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AleSmith Decadence 2010



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RATINGS: 554   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
I find this a very interesting beer. the aroma to me smells like bailey’s irish cream, and vanilla mixed together. It’s very pleasant actually.the pour is good, it’s a nice rich amber, the only thing bad I can say is that my bottle wasn’t too carbonated, but honestly I don’t get too many Alesmith beers that are. Thankfully I don’t think this affects the flavor which is very different and more interesting then the rest of the Alesmith line up. It’s got a solid old ale taste to it, but there’s a bit of an english twist to it with a solid almost vanilla like warming aftertaste that’s very enjoyable. It’s been mentioned before that this will be money in a year or so and I totally agree. Also, I’ve had this on cask twice and it is amazing, I think as of this posting there is only one cask of this beer left. It is well worth it to get a pint of that. If I was rating that I’d probably have a score around 4.8 - 4.9 no problem, it’s that amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (416) - - JAN 24, 2015
Keg at brewdog bar, manc. Clear burgundy with a small halo head. Aroma is rich malt, bread, some rummy sherry notes. Taste is alcohol spice and sweet and bitter. Full bodied with nice restrained carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2120) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2015
Labeled as Olde Ale. Unclear brownish body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruits, bourbon notes, caramel, malt. Flavour is light alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, nuts. Wow this is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgajdaczewa (651) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 17, 2015
W aromacie arcyprzyjemne wiśnie w czekoladzie, do tego karmel, ciasto murzynek, lekko likierowa nuta alkoholowa, w duchu szkockich wee heavy. Smak potężnie karmelowy, do tego gorzka czekolada, nuty ciasta z rodzynkami, gęste, pełne, alkohol rozgrzewa w żołądku, jest nieźle ukryty. Kawał piwa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1289) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
Labelled as "olde ale". Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma of dark sweet malts, caramel, dates, figs, prunes, toffee, chocolate, nuts (hazelnuts) and a weak hint of fresh leather. The taste has some weak roast, toffee, weak nutty feel, some bitter hops, dark dried fruits, chocolate, a hint of leather and some dark sweet malts. Really nice old ale indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (343) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle as "Olde Ale". Pours cloudy dark brown with a small fizzy offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, malt, some licorice, dates, hazelnut, chocolate. Taste is pretty malty up front, slight licorice, hazelnut, dates, caramel, slight alcohol, some banana-like sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14157) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle @ Vinoble Odense. Pours dark ruby amber with a creamy head. Rich and vinous. Dark dried fruit, licorice, chocolate and caramel. Smooth and vinous. Quite soft! Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (814) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
1/3 of a pint at Newcastle Brewdog. Complex aromas of Liquorice, seaweed and mop bucket. Pitch black with a tan skim. Liquorice Imp, soy sauce, cough candy. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, full bodied. Looong finish. A Christmas treat, loved every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
75cl bottle from the Bottle Shop, Bermondsey London. As Alesmith Olde Ale. It pours a dark brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of toffe, licorice and herbs. Taste is quite sweet, with notes of candy sugar, licorice, bread, light booze. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, tasty and sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (598) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
(Bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Dec 15 2014 as Olde Ale MMXIV) Pours bright red brown, small whitish ring of head. Aroma is like English barley wine lite. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits (apricot, berries, prune), partly raisinated brandy grape notes. Flavour follows nose, with the initial malt and fruit sweetness fading into a nice brandy type middle with grape and spirit notes, a bit of an earthy, softly woody character, and then finally dried by alcohol to make a smooth finish with no real hop bitterness or residual alcohol heat. Medium full body, moderate carb. Very elegant old ale, nice fruity cognac-ish quality with no spirit harshness, though lacking the concentrated flavours of an excellent barley wine. Still really easy to drink and decently complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle as Olde Ale MMXIV, poured to snifters showing a cloudy, brown color, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose offered some toast, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness, with esters as dried fruit, and alcohol at the ready. The taste was similar notes, plus moderate, earthy bitterness, somewhat of a syrupy texture, full body, moderate carbonation, and alcohol that was boozy, but also quite warming. Tastiest sampling of the evening!

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