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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Bottle courtesy of dough77 pours caramel colored w/ a small tan head. Initial tasting: Wish I had waited ~ a year to drink this one. Reminds me of Iron Hill Old Ale, but w/ much more alcohol. Needs some aging. Too bad this is the only one Iíve got. Good, but will be great w/ age. Second tasting (11/2/2007): Essence of bourbon noted here. More complex. Similar finish as Decadence 2006, possibly the same yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Combination of notes from two tastings. Bottle (both). Coppery brown pour. Strong caramel sweet malty with raisins and some plums. Alcohol very upfront. Iíd want to age my bottles some more. But after a year or two, watch out. Iím very glad I have bottles of this in my cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4563) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Copper color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. This turns a little bitter in the taste, yet retains a sweet and syrupy feel. Slightly spiced. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Dark amber body. Strong sweet malts, tad bit of hop bitterness, some alcohol in the finish. Well rounded, would be interested to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Sweet and full bodied. Some hops in the aroma as well as alcohol and raisins, flavor is mostly malt and alcohol, but there is rotting fruit as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. <P> I split this bottle with a friend that really isnít into beer and he said he liked it. <P> Aroma was spicy with lots of fruit cake aroma and rich malts...and lots of alcohol. Pour was hazy reddish brown with a smallish fast fading head. Flavor was sweet and malty with lots of spiced rum/fruit cake flavors that mirroed the aroma. Not quite as deep and complex as other Alesmith beers, but still fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Poured a brown hue, aroma was a little sweet and spicy with some hops. Flavor was a little hoppy and sweet, with some caramel maybe. Alcohol wasnt hidden to well for my taste though, it was fairly strong in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Red/amber color with a slight lacing. A molasses nose, sweet, with a hint of rum aroma. Warm on the tast with a slight finish of sweetness slowly followed by hops at the end. A great beer....wish I would haved tasted it earlier on in the night before the other wine and beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Rummy sweet aroma, hint of molasses. Faintest whiff of earthy hops. Rich and warming, yet not alot of apparent alcohol. Complex sugars. This is fantastically complex. Sugar plum fairies are dancing in my head. Thanks for sharing, Duane!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
A dark brown hue. Malty, with lots of caramel flavor. Smooth and sweet, with the alcohol hidden very well. Could probably use a few more months in the cellar. Slightly bitter finish. This beer kicks ass.

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