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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pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark mahogany with a tan head. Amazing snoof of boozy bourbon, vanilla, oak, plum, raisin, mild oxidization, then you get some pit fruit with a milt acidity and tartness that is odd when juxtaposed with more vanilla, bourbon and sweet malts, overall quite dry with mild carbonation and moderate body. Odd mix for sure.

3.3
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Samples at the brewery. Rating #8. Dark muddy brown pour. Fantastic aroma, sweet toffee and rich dried fruits. Flavor wasn’t to my liking, tart cherries and a mishmash of colliding flavor that didn’t do it for me, still pretty interesting. (1765)

3.3
brew3crew (182) - 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

3.3
Theydon_Bois (20621) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle ( #245/433) at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Paul/Scopey for this one. Opaque medium brown in colour with little in way of a head. Oaky woodiness on the nose allied to nuts, toffee and some spices. Sourish wood tones in the flavour allied to dark soured fruits and some toffee. Fullish body, smooth drinking, picking up wood once more in the aftertaste. Will point out this had been opened at a tasting around 4 weeks previously and corked. Definately past its prime so will need to re-visit but from what I actually drank a re-visit will be no hardship as it was still eminently drinkable.

3.2
pantanap (3367) - 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.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks GT2. Medium tan head, muddy cola-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous, some sour, light dusky oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, sour, light chocolate. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity, low carbonation.

3.2
thomashall (999) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bomber shared by Armin....Bottle #1 actually. Dark brown pour. Taste is like a sour stout....I’m sure this was not intended, guessing this was infected. Even so the taste was not terrible. Hope I get to try it again sometime.

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50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle number 43. Light brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas. Damn, this bottle is infected. In the background you can make out the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit notes. However, their enjoyment is diminished by the big sour notes upfront.


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