Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 1, 2016
Aspetto: mogano scuro e limpido. Schiuma marroncina, abbondante, fine e abbastanza persistente. A Roma: intenso, chiari sentori liquorosi, caramellati e legnosi. Gusto: decisi sentori liquorosi e di Passito, abbondante e caramello, legnoso, abbondanti frutta secca e frutta a guscio. Corpo decisamente strutturato. Carbonizzazione medio bassa. Birra veramente fenomenale!!!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 I was hesitant to open the bottle I had just purchased, because I’d been forewarned about its youth....I expected some real alcohol heat, along with a fading head, and a too sharp flavor profile over all...boy, was I surprised!
TTHe nose, and the palate pretty much fell into alignment...there was a HUGE aroma, replete with dates, figs, prunes, butterscotch, chocolate, mandarin orange slices, and even a touch of anise lurking in the background.
The flavor was similar, augmented by the AMAZING mouthfeel, which was velvety, and silky, and served as a beautiful conveyor of all those rich, ripe, and luscious flavors...this ale may age really well, but believe me, it is READY to drink right now...incredible balance for the amount of malt and hops employed in the brew kettle...there is a definite hoppy finish that goies on and on, but it is so interwoven with the malt that it is almost impossible to determine where the malt ends, and the hops begin.
Yes, there is definitely aging room for this sophisticated behemoth,,,there is still a bit of excess heat from the alcohol, and the flavors could stand a bit more melding, but over all, this is my FAVORITE Alesmith brew...lots of sophistication, but just as much OOMPH to balance that off.
Eat your heart out, Greg Koch...this ale is generations ahead of ANYTHING Stone might dream of producing for the next lifetime. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
I had this on cask for the anniversary party at Obrians. Very very tasty. My friend Jon had a glass before me, and his was rougher and had a more prevalent alcohol flavor to it than mine did. Beautiful beer. Mouthfeel was pleasureable. Sweet but also alcohol at the back of the throat. All around good beer. Now if I can just get Jon to send me the bottles he has saved for me.... beer_queue (145) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Bottled: 02/27/14. Sampled: 02/28/16
Appearance: Dark, cloudy brown with amber highlights; thin beige head. There are huge chunks of yeast sediment at the end of the beer! The total amount is equivalent to what you’d expect from Belgian ales.
Smell: Hella malts and even more dark fruits; doesn’t change much after warming up.
Taste: Starts off with subtle, creamy malts before developing into a bold, sweet middle that’s filled with dark fruits, caramel, toffee, & chocolates. The finish is reserved for a soft hoppy flavor that’s prolonged with warm alcohol. Once warm, all the sweetness gets a bump and the alcohol certainly intensifies as well; it becomes very much like a sherry wine after some time in the glass.
Texture: Smooth, full-bodied, no carb, dry finish.
Drinkability: Delicious and absolutely wonder. This is a malt & sugar bomb. The alcohol is strong enough sustain some age. Oh, and share this with a friend!
Overall tastes remind me of a doppelsticke (strong altbier) from Germany. So malty, sweet, & boozy with the benefits of age thrown in there. Also comparable to strong winter ales from Belgian breweries like Scaldis & Corsendonk.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle from Brewery. Dark amber pour with very little head. Aromas of caramel, darkfuits, molassas, and sugar cane. Flavor were outstanding. Alcohol was evident and pretty hot. Maybe that will mellow with age. Flavors of molassas and caramell came through with a nicely balanced hop presence in the finish. I love this stuff. Very Decadent.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - 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. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
A beautiful dark mahogony body with a light ivory head. Aroma is amazing, nice alcohol hotness with some caramel and dark fruits. Taste is smooth, plums, bananas, cherry with some nice molassas. Ending has a slight spice with a very nice smooth ending. Great beer and I’m glad I held onto this one. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thick, frothy beige head.kyedumo (4) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
Aroma: Chocolate, charms caramel apple lollipop, white grape and booze.
Taste: Burnt caramel, dark chocolate, bitter hops, wood and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium and very fizzy. Warm.
Overall: Incredible. I would argue this beer is ready now, even with warm youth on it’s side.
True to it’s name, the Alesmith Decadence is a conversation between the Baroque and the Gothic. It transports one to a time in which Handel reigned supreme and Hildegaard of Bingen was not far behind. This is a prude beer as it gives no head, or not quite enough to get your engine a-running. That being said, this beer is quite promiscuous; you’re just another notch on it’s proverbial belt. What it lacks in prudence it more than makes up for in acumen. The smell is of lavender, yellow roses, and charred Yugoslavian horned melon. One can see one’s own past, present, and future upon gazing into her spiraling depths - an oracle, of sorts. It lavishes the tongue in a style reminiscent of the fresh milk of the renowned Northern Flemish steer. And the taste? Sublime: hints of blue grapes, smoked caramel, non-pareils, ecstasy, candied chestnuts, beer, and Latvian leeks. In a word: not bad. This beer is more fit to bathe in than to sup. Yet sup I will, I shall - nay, I must. And oh, how I shall sup! Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Sample @ Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival
Figs, knäck, notes of cherries, raisins, dried apricot and very complex. Great beer and great balance. Being as strong as it is, it’s easy to drink it.