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RATINGS: 598   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10684) - Sřborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Botted: Amber coloured. Clear. Dense light brown head. Sweetness, caramel, sticky alcohol and light fruit. Flavours is hoppy, sweet and malty. Is very smooth and wellmade. Hoppy and herbal end with notes of alcohol. Rerate: Bottled. Tasted as blind # 11 @ yesprs. Dark orange/amber coloured. Fluffy light brown head. Sweetness, herbs, liqourice, caramel and light flowers in the aroma. Flavour of sweetness, light liqourice, ripe fruits herbs and spice. Medim to full bodied. Light alcohol in the otherwise sweet and dry end. 8-4-8-4-16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Lightly hazed copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, caramel, some alcohol, light candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some pine, light alcohol. Watery medium body. Falls short somehow, perhaps aging will improve it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 2, 2005
There is a rich malty aroma with hints of the alcohol coming through. The appearance is a nice copperish brown with a rich creamy head. There is a strong malty taste at the start but then the appearance of dark fruit comes through. The body is cloying and the finish on the palate is satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle pired a dark red amber with a small but creamy white head and light sticky lacing. Big, rich fruity malt aroma. Flavor is sweet ripe fruits,caramel with alcohol pesent but not overpowering. Good strong winter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Thanks to elnadeau for bringing this to our Bigfoot vertical tasting. An excellent ale with clear malty character and whisky notes. Creamy body and big flavor. Decadent to say the least :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 having had this brew on cask, bottle and draft, i will rate as I see fit. Cask, which i will rate, to me, rendered the beer as it had aged a year. Pours a brownish/amber hue with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, smoke. Flavors of roasted malt,honey, nuts, brown sugar, yummm.... medium bodied, and with the cask, the alcohol isn’t noticeable. This is like a hybrid of old numbskull, a hint of speedway and some wee heavy for good measure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caskalefan (157) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 I was hesitant to open the bottle I had just purchased, because I’d been forewarned about its youth....I expected some real alcohol heat, along with a fading head, and a too sharp flavor profile over all...boy, was I surprised! TTHe nose, and the palate pretty much fell into alignment...there was a HUGE aroma, replete with dates, figs, prunes, butterscotch, chocolate, mandarin orange slices, and even a touch of anise lurking in the background. The flavor was similar, augmented by the AMAZING mouthfeel, which was velvety, and silky, and served as a beautiful conveyor of all those rich, ripe, and luscious flavors...this ale may age really well, but believe me, it is READY to drink right now...incredible balance for the amount of malt and hops employed in the brew kettle...there is a definite hoppy finish that goies on and on, but it is so interwoven with the malt that it is almost impossible to determine where the malt ends, and the hops begin. Yes, there is definitely aging room for this sophisticated behemoth,,,there is still a bit of excess heat from the alcohol, and the flavors could stand a bit more melding, but over all, this is my FAVORITE Alesmith brew...lots of sophistication, but just as much OOMPH to balance that off. Eat your heart out, Greg Koch...this ale is generations ahead of ANYTHING Stone might dream of producing for the next lifetime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Poured a hazy dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Sweet caramel malty aroma with notes of peaches and grapes. Flavor continues with the mlat and fruitiness. Semi-dry finish with a nice warming sensation. Slight taste of alcohol at the end. I am very glad have have more to keep trying as they age. On the hot side but still very tastey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Dark brown color with a thin white head. Strong whiskey-like aroma. Fills the palate immediately upon sipping. Strong alcohol flavor with huge malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Original Rating (7-2-7-3-12=3.1): Strong alcohol, doughy yeast, biscuity malts and marzipan in the aroma. Opaque burnished copper coloured body with low, off white head that recedes to swirling partial cover and ring. Strong alcohol, marzipan, grassy orange, herbal, hops and assertive bitterness to the flavour. Medium body with lively carbonation. Strong alcohol warming. Seems too young and like it may improve with some aging. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005.
Rerate (5-2-5-2-10=2.4): Alcohol is initially overpowering in the aroma but once it fades (or the nose acclimatizes), a grapey and berry-like fruitiness can be perceived. Clear copper-amber coloured body with low, off white head that diminishes rapidly to ring. Alcohol is abundantly plain in the malt forward, fruity flavour with assertive bitterness at the back end of the taste. Sweetness verges on cloying. Strong alcohol warming to the medium body with moderate carbonation. Not ready yet, or just not good? Only time will tell. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

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