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AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

hallinghansen's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2468) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark mahogany with a tan head. Amazing snoof of boozy bourbon, vanilla, oak, plum, raisin, mild oxidization, then you get some pit fruit with a milt acidity and tartness that is odd when juxtaposed with more vanilla, bourbon and sweet malts, overall quite dry with mild carbonation and moderate body. Odd mix for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with light dry fruits notes is very enticing. Taste is a mix of caramelized malt notes with light dry fruits but also of tart and lightly acidic notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The mix between the caramelized malt notes and dry fruits with the tart and acidic flavors is bit singular and not something I am sure I would want to revisit very often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bomber shared by Armin....Bottle #1 actually. Dark brown pour. Taste is like a sour stout....I’m sure this was not intended, guessing this was infected. Even so the taste was not terrible. Hope I get to try it again sometime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Dark brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of green apple,vinegar, hints of oak, dark chocolate, toffee, hints of fruit, hints of spice. Taste was a mix of oak, bourbon, tart fruit, hints of green apple, touch of oak, slight cherry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (8685) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bomber shared by Armin - thanks! This is infected. Fruity and malty. This is actually bottle #1 / 433, which is cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7712) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - 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!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (891) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
50belair (3083) - 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.

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