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Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

beergoot, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of berlinabb
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Jessenimmo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Jessenimmo, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

sd123, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +0.3%

msubulldog25, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Tinfang
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

Tinfang, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Wedcat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Wedcat, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of hickmancase
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

hickmancase, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

MattyG85, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +0.3%

djaeon, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Vixie
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Vixie, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tdmccarthy, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -6%

rab53, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

brewcrew76, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Troville1990, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DantheMan75
3.75/5  rDev -6%

DantheMan75, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Etan, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -6%

GraduatedCashew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of JeffBrenner
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

JeffBrenner, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -5%

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

barleywinefiend, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +0.3%

rawfish, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.39/5  rDev +10%

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.

pkalix, Oct 20, 2013
Alesmith Decadence 2013 German Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.