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RATINGS: 656   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3204) - 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 (3171) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
750 ml- Pours an orange-brown. Strong scents of hops and alcohol and a little bit woodsy with tastes that match.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Pours a brownish red color with a tiny whitish beige head. Aroma is malty with caramel with hints of dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is a complex combination of malt, dark brown sugar,caramel, figs and alcohol. Alcohol is very much present in the aftertaste but not overdone. Interesting, yet quite different. Not your everyday drinking experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Cloudy light-brown body with many particles. Small off-white head. Very very malty, brown sugar sweetness, earthy and a whole lot of alcohol. Good but bit too much eh decadent. A filthy beer indeed, totally deserving of its name. Six bottles of this thing and youll get the full decadence experience, dancing naked on the diner table with a lamp-shade on your head at a family reunion. Not that Ive ever done that

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Thanks to eagle for this one. Poured a brown with redish edges to it small head which left okay lacing. Aroma was of caramel aocohol. Flavor was the same with some wood maybe oak in there. Good beer, expected better though. "

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a red-brownish color with a small initial head that sustained itself well and gave ok lacing. The aroma was of alcohol and caramel, hard to pick up. The flavor was of lightly bittered malts featuring caramel, light whiskey, some dry figgy-ness, light brown sugar or molasses, faint wood, and a sharp but not overdone alcohol zip that was mildly warming.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2966) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting. Couleur bourgogne, presque rousse, peu de collet. Arome de sucre alcoolis. Got de malte alcoolis ordianaire.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1630) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Bought this bomber from BevMo in Mission Valley back in October. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin tan head. Caramel, hops, and sweet malts spring from the aroma. Very potent! Sweet, brown sugar taste as well as some hops and caramel malt. A hint of alcohols as well. Overall a really good beer from Alesmith. I was impressed!


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