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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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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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Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with a foiled top poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cloudy mahagony with a light tan two finger head that takes forever to die down to a thin layer that lasts. For such a big head, there isn't the lacing I was hoping for. Smell is dark fruits, earthy hops. and chocolate/caramel malt. Very complex in the nose with lots of scents that dominate. First flavor to hit the tongue is definitely caramel malt and lots of it. An interesting woody vanilla flavor follows with a blend of mild citrus. Aftertaste is a bit choclatey with some french roast coffee. Medium to full body mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Very unique beer but a very good one at that. Look forward to aging this one to see what it turns into.

BeerTruth, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased for $11.99 on 10-3-7 at Belmont Station.

Pours muddy red with an ample tan colored head that slowly collapses on itself at a steady pace leaving a loose web of lacing. The aroma is supreme. Very bold and inviting. Marshmallows, yeast, caramel malt, butterscotch and tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple dominate. Tasted at 53 degrees, this beer is superb. What an incredibly luscious mouthfeel. Very thick and massaging with a perfect carbonation level. Very rich malt flavors step in front of the hops and make it clear that this is their show. Though the hops are vying for attention the whole time and do step to the forefront and make their presence felt towards the end. The lingering bitterness is needed to keep the sweetness in check and prevent things from becoming cloying at all. Great balancing act here. The alcohol is cowering in the corner behind this abundance of flavors. This brew was aptly named. I'd take this over the finest desserts the culinary world has to offer, and would argue that this is one of them.

jakon, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep burgundy, huge ivory head with great retention and lacing, beautiful beer

s - roasted malt and sweet caramel on the nose, hints of citrus and hops, strong alcohol presence

t - big sweet, malty caramel flavor up front, mid-palate is a nice mix of caramel and creeping citrus, finish is citrusy bitterness with a good deal of orange flavor, not much alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly dry but sweet as well on the finish

d - somewhat drinkable, high abv, but it's not evident

Very impressive beer. Reminds me more of an American Barleywine than an imperial red, but regardless, a very fine ale from Alesmith.

WeisGuy, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on cask at the Alesmith BA release party and one word can easily describe this experience. Amazing!!!

Deep rich burgundy with a mocha head that hangs and hangs around. Best looking red I've ever seen.

Amazing fruit inspired nose of pure bliss. Freshly squeezed orange juice blended with grapefruit. Thick malty toffee with more tropical fruit notes. Quince, papaya and lemon.

Thick sweet juicy toffee malt. Creamy and full mouth oozing with orange juicy flavors as well as grapefruit and hints of fig and pineapple. A phenomenal beer so complex and delicious it should be illegal. If only I could buy a cask or ten of this.

mcallister, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- 3 finger fluffy tan head with outstanding retent, auburn to copper in color

S- toasted malts, toffee, nutty, caramel, rich

T- rich caramel, toffee, toasted malts, butterscotch, sweet molasses, well balanced and decently complex

M- full body and smooth, sticky, slight alcoholic heat at finish through after

D- amazing brew, rich and delicious, what a treat it is to drink this, stop reading this review and get some

tonistruth, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/07/08 - Really amazing smell, hops are fading but the beer still tastes pretty good and could probably age another year or two. Warms the stomach...

02/16/08- I cracked a bottle of this and wow I liked it a lot better this time. Delicious malts, some hop bitterness, sweet caramel, piney, reminded me a little of Yulesmith. What was I thinking the first time I reviewed this?? Excellent beer, Damn you Alesmith!!!

9/29/07-This was indeed quite red in color. The smell was a little hoppy but nothing impressive. The taste was also a little hoppy with some malts but again nothing stood out as being decadent. The mouthfeel was astringent and decently carbonated. I would not purchase this again and I can't imagine this improving with age as the label suggests.

ArrogantB, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of genog
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This awesome beer from Alesmith pours a brown dark reddish color with a frothy off-white head with a fair amount of lacing that does not stick around for too long. Smell is grape, vine, raisin, some molasses and caramel with some dark yeast type aroma as well. Some wine notes appear too. Taste is moderately sweet initially and the warms up to be a heavy sweetness before bordering on vinegar. Just hits the sour tart note a tiny bit making it enjoyable for me. I feel that if it were any more sour it not would have been as enjoyable. Mouthfeeling is oily, watery and somewhat syrup with a fair amount of carbonation making this a refreshing drink.

