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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
93
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122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
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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rxdrewthejew

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar forever. Figured it was about time to pop it open.

A: A dense, translucent beer. In the light it appears almost maroon in color...lots of red with hints of brown. I got about a two finger fluffy tan head. Good retention and huge lacing.

S: Smell is malt dominant for sure. I get a big whiff of red licorice, so I guess you would have to call that cherry, along with some tropical stuff and perhaps fig. I wanna say there's a bit of bitterness buried in there somewhere, but it really is a hint at best.

T: Pretty mild flavor considering the smell. I again get a feel of the red licorice, but not nearly as sweet as it smells. Plenty of estery and tropical goodness here. In the finish there's just a touch of citrus bitterness, and at the very end I actually get a bit of roastyness as well.

MF: Thicky, syrupy and amazingly smooth. There's a tiny bit of carbonation, but it's very low. Almost a dangerous mouthfeel as the beer is so quaffable. There's still a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol, but it's mostly faded. Strong warming, but that's not really a surprise.

D: All things considered, this is a nice mellow imperial red. Something tells me it wasn't this mellow back when it was bottled, but given the time to sit, it's turned into a very nice beer. I'm actually a bit surprised, I really expected this to be sweeter than it is. It has a bit of a familiar flavor...I get hints of Yulesmith and Old Numbskull here...but it's just so mellow and smooth. If not for the high ABV, I could certainly drink this all day. The mouthfeel on this beer is about as good as I've ever had. A really nice brew, quite tasty, and something I'm glad I had a chance to try. Too bad I won't be seeing this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 06:11:17 | More by rxdrewthejew
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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.