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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2012
750 ml bottle from Barrons (Point Loma) - Pours a hazy brown color with a medium size light tan head. Nice thick lacing. Aroma is nice and smoky. Flavor is sweet smoke and esters. The smoke and alcohol linger in the finish. Medium to full body. This beer is drinking pretty good right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate brown color with a moderate off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose brings a moderate dosage of smoke alongside just a touch of maple and some caramel and bread sweetness. Flavor has smoke again, and it is a bit overbalanced toward this. Malt in the background. Hints of maple. Body is medium and rich with quite a bit of sweetness. Interesting, though not something I’d necessarily want to come back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Clear reddish brown with a medium off white head. Caramel and dark sugar vinousness with hints of peet. Uber sweet caramel and angelfood cake with smokey brown sugar in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop lightly hazed dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some maple, some herb. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, herb, some maple. Low carbonation, medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation, alcohol well contained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Another super solid beer by Alesmith. Not too much smoke on the nose or in the taste, just a hint. Maple comes through nicely. Pours dark red small beige head fades. Palate is thick and chewy. A really great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Appearance: Pours magogany with some with a thin tan ring atop. Within the dense damp body are tan yeast floaties. I did get the bottom 1/3.

Aroma: Alcohol,wood,campfire Brown sugar.

Taste: Dark booze, burnt toast, wood, bitter hops, finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Modest carbonation.

Overall: This beer has a lot of promise. I can base that on the fact that I enjoy everything AleSmith pumps out. With that being said, this beer was hot, so hot that it over powered the beer for me. I will revisit it in a year, where it should be hitting perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3027) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Via trade with 48FanInCali. The aroma is chocolate, caramel, smoke, fruit, bread. The smoke is fairly subtle. Very sweet. The appearance is hazy red/brown, off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, sweet upfront, smoke, fruity. The finish is smoky, salty, sweet caramel, pine. Medium/thick in body. Nice. Thanks, Austin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Would like a bit more smoke, but that’s my only complaint. A fantastic beer with a lot of malt complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7244) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2012
750 ml bottle shared with the local group. Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a medium sized, but rapidly diminishing bubbly beige head. The aroma is caramel malt, maple syrup and noticeable, but well integrated smoke. The flavor is pretty much as advertised; caramel, maple and smoke. The smoke is more meaty than peaty. This also has some woody notes that lead to mild bitterness at the finish. The alcohol seems to be well hidden, but with warming the burn slowly becomes more noticeable. Overall, I enjoyed this one and will probably revisit this with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12237) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark copper brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate toasted malt, smoke, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

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