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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
750ml bottle from Capones. Cloudy and murky light brown pour with a light beige head. Apple brandy, light maple syrup, smokyness complements and doesn’t overwhelm, some roasted and sweet malt, moderate carbonation and full body, fairly sweet throughout but just stops shy of being overwhelming. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper brown, soft toffee, caramel, raisins, dry toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11536) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper amberish color with an off white head. Malty, caramel, sweet, maple, dark fruits, brown sugar, and lighter smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle trade. Awesome just like the ther years. Nice notes of Maple, caramel and dark fruits. Finsh had a hint of smoke. It’s Alesmith. what’s not to love?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
HMOG 2014. Smokey barleywine? Interesting, but I have come to know that a smoke is something that I rarely dig. Unfortunately, this was not one of the few that I like. Mild, light smoke, hints of bacon with bits of maple and a goes does of molasses. Sweet boozy finish. Not bad, just not my thing I suppose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3433) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG donation. Brought this back from SD about a year and half ago and it already had about a year of age on it. Not sure what possessed me other than to get the Alesmith rate but I am not typically a big fan of smoke. It has to be done well and pretty damn subtle in order for me to like it. This one still has a bit of smoke going on which is exacerbated a bit by the maple as well. Personal preference here so don’t knock my rate.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (570) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, 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)

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