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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
i have enjoyed the decadence’s before, but maple and smoked? i’m in .. . light bacon, syrup, maple, and boozy pancake syrup .. . tan gold on pour .. mild foam .. . an easy one to just sit and get lost in .. . . hey, that kangaroo stole my ball!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (566) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Dark mahogany pour, thick yellowish white head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, vanilla extract, and fussil alcohol. Taste is rich smokey malt, candied pecans, syrup, and mild hops. Nice combination of hops and smoke with an earthy presence in the background.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Murky caramel-brown with good, creamy, tan head (barrel-aged?) / Rich, lightly hot nose of smoke, caramel, / Just shy of full body, sweet and chewy, smooth, with excellent balance and bitter finish lurking under the big body, and alcohol well masked / Flavors of fresh caramel, maple, just the right amount of smoke, orange, date, licorice, and oak? / One of the best barleywines I’ve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7718) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Jsut a huge one right here. Big, robust, nice smoke, sweet caramel, big mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (1558) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Hazy red-brown pour. Loved the nose on this one - faded dank hops, dark fruit, caramel, salty bacon covered with sticky maple syrup. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel with maple sweetness and a medium salty smoke in the background. Some citrus hop bitterness to balance. Definitely not cloying with all flavors well-balanced and showcased. Alcohol nowhere to be found and palate was actually thinner than expected making this crazy easy to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper. This was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4093) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a rich copper amber with a little bit of haze in it. One finger of creamy sandstone yellow head. Nose is very nice, soft and smooth smoky notes. Some old hay and notes of caramel and toasted grain with a touch of raisin and alcohol. Rich flavor, very well blended/balanced smoke character with just a touch of sweetness. Full bodied with a soft carbonation. Herbal/crisp hop character on the finish. Some treacle and raisin comes through.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Casa De Oro. Hazy fig looking color. Nose is rich dark fruits and a good deal of smoke. Some alcohol as well. Rich malt and dark fruit up front with a smokey sort of thing going on. Rich and flavorful with a good balance of flavors. Tastes kind of like a smoked Belgian. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours murky brown with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Good retention. The bouquet is very reminiscent of smoked maple bacon. Who doesn’t love that? Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The flavor is a lavish mélange of maple smoke, brown sugar and sweet caramel. Finishes malty and faintly acidic. Huge props to newcigarz for sharing this fantastic treat!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 2, 2012
From bottle. Pours a light brown with thick white head. Smells of smoke and maple. Tastes of caramel, maple, and smoke aftertaste. Pretty good release. Will let my other bottle age longer.


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