genog, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle bought from pizza ports bottle shop into a duvel snifter. Color was dark red with some brown hues and the head was a big lacy off white cloud of malty goodness. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, bread pudding and spices with a slight hint of over ripe fruit. Taste of rainer cherries, carmel, with a nutty bitterness all pefectly married by the alcohol that doesnt over power. Mouth feel is thick and sweet without being overdone. I've tried alot of ale smith beers and this with speedway stout are my favorite. Wish I could drink this beer for the rest of my life.

sfoley333, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy, dark red/brown hue with a huge off-white creamy/craggy head and foamy thick lacing that sticks to the glass
S- Nose is of big sweet malts, primarily caramel and some toffee/brown sugar, some citrus hops in the background, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol as well, very unique and well-balanced aroma that is quite remarkable
T- Initial taste is of fruits (cherries mostly) and followed quickly by caramel malts, that open up to citrus hops, finishes with some bittering hops and a warm alcohol burn that lingers, truly exceptional
M- Full-bodied complex strong ale, thick and syrupy texture that coats the tongue, nicely carbonated
D- Big, bold Imperial Red/Strong Ale that has a high abv that is best enjoyed in smaller quantities, Decadence is another top-notch offering from Peter Zein and the brewers at Alesmith, one of my favorites SD breweries that sometimes get overshadowed by Stone and Port Brewing, I would rank this as one of top beers in this style and would definitely pick it up again in the future

Stoneman78, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" tan head above the cloudy red brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts long into the drinking experience, with minimal but delicate lacing. Aroma is sweetly malty, yet also exhibits tons of piney hops. Taste starts with the expected sweet malt character, quickly is tempered by the hops, and then hops carry on and dominate the remainder. Note that nutty notes do pop up in the aftertaste, and only add to it all. All told, the flavors work superbly with each other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Wish I could lay my hands on more of this.

ppoitras, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say. For a South Carolina BA to have a bottle of this chillin in the fridge, in of itself is a miracle. To be able to sit and chill and enjoy it is a whole nother one! This just looks nice, big heavy 750ml bottle, foiled over the cap. Smooth slick looking design, gives you the chills. You know you are in for a heavy hitter with this one for sure. So we pop it open and see what we find...

A - Pours a very hazy and thick dark brown. Lots of red tones to it as well. Pretty much opaque, there was a tiny bit of light that was shining though on the bottom, but I stress a tiny tiny bit of light. A huge tow inch plus head formed on the top almost immediatly, then withered down to just a thin layer of lace that stayed on top for the rest of the session. A good amount of side glass lace was also present for this one. Looked very thick and mean, Dead by dawn for sure...

A - Smell was wonderfully sweet, almost candy like in its sweetness. Lots of notes of sugar and caramel. Sweet cotton candy of candy apple to go along with it. A slight note of hops, but soo sweet it more then drowns that out. Reminds me alot of Big Hoppy Monster at this point, but we will see where that goes.

T - Wow, this is a damn sweet beer. Total sugar overload from the start. This was Big Hoppy on roids. Lots of candy and caramel tones were destroying the taste buds from the first moment you sipped it. A great bitter hoppy finish came on a little bit later, some orange cream sickle and vanilla tones were present. Definatly a major compelx brew here, this was worked on extensivly Lots of malts made up the back, but the hoppy tones more then equaled. Super sweet maple syrup like on the dront. Really good brew, no hint of alcohol at all, none that I could etect, at 10% abv, WOW.

M - perfect is about the only word that comes to mind here. It started out highly carbonated, giving it the silky feeling as it went down. As it warmed and settled a bit, it took on a more serious and syrupy tone. Very thick, but yet light enough to go down well. This was truly a unique consistency and a faboulous beer. I cannot say enough good things here.

D - Just great. The only reason I did not give a five was because we know how strong it is. Otherwise I would be drinking this all night every night. Simply fantastic. If I could improve this I do not know how I could. It was just that good.

Overall, I really just don't know what else I can say. It was too damn close to being perfect. It was the best red ale I have ever had, by far. Not a touch of alcohol could ever be found throughout the bottle, which I ended up finishing myself in a night with ease. I have tried three beers from Alesmith and they are all in my top 10 so something good is definatly going on over there. Keep up the good work, I will keep seeking them out!

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger fluffy tan head that never dies - nice. Smells of rich, brandy soaked caramel and a touch of piny hops.

Taste is nice and rich. Brandy soaked caramel, some piny hops, molasses and dates. Alcohol is present, but nice. Everything here is actually pretty nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, but the carbonation keeps it light enough on the tongue.

Drinkability is quite good on this one, mainly because the beer is so tasty.

Highly recommended. A bit pricey, but quite tasty.

rallison, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
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.

