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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
Backlog. Sweet and smokey, with grains, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of dried fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Aroma of smoke and alcohol. Medium body, sweet, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Burnt maple syrup, with hints of alcohol. Warm alcohol finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours dark amber with a head that dissipates and went to hug my glass. In the aroma I noticed booze, smoked malts, dark fruit, weak hop aroma, and a slight sweet sugar like scent. The flavor is of mild booze, mild smoked malts, weak bitter hop flavor, sweet sugar taste from the maple syrup, and a moderate dark fruit flavor. The finish is of booze, mild bitterness, sweetener, and grains. Overall a good beverage but not as memorable as the bottle states.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (932) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
750 ml bottle purchased a year and a half ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($16.99). Pours a nice red-garnet hue with one finger of beige foam. AROMA of rauch, old leather, sticky dark fruit, thick maple syrup, caramel, and a hint of booze. FLAVOR of thick caramel/toffee, honey, maple syrup, mellower smokiness than the nose, candied fruit, butterscotch, and a noticeable amount of booze. Finishes moderately dry with some lingering sweetness and warming alcohol. Rather sweet...thought not quite cloying, it could be toned down a little bit. The age may have heightened the smoke here, but as it warmed up the smoke was less intense and the maple came out much more in the nose and flavor. The big booze in this one is a little odd from Alesmith, a brewery that excels at making giant beers with no perceptible alcohol. (109, 811)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1621) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Amber pour with lots of smoke, toffee and maple. There is plenty of booziness with light smoke and some balanced bitterness. Pretty damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at phillybeerscene bottle share. Aroma is sweet and smokey like mesquite (but tamer). Nice malty profile. Pours brown red with slight lacing. Taste is very pleasant. The smoke has faded into a pleasant balance of campfire and maple sugar. Overall, nice and meaty with some sweet bbq. Understated but good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, light smoke and raisin. Medium body with a tang. Taste is caramel, smoke; just the perfect touch of smoke; hints of maple with a slight touch of grass. Great hybrid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
750mL bottle, pours an opaque, murky dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out light notes of smoke, medium maple, some caramel and dark fruits. Flavour brings out low-to-medium notes of smoke, moderate maple, lots of caramel and dark fruits. The smoke and maple, which initially set off alarm bells for me, are not too overbearing - they are well-situated. Dry smoky palate with a perfect amount of sweetness. I’m glad I waited more than a year to open this, as I’m sure the maple and smoke is better integrated than at bottling. Still, not my favourite flavours, but or what it is, it’s great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, honey, light gingerbread, pine, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, honey, oak, maple, and brown sugar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
4th September 2012
Cloudy red - brown beer, big pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, almost silky. Semi dry. Creamy malt, a little toffee. Smooth aniseed alcohol, no heat. Subtle sweetness. Very subtle smoke. Whisper of spicy bubblegum ester. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.


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