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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1404) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky amber with a slight orange hue and a respectably frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, roast, char, bacon, wheat, grist, and perhaps some light sweetness from the maple but it is buried deep under the smoke. As the beer warms I get more toffee and raisin character under the smoke. Taste is condensed smoke with char bitterness up front followed by sweetness (the maple I imagine) and then a fairly heavy duty barley wine profile with raisin, toffee, some hop bitterness, and alcohol whispering through the finish. Mouthfeel is even and coating. Exceptionally well crafted and certain to age with the best of ’em. Well done Alesmith!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1900) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2014
November 26, 2014 - bottle via trade. Light brown pour with limited head that faded quickly. Aroma was maple and smoke. Taste was consistent with the aroma, started with the caramel and maple sweetness and finished with a nice smoke. This was one of the best non-BA barley wines I have had. Thanks to Brandon for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky dark red-brown with a small cream colored head. Aroma is rich and sweet, of dark fruits, maple syrup, caramel malt, vanilla. Taste is very sweet, overripe dark fruits, dates, figs, sticky caramel and maple syrup, and smoked meats underneath everything. Hides the alcohol dangerously well. Lingering sweetness. Very tasty, but could use just a bit more smoke to counter all the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle @ CK. deep ber with a small head. Sorting peppery and hot. Caramel swirl and cows tails. Taste is sort of smoky, some ham, some caramel. Brown sugar. Medium body, soft carb. Too much smoke character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"2nd wish list cross off from Toronado SD. Maple smoked barlwywine. Just sounds awesome. It met expectations everywhere but the body, which was lacking just a little smoothness/depth/fullness. The flavor and aroma were spot on, with the smoke being up front and the maple very subtle."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2098) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
750ml bottle from Capones. Cloudy and murky light brown pour with a light beige head. Apple brandy, light maple syrup, smokyness complements and doesn’t overwhelm, some roasted and sweet malt, moderate carbonation and full body, fairly sweet throughout but just stops shy of being overwhelming. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper brown, soft toffee, caramel, raisins, dry toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper amberish color with an off white head. Malty, caramel, sweet, maple, dark fruits, brown sugar, and lighter smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle trade. Awesome just like the ther years. Nice notes of Maple, caramel and dark fruits. Finsh had a hint of smoke. It’s Alesmith. what’s not to love?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1828) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
HMOG 2014. Smokey barleywine? Interesting, but I have come to know that a smoke is something that I rarely dig. Unfortunately, this was not one of the few that I like. Mild, light smoke, hints of bacon with bits of maple and a goes does of molasses. Sweet boozy finish. Not bad, just not my thing I suppose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2668) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG donation. Brought this back from SD about a year and half ago and it already had about a year of age on it. Not sure what possessed me other than to get the Alesmith rate but I am not typically a big fan of smoke. It has to be done well and pretty damn subtle in order for me to like it. This one still has a bit of smoke going on which is exacerbated a bit by the maple as well. Personal preference here so don’t knock my rate.

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