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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Alesmith Decadence Anniversary Ale was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate our first decade in business. Our brewers had such a great time concocting Alesmith Decadence that they decided to make it an annual event, and brew a new style each year to commemorate our anniversary. Alesmith Decadence 2011 is a Maple Smoked Barley wine. Blending elements of two beer styles, smoke beer and barley-wine. Alesmith has created a unique, homebrew-inspired beer. Big and malty, with a huge Bamberg smoked-malt character, Alesmith Decadence 2011 has another very special ingredient: Vermont maple syrup. The smoky malt flavor is perfectly balanced by modest bittering hop additions. A rich, full-bodied beer designed to deliver a memorable drinking experience. Join our anniversary celebration with Alesmith Decadence. You’ll soon discover why Alesmith is known around the world as the place to find legendary craftsmanship.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, sweet malt, light spice, booze. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little disappointing and one dimensional, expected more from this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1867) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2015 Bottle shared thanks to Kermis. Hazy dark amber with some little things floating around. Lots of sweet malts, sugars, butterscotch, yeast, bitter herbs, maybe some light smoke, toffee, dried peach. Over medium sweet with alcoholic bitter finish. Full bodied, with low carbonation and the body just dissoves in your mouth. Weird beer, not too bad but a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scotty001 (447) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Poured reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of a barley wine with toffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, quite flat, flavour of the toffee, lightly fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6945) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thin creamy off white head. very hazy amber pour. Sweet alcohol taste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle. Hazy clear amber with legs but no head. Aroma is big, spicy, yeast, malt, moderate smoke, alcohol heat. Flavor is dense malt smoke, earthy dense hops, meaty finish. Feel is thin with a little heat. So well constructed and could age longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle from long ago. I forget where I purchased it; probably Belmont Station. A: Dark mahogany that’s near to black. Creme colored foam head. Some lacing. N: Maple syrup, smoke, caramel, vanilla, some cocoa, more smoke resulting in whiffs of bacon, hint of black peppercorn, earth, and a rounding out of pine. T: Smoky, bitter, and sweet commingled together in elegant proportion. M: Medium body, foamy prickling carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden. O: Tasty mixture of maple syrup and smoked barleywine. The maple adds the type of complexity to this that something like Canadian Breakfast Stout is missing. Excellent beer; I expect that this has mellowed quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13371) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15. Murky amber orange topped with a moderate beige swirl that stays for the show. Nose is rich fruit, spice, fruit cake mix, dates. Taste comprises caramel, dark fruit peel, light spice, booze tunes, fruit cake, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze. Decent barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share. Thanks to Paul and Lorna! Reddy brown, hazy, sparkling, small tan head. Aroma is dates, pine, oxidised port. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is boozey up front, sweet dates, a little acidic, light smoke, dry finish with no real bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14694) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours unclear amber with a few floaties and a creamy tan head. Suggestions of oxidation in the aroma, crackers, caramel, toast. Medium sweet flavor with some smoked meat, dry caramel, toasted grains, slight earth. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some ripe semi-dark fruits, more toast, creamy caramel, alcohol, toasted rye, subtle smoked ham, honey. Great stuff overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is toasted grain and caramel. Medium mouth, nice booze, dark fruits, caramel, maple, light smoke in the finish, very nice.

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