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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 123   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2012
bottle from nick7/28/12. rich coppery brown ....slight haze....off white head. big whiff of gingersnap cookies, maple, sweet smoke, candy and a light fruity sourness. the flavor is the same....oddly delicious but with a defined sourness as it warms. full bodied...syrupy but spice and sour keep it drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours reddish copper with lots of floaties and a smoky fruit aroma. There is an attractive tan head and a very smoky caramel malt and treacle flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1105) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2012
This may need more time. Smoke and maple are but extremely understated and what is left is a nearly-chalky barleywine. Nice sweetness and not over-hopped, however, and that makes this more typical than i would think. Not worth the price. At this time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
750 mL on my balcony with Ryan, Eddie, and John, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Poured a hazy copper with an off-white head. Smell is bacon, maple, toffee, smoke, BBQ, and syrup. Taste is toffee, light banana, a hint  of smoke, rauchy, caramel, maple syrup, and clove with a medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.  Much more smoky in the aroma than in the taste, pretty decent and suprising barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of sweet sugary malts, brown sugar, earthy and herbal hops, and a hint of woodiness. Flavors were amazingly rich and complex, yet balanced. Elements of woody smokiness, tobacco, dried dates and figs were present along with the sweet rich dark malts. Lots of bitterness, but balanced by the soft and gentle sweetness. Very slick mouthfeel, but astringent finish. Overall a very big and complex beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750 from Wegman’s. Pours turbid ruby/Carolina mud colored with fizzy off-tan head. Nose is rauchy caramel malt, hops, fruit. Tastes very rauchy, somewhat sweet and caramel malty, with mapel syrup, mild hops and vinous fruit notes late. Decent, but falls a bit short as either a barleywine or a smoked beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (5204) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
750ml bottle pours a hazy, caramel orange with some cloudy white head. Nose is salty, smokey, maple, sugar. Smells like faux turkey bacon. Flavor is similar, kind of bleck, sweet, sugary, a little salty, smokey. Weird. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle from Sunset Beer Co. Nose is malt and light smoke. Flavor is again light smoke on top of a classic barleywine. Not finding much maple. Looking forward to seeing where this is at in a year or so. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Thanks to ibrew2or3 for the share! Cheers, Dave! Pours a deep mahogany with red highlights. Nose is caramel, smoke, light campfire, some earthy maple syrup, and a hint of spice. Flavor is sweet malt that quickly goes to smoke, maple, and earth and fades into smokey and boozy maple in the finish. Full in body and an odd duck overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
750mL bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, smoke, toasted malts, herbal notes and some spiciness. The taste is toffee, smoke, caramel, raisin and bitter hops. Medium-full bodied. Quite nice.


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