willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
04.20.06 750ml bottle. After having a few samples over the last six months or so, Iím ready to give it a go. Thanks to sprinkle, I think, for supplying the bottle. Pretty pour on this stuff, itís ruby brown with teakwood highlights and the slowly fading khaki head leaves sturdy islands of lace. Aroma is now spot on what I most crave in big old ales and english-type barley wines - itís full of rummy raisins, melting brown sugar in an iron pot, the slightest of brine, and a damp autumn waft through the woodshed rafters with the seasonís slight dust and molding bark. Okay, that may have been over the line, but the smell is damn fine. The anticipation is of a sweet and full brew with touches of mineral and a finish of old wet wood. In fact, the beer does not disappoint. Sherry and wood port notes bloom across the palate in the warmth of potent alcohol, which has finally retreated from its youthful power play. Entrancing stuff, and entirely intoxicating. The finish comes around slowly, and itís dry, maybe too dry as temps rise, but a bounty of dried fruits temper what could be unpleasant and further mask any alcoholic unpleasantness. The body never gets around to the thick and really full feeling that Iíd hoped for, and in fact seems at times at odds with the drying finish. Itís good, but I think it might still get better.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Harlequinn for the trade. Dark ruby/brown. Tall, creamy, tan head. Aroma: roasty caramel, toffee, past ripe dark fruit, alcohol, yeast, tobacco, earth, and subtle hops. Flavor: not so subtle, bitter, resinous hops right up front, everything mentioned earlier, vanilla, oak - no time in the barrel on this one? Full, chewy, balanced body. Outstanding brew. Underrated at 3.87, which is hard to do.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
color is dark ruby chesnut, clear. short brownish-tan thin foamy head. aroma is sweet malt, raisins in dark rum. flavor is also rummy and raisiny. a bit of earthiness in the malt but not much. a faint hop bitterness shared with a mild alcohol nip/burnout finish. barrell aged whiskey-like aftertaste. thanks foolish mortal for this in trade from a while back!
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-05-06, blind tasting at Yespr, vintage 2005, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Cloudy amber color; sparse bubbles. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, light butter and vanilla, light earthy hops. Sweet caramel and fudge flavor; it may be a bit buttery (therefore suspect); a soft nutty edge too; correct bitterness. The final is just lightly astringent. Good.
2006-03-29, at Freakiní Frog, Las Vegas, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Hazy dark amber color. Extremely malty aroma. Strong mouthfeel, a bit oily, sirupy malty, with an English level of bitterness, quite similar to a Fullerís Vintage, thicker and more warming.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For my first rating after a long hiatus, I wanted something a little out of the ordinary, so I opted for a bottle of Alesmith Decadence that I have had aging for over a year. Poured it into my snifter with no head at all, a deep mahogany/ruby coloring, and very clear when held up to the light. The aroma was sweet, vinuous, resiny, with just a hint of alcohol. Initial sip was sweet, with mildly spicey afternotes and just a hint of alcohol burn. Not at all grainy or overbearing, and just enough hop presence to keep it from being cloyingly sweet. Overall a very pleasant drink for a chilly spring evening, preferrably shared with good company since it is rather potent and comes in a 750ml champagne bottle sizing.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out a beautiful garnet color, deep and rich. Snow globe floaties are suspended throughout the liquid. Decent off-white head forms and peters out to a ring but leaving good lacing behind. Aroma is malty and moderately rich. Bits of esters sneak in, slightly over-ripe bananna comes to mind. Body is medium with touches of thinness showing at times, probably my biggest knock against this beer. A bit boozy also at nine months of age. Flavors run malty, a touch of bananna show in flavor also. Hops are still very noticeable, although nicely blended. Decently done.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Odeed for this brew. A lot of caramel, and nuttiness in the aroma with a bit of raisen. Taste is very malty, with a lot of nuttiness, with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch.
3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Why was I smelling and tasting dimethyl sulfide in this one? Having this beer at a tasting surrounded by a number of other beers of the same type, I was considerably disappointed in this one. Overly sweet, moldy tasting wood and peat, with a fuesal burn of alcohol and far too much residual sweetness. Sorry fellas, but I just canít drink the kool-aid. Alesmith makes some stellar beers, but this one falls short.
ElGaucho (2380) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Here I was thinking I was going to blow attendees of a MN beer tasting away with two bottles from the hard to get Alesmith Brewing Co. (X and Anvil). But, somebody else brought Decadence, which was far better than either of the others. Caramel, molasses aroma; rich, very nice with some bourbon barrel notes. Really nice color; no carbonation. This may have been the best beer of the day. High alcohol, caramelly; lovely. Outstanding.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had it shortly after release and just realized I hadnít rated it yet.
It has a nice smooth thick texture but the flavor is kind of mellow and uncertain. Perhaps this one would be better aged for a year or so.
Not bad, but not what I expect from Alesmith.