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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The 2010 and 2005 versions have the same recipe.

In 2010 we return to the style that was chosen for the very first AleSmith Decadence®, an English-style Old Ale. Abundant malty flavors and the perfect balance of English hops define this classic style. Four specialty yeast strains and the use of tradition brewing sugars create a rich and tasty flavor profile. AleSmith Decadence® pleases and tantalizes the palate in a way that has become the hallmark of AleSmith’s premium ales.

English Style Old Ale

In 1995, a momentous happening occurred in San Diego:AleSmith was forged. In the ten years since then, we have had the pleasure of enjoying the fruits of our labor and we have been fortunate to develop a faithful following of friends. We are commemorating this decade with a very special brew: Decadence Anniversary Ale. We deeply appreciate your support and we hope you join us in our "Decadent" decennial celebration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Number 1,000. Beautiful safire hue and mostly translucent in appearance with a variable head ranging from bubble cloisters in the beginning to a thin layer of tan fizzles on other pours. Aroma is ripe with intricacy, calling on amaretto, akin to Disaronno, and a hearty fruit profile consisting of figs, dried apricot chews, maraschino cherries, golden raisins and a generate of melding squished plums with red grapes. Honeyed caskets and caramelized pecans sweetly echo in the nose as well. First dactylic sensation to register is the palate positioning - oily, like a custom wax mold in the mouth. Flavor ensues with a heavy suckle sense (honey, rose) in cohorts with the anticipated amaretto, along with cedar, liquefied brown sugar and black cherries. Buttery pralines come in, projecting a character trait of being rolled around in brown sugar and basking in brandy for some time. Alcohol is discernable but not a hindrance. Malt driven, no question about it, with the mouth feel headlining the bill of this 10-year anniversary arrangement. Finishes with a sweet and somber caramel sense that transitions to a lasting memory of cherry cordials pumped with liqueur. Special thanks to tpkenned for sending me the bottle and everyone else who helped me along the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Creamy off-white head covers a deep orange to auburn body. Strong concentrated malt aromas immediately remind of desserty flavours, the likes of chocolate, caramel and herbed cereals. Fitting figgy fruits are quickly put down by the stronger fuelic earthiness, leaning onto tobacco territory. Faint smokiness turns chalky as the moderately astringent hops kick in. The hotness of the candi sugar and alcohol match-up contributes oiliness to a medium to full body and we’re left, like everyone else, wishing it had more age on it, though not sure for what reasons exactly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orange pale, apparence mi-translucide. Arômes fortement alcoolique laissant s’évader des notes de sucre brun, de vanille, de chocolat et de chêne. Divine extraction de malt aux saveurs de chocolat, de caramel, de dattes et de vanille offre un bon support aux houblons amers semblant natifs de la côte ouest. On accepte facilement le réchauffement prononcé de la part de l’alcool en bouche. Corps d’épaisseur pleine, texture collante et crémeuse, carbonatation active et doucement piquante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Logan’s Pre-GABF party ‘05. Pours a dar k amber with red highlights, a thin quickly dissipating off white head, and some thick lacing. Nice malt, vanilla, alcohol, brown sugar, and chocolate with cherries in the nose and flavor. Creamy texture. Very warming with a sweet finish. Very nice beer now. I would love to have a aged sample someday. Thanks DrBill!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Poured a nice amber with little head or carbonation. Big alcohol in the nose, almost smelled whiskey-like. Flavor was malty and bright alcohol, with a lot of carmel flavor and light on the hops. Could probably benefit from some age to tone down the sweet, but still very enjoyable. Reminded me of a Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle: Celebrating my new job today!   Dark amber, heavy on the red, very hazy with minor bits floating about, moderate to thin off-white sudsy head (typical Alesmith), falls somewhat quickly, no noticable carbonation.   Strong alcohol nose, hidden beneath are hints of brown sugar, chocolate covered cherries, and very slight fig and/or date.   Warming vanilla and maraschino cherries up front, maybe even a touch of bourbon imparted oak.   Heat is strong, but manageable.   Big in body, quite big, with a fairly moderate mouthfeel.   Very sweet alcoholic finish, some caramel, very hot yet not unapproachable.   This one is nice, but needs some time to settle down.   It will be very interesting to see what flavors develop over time.   Big thanks to Clark for trading this one to me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pour is nice golden amber with a thin off white head...smell is sweet all the way...earth fruit, caramel, alcohol, cookies...taste is sweet yet not quite balanced as it is indeed hot...still great, just hot...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Sampled at Logan’s loft during GABF RateBeer party 2005. Ruby color with a negligible head, clear. Light aroma but you get hints of sugary caramel malt, and dark fruits, like raisons soaked in brandy. The flavor is solid, but not as complex or deep as I would have guessed. Honey, dates/prunes, caramel malts, and alcohol. Creamy body, round with warming alcohol presence. A good beer that I’m glad I was able to try. Thanks to whom ever opened this!

Tried again on New Years Eve. 2005 Bottle. I will not argue withj the notes I made previously as I did not take very many this time around. I would like to say that chocolate covered cherries came to mind this time in both aroma and flavor. I am also going to give my overall score a bump. It was really working for me on New Years Eve!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
another good beer forced on me at logans over the gabf weekend, thanks to the good samaritan that poured this. poured a bloody brown with a tan head. wow, the booze jumps out in this sucker. then a dark fruit aroma emerges with some caramel. doughy flavor of prune and caramel with a vanilla ice cream like finish, or maybe sherbert, but it is a creamy finish. a lot of sugar daddy flavor from the start to the finish, but the booze is always prevalent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2005
On Cask @ Papago. Pours a somewhat clear golden/orange with a paper thin head and moderate lace. Perfumed alcohol initially hits your nose with a bite with lingering caramelized sugars, and notes of vanilla coming to the forefront. Body is medium/thin, alcoholic & spicy but at the same time very smooth and highly drinkable. Great sipping beer.

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