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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Having tried this both from draft and bottle I much prefer the bottle. Seems the time spent in the bottle has mellowed the alcohol heat. Anyways, pours a dark chestnut brown with a loose creamy head. Full bodied with hints of brown sugar, dried plums and caramelized sugar.Good roasted bitterness comes in near the middle and rides it out to the finish. Sweet but not cloying in the least. Fine, fine beer thats just gonna get better!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with red highlights and a large creamy-soapy orange-brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet with raisins, plum, pear, brandy and molasses. The flavor was sweet with toasty malts, molasses, cherry, anise, raisin, fig, brandy, toffee and a touch of a medicinal presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1403) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2016
medium dark brown ruby with plenty of cream. Aroma raisins, currants, booze caramel ginger. Tastes of dark rum blackstrap molasses. Alesmith’s super clean cut style makes this sorta boring to drink. not enough funky fruitness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (803) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2016
It pours a reddish brown with a light brown head that has plenty of carbonation. As it settles, it is fairly clear. It has sweet aromas highlight by fruit, caramel, molasses, nuts, and notes of sherry like qualities. It has flavors of caramel, chocolate, nuts, molasses, there are some fruity esters that are like dark fruits (plum like), and hints of sherry like qualities. As it warms, the sherry like qualities are more vinous. The nutty and chocoalte flavors become more prominent. It has a full body and is somewhat chewy with a quality alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Rating #1545 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brew Tour - On tap at Alesmith. Rich dark brown-black pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly, spotty lacing. Aroma is earthy - presence of peat smoke, toasted barley, chocolate, coffee grounds.Mouthfeel is clean, low carbonation, medium alcohol warmth. Taste is a depth of chocolately, nutty roast malts, ripe fleshy berry and currant balanced by a bready, sappy chewiness from the hop presence. Wicked brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle (as Decadence 2010) at the main DC December gathering. Poured a brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of boozy notes. Whiskey, booze, dark fruits. Flavor was lots of toffee, caramel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Nicely done. Old oxidized aroma and some caramel here. Some basement musk. Some sweetness in finish. Bottle shared at tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4607) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle at the DC December Gathering #2. As 2010 Decadence. Thanks MrChopin. Murky brown with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, oak, some whiskey. Tastes of dark fruit, booze, some whiskey. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (4300) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
750 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is an ugly, murky brown color with a beige head foam. The aroma has a musty fruit quality to it that makes the toffee and molasses notes come through especially well. Medium sweetness with leathery notes in the taste. Medium, velvety carbonation. Big body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (810) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Pours a deep, reddish-brown, with little by way of head. Aroma of fermented fruit and some booziness. Flavor is very sweet, a bit on the cloying side. Plum, currant, candy, a load of booze. Tastes better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
(bottle dated 03-04-14) Pours a deep amber color with a thin light tan to off-white head. Aroma consists of a melange of dried fruits with notable scents of dried apricot, cherry, prune, and dates. Along with the fruit is a prominent scent of peanut brittle. Some caramel and port as well. Further warming yields some sour cream and red delicious apple. Flavor holds mulled wine, port, dates, toffee, sweet dark cherry, and jaggery. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is low.

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