Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.71/5 rDev +18.3%
750 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
10% ABV, "Drink this meal in a glass now or cellar it for years to come." Serve in a goblet at 50-55°, Bottled on 09/16/13
A - AleSmith's 2013 Decadence pours an absolutely gorgeous mahogany-laced amber with a tall light khaki head. Steady retention keeps the pile of foam afloat while a clean glass nabs all the lace it can.
S - Decidedly bready, Decadence's robust aroma smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread with dark fruits throughout. Notes of milk chocolate covered raisin and sticky sweet caramel are pungent and welcome as this lager broods with a robust heartiness.
T - Heavy malt sweetness lays wonderfully on the tongue, coating it with Munich bready characteristics, toast crust, gooey caramel, and toffee shavings with a hint of chocolate covered raisins on the finish.
M - Full bodied heft makes it's way across the tongue and down the throat with sublime smoothness; almost creamy in texture. Doppelbocks are already strong but AleSmith steps it up a few notches, cranking out 10% alcohol in a beer that doesn't display anywhere near that much for a completely perfect, stomach-filling beer, just as the Bavarian monks had intended!
O - AleSmith briefly recaptures how the Bavarian monks who established the doppelbock style coined it "liquid bread" and go on to describe the beer as meal in a glass. A malt-lover's dream come true, the 2013 edition of Decadence certainly is a meal in a glass, brimming with balanced malt sweetness that underscores the rich bready profile the massive amount of malt brings to the table. The clean lager finish and complete absence of alcohol make this an easy-drinking beer for how hefty it is and one that I'm convinced would win over any German doppelbock purist!
01-12-2014 23:44:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.51/5 rDev +13.3%
A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. Not completely opaque, but close. A well formed two finger beige head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of lace.
S: A big, warm toasted malt aroma. Baked bread, and toffee. Dark fruity aromas like raisins and plums. I can plant my nose in the glass all day.
T: Again, big toasted, and bready malts. Certainly sweet malts like toffee, but not nearly as cloying as some American versions can be. Which is really nice. Dark fruits linger with some raisins and plums. Love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Not overly heavy or viscous, which again can be a downfall for some American versions. Ultra smooth. Like silk. This is incredibly inviting drink. A great sipper.
A wonderful version of the style. I love the malt character. Everything is so well rounded and incorporated. Really well done and highly recommended.
03-10-2014 22:48:48 | More by champ103
4.39/5 rDev +10.3%
hmm, smells like a lager...
looks like a dopplebock...
creamy little head with some soapiness on the sides. doesn't smell too decadent or outstanding or remarkable in any way. just kind of like a typical commercial dos equis or something.
tastes like a dopplebock, kind of... tastes a bit like a lager. and yes, the doppels are a type of a top-fermented lager, right? pretty easy going down although there is some alcohol presence. some of the sweet caramel-y malts that you normally get in the commercial german brews and just a tad of bitter in the middle.
overall, yeah, it's a decent dopple... taste is a bit similar to an Optimator, when it's said and done and drunk... a little higher powered Optimator, of course... but I think this is a quality brew and when factoring in the 10%, it's a great product.
10-20-2013 20:51:37 | More by pkalix
4.24/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 09/17/13.
Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.
Smell: A very toasty malt driven aroma with good hints of caramel and chocolate. Toasted malts with upfront hints of biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, and grains along with hints of chocolate and coffee roast. Fruit hints of apple and banana. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, prune, dates, grapes, and plum. Subtle hints of earthy hops linger in the background. A pretty solid lager aroma.
Taste: Like the smell hints, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. Fruity notes of banana and apple. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, figs, dates, grapes, prune, and plum. Light notes of earthy hops. A pretty good Doppelbock taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly sticky. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a Doppelbock. Good toasty and nutty malt flavors with a touch of dark fruit.
11-24-2013 07:59:16 | More by MattyG85
4.24/5 rDev +6.5%
A - Pours a bright, deep mahogany with a thin tan head and no lace.
S - Bready, toffee, sweet, caramel, rum soaked raisins and dark fruit.
T - Toasted bread, caramel, grape nuts, fig, plum, nutty, rum soaked raisins, some candied sweetness and alcohol in the finish.
M - Slightly slick and sticky with low carbonation.
D - Very nice dopplebock. Seems subtle with just the right flavors to make it interesting. Make sure to let it warm up. The dark fruits are tasty.
11-16-2013 03:27:02 | More by brewcrew76
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Amber red color. Half a finger of head on an aggressive pour with some random lacing left behind. A decent amount of active average carbonation for the style.
Smell: Amber malts, toffee, oak, and molasses on the nose. Mossy hops join the oak and really open up on the body. Bready malts and medium bodied fruits light up on the back end with slight boozy accents really bring an american edge.
Taste: Toffee and molasses sweetness blasts on the palate. Oak and mossy hops are welcome additions on the body. Dark fruits and some lingering malt sweetness mesh well on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Gets a little sugary and boozy but is kept in check for the most part. Carbonation fits.
Overall: Really solid offering from Ale Smith on a style that is rarely done by American breweries. I originally balked at the pricetag, but got it at 50% off so it was a no doubter then. Still drinking awesome, give it a go.
06-05-2014 04:25:42 | More by KFBR392
Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
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