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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. Youíll soon discover why Alesmith is known around the world as the place to find legendary craftsmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14406) - 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. Iím glad I waited more than a year to open this, as Iím sure the maple and smoke is better integrated than at bottling. Still, not my favourite flavours, but or what it is, itís great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2013
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal. S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze. T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, touch of hop bitterness, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish. D - Great barleywine. The maple and smoke are at just the right level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
i have enjoyed the decadenceís before, but maple and smoked? iím 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (582) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1964) - 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 Iíve ever had.

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