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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
A barrel aged version of our Decadence 12 Abbey style Quadrupple. We acquired a 56 year old Brandy Barrel from our most excellent friend Brian at Gallo. This oaken beast is the primo da primo of barrels. Cuvee has been aged for 1 year in the barrel. Winner of the First Place Gold Medal 2008 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition and Bronze medal at the 2007 Bistro Barrel Festival.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Thanks SoLan!!! Poured a beautiful deep, burnished bronzish color. Aroma is a melange of sweet, dark fruits, vanlla, brandy, oak, brown sugar, figs, caramel, even a touch of nougat. The flavor is as bold and amazing as the aroma, with the 13% being so well hidden. Absolutely a masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Rating # 500! Sampled some of this divine concoction at the Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad on 6/13. Generously provided by wetherel and WeeHeavySD, thanks a ton you guys! Handbottled. This was a definite highlight of the evening. Probably more like an ultra-soothing aperitif than a beer. The nose is fantastic! Sweet candy sugar and butterscotch toffee with lots of vanilla and caramel malts. Slight nuances of sweet prunes, tannins and just a hint of almond. Deep amber color with no head or carbonation, but a barrel-aged beer like this doesn’t need any. Chewy flavor that is crammed with complex oak, brandy and sweet sugary tones. Extremely smooth, elegant palate that does not deviate from the flavor. Long-lasting warm liqueur finish that is dialed in just right. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
handbottled from rodger. Smooooth. Huge aroma of pecans and walnuts. Malty flavor with a smooth, nutty finish. Reminds me of caramel and pralines. Excellent!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Hehe. All kinds of goodness here: Rare + highly rated + >10.1% + barrel aged. 22oz handbottle via Steve and AgentSteve in a combo trade with WeeHeavy. Wow, what an aroma. Buttery sweet. Thick. Malty. Darkish amber color. Tastes very barrel aged. Definitely the highlight of the night. Excellent. You never know with a hand bottle, but this one was top notch: 10,4,10,4,19: 4.7-4.8. Rerate at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. 9,3,10,4,18:4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Bomber via Agent Steve, shared with Wetherel, and Bikesandbeer, and AlohaC, and others. Pours dark dark opaque copper with a bright white ring head. Nose is huge with lots of candy corn flavor. Taste is sweet with caramel and overall very sweet, pretty damn nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle @ ORL throwdown, courtesy of SoLan. This pours garnet with no real head. Upfront this hits you with an amazing butterscotch aroma (a rich caramelly one), spicy, some dark fruits, vanilla, just lovely. Flavors go fig, butterscotch, vanilla, sugary dates, some alcohol, brandy hints, rich toasted malts. Though some alcohol is evident, I would have never guessed it was 13%. Smooth. This was just fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009
Date: May 31, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: clear dark red, scant head
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma with lots of fruity esters and a touch of peppery alcohol
Flavor: sweet fruity malt flavor, nice caramel sweetness, fruity esters rule the experience, hot peppery alcohol adds complexity and blends well with the flavors

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Name: Decadence 12 Brandy
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: hazy amber, scant off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma, estery fruityness, musty character
Flavor: sweet candy caramel and vanilla flavor, brandy sweetness, light bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Bottle… SMAACMSM O-Town Throwdown, Part SeptThis beer rocks!... Clear, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an intoxicating whirlpool of buttery caramel, brandy, whiskey, wood and golden raisins. Full-bodied and syrupy with restrained carbonation. Lots of caramel malt and residual sugar with lesser degrees of alcohol and dark fruit. It’s warm, but not 13% warm. The cask aging has rounded off any rough edges. Malt bomb. Boozy, bittersweet finish. Big props to SoLan for acquiring this world class masterpiece and sharing it with the crew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. This makes up for the tent debacle. Brownish caramel pour with no head. Huge caramel, vanilla, barrel aroma. Malty, brandy, hop taste that has a lot of barrel characteristics in it. Insane over the top aroma and taste, thanks Alan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. Thanks for sharing this rare treat! Pours a lightly hazy amber maroon, with a small white head. Nice coloring. smells of some nice dark fruits, butterscotch, bready yeast, and big caramel malt. The caramel malt was quite profound here, and the mouthfeel was smooth as silk. The vanilla and butterscotch are abundant in the finish, with a noticeable alcohol burn that tingles the back of the throat as it goes down. Very nicely crafted, from a killer brewery.

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