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RATINGS: 637   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 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Sampled 11/06--with 15 months of bottle age, and again 08/08 with 3 years bottle age. Burnished bronze-gold with copper-mahogany highlights and the full color spectrum in between as it thins out to the edge. Very low carbonation at this age. Roasted malt aromas caramel sweetness with vanilla and oak gives way to a multi-dimensional flavor profile with many layers of malted grain, roast, sweetness, aging characteristics (maderization, etc.), and an incredibly long, full chromatic toffee finish. Lower carbonation and age intensified the body characteristics: lovely, nimble mouthfeel with well-integrated bitterness and an assertive alcohol character that is superbly balanced and mellowed with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured with almost no head. Strong and sweet. Malty with notes of dark fruit caramel. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle sampled at Sunset Grill in Alston Mass. with the Stegosaurus as part of our boston/salem tour. I never heard of this brew but he tracked it down and he hits the nail on the head. It is a good brew with a good balance of hops and malt, some sort of syrapy flavor and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a thin off-white head. Low hop, rich malt, and slight spice aroma. Caramel malt flavor with good depth. Some raisin and berry fruits. Alcohol present and gives some good warmth. Medium body. Woodsy malt lingers with alcohol and spice. Some sherry tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2006
This was a unique beer, and was not what I was expecting. When cold, the smell and taste were very bourbonesque, tasting as though it had just come from the barrel, but as the beer warmed up, it became sweet and malty, similar to their Grand Cru offering, but not nearly as overwhelming. The beer poured a dark, malty, murky caramel color with a small off-white head. Aroma started off as being very full of alcohol, but became much sweeter and caramel-like as it warmed up. Taste was very similar, very malty, with a nice but not overpowering taste of alcohol in the finish. I believe that this beer could use some more time to settle down, but is very drinkable now at cellar temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle sampled at Sunset Grill in Alston Mass. with the Mad Indian. brow with a slight reddish hue and a small off white head. Aroma of slight fruit, caramel, much like a good english strong ale. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, alcohol, and bitter hops. I was almost certain this was an English Strong Ale, also by the flavor. Good body, good brew, i think i expected a little more for a brew ive been trying to get my hands on for over a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2544) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours with a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Raisiny nose. Starts sweet, raisiny, smooth high ABV stays hidden until finish. However my drinking partner thinks it is more like a liquor drink than a beer. Pricey at $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 2010 Bottles are damn great as well!!!! 2005 release bottle. I had this soon after the release and sadly only bought 1 more. I will be sure to update my rating with the second bottle. As I recall it tasted like a strong english ale similar to Wee Heavy but different. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Sheezz, I have had 3 of these and never rated it. Well, this is still very raw in my mind and my take years to settle down if at all. Tha ABV was very strong in this. The fruity flavors of the Old Ale was not really apparent.This wasn’t a bad brew just not what I expected from Alesmith.I have 2 more that will sit for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
bottle, enjoyed at the Sunset Grille in Boston - Poured reddish brown with a thin head that left some decent lacing. The aroma is malty with some dark fruit notes and a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor, but I didn’t mind. The sweetness, fruit notes, caramel, and other flavors come to the fore. The finish lingers pleasantly as the warmth hits your stomache. For some reason the flavor reminded me a bit of Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2001, though even sweeter. Decadence is very good.

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