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AleSmith Decadence 2011

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RATINGS: 127   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 16/20
yespr (33810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
75 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light smoked and caramelish. Toasted malty, oine hoppy, dry caramelish and rather bitter. Smooth toffee malty, light alcohol presence. Toffee malty and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17155) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
4th September 2012
Cloudy red - brown beer, big pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, almost silky. Semi dry. Creamy malt, a little toffee. Smooth aniseed alcohol, no heat. Subtle sweetness. Very subtle smoke. Whisper of spicy bubblegum ester. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (16291) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan head ... soft dry toffee ... light malt ... little oak nose ... soft sweet roast ... dark malts .... soft roast ... sweet sugers ... little toffee ... little yeast ...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14703) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, small white head. Aroma of burnt toast, vanilla, maple. Taste is similar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13281) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pour from the cask is a dark caramel color, maybe copper, with a thick khaki head. Light smoke on the nose, nice maple syrup, some bready malt and toast, and lots of toffee and caramel. Plenty of dark fruits and a light alcohol note. The flavor is a bit boozer than the nose, but not overly hot. Bready malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and plenty of maple. There’s a light smoke note to it, a touch of wood, and a bit of vanilla. Some dark fruit notes, and an overall complexity that makes this very enjoyable to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12104) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, honey, light gingerbread, pine, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, honey, oak, maple, and brown sugar.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12023) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours a very dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is light smoke with indications of hop. Full bodied. Flavor is brown sugar, smoke and hints of maple. Some hop bitter, but not able to discern details. Arguably there’s some dark fruit, but given the feel I doubt it. It’s a pretty good sipper, and tho there’s heat, it’s not all that disturbing. Overall it’s easier to drink than to pick out the pieces. It finishes more towards dry than sweet. Just the slightest bit sticky - so make that more towards sweet than dry. This stuff keeps changing around.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11904) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11593) - 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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