Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 5/5/09 -- I figured my last bottle of this would be nice to have on my 26th birthday. The aroma is still strong as ever, amazing stuff... I could smell it as soon as it hit the glass. Perfect ruby-mahogony body with a medium amount of ivory-tan head. Nice and thick on the mouth with a very floral accent showing through now. A lot of the initial heat has tenuated now, but there is still a great bite to this beer (it could probably go another year or two). Smoother ending than the last one I had but overall, still the same outstanding beer that I’d enjoyed.
4/10/08 -- Got to love this beer. Spices and accents are still there three years later. Great mouthfeel... even better now as some of the harshness is removed. I love this beer, one of my two favorites.
Updated: Feb 12, 2006 A nice spicy beer with an extremely pleasent aroma. The high alcohol content is noticeable, but does not detract from the overall taste in anyway. A very warm and welcome beer to have on a cold winter night. This is my favorite beer of all, the best aroma of any beer I’ve ever seen. Ages extremely well, and just gets better the longer it sits.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Marked in a 22 oz bomber bottles retailing for $7-$8 a bottle, Decadence is a rich, delicious, amber ale, brewed with honey and spiced with cardamom, and gentian. At 13% abv, this beer is just jam packed with aromas, flavors, and alcohol, and makes for an amazing sipping brew.
Decadence pours to a murky caramel to amber color with a slight head that fades and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with lots of big sweet malty aromas, estery fruit, a melange of spice, and hints of peppery alcohol. The palate is rich and oily on the tongue with lots of big flavors. Sweet malt, fruit, honey, and spice all glide over the tongue and fill the mouth. Decadence finishes with more of the big sweet malt, honey, and spice flavors up front, then ends slightly cloying with a nice warming alcohol burn that lingers.
Decadence is a very apt descriptor. This is a rich, delicious, very satisfying brew, one that you will want to sip and savor. I would not pair this one with food, rather enjoy it after a meal, or with a good book or movie. Available for only a limited time, in select markets, Decadence is well worth seeking out.
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but then again, none needed at this ABV. Poured out a dark copper color, with a slow forming, but lasting, tan colored head. I left it sit for 5 mins, & it formed a thick frothy head. Aromas are of caramel malts, sweet potatoes, and definite alcohol. Flavors are of burnt sugar, earthy funk, and alcohol. Got me ripped on 1/2 a bottle.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was pleasantly surprised with this. Big spice, clove, banana and overripe fruit flavors. Had a slight medicinal aftertaste, but wasn’t unpleasant. Almost a pumpkin pie flavor in there too. I was thinking this was a smooth, great beer. Wasn’t until the next day I saw what the ABV was! Wow, it’s well hidden though. I liked this a lot.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours with an almost flawless, not overbearing head. hue is a copper/brass mix with the bubble of champaign. it is an inventively flavorful brew. 13%, can one ask for more? It’s a lovely treat.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vintagecellars Hazy orange amber with a fizzy white head. Orang, honey, and sweet spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg aroma and taste. Quite good.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Dorwart for this beauty. A nice pour into a my favorite trappist glass shows me on wonderful looking brew. Copper glassy smoothness with no sustainable head. Aroma is all over the place, honey and spice are there as expected. Then some wheat scents, ginger and cinamon and Belgian candy sugar. This one really shows promise for aging. It come off a bit hot on the palate at first. Once this stayed in my mouth for a while I warmed up to it. This is very slightly chilled and felt thick and heavy in my mouth, very viscous as well. Afterwards it was a good hop presence and more of the honey and spice. Alcohol is there, and a little out of proportion with the rest of the beer. However, this is a real gem. Sure, I’m biased since this is probably my favorite brewery, but this beer has a lot of character and will be a top notch beer with proper care and aging.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(07.03.06) One pint 6 oz brown bottle from Bierkdraft. Bottled 2005. Poured clear amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Aroma of honey, spices, and caramel. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate sweetness and spicy (allspice?)/ fruity flavors. Finished with light malt fade. Mead-like in flavor and mouth feel. Definite alcohol warmth. Very little hop presence. Lush, rich, and smooth. Well-balanced. Succulent aroma. Another excellent Weyerbacher beer.
Bailz316 (248) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber body with minimal head. Long lasting moderately sweet finish. Aroma is sweet with notes of fruit and various spices. Malty and very syrupy. Bourbon and caramel A full bodied warming beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cherry color with no head. The aroma is strong of coriander. A fairly high alcohol content, but certainly not noticable in the taste.