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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2012
75cl bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3, sharde at RBBSG 2012, cheers Dave and thanks for the bottle. Couleur cuivrée, col beige léger. Arôme malté grillé avec ce léger côté de sirop d’érable et un fini fumé léger3 Palais est agréable, et loin de paraître les 11%, un fumé agréable qui ne prend pas le dessus laissant place à un caractère barley wine dans les tons malté/carmel léger sucré de prendre place. Une certain duceur érable se note et accompagne des pointes fumées. Palais est vivace et légèrement pétillant. Au final, un très bon barley wine qui pour moi reste un peu trop jeune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
Sampled at RBBSG. Slightly unclear red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, slightly bacon, slightly smoke, slightly alcohol and slightly sweet. Taste malts, a lot of alcohol, some sweetness, a hint of smoke. Medium body, medium carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, caramel/toffee, & some dark fruit; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, molasses/maple syrup, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter with some alcohol; Nicely balanced; Overall, well crafted - but just ok for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours a nice clear amber/ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild smoke...bacony with a touch of maple...light bitter/fruitiness underneath. Flavor is lightly boozy with nice smokiness...not as much maple...oaky/bitter. Mouthfeel is lt/medium with a smoky/bitter dry finish that warms and lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours dark brown color with some haze to it. Has some smoke and sweet flavor to it. I was surprised about the malt taste (and honestly I don’t know why), but I thought it went well with the smoky/sweet taste this beer had

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8901) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1177) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (499) - 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.

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