RATINGS: 83   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 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 (8359) - 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 (2207) - 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 (1244) - 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 (1794) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8178) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Thanks Jen for bringing this out .. . Pours a fathomed plum .. Strong foam .. . Mild smoke, lots of maple .. . Everything about this beer is awesome .. . . Who opens a bottle of beer while stretching their arms straight out 2 feet?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2378) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Rating #1400. 750 ml foil-capped bottle, thanks to a trade with Alen. Barrel aged aromas hit me from two feet away after I pry off the cap--toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon; also raisins, molasses. Maple comes out strong after it warms. Pours murky brown with a medium beige head that falls into a collar after a minute or two. Taste is sweet and oaky before becoming savory and boozy. The booze, although strong, is welcome here and not overbearing. Finishes with a licorice flavor. Body is thick and chewy, texture syrupy. I dont get any smoke at all here, which I was really looking forward to, but this is still pretty freaking awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdrinker79 (2116) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
750 ml. bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours muddy brown with an off white head that reduce to a collar almost immediately. Aroma is strong oak and bourbon, vanilla and cherries, maple opens up as it warms. The taste is so smooth, velvety vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon. Body is surprisingly light for the style, which is medium, carbonation is soft. Very good beer, if not excellent, this is the type of barleywine that I love.

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