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

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

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%


Brewed by:
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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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csmiley

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to prototypic for the chance.

A - Pours a medium reddish-brown with a little haze that is present. The tan head rises to about a finger and a half, showing nice retention. Mucho lacing left behind. Good job on the appearance.

S - Some citrus from the hops seems to jump out first. I'm getting orange. It's quickly followed by a blast of caramel. Some dried fruit comes in about midway with notes of cherry. Molasses and caramel bring up the rear. Alcohol is nowhere to be found which is shocking at 9.9%.

T - BIG dose of caramel right out of the gate. Some bitter grapefruit follows. Alcohol shows in the flavor and works pretty well keeping a nice warm tone. Bready flavors come in heavy midway to end, tastes like sweetbread and raw bread dough. There is a licorice bite at the very tail end. Fairly nice overall.

M - Fuller bodied with a very nice carbonation level. Finish is a nice combination of sweet and bitter, hanging on to the palate for just long enough. Excellent.

D - Drinkibility is good. Very good given the high alcohol percentage. It is just complex enough to keep coming back for sip after sip. Even after this amount of time this beer still shines. Would definitely have this again if given the chance. Glad I got to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:54:09 | More by csmiley
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prototypic

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this surprise. Derek, you never cease to amaze me.

Decadence '06 pours a dark caramel brown color. It's very hazy and is difficult to see through. Plenty of light reveals some really nice deep red highlights. A fluffy tan colored head tops it off. It's very patient in receding and leaves thick, sticky waves of lace down the glass. Very impressive stuff.

The nose is anything but dead. It's very lively and powerful. Caramel malts are the primary scent and give it an initial sweet smell. Dark fruit seems prevalent. It's mostly raisin and a little plum. That aspect really draws in some Barleywine characteristics. There's some earthy and grassy notes. I suspect that may be the remnants of the hops. I wasn't expecting a great deal in that department given this bottle is a couple of years old at this point. Needless to say, I'm sure they've lost some of their initial zeal. I am pleased to see some affect here though. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. It's not offensive by any means, but is noted.

The flavor profile kicks off with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor. There's a wealth of caramel malt here. It's not overly sweet, but easily falls on that side of the fence. It features a slight bit of an oxidized flavor. I'm not intimately familiar with that, but it is here (as much as I hate to say it). Raisin and plum flavors are noted though they take a backseat to the sweet malty flavor. They work pretty well with the strong caramel malts, but the dark fruit definitely gives it a strong Barleywine vibe. Surprisingly, there's more of a buzzy hop flavor here than I expected. It's a little bitter, but their strength has certainly degraded to a large degree. They add some earthy and grassy notes, in addition to a little pine. Not bad. Alcohol is easily noted though it doesn't quite have a warming effect. It finishes sweet with a bit of a grassy taste.

This Decadence release has a medium body that's a little too light. While there seems to be a load of malts in the flavor, it doesn't really show up here. Peculiar. Carbonation is active and a little crisp. Ultimately, it's smooth, but could be better. Drinkability is good. Despite its age and strength, it has a very nice flavor and goes down easy. I'll yield to the high abv and give it its due respect, but I'm not sure that I really want to.

This bottle of Decadence '06 has roughly two years of age on it. I wish I had taken it down a little sooner, but it is what it is. At this point, it's retained a surprisingly good flavor. Yeah, there's some evidence of oxidization, but I wouldn't say it's material by any means. There's still quite a lot of good flavor here. I'd love to have a go at a fresh bottle, but that's not going to happen. As it is, this is good stuff. If you happen to be sitting on a bottle, I'd suggest you take it down now. There's a hint of an oxidized flavor and who knows how much longer it will hold up. Do it...now.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:37:27 | More by prototypic
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PatronWizard

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the capper on a fine, fine tasting at Mauerhan's, our generous host decided to put the motherfucking cherry on top. When he first mentioned opening a Decadence, I thought of the 2007 porter, which was just 'good' for me. Then he slowly explained in one syllable words with acute comic timing that it was the 2006 Imperial Red. Well, shit! Why didn't you say so? I'm all in for trying that.

I'm afeared it may be a little passed it's prime but only one way to tell for sure. Crack it.

Pours a big frothy head over a gorgeous burgandy fluid. Nice lacing, and great head, which is something I've come to expect at Mauerhan's.

Smell is awesome hoppiness. Even at this late date. Malts represent too.

Taste is a little more malty than the smell would lead you to believe. I can't help but think that a fantastic beer has aged to become just a damn good beer.

Still tastes really good. Thick, red, strong. Caramel barleywine-esque. The 9+% ABV is awesome.

Would really like to have this fresh. I sure hope they make it again. With my limited wisdom, I think this has lost a little something on the long strange trip. Anyone saving one of these should probably enjoy it now as it is still very enjoyable.

Big thanks to Mauerhan - this almost makes up for you verbal tresspasses. Ya bastard.

Overall: please brew again

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 05:27:56 | More by PatronWizard
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Mauerhan

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i have been holding on to this for quite some time. the guys (plus a girlfriend) are over and we needed a caper for the night. so this is it.

first off i am fucking impressed by this beer. for something that is this old to have this much carbonation. i am fucking impressed. a two finger off white head is standing proud over this dark red body. So good.

smell is full of malt. which is to be expected off something this old. faint hints of the beautiful hops that once were.

tastes is delicious. full of malts. nice sweetness. a full ride.

mouth is smooth and delicious. i am very fond of this beer. medium bodied. awesome.

wish i had more than just this bottle. fuck...and now its gone. damn you victor.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 08:18:16 | More by Mauerhan
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OlieIPA

California

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark-ruby hue with a very white-froathy-fluffy head. A very carbonated look as well.

