AleSmith Decadence 2005 - Barrel Aged

 
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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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4.1
egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Poured a hazy, red brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins, and light, floral hops. Taste of chocolate, caramel malts, dried fruits, vanilla, light bourbon, dry, tannic wood, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

4.1
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle, courtesy after4ever. Pours hazy brown with an off-white ring of foam. Medium body and carbonation. Oaky caramel aroma and taste. Soem raisins and maybe bourbon in the taste? Dry pine finish.

4.4
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
750 mL bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - poured hazy brown with very slight white & creamy head; thick aromas you can just about taste of wood, brown sugar, bourbon and caramel; rich textures and no harshness at all going down as it comes to a creamy finish after the malty flavors; probably the beer that busted the taste buds that night

4.2
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of kmweaver. Somewhat of a cloudy dark brown with a manilla head. Outstanding, *well-crafted* bourbon aroma, subtle notes of vanilla and oak, just beautiful. Flavor has notes of dark toffee, pipe tobacco, molasses, smoke, bourbon, wood, some non-detracting alcohol, earthy Brit hops, chocolate and nuttiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Just excellent overall.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
(11/3/07, 750ml bottle, #98/124, thanks kmweaver) Minimal beige head atop cloudy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, chocolate, fig. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, lemon, some Bourbon, raisin. Medium-full body, low carbonation.

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Ungstrup (37581) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
Bottled. A murky orange-brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon, on a thick caramel back ground. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat.

4.3
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Pours brownish copper with a thin layer of white bubbles. Aroma is a nice blend of soft brown sugar, cinnamon, pastery crust, and brown booze. Flavor is a warm, toasty wood, slight smoke, brown sugar (but not really sweet), creme brulee, booze, and toasted marshmellows. All balanced not to sweet and not to boozy. Slick silky palate medium-full body. Finishes as a warm blend of the previously mentioned flavors. Excellent beer.

3.7
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 750ml shared by kmweaver. Murky brown and soft appearance with barely a head forming. Thick, viscous legs crawl down the glass when swirled. Nose of bourbon, oak, caramelized apples, brown sugar, and semi-sweet whisky. Solid, resinous, rich and delicious. Up front there’s semi-sweet tobacco, caramel and plum along with the more obvious bourbon and oak notes. Very huge, lingering, tingling and warming finish – that’s the remarkable thing about this beer – with a lingering note of toasted oak wood. Fantastic stuff.

4.3
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle # 213 / 280. Deep reddish colour with a beige head. Malty, fruity aroma with notes of alcohol and vanilla. Malty, alcohol and vanilla sweet flavor with a light note of hops.

4.2
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Rating #1000 (ignore mj’s arguments to the contrary; he is a stinky liar!). 750mL bottle, #98/124, most recent bottling. My wife and I flew across the country for the BA release, so I figured the rarest of the release (and the only one I haven’t had) would be a good way to go for #1000. Glad I got to enjoy it with good friends last night. Pours a murky amber brown color; slightly oily with yellow edges; thin, light tan head with patchy lacing. Huge amounts of sweet, sour-mash bourbon in the aroma; creamy butter and toasty charred oak; a warm, nougaty and caramel core underneath; the original base beer isn’t completely hidden (like in the BA Wee Heavy). Full, generous mouthfeel: intense, chewy bourbon character; strong, warm sour-mash bourbon, toasty oak; dried fruits and caramel coming through from the old ale underneath; significantly better composed that the BA Wee Heavy, in my mind; oily, and weighty in the mouth, with the viscosity of a smooth cordial; no harshness or roughness at the edges; as always with the BA Alesmiths, just a gorgeous bourbon character. Lengthy, bourbon and toasty oak finish, with a little bit of chocolate coming through.


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