spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.That makes all 4 B.A.Alesmiths Ohio Dad has shared.Sweet malt ,alcohol and oak in the aroma.Pours a dark cloudy brown with a light head.Vanilla and oak in the flavor.Very full mouthfeel with an oak finish. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Deep ruby brown, thin film of light brown head. Vanilla, alcohol, rummy raisins, caramel sticky bun, overripe alefruit in the aroma. Char, vanilla, and a rich sugary sweetness. Boozy dates and dark alefruit in the finish, with a lingering wisp of vanilla on a wave of final alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is medium, thick without being overly sticky, somewhat hot still. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V with a big thanks to OhioDad for bringing it and Foolish_Mortal for trading with him: Brown with a white head. Aroma, vanilla, oak, some fruits, raisins, caramel, and a bit of bourbon. Flavor, oaky, vanilla, caramel, a lot of sweetness. Great rich malts in this, some bourbon. We got to do this side by side with the regular Decadence, and you could really see the change, and it’s a really nice change. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Had this at the Columbus tasting...shared by OhioDad. Sampled right beside a regular bottle of decadence. This beer was surprisingly much darker than the regular version. LOTS of vanilla, oak, toasted wood, and boozy bourbon notes in the nose of this beer. The flavors were very nice as well with lots of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and other very rich, smooth, and sweet tastes come throughout the beer that were nice and complex. Alesmith really knows how to barrel aging a beer correctly without overdoing it. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Sampled at Columbus tasting with Non BA decadence. Poured dark brown with tan head. Tasted very "Scotch" like to me. Very strong. Not quite my style, but very smooth non the less!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750ml bottle from a trade with Foolish_Mortal! - Thanks Brandon- Shared at Columbus Tasting V and drank next to a sample of non BA Decadance - Pours Dark brown much darker in color than the Decadance with a nice tan head that leaves some lace. Aromas of vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is full of vanilla and oak, with caramel, bourbon and chocolate also present. Quite smooth on the palate and amazingly more smooth than the original. This is a great example of how a barrel can really improve a beer. Fantastic stuff!! Very tasty!! Alesmith really does their barrel aging right! mjg74 (3184) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 I’m gonna start this years ratings off with a special beer. 250/280. Pours a very dark brownish/ruby color with no foam. Very strong woody aromas, along with some pronounced whiskey. Strong whiskey flavors up front, somewhat boozy. Rich roasted dark fruitiness. Very full flavored and silky smooth. A little sweeter than I would have liked. A tad hot as well. Will have to try another one next year to see how it’s coming along. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Much better than the original, for me personally. Took an average thick beer and made it into a great one. Balanced flavors of wood and malt. Perception of bitterness may be stronger due to wood tannins and dryness from the bourbon. More burnt sugar, more clarity, more flavor overall, more better. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle 141/280. I had a good time at the release of this beer, had some really nice cask Yulesmith, and hung out with some great beerheads including Kame and Bartzilla. Anyway the brew pours a deep rosy brown with a slightly white head, that is half there. The aroma is rich and sweet with notes of dried fruit and malt with a bit of roastiness. The smell is close to wine in many ways. Its a sweet malty winey taste with a bourbon punch on the first glass or so. Back end of the taste is full of dry fruit. Drank the bottle myself over the course of an hour or two. Its an interesting brew to say the least but I’m not sure if this kind of ale works the best for barrel aging, I do know it tasted a lot different then the non-BA Decadence I had last year. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Aromas of rich, sweet dark fruit, some vanilla and cherry brandy. Color is prune juice brown with cherry red highlights and just a wisp of foam. Flavor starts rich and sweet with ripe fruit, a hint of chocolate, some vanilla and molasses followed by light citrus in the background and a smooth port like finish. Full bodied, rich and velvety with very soft carbonation.