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RATINGS: 597   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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Glowing ruby-brown. Nose swet and fruity, hints of sweet chocolate. Rich cherries and some alcohol as well. Flavor is very full and rich, molasses, cherry/raisins. A mite too sweet, but not overpowering. Good hops at the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
This ale pours a dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige/white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and fruit, brown sugar, some cherries and earthy hops. A full bodied Old Ale. Malts are caramel, brown sugar, molasses and dark fruit. Some earthy hops, but mostly this beer is malt, brown sugar and some alcohol. Lots of raisins and cheery flavors come out as it warms. Very smooth tasting, and I think the alcohol burn/presence will mellow with time. The aging potential for this beer should be good. Think I will wait to open the next bottle of this stuff in a year of so. Interesting as it certainly is mellowing as it warms. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with a noticeable alcohol bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 This be offers the nose the sweet smell of caramel and malt. It is copper in color with a cashew colored head. It enters the mouth heavy but smoothly. The taste is an infusion of wheat, yeast, and malt that fades leaving a sweet nutty taste on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Bottle. Notes of marachino cherry and butter on the nose and more of the same on the palate. Nutty (almonds and hazelnuts) and thick. Solid with a nice warming finish. A perfect holiday beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
thanks to silphium for this one....brownish red appearance with minimal white head....aroma of caramel, sugar, spice, strawberry and cherry.....taste is very similar and is very refreshing, yet very extremely fruity and sugary; great palate, and a great beer....i know you didnt enjoy this one silphium, but thank you for this! i loved it!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
thanks to Saarlander for the bottle. beer no. 7 at hey_kevins IC gathering. great aroma of roasty, toasty malts. pours a light mahogany in color with a generous amount of lace. palate is smooth and creamy. some alcohol noted on the finish, but overall a very enjoyable beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 An enormous letdown. Aroma of alcohol and maybe a little sweet caramel and pineapple. Itís weak though. Almost not there until it warms, and then itís still very light. Flavor is huge alcohol heat. Unbelievable that this isnít more than 11%. Sure, 11% is pretty high, but I could brew an 11% beer with less alcohol flavor than this. There are some other flavors, some sweet caramel malts. But it really doesnít matter. The alcohol overwhelms. Hard to drink. I have a second bottle, and Iím saving it until about 2010. I suggest you do the same. I canít believe this has the overall score it does. I guess some people really like their beer to taste like a mixed drink. 5/4/5/2/11 = 2.7

5 years later. March 2010. Time has helped this brew out, definitely. Still not really to my tastes. Some toasted flavors come out that I didnít mention in my first rating. The alcohol is still strong, but has backed off somewhat. I canít say I love it, but itís better than it was at itís debut. Iíll bring it up to a 3.1 from 2.7

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Duane brought a bottle of this to hey_kevinís gathering. Poured a dark amber with a slight offwhite head. Aroma of caramel, some booze, and some sweet raisins. Bready caramel, malty flavor. Some sweetness as well, couldnt quite put my finger on it though. Creamy, warming mouthfeel. This was a good one

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 I wanted to like this one more. Poured with a dark copper and amber colored body. This also had a light off white head. The aroma was rich buttery toffee with some smoked almonds. The taste was alcoholic with some toffee and walnuts. There was also a little bit of bread crust. A decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Dried fruit, notes of caramel and some hits of unrefined sugar. Very nice and buttery. Medium cloudy brown with an off-white head that thins. Warming, roasted caramel flavor with some dried fruit flavors but not as much as an aged old ale. Medium body with a chalky feel to it. Thanks to someone at the MKE YeHa! for sharing it.


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