AleSmith Decadence 2008 - Barrel Aged

 
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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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3.8
SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle 2/433 shared at RBWG thanks to Markwise. Pours clear dark brown. Rich malt aroma, some whiskey. Sweet flavor, lots of alcohol with a detracting tang to the finish.

3.8
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a soft reddish amber with two fingers of sandy tan head. Nose is very malty, shows a light tartness and oyster sauce character. Prune and raisin and dried fruit all over the place. Lots of toffee and burnt sugar/caramel. Full bodied with a light carbonation.

3.8
dalekliz (924) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Decided to open a very old bottle tonight, number 124/433. Pours a reddish dark brown with no head. Aroma is heavy in bourbon and oak, with sweeter malts and dark fruits. Taste starts with a big rich bourbon sweetness then picks up sharper wood and almost sourness, with some vanilla and booze. Underlying sweetness lingers. It's maybe aged a bit too much but still good.

3.7
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
I was drinking this non-stop from the tap at the release...unfortunately the bottled version is not nearly as good as the tap. The bottled stuff is a hell of a lot more acidic, to the point of being a bit cloying...the bourbon flavors are nice but that tartness is a shit ton stronger in the bottle. Good loads of bourbon in the nose..flavors have tobacco and earthy bourbon, a fair amount of sticky sweetness, but that sharp sour edge that really didn’t seem to distract me in the tap version is unfortunately quite distracting here.

3.7
Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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.

3.7
douglas88 (9619) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle shared by ZX6Chris at Toronado, thanks! Pours a murky brown/red color with a small white head. A sweet rich nose of caramel and dried fruit, light sour edges. The flavor is a battle between a solid rich BW with caramel and toast, fruity, dry, but the tartness gets in the way without helping much. Both flavors are disjointed. Light bourbon. Quite good, would have been amazing without the sourness.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Thanks Ibrew2or3-750 bottle-pours an off white head with bubbles and brown color. Aroma is medium malt-leather, earthy, cocoa, dark fruit. Taste is slight vinegar up front, medium malt-leather, earthy, cocoa, dark fruit.

3.7
Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Cloudy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sour coffee. Taste is softly sour coffee, subtle brandy. Nice stuff.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
On tap @ Alesmith - Figured I’d rate the sample I had at the brewery and save the bottle for a tasting. I didn’t have high hopes for this since I wasn’t wild about the regular version. I was hoping the barrel aging would mask some of the tartness. Nope. Tastes and smells the same with the addition of some oak/bourbon. To be honest, this beer is all over the place. I hope my rating of this beer is a tenth or two higher than the regular version. Hell, the time in barrel is worth a couple tenths. I will have to do a proper rating when I drink the bottle.

3.6
deyholla (12189) - 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.


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