RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 is our Maple Smoked Barleywine (brewed to celebrate our 16th anniversary) matured in premium bourbon barrels. This will be our only release of this limited edition bottling. Well also tap a cask of Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 in the tasting room on Tuesday, February 26th.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! More AleSmith is always appreciated! Muddled brown body with thin, copper edges. Even a fairly hard pour doesnt yield much foam on top. Aroma has dark, dried fruit covered in a molasses, toffee, & bourbon bath. I wasnt getting maple at first, but the latter half of each whiff is full of sweet maple syrup... It takes another few minutes of warming up to pull some faint sweet smoke on the front end, too. Not much wood in the aroma. Taste has notes of sweet caramel malt, raisins, vinous dark fruits, light anise, heavy maple syrup, boozy toffee, & light cocoa powder in the finish. The flavor didnt have much smoke to it, but the maple syrup & wood were certainly there, especially in the finish. Huge, thick, sticky body, expected for the style. A very nice barrel-aged beer from AleSmith, though this one is BIG. Drinks even bigger than 11% ABV. Be sure to tackle this with multiple people, as its truly a beast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, fruit, and a touch of smoke. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The finish light smoke, coconut, and light bourbon. Its medium-full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4417) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
23 feb 2014, bottle. Nose is sweet oatmeal raisin cookies. Med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet oatmeal cookies and big raisins. Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dark dirty caramel, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Alcohol right up front, then rich breadiness, lots of caramel, and a bit of smokiness.   Seems rich and sweet.   Strong breadiness up front, loads of caramel, followed by a rich biscuity background, followed by some strong warming and a touch of smoke.   Smoke comes across as a touch of campfire with smoked meat.   Does have a slight Maple aspect to it.   Remains alcoholic from front to back.   Feels a bit rough, but at the same time, after 2 years it still could stand to mellow out.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering smoke, charred wood, campfire, smoked meat, biscuit, caramel malts, maple syrup, with a touch of salt and of course, bourbon.   The bourbon aspect really comes out at the finish.   Pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Big thanks to Sparky for sharing. This 750mL pours with a nice looking murky deep copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up a blended smooth mixture of dark fruity esters, other vague fruity notes and then running into malty sweet rich bourbon and booze. Nice. The taste is smooth and rich and subtly vibrant at the same time. It starts with bourbon booze mingling with sweet malt smothered prunes with some maple syrup tossed in for good measure. It gets even more rich and warming as the finish approaches. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber color with a khaki head. Aroma is rich bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and smoke. Taste is sweet with a little alcohol burn on the the tongue. Sticky texture and carbonation on the tongue. Nicely put together and balanced between smoke and sweetness of the base beer and bourbon treatment. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1245) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle, 12/13/2013. Pours brown, ruby highlights with off-white head which fades rather quickly. Aroma is caramel, vanilla coconut, sweeter maple notes blending nicely with smoke, boozy bourbon, spicy licorice. Taste is rich vanilla, touch of maple rounding out smooth bourbon, creamy caramel notes, lots of oak, subtle smoke in the aftertaste. Thick, though closer to medium body, a nice sipper. Very complex, another great treat from AleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave and Harris on 11/15/2013.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy maroon.
Aroma: Aroma smoke and maple.
Taste: Faint bitterness, light smoke, light bourbon, caramel.
Palate:Medium body, lingering finish.

Summary: I really enjoyed this version. As always Im a fan of smoked beers, this did not disappoint - it is slightly smoky, which explains why my smoke beer hating friends also enjoyed it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap @ Alesmith. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bold caramel, maple syrup, faint smoke, oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, booze and light smoke in the finish. BIg full bodied balanced beer. Great Barley Wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Caramel, molasses, chocolate, sweet grain, bourbon, oak, and light smoke aroma and taste. Thick sticky full bodied palate.

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