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RATINGS: 663   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2006
This was a unique beer, and was not what I was expecting. When cold, the smell and taste were very bourbonesque, tasting as though it had just come from the barrel, but as the beer warmed up, it became sweet and malty, similar to their Grand Cru offering, but not nearly as overwhelming. The beer poured a dark, malty, murky caramel color with a small off-white head. Aroma started off as being very full of alcohol, but became much sweeter and caramel-like as it warmed up. Taste was very similar, very malty, with a nice but not overpowering taste of alcohol in the finish. I believe that this beer could use some more time to settle down, but is very drinkable now at cellar temperature.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle sampled at Sunset Grill in Alston Mass. with the Mad Indian. brow with a slight reddish hue and a small off white head. Aroma of slight fruit, caramel, much like a good english strong ale. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, alcohol, and bitter hops. I was almost certain this was an English Strong Ale, also by the flavor. Good body, good brew, i think i expected a little more for a brew ive been trying to get my hands on for over a year.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours with a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Raisiny nose. Starts sweet, raisiny, smooth high ABV stays hidden until finish. However my drinking partner thinks it is more like a liquor drink than a beer. Pricey at $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 2010 Bottles are damn great as well!!!! 2005 release bottle. I had this soon after the release and sadly only bought 1 more. I will be sure to update my rating with the second bottle. As I recall it tasted like a strong english ale similar to Wee Heavy but different. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Sheezz, I have had 3 of these and never rated it. Well, this is still very raw in my mind and my take years to settle down if at all. Tha ABV was very strong in this. The fruity flavors of the Old Ale was not really apparent.This wasnt a bad brew just not what I expected from Alesmith.I have 2 more that will sit for a while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
bottle, enjoyed at the Sunset Grille in Boston - Poured reddish brown with a thin head that left some decent lacing. The aroma is malty with some dark fruit notes and a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor, but I didnt mind. The sweetness, fruit notes, caramel, and other flavors come to the fore. The finish lingers pleasantly as the warmth hits your stomache. For some reason the flavor reminded me a bit of Fullers Vintage Ale 2001, though even sweeter. Decadence is very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2006
750 mL capped bottle: ruby-brown pour with a small white head and then film. Sweet, nutty, caramel aroma with fresh herbs and hops resins in the background. Smooth, close to luscious palate with tiny, creamy bubbles dancing across the tongue. Flaovurs of oak, bitter honeycomb, plumy raisins, and pine cones. Sappy alcohol makes the lips stick together while I try to smack them in enjoyment. Fresh mint lingers in the finish, while the stickiness dissipates and the alcohol eventually catches up to mewonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 Flickr(http:[email protected] This is a celebration beer, for many reasons. Its my 600th rate. The ratebeerian who sent me this beer just celebrated his first anniversary for a wedding that I was the best man at, a year ago. Today is the first day of August, marking the autumnal swing of the avian world, where birds begin to head south. Friday, its my birthday. So this Anniversary Ale, of epic celebratory proportions is the perfect choice to mark all these occasions! I undress the bottle of its gold foil crown and pop the top. A light psst, then the silky pour into a goblet. Immeadiately, rich aged brandy soaked fruits tickle my nostrils. Theres incredible maturity in those alcohol tones, from aged bourbon black cake to maciated figs in cognac. Exotic dessert spices dance on the surface and waft gently up the nose. Pineapple, pound cake and a whole slew of indescribable nuanced characters erupt from the snifter. The pour is a fiery core of mostly clear ruby-hued liquors, with golden-orange fringes, a light carbonation, a fine mist of yeast particles across the beer and a lacy edge of tawny head. On the tounge, a elicitation of the aroma, with perky pineapple candies, rich creamed malts, replete with a touch of Marakesh spice and squeezed raisin juice. The alcohols unleash a fiery blast of warmth into the humours, but Im not taken aback, only encouraged and pleased with the gentle heat and the sophistication it brings. In the middle, these fires meld with a tart candied lemon rind and the whole wash of sugary and creamy malt characters, in a heavenly blend of various sugars and grains. This is heavly refined. In the backend, theres a light bite of British hop bite, but only so much to create balance, without overpowering what an Old Ale should be. Damn, I love balance. Here, Im not taken aback by the lack of carbonation, or the alcoholic fury. This beer is worthy to be something to celebrate with any time. Later, Ill use it as a deglazing liquid for butter sauteed nectarines and rain

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Pours out a reddish hued brown with a slight lacing head. Aroma is of burnt fruit and some brown sugar. Taste is very complex with notes of fig, burnt fruit, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and some other subtle earthy tones. Finishes with a slight alcohol bite. Very nice beer, thanks to Dark Elf for this one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark ruby red color. Decent head that goes away quick. Alcoholic and banana aroma. Taste is much more mellow than I expected after the smell. Very sweet malty start, with a bitter finish


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