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RATINGS: 641   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Poured a semi-hazy deep copper with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, caramel, a touch of fruit, and a bit of smoke. Flavor is off-dry with a bit of sweetness stemming from some caramel and molasses flavor, some wood and a touch of fruit leading to a dry finish accentuated by some grassy hops. Body is moderate but could be a little thicker. Comes across a bit like a barley wine to me, but eh, whatever... it still reflects the Alesmith quality and craftsmanship that I expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
This was an aged bottle brought over by Clark to our blind old ale tasting. Aroma is sweet sticky and lots of soy oxidation. Graphite pencil and woody oxidized flavor with some light residual sweetness and a peppery bitter finish. Slightly astringent. Pretty interesting, but past its prime. Which is wierd cuz it isnt even more than 2 years old and 11%? Thanks for bringing this one Clark!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Smells very hoppy. The taste is both hoppy and strong. I’d like to know what makes something an old ale, and I’d like to have this brewery ship to Las Vegas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3938) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Blind rating, American Beer Tastings at Sk8viking´s. Slightly Pours a slightly hazy cobbar with an off-white head. Smells of alcohol. Sweet with aromas of malts, caramel and a hint of funghi. Medium carbonation. Long, strong finish with a lot of alcohol.

   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 (2724) - 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 (8528) - 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.

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