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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style DoppelbockAlesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock

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89
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 10-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal-clear, copper-red body topped with a decent, one-finger thick head. Nice doppelbock aroma; malt and molasses, fermented raisins and figs; a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Warm malt flavors; toasted grain; sweet and boozy. Medium-heavy body.

A good example of the doppelbock style. It doesn't set any new precedences in its approach, but it does hit the spot when a dopplebock is what you're in the mood for. It does an excellent job of taming the 10.0% AVV and allows the malt character to shine through.

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Not to be drunk too cold, otherwise the overwhelming impression will be "Alcohol!"and not much else.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint. Not much head, some retention.

No aroma, consistent with not much flavor.

Flavor of dark roast malt, little hops, overall watered down by the increased alcohol even when allowed to warm.

I like this style, and this is reasonably true to it, but I prefer the full flavor of a traditional doppelbock, e.g. Ayinger or Weihenstepaner.

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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.