AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.

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Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2012
#295. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of vanilla, some dark fruit, some cognac, light spice. Tastes of dry oak, dark fruit, earthy, some tartness on the finish. Enjoyable.

brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Small gathering at Cam’s for goodies A-carmelesque body with white whispy head around the edges... S-Bourbon mixed with a nice malt backbone T-follows the nose nicely with a night bit of sour tang towards the end. The sourness works for it. The barrel isn’t as distinqueshed as I thought it would be. Sourness comes out as it warms up M-medium. Body and smooth O-goes down in taste as it warms up, but not much Serving type: bottle

hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
bottle 289/433 on 7/3/11. murky pecan stained woody color with a tan head which takes quite a while to work up. the nose wreaks of lactic sourness... sauerkraut, soured raisins, malty sweetness, multi vitamins and chocolate. it tastes like raisin soubise.... which i like when it is not supposed to be beer. 5/4/4/3/12

nimbleprop (8376) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle number 53 of 443. Pours a watery, translucent copper with some spitty, white head. Whoa! Nose is really sour, sour oranges, some raisin, light wood, cherry, celery root. Flavor has raisins, brandy, celery, cider, some weird brown sugar, vanilla. Medium bodied, flabby finish. Unconventional? Definitely. This is badly infected. This will not get better with age. I love Alesmith but this one is a drain pour.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
750 ml poured at Zwanze Day - WLV (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish pour, a frothy tannish head dies to a loose bubbly head, laces ok. Aromas are sweet toffee, a touch of salt, oak, Bourbon, and butterscotch. Faint spice, dark fruit, and marmalade. Some good vanilla. Very sweet overall. Initial oranges, toffee, caramel, and vanilla tannins. Oak, Bourbon, and touches of sweetness, some gentle spice. Some really sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla in parts. Backend throws touches of toast, more toffee, some gentle spice, lingering barrel tannins, orange marmalade. Fairly sweet, lingering citrus, toffee. Finish is a bit sticky, vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness grows witha. Touch of ABV heat. Overall, a well aged barrel aged beer. I wouldn’t call it earth moving but it certainly is well aged and has a few layers. Very nice. A bit sweet, but certainly has held up well. I didn’t really get sourness, perhaps a good deal of fruit, but sourness seems absent.

deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Shared by someone at Zwanze day 2011 Chicago, thanks. Pours a hazy golden brown with a yellow brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet grains, caramel with a lot of sweet bourbon. Flavor is extremely sweet with grains and caramel with some salt and sweet bourbon in the finish.

Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this bottle to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting yesterday. Big want of mine getting slayed via the SAVOR snifter. Pours a nice copper color with a half-finger off-white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar. The nose starts off with good notes of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon in the background with slight vanilla. Very slight bit of tart cherry works its way in, adding some nice complexities. The flavor is a great combo of malt and bourbon with oak and vanilla in the background. Cherry comes out more with a very slight tartness as it warms, creating a really interesting mouthfeel. Very nice brew that I was quite happy to try.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small tan head. Aroma of caramel, oak, vinous, plum, and toffee. Flavor of plum, raisins, vinous, and sourness.

BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle #118 of 433 - Thanks Scott and Abby!. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, molasses and a backing of dark fruits. The flavor found tart dark fruit and a good malt backbone. Light alcohol in the flavor. Medium to full body, long tart and vanilla aftertaste. Nice!

pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
750ml bottle. appreciate this bonus from a generous californian trading partner. you know who you are... pours a ruddy, mostly non-transparent murky caramel toffee hue with lighter brown edges. a barely noticeable soapy clear bubbly head rests on top and is quick to retreat and disappear... initial aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and molasses, no hops really and then quickly turning into a medley or sour fruit consisting of cherries and others dark fruits. i was expecting sour and that i received although not quite sure if that was the original intention of this beer... flavors follow a similar wavelength with the sour dark fruits really coming through and taking over. hardly and sweet malt contributing to it at all while small doses of vanilla and bourbon do surface every now and again. tart and sour with a thin to medium bodied alongside a lighter level of carbonation. i much prefer the base beer to this version. i probably wouldn’t seek this one out again but glad to have tried it.

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