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Decadence - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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83
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 07-06-2005)
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Reviews by Ego:
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Ego

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

eyes...
audibly sizzling head, goes down faster than a hooker on hunt's point avenue, we are left with a faint o-ring, ample carbonation meanders it's way up through the brew as if passing through as many channels into the ocean, lacing is non existent but the "legs" are apparent from the strength of this brew, cloudy brown with a touch of glowing orange. compares to strong dark ales of the belgian variety (except without the monster head some of those belgians have). good looking. If this beer were a girl you wouldn't be embarrassed that you woke up along side of her..

nose...
cotton candy, uber sweet notes of honey, "lighter" dark fruits lie underneath. to be honest the sweetness is a bit distracting for me. it does have some sort of "artificial" feel to it as well.. interesting but distracting and not all that pleasant.

taste etc...
oddly some chocolate notes mixed in with the overpowering sweetness, wow, this is going to take an adjustment.. it's still hot alcohol wise and that may be it's saving grace... the aftertaste is off-honey, like it is trying to be honey but doesn't make it there.. or is some weird chemical take on honey, pair this with something to offset the flavor, this is hard to drink by itself. a nice accompaniment to something else in between sips. the alcohol is very noticeable but is manageable.

verdict?
I am glad the 80's are over and so is this decadence.. this one is off the mark, I thought having it 2 years out might have matured it into something more drinkable.. I was wrong...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 03:21:29 | More by Ego
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Pours a seriously viscous syrupy dark golden honey color. Zero head with some spotty lacing at best.

Aromas are all spice initially; lots of ginger, cardamom and earthy/peppery notes. The honey aromas emerge more and more as it warms and spices subdue slightly.

The tastes directly follow the nose which I was hoping they weren't. Really spicy, with a lot of cardamon and ginger backed by a huge earthiness from the honey and pretty much straight honey flavor as well. I think they may have used a Belgian yeast on this beer as I am getting some peppery flavors in the finish.

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Thanks to mistofminn for sharing this 'treat.'

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Pours no head. Color is a super thick/hazed burnt orange copper.

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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing during the super bowl.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with little head. No retention or lacing.

S: Lots of spices. Chocolate and mint, smells like a Ande's candy. Some malts sweetness.

T/M: More of the spices and chocolate and mint. Some sweetness but not too much. Blends well together. Still some alcohol flavor but nicely mellowed, no real heat. Body is medium full with mild carbonation.

D: For 13%, this is damn drinkable.

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Decadence from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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