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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

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 10-07-2013)
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hickmancase

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-26-2013 04:41:12 | More by hickmancase
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 07:59:16 | More by MattyG85
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2013 01:55:40 | More by djaeon
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Vixie

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice red color with a large creamy tan head. Pour this one snlowly, as the head stays around for a bit.

Smells very malty, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Starts out on the sweet side, caramel, toffee, and chocolate come to mind. There are hints of coffee as well, leaving a slightly bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

The feel seemed just a bit thin to me, but does have a nice smoothness to it.

I am not real familiar with this style, but I liked this beer. Has a nice flavor profile to it, there's a lot going on here, although it does tend towards the sweet side. One word of caution, the alcohol is very well hidden, not sure I have ever had a beer of this strength that hid it so well. I have become a fan of Alesmith beers, as every one i have had was good, and this continues that feeling.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:18:52 | More by Vixie
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-17-2013 02:37:11 | More by Beerbuddy21
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-16-2013 22:45:30 | More by tdmccarthy
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-16-2013 08:08:28 | More by rab53
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:27:02 | More by brewcrew76
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Troville1990

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2013 05:34:30 | More by Troville1990
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-11-2013 11:25:00 | More by DantheMan75
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful glassy reddish black with a moderate beige head.

S: Smells of sticky maple and toffee, plum flesh, cream, nutmeg, brown bread.

T: Taste brings dry caramelized grain, fig, molasses, lightly astringent roasted grain, mild hop bitterness, raisin, a hint of banana-y esters.and booze on the end.

M: Surprisingly light-bodied with low carbonation.

O: A nice doppelbock that hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:22:26 | More by Etan
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-04-2013 16:41:29 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-04-2013 03:03:36 | More by ste5venla
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JeffBrenner

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber with a minimal head that quickly fades. Odor is minimal with a slight malty odor. Taste is very sweet with notes of grape. Boozyness is pretty well concealed with the sugars. Possible dates or plums. Almost tastes more like a quad. I happen to like that style, but I could see someone being bummed with it billed as a "lager". Pours a bit thicker down the throat, again probably because of the sugars. I was happy to have it, but I can't say I will be rushing to buy another bottle, but still, well played.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:06:41 | More by JeffBrenner
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a transparent deep cherry, brownish color with good carbonation eventhough there was no air or pop to the bottle when it opened. Odd. Anyhow, a dirty white head sits atop, the head retention was pretty good but the lacing was still ok.

S: Nice roasted notes, sugary sweet, like a blend of caramel covered coffee cake and banana bread

T: At first it was a little tame on flavor but as it warmed up it peaed. Initial sweetness upfront with caramel, roasty notes with some nice overrpe banana and bready notes. A good bit of residual sweetness and heat as well.

M: Pretty full and sticky at times, really coats the mouth and clings to the palate but not overly cloying or syrupy.

O: Initially I was not a fan but as I progressed through the beer it grew on me. At room temp it opened up quite well

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 14:07:41 | More by barleywinefiend
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rawfish

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-21-2013 17:03:44 | More by rawfish
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pkalix

California

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:51:37 | More by pkalix
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-18-2013 21:17:41 | More by Tom-Peters
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-14-2013 19:30:23 | More by SocalKicks
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-14-2013 05:03:09 | More by Amerikon
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-13-2013 10:55:24 | More by largadeer
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam a little surprised that Alesmith went with a lager this year...good for them.Pours into a half liter stein a deep garnet color with a billowing light beig head atop that slowly settles into a frothy mass.Sweet doughy aromas with a tinge of iron and toast,flavors of dark fruit and alcohol but with a lager drying effect if you know what I mean,alot of raisin and alcohol in the finish.It's na American style with it's brash booziness but man there is alot of flavor packed in here.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:09:00 | More by oberon
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-11-2013 04:58:57 | More by zestar
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-09-2013 22:53:41 | More by drewone
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ImperialStout

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-08-2013 16:31:10 | More by ImperialStout
Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.