ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2015 2005 Bottle aged approximately one year.
Raw, fresh and messy in the nose, it certainly has that unpasteurized, unfiltered feel to it that is so appealing about alesmith. Unfortunately, the hops are decidedly obnoxious and burst forth with cherry, lychee, grapefruit and orange peel notes, dominating the aroma and limiting the malt presence to a sugary chocolate-meets-caramelized raisin. The flavor, then, is not surprisingly heavy on the hops and Im amazed at how bitter and bold they are after a year in the bottle. Oranges and ruby red grapefruit dominate the opening, with a wash of toffee in the middle that is in turn enveloped by staunch bitterness and alcohol on the end. Low carbonation, and fat malts lead to a typical hop lovers mess but as usual, I dont approve. Would be more interested to try a bottle with 3 years of age on it now. Interesting, anyways, and wholesome, but too messy for me.
2010 Decadence bottle drunk 8/14/15.
Well, the hops certainly weren’t a problem this time and as far as old ales go, it does have some enjoyable malt flavors of toffee, caramel, plums, raisins, vanilla and the alcohol somewhat dries it out. But in the end, the oxidation, combined with just too much booze and soggy-sweet flavors just dosent have any appeal for me whatsoever. Scored the same, but for different reasons.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nealblind (1388) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hman43 (799) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
radagast83 (6328) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely done. Old oxidized aroma and some caramel here. Some basement musk. Some sweetness in finish. Bottle shared at tasting.
GenDV138 (4570) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JStax (4294) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bookman10 (806) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Guerde (1260) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.