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RATINGS: 672   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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3.9
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2006
color is dark ruby chesnut, clear. short brownish-tan thin foamy head. aroma is sweet malt, raisins in dark rum. flavor is also rummy and raisiny. a bit of earthiness in the malt but not much. a faint hop bitterness shared with a mild alcohol nip/burnout finish. barrell aged whiskey-like aftertaste. thanks foolish mortal for this in trade from a while back!

4.3
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-05-06, blind tasting at Yespr, vintage 2005, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Cloudy amber color; sparse bubbles. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, light butter and vanilla, light earthy hops. Sweet caramel and fudge flavor; it may be a bit buttery (therefore suspect); a soft nutty edge too; correct bitterness. The final is just lightly astringent. Good.

2006-03-29, at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Hazy dark amber color. Extremely malty aroma. Strong mouthfeel, a bit oily, sirupy malty, with an English level of bitterness, quite similar to a Fuller’s Vintage, thicker and more warming.

4.4
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2006
For my first rating after a long hiatus, I wanted something a little out of the ordinary, so I opted for a bottle of Alesmith Decadence that I have had aging for over a year. Poured it into my snifter with no head at all, a deep mahogany/ruby coloring, and very clear when held up to the light. The aroma was sweet, vinuous, resiny, with just a hint of alcohol. Initial sip was sweet, with mildly spicey afternotes and just a hint of alcohol burn. Not at all grainy or overbearing, and just enough hop presence to keep it from being cloyingly sweet. Overall a very pleasant drink for a chilly spring evening, preferrably shared with good company since it is rather potent and comes in a 750ml champagne bottle sizing.

3.8
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a beautiful garnet color, deep and rich. Snow globe floaties are suspended throughout the liquid. Decent off-white head forms and peters out to a ring but leaving good lacing behind. Aroma is malty and moderately rich. Bits of esters sneak in, slightly over-ripe bananna comes to mind. Body is medium with touches of thinness showing at times, probably my biggest knock against this beer. A bit boozy also at nine months of age. Flavors run malty, a touch of bananna show in flavor also. Hops are still very noticeable, although nicely blended. Decently done.

3.8
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for this brew. A lot of caramel, and nuttiness in the aroma with a bit of raisen. Taste is very malty, with a lot of nuttiness, with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch.

3
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Why was I smelling and tasting dimethyl sulfide in this one? Having this beer at a tasting surrounded by a number of other beers of the same type, I was considerably disappointed in this one. Overly sweet, moldy tasting wood and peat, with a fuesal burn of alcohol and far too much residual sweetness. Sorry fellas, but I just can’t drink the kool-aid. Alesmith makes some stellar beers, but this one falls short.

4.4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Here I was thinking I was going to blow attendees of a MN beer tasting away with two bottles from the hard to get Alesmith Brewing Co. (X and Anvil). But, somebody else brought Decadence, which was far better than either of the others. Caramel, molasses aroma; rich, very nice with some bourbon barrel notes. Really nice color; no carbonation. This may have been the best beer of the day. High alcohol, caramelly; lovely. Outstanding.

3.1
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Had it shortly after release and just realized I hadn’t rated it yet. It has a nice smooth thick texture but the flavor is kind of mellow and uncertain. Perhaps this one would be better aged for a year or so. Not bad, but not what I expect from Alesmith.

4
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 i remember telling my friends about how the first time you have any beer ever, it tastes awful, but if it’s this beer, you just might like the taste. utterly delicious, hoppy, smooth as all hell. i want more alesmith... Rerate: not nearly as good as i had thought. definitely an old ale.

3.3
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Tasted compliments of acertain. 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. Don’t pick up much of what I smelled in the taste. OK, but not great. Seems like it would age very well indeed...


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