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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This has proved to be a very interesting edition of Barrel Aged Decadence. The 2008 batch, an English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels, took on a pleasant sourness. Such quirks of nature can provide intriguing drinking experiences, like the many excellent wild ales being produced today. We think you’ll enjoy this delightfully unconventional offering.


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2095) - Odense S, - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle # 105/433 @ fonefan, thanks Jan. Muddy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, plum, dates, oak, vanilla, vineous. Flavor is dark fruit, raisin, plum, oak, alcohol, vineous. Awesome beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6206-20140228] Bottle. Fruity toasted cherry and raisiny fruit aroma. Murky, dark brown red body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Chewy fruity citrus-infused malt grain flavour. Medium-full body. Good but overpowering toasted fruit at first. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Overheard: "That’s a piece of sexy right there."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
2014-02-28. Hazy dark amber brown body with a small beige head. 3++ Aroma is sweet and fruity, notes of raisins, sweet malt base. Flavour is quite sweet, fruity, it has a lightly tangy undercurrent throughout but especially in the finish, sweet raisins, possible light oxidation? Smooth average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Nice but I suspect it is a bit past its prime. Bottle shared by Blankboy

"I saw him do Hamlet in Central Park."
"Who? Terry Crews?!?!?"
"No, no, no! Andre Braugher!"

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Thanks blankboy. Deep amber ruddy pour with a thin head. The nose is awesome - some bright raisin and grapey sweetness along with a bit of oxidized malt character. Bright and raisiny with a lot soft fruit. Some soft apricot and a bit of juicy berry. Lingering barrel character with some soft fruit. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
bottle 659, super bourboney nose, intense fruit flavor in the finish.Wow leaves a super deep oak taste on the back of your tongue. This is the way barrel aged beers should taste

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle number 43. Light brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas. Damn, this bottle is infected. In the background you can make out the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. However, their enjoyment is diminished by the big sour notes upfront.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Brown black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of BB, oak, vanilla, and raisins. Flavor is BB, chocolate, vanilla, abv, oak, and sweet dried fruit. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a soft reddish amber with two fingers of sandy tan head. Nose is very malty, shows a light tartness and oyster sauce character. Prune and raisin and dried fruit all over the place. Lots of toffee and burnt sugar/caramel. Full bodied with a light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle 2/433 shared at RBWG thanks to Markwise. Pours clear dark brown. Rich malt aroma, some whiskey. Sweet flavor, lots of alcohol with a detracting tang to the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
always nice to see decadence, and even better when its a barreled variety .. . deep tan .. lots of puffy lacing spots .. . caramel, toffee, plum, and booze .. . slick and tart mouthfeel .. . an alright beer but the tartness detracts from the enjoyment .. . . watch what happens when I spill this blue liquid...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG. Swore I had rated this before (and know I have had this "sour" batch 3-4 times) so it’s getting entered this time. Metal stained orange brown with a small sudsy off white head. Nose is sweet, lots of oak, plenty of vinous woody sourness, brown sugar, light dark fruits. Flavor is similar, sourness overrides what would surely be more oxidized notes which would actually be pleasant in this style of barley wine. Oh well, fun to try this semi-rare bottle. Thanks to beercellar? for this gem!


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