BlindPig, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I managed to snag a bunch of these recently.

Pours with a huge head and a delightful orange/amber color that strangely enough seems lighter on the bottom than at the top.

Perfect amount of carbonation. The hops are not overpowering at all, but are integrated perfectly with a stronger than I expected fruit flavor. Grapefruit is the overriding fruit I detect, but there are definitely some exotics here I can't put a name to. The smell is delightful. Everything is in harmony, and while the hops are definitely noticeable the drink's main characteristic is that of a sweet malty/fruit flavored beer. Barely a hint of alcohol, which is stunning at a beer with this high of an ABV.

A sublime drink. I think I'll go ahead and pick up a bunch more tomorrow, as this is one of the finest beers I've ever had.

**After trying this a second and third time, I'm increasing the score. Simply incredible flavor: ounce for ounce, the most flavorful non-stout I've ever had.

Overlord, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this puppy into my Strong Beer Month 2005 goblet. Gorgeous brown-red with a reddish-white head. First sip was almost sweet than anything else. As the beer warmed, the smooth hoppiness came though. Very balanced. All said, a very easy drinking/complex beer for 9.9% in July Atlanta heat.

RustyDiamond, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2007
Highly carbonated, the beer pours with a fluffy, large bubbled, initially four-finger thick, dirty, light brownish, tan colored head. That sits atop an opaque, dark brown colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite a mix of malt and hop notes; the malt character holds the edge, though just barely. Malty notes of chewy caramel malts, toasted, browned malts and brown sugar are quite noticeable. Mixed in with this, is an almost as strong hop character that leans towards sweet, candied citrus fruit (ruby-red grapefruit, lychee & candied orange peel). The caramelized malt character is almost roast-like in character; really it adds a touch of rustiness to this brew. The hops and malt aromatics really mix together quite strongly and at times are hard to differentiate. Really this is a mix of heavy handed crystal malts and American hop varieties; not bad but still a little jarring and not nearly as well integrated as one would hope. Both the hop and malt character are still quite vibrant.

Quite sweet and definitely thick and chewy; both are tempered a bit by a solid bitterness and an astringent dark malt character. The malt sweetness accentuates lots of hoppy fruit notes (tangelo, candied orange peel and a nice berry flavor) and at the same time is offset by sharper hope notes of pine, menthol and an astringent, almost green, bitterness. The bitterness in the finish is a mix of both the hop character, but also the dark malt notes, which adds a touch of harshness from the burnt crystal malts.

As the beer warms up a bit it becomes a bit less sweet and perhaps a bit more balanced. It seems to lose the harsher malt notes in the finish & the hop character becomes a bit more vibrant and fruity. Similar to the first batch of Oskar Blues Gordon I had back when it was in 750ml bottles. The maltiness actually adds a bit of a chocolate-like note along with a toasted malt character. Actually this really does get quite a bit better as it warms up; I had almost written this off and now I am quite enjoying it. The mouthfeel of this, once it loses the excessive carbonation (which never really got in the way of a beer of this heft), becomes almost creamy & rich, yet without being overly thick. I will admit that the aroma is still only good and not impressive. Still, I am quite happy with how this beer has turned out, especially since it started out with a bit too much of a harsh and astringent note.

Gueuzedude, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a bright earthy red color, a bit hazy, and with a nice big off white head.

Aromas are off stewed fruits, grains, a bit of alcohol, and a nice citrus hop note as well.

Beer has a very grain like character. Roasted malts, biscuit, and toast flavors. There is an underlying slight dark fruit sweetness, and a nice hop bite on the finish. There is some alcohol noted as well, but it fits nicely, and is not overpowering. Almost reminds me of a lighter barelywine.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very full and thick in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. It's a bit big and over the top. But with that said, it is still an excellent beer, and I am happy that I got to try it.

flexabull, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared this last night against Yulesmith Summer and fresh Hop 15. This was clearly the standout. Heavily malty, but probably the most aggressively hoppy as well. Caramel and big malts, succulent hops....this is like a refined and perfected Double Bastard.

Crosling, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Estarrio
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After an economically induced hiatus, I was elated to make a pilgrimage to Julio's with my good friend Sudsdog. As I am in a mood to be decadent, I decided to give this one a go...

This brew pours a translucent, ruddy brown with shades of amber in the light. A quick pour resulted in a frothy, beige colored head. The head is both sticky and persistent. A gentle swirl of the glass showcases the viscosity of the lacings, which resemble buoyant grains of sand.

