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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.


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   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2474) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Looks great, mahogany brown with off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses, some raisins and dried fruit. Taste of heavy caramel, molasses, toffee, dried fruits with a smokey edge. Full bodied, sweet with a clean finish. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a dark amber colour with a fair beige head. Aroma of liquorice, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lovely with lingering red berries.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15013) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan head ... soft dry toffee ... light malt ... little oak nose ... soft sweet roast ... dark malts .... soft roast ... sweet sugers ... little toffee ... little yeast ...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
75 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light smoked and caramelish. Toasted malty, oine hoppy, dry caramelish and rather bitter. Smooth toffee malty, light alcohol presence. Toffee malty and bitter finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dense tea colored brown that was nearly opaque except for the parts of transparency on the outskirts of snifter glass cup. Nose is mild with an obvious smell of maple syrup with a smoky background of burnt wood logs and the faintest whiff of alcohol. Aroma sort of reminded me raw/uncooked applewood smoked bacon. The drink also brings out that smoky flavor of eating pancakes with maple syrup except there is also a lingering taste of Hennessey cognac and a warm alcohol burn similar to other hard liquor such as vodka. Definitely a barleywine that holds its weight with unique and different flavors that stand out compared to the rest.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light cola brown with small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with caramel, slight maple, and a small amount of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with some caramel. It is also smoky, meaty, and has a bit of maple. The finish has a light bitterness along with some smokiness. There is also a bit of lingering maple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was better than I was expecting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (535) - Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Dark hazy amber color with a frothy egg-white head. Slight smoke on the nose with heavy malty tones. Smoky from the first sip but it never overpowers the taste. Sweet hint of maple and caramel that morphs into a slightly hoppy finish. Slick mouthfeel with a chalky, almost gritty finish. 

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3063) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours clear caramel color with thin tan head. Aromas of lightly smoked malts and molasses. Very sweet molasses flavor, some raisins, very lightly smoked malts with some booziness. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thanks Craig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrmartin (671) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Lovely clear red pour. thin light tan head. Sweet malty nose with a hint of maple.Bittersweet body, notes of maple and smokiness. Slightly watery body. Quick bitter(ish) finish.


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