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AleSmith Decadence 2005 Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2005 Barrel AgedAleSmith Decadence 2005 Barrel Aged

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-17-2006)
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Photo of mactrail
2.08/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wooof! I looked at the label to see if Brettanomyces was mentioned, so I can only conclude it's a less welcome bacteria in my bottle. Still some malt but mostly the back of the mouth sweet 'n' sour. Oddly salty, very bitter and not from hops. The longer that taste sits on my tongue the more I want a large glass of water. Sorry I didn't taste it sooner, or someone in San Diego is selling a case they kept in the metal shed. Apparently five years is too much for this one.

mactrail, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of IrishColonial
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

siege06nd, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired from an SD friend in my time of need. Thanks for the opportunity, Scott. 2005 vintage, #85 of 280, gold foiled cap.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, poured with a scant skimmy tan head over the cloudy chestnut brew. What bubbles there are quickly retreat to the rim, with a slight swirly film coverage. Aroma is deep rich malts, oaky vanilla notes, and a dominant alcohol presence. Taste is sweet dark maltiness upfront, sharp fruitiness in the middle, which gives way to the oaky alcohol that warms all the way down, leaving some numbness in its wake. Mouthfeel is up and down, with the high on the malty start, the nadir on the overpowering fruit tartness, and somewhere inbetween the alcohol charcter. Drinkability is ok, but I wasn't as wowed by this to start, and the barrel couldn't change it much for the better. A nice brew, but not my Alesmith favorite.

ppoitras, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Chris.

A: The pour is a murky amber color with a finger of off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Smells of bourbon and oak with tons of vanilla. Pretty typical Alesmith barrel aged beer nose. Dark fruits and booze with a mild tropical fruit note to it, strangely enough. Sweet toffee and caramel with a light toasted malt aroma. Plenty of oxidation, too.

T: Just like the aroma, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak characteristics are quite powerful. Lots of sweet malts, particularly toffee and caramel. A little bit of cherry with some other dark fruit notes such as plums and raisins.

M: Medium bodied with a sort of surprising amount of carbonation.

O: This was a bit too oxidized on the aroma and maybe too boozy. But, something I've really wanted to try. Glad to have done so.

womencantsail, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks to Chris for sharing at Woodshop Classix.

A: Ruddy brown and murky with a fleeting white head.

S: I'm greeted by caramel and bread with rich toffee and a light cardboard presence. Bourbon is very light and there's a dash of vanilla. Much oak wafts from the glass.

T: Rich caramel blends with toffee, and once again the bourbon presence is light. There's still a little alcohol heat and a lower moderate earthy bitterness. Oak and vanilla are evident. There's more cardboard in the flavor than there was in the nose.

M: Upper medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with warming.

Overall: It was really nice to try this again, but it's undoubtedly far beyond its prime. Cardboard is taking control.

HopHead84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #222 out or 280.

This beer pours a murkey brown color with a slight mohogany tint. It has an almost nonexisting head. What tiny head there is looks light tan. It disappears in seconds leaving a surprising lacing.

This beer smells strongly of Bourbon. It also has a vanilla like aroma to it. Some oak notes are present. Behind all that, I can detect some very sweet caramel malty aroma. The alcohol content is present in the aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It tastes mostly of Bourbon. Behind the strong Bourbon flavor, I taste some vanila flavor mixed in with a slight woody flavor. It tastes very sweet. A lot of caramel flavor.

This beer is very full bodied, and quite aggressive. It warms the throat as it goes down, and leaves a Bourbon like aftertaste. It is almost uncarbonated.

This beer would probably not make a very good session beer at all. It is high in alcohol, and it tastes very aggressive. Not to mention that only 280 bottles were ever released.

Overall: I like this beer, but I think that some of the other barrel aged beers AleSmith makes are a little better.

OStrungT, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hessian257, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -1.7%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4/5  rDev -1.7%

GradyS1, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pecan, May 16, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -1.7%

22Blue, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of mikecharley
4/5  rDev -1.7%

mikecharley, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey (KingG) for popping open a bottle of this tonight, I've really been wondering how this one has been tasting. Bottle #151/280.

Pours a muddy brown color with very little head and a skinny ring around the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of brown sugar, figs, raisins, caramelized raisins, a touch of alcohol, and wood. As the beer warms up there is a larger grape aroma and more sweetness.

The taste is almost identical to the aroma, huge sweetness upfront. Caramelized raisins hit the front of the palate first, then a sweet, ripe, dark fruit taste with a mixture of dates, prunes and raisins. A touch of alcohol in the middle and a slightly vinous taste in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, velvety, thick, and syrupy. A little heat near the finish.

Definitely a sipper but drinks fairly well.

seaoflament, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Padrefan98. Thanks for this one!!
Pours a hazy, muddy, brownish color. Smell is aged maltiness, oak and bourbon and very well balanced. Smells great. Taste is raisiny, malty with a light alcohol and bourbon flavor in the finish. Medium bodied, and no real heat from the alcohol for me. Really drinkable and tasty.

JDV, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of trappistlover
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle shared at Dak's!!). I got the bottom of the bottle and all that deliciousness. Pours cloudy brown with tan head. Aroma had lots of bourbon notes still. Taste is sweet bourbon and vanilla mostly. Full bodied with a creamy texture. This is a super beer that has held up marvelously!

trappistlover, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with just a hint of wispy foam.
Smells super rich and dark. Tons of smoky wood, bourbon, sweet caramel, mild tannins. Taste falls a little short of the smell. Rich caramel, mild taste of the barrel, sweet and creamy.
Feels a bit thinner than I thought it would but very smooth.
Really nice to sip on a cool winter night. Thanks to Mcallister for sharing.

kirok1999, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the second release of this beer. Dank fine looking chestnut colored with a yellow head of 2 fingers fading quickly.

Amazing nose. Sweet english malts toffee, caramel, fig, date, raisin, prune, hints of oxidation, bourbon, toffee, wood hints of earth and brown sugar.

Whiskey shows through nicely with that woodsy toasted vanilla lusciousness. Date really shows throght with the fig and prune behind, brown sugar and mollasses. Not as sweet as the nose would indicate with only slight oxidation. Nice with some years to go still.
A sweet potato flavor as well.m

mcallister, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

GRG1313, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

rbrefbeerman, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MacQ32, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure what bottle number this was as it got rubbed off the back. I was only able to get one bottle of barrel aged beer at the release but I had a couple small glasses from another bottle so here are my thoughts. Dark brown-red in color and murky as a swamp. Smells sweet, whiskey, vanilla aromas. Flavor was strong whiskey,more vanilla, and a barleywine hiding in the back. This was definitely a beer to be sipped and savored, everyone who partook enjoyed it.This was a very good old ale, very decadent and now I don't know when the hell I will drink my lone bottle.

ArrogantB, Sep 29, 2007
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AleSmith Decadence 2005 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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