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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - 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!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (740) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle. Hazy clear amber with legs but no head. Aroma is big, spicy, yeast, malt, moderate smoke, alcohol heat. Flavor is dense malt smoke, earthy dense hops, meaty finish. Feel is thin with a little heat. So well constructed and could age longer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle from long ago. I forget where I purchased it; probably Belmont Station. A: Dark mahogany that’s near to black. Creme colored foam head. Some lacing. N: Maple syrup, smoke, caramel, vanilla, some cocoa, more smoke resulting in whiffs of bacon, hint of black peppercorn, earth, and a rounding out of pine. T: Smoky, bitter, and sweet commingled together in elegant proportion. M: Medium body, foamy prickling carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden. O: Tasty mixture of maple syrup and smoked barleywine. The maple adds the type of complexity to this that something like Canadian Breakfast Stout is missing. Excellent beer; I expect that this has mellowed quite a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12716) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15. Murky amber orange topped with a moderate beige swirl that stays for the show. Nose is rich fruit, spice, fruit cake mix, dates. Taste comprises caramel, dark fruit peel, light spice, booze tunes, fruit cake, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze. Decent barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3225) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share. Thanks to Paul and Lorna! Reddy brown, hazy, sparkling, small tan head. Aroma is dates, pine, oxidised port. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is boozey up front, sweet dates, a little acidic, light smoke, dry finish with no real bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours unclear amber with a few floaties and a creamy tan head. Suggestions of oxidation in the aroma, crackers, caramel, toast. Medium sweet flavor with some smoked meat, dry caramel, toasted grains, slight earth. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some ripe semi-dark fruits, more toast, creamy caramel, alcohol, toasted rye, subtle smoked ham, honey. Great stuff overall.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6055) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is toasted grain and caramel. Medium mouth, nice booze, dark fruits, caramel, maple, light smoke in the finish, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a hazy copper with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of smoke, wood, toffee, nuts, and raisin. The taste is similar, with the smoke coming through more as the beer warms. Thicker body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2066) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (899) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5804) - 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.


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