A huge malt backbone is evident in the nose. Sweet caramel and subtle chocolate scents blend seamlessly with hints of gold raisins and overripe pears. A gentle but full spiciness confirms the presence of hops.

As the nose would suggest, the taste begins with copious amounts of caramel and malt flavors. Red grape and plum flavors provide an estery compliment to the sweet malt. The hops are poignant, bitter, spicy and in perfect balance with the malt and esters. Hints of pine and citrus offer a welcome diversion. A sweet, earthy dough presence reminds me of the miracles of fermentation as I slowly sip on this quaffable brew. The aftertaste is both sweet and spicy and introduces some hints of cherry.

This is a full-bodied brew with a light syrup viscosity and a creamy mouthfeel. The creamy carbonation, depth and balance of this beer makes for a dangerously drinkable treat at nearly 10% Without question, I do feel decadent as I sip and enjoy.

Estarrio, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle foiled and capped. Poured into a stemmed pils glass. Its a mixed color of solid brown in the core and a light copper towards the edges. Milky tan head has good retention.

First pull and my initial thoughts are that this is a rich milky caramel brew. Caramel is the most dominant flavor I'm getting but there are some subtle flavors poking through. There is an underlying fruity ester that gives me a quick flash of a Belgian dark ale. That thought was fleeting though as it never came up again. Caramel mixed with bran flavored grain. Cereal comes into play but once again ummm caramel. A good brew but not in the elite category that I"ve come to expect from these guys.

Notes: Strong Ales or Reds are a wide ranging style and I usually like them more towards the bitter side. This was sweet. Biases aside this was a well brewed beer. I've never had a brew in memory from Alesmith that wasn't top notch. These guys kick ass.

DogFood11, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark ruby color. Wow. Similar to garnet-looking beers, but this one definitely has a bloody red hue. The head is frothy with camel-colored foam pillowing up.

S: True to its name that evokes the essence of blood, iron is the first thing I smell. Followed by cooked carrots. Right now the bubbles are still elevated so that I can’t get to the beer to smell more. Ok, 15 minutes later and I smell cinnamon roll dough, corn bread, apple pie filling and cherry cordial.

T: Starts with dried cherry compote, but minus any acidity. Rich, deep and full flavors hit my palate as if it was dark berry fruit that had been sun-baked. It’s followed by a luscious creamy lactose layer with undercurrents of very mild coffee and caramel. Finishes with dried apricots, waffle cone topped with vanilla and a lasting hazel nut butter and English bitters tang.

M: Extraordinarily smooth, full and creamy sips fill the mouth with juice and flavor. Round and multi-layered quality leads to a very enjoyable mouth-feel.

D: I’m really enjoying this beer. Maybe I’ll put another one in the fridge right now. This is a red, that all other red styles should look up to. I could see this beer aging well for about 2 years. And if they ever barrel aged this beer, I’d wait in line for days – the oak tannins would deliver a vanilla character that would play very well with the suave fruit flavors of this beer.

Westsidethreat, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and hazy amber, just barely translucent. The head never completely disappears.

Smell: Strong and sweet - tropical fruit, alcohol, caramel, a bit of citrus.

Taste: Sweet but thankfully not cloying. The tropical fruity character carries over from the smell. This is pretty warming stuff - the alcohol isn't hidden at all, which may just be a matter of age. Hops are very much present, but nicely balanced. The citrus notes help balance out the sugary sweetness of the malt and alcohol.

Texture: Pretty thick and syrupy, with very fine carbonation. This is definitely a slow-sipping beer.

Drinkability: Even for the style this is a sipper; it's really heavy stuff with a strong alcohol presence.

Notes: This really isn't too far off from a well-hopped Barleywine. It's thick, chewy stuff, far from sessionable but very complex. It should improve with a few months age.

largadeer, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Dead Red on steroids according to the label. Pours a dark copper to amber in color, hazy, with a nice large, light toffee colored head that slowly recedes. Nice big juicy hop aroma is dominating in the smell at first. Oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. After settling, there is also a large caramel maltiness in the aroma that adds some berry and prune like sweetness. Big rich malty taste, caramel, and sugary softness, a bit of the citrus flavor shows towards the finish. Full and creamy mouthfeel, nice fluffy carbonation accentuates the sweet maltiness, nice bitter bite in the slightly dry finish, a sugariness on the tongue in the aftertaste. This beer is very well balanced, sugary maltiness and big hoppiness both showcased and blend well. The large malty body lead me to believe this beer will age quite well, in fact at times it is much like an american barleywine. Can't believe I'm adding this one, thank you Tim for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Jul 09, 2007
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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.