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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (24794) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to JohnC for this great beer. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty and slightly spicy aroma. Sweet malty dry bitter and slightly hoppy and alcoholic flavor with some vanilla hints. Sweet malty finish with some hints of vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2007
Orange/Amber Color with Off White Head. Rich Barley Notes..Malty Sweet and Syrupy Aroma and Body. Spices, Fruit, Bready, Chocolate, Liight Coffee Malts. Alot of Warming with a Light Dry Ending. Wonderful Old Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Toffee, caramel, candied fruits and alcohol nose. Spicy and earthy on the palate with notes of white pepper, coriander, nougat and brown sugar. Clean and mildly hot finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2007
Provided by Styles. Clear, amber body with small off-white head. The aroma is vinous, cherry, toffee, caramel and pine. The flavor is toffee, cookie dough, spicy hops and bread. Full body is soft and smooth with a warm finish. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2675) - GERMANY - APR 8, 2007
Sweet syrupy caramel nose, auburn color, low tight head that clings to the edges with polka dot foam in the middle. Sweet big fat malt base with a spices and cinnamon. Lots of hop bitter to counter the sweet sugary body. Warming alcohol effect as it goes down. A good, heavy, over-the-top US barley wine. Intense.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Clear red-orange body, bubbly off-white sparse head. Something is dominating the aroma that I cant pinpoint. Spiced caramel? Some grass comes through too. Wow... great flavor. Aged chocolate, coffee, caramel malt Like a delicious coffee cake type of thing. Fruit? Very complex, rich, and balanced. Simply put: Yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle. Rich caramel pour with really no head to speak of. Aroma of caramel malt coupled with some spices with some dry fruitiness as well. The flavor held a good bit of malt with more kind of even spiciness...some yeast and fruit as well. Thick bodied, a bit gritty at times...fairly sweet with a dry/spicy/sweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Bottle from silphium (he provided me one to actually drink to go with the one I got myself that Ive been hoarding for nearly 1.5 years already). Aroma is a beautiful mixture of ripe fruit and interesting vegetables, not vegetal but highlighting such things as beets, hearts of palm, red pepper, orange, lilac, lime, and fresh tea leaf. Flavor is non-aggressive, very mellow molasses, brown sugar characteristics but not that sweet, rum, toffee, tobacco. Incredibly well balanced and extremely drinkable, this beer has aged in a way other beers can only dream of. Though not huge like typical RB top 100s, the complexity and craft in this beer are outstanding, and deserves to be in a class with the best out there. It is truly rare that one can sip an 11% beer so elegant and enjoyable. Big thanks to Silphium for the bottle, I eagerly await drinking my own bottle that Ive been stashing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of footbalm. Thanks, Eric! Pours a murky, amber-brown appearance; light, yellow-tinted head with large bubbles. Light toffee, caramel and dried fruits in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: light carbonation; plenty of toffee, dried fruits, and warming alcohol; raisins, tropical fruits, and caramel; complex and well-integrated. Long, brown and candy sugar finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium bubbly tan head. Very rich smell. Caramel, yeast, malt, sweet fruit round it out. A very nice malty, sweet taste. Caramel notes are probably the most prominent. Gets fruity sweeter towards the finish. Very smooth indeed. One of the better old ales Ive had. I think they do a good job of keeping some life to this beer, as Ive had some old ales that were just dead.


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