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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 26
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 07-09-2007)
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Reviews by BlindPig:
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Really thick tan head on a light cloudy deep ruby body.
S- Very nice blended and complex aroma. Fruits, toffee, hints of alcohol, cherries, apricots, caramel, and grapefruit hops that seem to linger above everything else.
T- Sweet caramels, cherries, plums, hints of raisins, light grass, grapefruit hops, light toffee, a tiny hint of lighter coffee in the back of the mouth, medium bitterness on mid tongue, and alcohol tickles tongue. Warming in back of throat from alcohol, along with some grapefruits, apricots, and caramel. Really complex flavor. Everything is just blended together very nicley.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation. Like someone else said it really just has the perfect amount of carbonation for this beer.
D- Very tasty. Well blended together and a beer I would want some more of. I am going to leave the other bottles for about 8 months-1 year and I think the fruits will come out just that much more and it will just be a even more rounded brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 20:35:25 | More by BlindPig
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and still holding up well in my opinion.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by dyan. Came in with pretty low expectations for six-year-old Imperial Red Ale. Served in a tulip.

A - Generous off-white foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches, and splotchy lace. Transparent dark ruby-colored body. Carbonation has held up quite well.

S - There's a definite aged character, with some complementary port-like oxidation. However, the predominant flavors are a mix of red ale flavors like treacle and red licorice, and barleywine-esque milled brown sugar, maple, caramel, and perhaps a hint of chocolate.

T - The taste hasn't held up quite as well, as there's a bit more hollow and oxidized character, particularly late in the profile. There's also a bit of residual hop bitterness that came as a bit of a surprise. Still - shockingly good consider the original flavor profile and age.

M - Medium-full sticky body, lower carbonation, extremely mellow, with minimal alcohol, and a nice lingering, sticky finish.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable stuff - I was supposed to drink this with Dyan years ago and thankfully it appears to have aged gracefully. I'd certainly drink another properly cellared bottle, and I'm intrigued by the barrel-aged (and sour?) version.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from largadeer in our second trade many moons ago, split with Alex earlier today. Thanks, Chris!

Clear dark brown with mahogany highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention and lacing. While this beer was reportedly hoppy early on in its life, it isn't any more. Smelling like a nicely aged imperial red/barleywine, there's nice blend of brown sugar, red licorice, a little nutty malt, a touch of burnt sugar and some hop bitterness too. A little leather and wet tobacco are also present.

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

Thanks Bennett for the bottle. Pours a hazy dark burgundy that looks chestnut out of the light, with a fairly lively tan head. Nose is super sweet, malty, chewy. Figs, dates, honey, raisins, toffee. Quite sweet in the mouth, lots of raisins and toffee. Dare I say, a "toffee bomb." Pleasant alcohol heat carries throughout the palate. Finish has a lot of toffee and dark chocolate. Carbonation is pretty sharp. Kind of dries out a bit after breathing. Has a lot of good things going on but the palate just feels a little sluggish and muddled, with that chocolate on the finish that comes across as oxidation. Still quite nice, like a big malty barley wine tending toward something else, old ale maybe with the way it expresses that oxidized finish.

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nickd717

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks t0rin0.

Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany red color with a one-finger tan head that lasts.

Great aroma, big caramel, dark fruits, and sherry oxidative notes.

Great flavor, barleywine-like and old but in a good way. Big sherry to go along with the caramel malt, with sweet candied dark fruits and maybe even some spice.

Any booziness in this is GONE like the ’N Sync song. Great beer, even after 4+ years. AleSmith, f-in’ A, they can brew.

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claspada

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick deep brown with ruby highlights and a nice creamy khaki head which recedes with ample lacing.
The aromas begin with sweet rich dark caramelized malts.

Toffee and dark fruits, leather, tobacco. Faint citrus and earthy hops which is surprising after 4+ years.

The tastes begin with dark fruit (dates, raisins) and toffee, light cocoa. As it warms the leather and tobacco flavors become quit dominant. The hop flavors are also in the background; earth and light citrus. No alcohol tastes but you can tell from the complex deep flavors this is a massive beer.

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California

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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been sitting on this bottle for quite awhile (wish I could shout-out the source), probably since the release, back when Alesmith was still a buzzed brewery - you could certainly argue that age hasn't done it any harm

a: served in a tulip glass, the beer is a deep brown in color with ruby highlights, the head forms lightly but retains a healthy ring quite well

s: nose dosed with lots of heavily caramelized sugars - toffee and malt syrup, dark fruits, raisin, date, sweet alcohol, leather, fruit laced pipe tobacco, hops mild and/or very much faded, providing a meek counter to the strong malts

m: carbonated low, the body a malty, medium-full with a sugary slickness

t: heavy caramelized malt syrup flavors, fruity dark sugars, toffee, sweet tobacco, raisin and date, quite sweet, totally malt-forward, only a mild hop tinge at the finish, alcohol hardly evident

o: certainly a nice beer, and a definite malt-bomb, drinks well with the abv hardly showing

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04-23-2011 03:53:20 | More by blackie
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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.