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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 15/20
toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
P: Dark amber with some brown highlights. A: Smoke, peppermint, maple, alcohol and licorice. T: Smoke, toast, alcohol, oak and a bit of maple. M: Full body, very warm and dry. O: The first half was nothing but smoked malts and alcohol and I wasnt feeling it. Halfway through the maple character started coming out and so did caramel malt which I enjoyed. Its worth trying but dont expect much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle back at the hotel at TAPNY courtesy of John or Matt or Ed. Pours a hazed ruby with a thin white head. Soft smoke on the nose, toast. Sweet caramel, sweet and malty. Big and sweet, full of toast with some long malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2091) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle thanks to my beer buddy Jeff who clearly is picking the right things these days! Pour has a dark amber color and a thin covering of off white head. Aroma has roasted malt, maple, and barleywine sweetness. Mouth feel is a medium and it has average carbonation. Flavor gets a bit more of the smoke, nice malts, maple, a bit of barrel character, and hits of fruit. The barleywine is big and there is plenty of malty side but the addition of maple and barrels brings on twists and turns. It certainly warms you and has a bit of heat to back the whole thing up. I don’t know what made him pick this up but I love drinking a milestone beer with good company! 1400!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleph (231) - - APR 20, 2012
Draught @ AleSmith. Dark amber pour, light tan head. Caramel, malts, maple, fruit, smoke, sugar. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
cherry toffee color, thin white head that dissipates to ring quickly. Nose is light toffee and oxidation, nut. Flavor is hot, toffee and sugar, thin, bit of burn through finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
750ml bottle from City Beer. Clear dark amber pour with a one finger lasting light khaki head. Pretty nice aroma, except with a bit of a sledgehammer of smoky maple. Big smoky flavor with maple syrup and caramel, fairly sweet but not quite more than it should be. Medium-full bodied, not too syrupy, with average carbonation. Solid offering but could stand to ease off a bit on the smoke. I feel like age might help.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
(750ml bottle). Pours a dark amber color with sticky tan lacing. Aroma is savory smoke, dark fruits, maple. Taste is smoke first then the sweetness of the barleywine and the smoke creeping back again. Some bitterness as well. Medium bodied and sticky. A little bit of alcohol warmth and the bitterness hit at the finish. As it warms, it definitely comes together nicely. Well balanced. Another tasty brew from Alesmith.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
750ml bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: pours a clear deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a touch of light fruits. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy dark caramel malts with a touch of maple and dry bittering hops before a toasty bittersweet finish. Could use some time to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is maple, light smoke, caramel and cookie malt, dates and candied fruits, oak, pine and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, smoke and oak, maple, sweet fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4232) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber/ruby, with thin, creamy off-white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is figs, cherries, brown sugar, cookie malt, molasses, and floral hops. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with faint hops; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

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