astray. This is a nicely malt forward beer, which meets the style, but, my fault, I should have aged it for two or three years. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (1848) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015
1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle from Brewdog online store. Dark brown amber colour, beige foam head leaving some lacing and aroma of malt, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, figs, booze. Taste is sweetish bready malt, brown sugar, molasses, dried fruits, christmas cake, boozy plus some grassy & spicy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Echon (148) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle, 75 cl. Dark brown body with no head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt. Similar taste, very rich. The alcohol adds some warmth. Light bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation. This is a bit on the sweet side but the taste is so full. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
August 22, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2015.
Dark ruby red with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is toffee, nuts, caramel, dried fruits, dark bread, some pine and earth notes. Taste is sweet, caramel and nutty, light bitter with a burnt caramel notes. Finish is sweet nutty, caramel and alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1440) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
Aromă nobilă de fructe uscare și pâine bine coaptă, sau plăcintă bine coaptă dar și mult alcool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber orange with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with a bit of caramel and toffee supporting. Flavor has lots of bread and toffee with a bit of caramel and a light grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogniskowicz (517) - POLAND - JUL 21, 2015
Nieprawdopodobny aromat suszonych owoców. Rodzynki, figi, daktyle, czego tu nie ma ! Do tego sporo przyjemnie zaintonowanych nut utlenienia (nawet ździebło sosu sojowego), drewnianych, waniliowych, winnych, karmelowych i alkoholowych. Na samym wąchaniu można spędzić pół wieczoru ! W smaku bardzo pełne, wręcz wylepiające, słodkie, ale nie zmulające z cudownie owocową bazą, i bardzo przyjemnym grzejąco alkoholowym lekko cierpkim finiszem. Wysycenie niskie. Wspaniałe piwo degustacyjne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (3351) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2015
18.07.2015, 0,75l bottle shared @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild, raisins, dark malts, grass, almonds, dark sugar, weeds, minerals, burnt caramel. Taste is slightly dry grassy, weeds, raisins, grass, dark malts, dark sugar, booze, burnt caramel, oak. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.

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