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AleSmith Decadence 2010



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RATINGS: 545   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle 750ml. @ yesprs Pre tasting before the Copenhagen beerfestival.
[ Blindtasting Bottle #11. ]

Unclear medium amber color with a small average, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide malt, dried fruit, tobacco - wood, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20100506]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31910) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dense malty, caramelish, sweet, breadish and light fruity. Sweet dark malty, toffee, roasted, breadish and nice subdued fruity flavoured. Lingering roasted and breadish toffee flavoured. Smooth malty and fruity with a mild bitterness into a medium dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol and lots of fruit, leaning towards the over ripe end of life. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, prunes, over ripe fruits, wood, and alcohol, that prickles the tongue. The end is dry and woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 (Bottle 75 cl) Very beautiful clear, dark amber - looks like a good cognac - with a small, off-white head. Fat, flowery hoppy aroma. Very full body with tons of sweet caramel malt. Very vinuos with notes of overripe fruits - a bit sugary. Old Ale? This is more your typical American Barley Wine. 031205 and 061006

Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Blindtasting. Pours a cloudy and opaque brown with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of roasted malts, licorice allsorts and overripe fruit. Medium body with notes of caramel, overripe fruit and and oxidized edge. Hops have faded quite a bit while the alcohol is still sharp in the finish. 7/3/7/3/15=3.5 060510

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and wood. Flavour of dried fruits, vanilla, caramel and wood. Light hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Bottled@Blindtasting at yespr. Amber colour, beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, some mild grassy and floral hoppy notes as well as toffee, alcohol and some mild notes of yeast. Flavour is alcohol, fruits, toffee, mild grassyness as well as mild yeasty and herbal notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
Cask at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Clear dark reddish brown. Raisiny, near portlike and very sweet with some cherry tones. Very liqueur-like with notes of orange and curacao. A massive onslaught of flavours, but finishes disappointingly dusty and alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to JohnC for this great beer. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty and slightly spicy aroma. Sweet malty dry bitter and slightly hoppy and alcoholic flavor with some vanilla hints. Sweet malty finish with some hints of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 27th March 2011
Cloudy dark brown beer, residual pale tan head. Smooth palate, dry. Fresh malt, a little creamy. Trace amount of chocolate. A little dry wood. Whisper of hop before a dry finish. All right.

15th August 2013
GBBF Day 3. On sale as Alesmith Old Ale. Clear deep red - brown beer. Residual pale tan head. Smooth and semi dry palate. Rich toffee and dried fruits. Slightly bitter and a little woody. Sherry notes. Light dry finish. Mature and tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
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 Freakin’ 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 Fuller’s Vintage, thicker and more warming.

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