S: Since this is 3 years old, the aroma seems to be more malty than usual...but I do pick up a dark fruits and some sort of spice...perhaps cinamon or something like it. Now that I think about it...nutmeg.

T: Very similar to the aroma. The dark fruits seem to translate into a grapefruit or prunejuice like flavor profile. There is also a sweetness property that I can't quite pick out...almost a bourbon or splenda like flavor (I know that sounds crazy).

M: Strong carbonation! Medium body...great for an Imperial Red.

D: Alcohol is subtle and the flavor is very good.

Overall: I wish I could have enjoyed this beer fresh. A great beer that holds up extremely well in the cellar. Thanks again to my buddy Kris for hooking me up with this beer. A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 07:58:10 | More by OlieIPA
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of unclejedi - thanks!! Long time want here. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Whew. Pours an amazingly fluffy, huge-bodied brew, with about six or seven distinct, separate pours required to get the whole bottle into the glass. The head is huge, crisp, fluffy, sticky, and has amazing retention - literally, you get this huge mountain of fluff that rises well over rim of the glass, a good half-inch into the air. The body itself is pretty deep, clear when you hold it up to the light, with tons of carbonation, fast and fine-bubbled, being released. The lacing is equally as fantastic, sticky as hell, clumpy, three-dimensional, with huge, fluffy, cloudy-like blobs of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, sticky, syrupy fruits are large and dominant up front, pineapple, freshly canned, grapefruit, and herbal notes, backed up by a huge, solidly malty malt backbone, caramel and toffee, earthy and sweet.

Taste: Whew, intense - not even sure where to start with this one. The malts in this one are off the chart sticky, crazy sweet, with overtones of coffee, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, cola, faint chocolate. They interact with a moderate backing hop bitterness and a slew of hop notes to provide a huge array of fruity overtones - strong pineapple, grapefruit, orange, cherries, pears - as well as a nice kiss of spicy, sprucey pine and a few hints of dark fruit. It loses the half point for being almost too sweet, but really, it doesn't matter too much given how tasty the remainder of the notes are.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly well-carbonated, which was almost a necessity, one would imagine, given how incredibly sticky, thick, chewy, resinous, and syrupy the body of this one was. The result is very smooth but still light, like a watery milkshake. Works very well given the amount of residual sweetness in this one.

Drinkability: The hops have likely largely mellowed on this one given its age (it's, what, two + years old at this point?), and it's drinking really, really well right now - I don't envision this one getting much better with age, so go for it now if you got it. This one's a really fantastic beer, a definite winner, but I'd recommend splitting it with a friend - one this sweet, this sticky, this high in alcohol (dancing with double digits) begs to be split with a fellow (or soon to be) BA. Nonetheless. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 06:42:54 | More by CrellMoset
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a deep amber/red color with a huge tan head and nice lacing.

S: The smell was deep and malty. Some toffee, caramel and date notes were highlighted.

T: WOW! Malty and well....decadent. It is malty, caramel and slightly sour.

M: The mouthfeel is full and velvety. Some carbonation is noticeable. It also has a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

D: This beer is simply delicious. It is complex and somewhat difficult to describe.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 18:47:40 | More by barefootbrewer
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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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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured hazy dark brown with a moderate to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

Heavy toasted toffee, woody and prune with a small alcohol aroma.

Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation.

Heavy balanced toasted prune and malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:45:24 | More by tmoneyba
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gford217

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of WeeHeavySD and dave12285 poured into a snifter.

This is a beautiful looking beer which pours a dark brownish ruby color with a big rocky tan head that lingers as a cap for the duration with tons of lacing.

Aroma is massive and complex, though Im not sure what I expected from an imperial red. The hops have certainly faded a bit with maybe a hint of pine up front. However, its the caramel malts that dominate the nose with a big sugary sweetness that reminds me of a big American barleywine.

The taste is certainly closer to a barleywine than anything else with tons of caramel malt sweetness with a healthy dose of brown sugar. Dark fruits, plums and raisins especially, are present in the taste as well as hints of orange zest.

Mouthfeel is creamy with strong carbonation that seems to mellow as the beer warms a bit. Sticky sweet throughout the finish.

Given my experience with Alesmith, I guess I shouldnt be surprised that this is a great beer. Its a big beer that does a solid job of hiding the alcohol and is just plain enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 19:02:32 | More by gford217
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WeeObese

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber almost mahogany with a small but dense tan head. Smells of sweet malt, slight sherry/port oxidation, carmel covered apples, and a slight hop aroma. Hop flavor followed by a rich carmel malitiness and a slight roasty astringency followed buy a muted but still noticeable hop bitterness. Nice body and good carbonation for the style. Really liked this beer, too bad it was the only one left in my buddy's cellar

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 04:10:59 | More by WeeObese
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Decadence, tasted winter 2009.

Pours hazy dark brown with enormous light tan head. Head retains for an eternity, and certainly enhances the aromatics.

Nose is sour cherries with that powdery scent from a freshly opened package of marshmallows.

Palate offers soft, chewy caramel-cherry malt with no signficant hop flavors, unless of course that is the source of the cherry. Full bodied, incredibly creamy as it coats the palate, and finishes with some sourness. Alcohol is relatively muted, considering how strong it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:56:29 | More by yemenmocha
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hellbilly

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

luckily no one finished this off and i got half the bottle to myself the day after the holiday tasting.

this poured a very dark auburn brown. it's hazy and is topped by a fairly large orange tinted sugar cookie dough colored head. lots of spotty lacing along with some random drips.

lots of brown sugar butterscotch in the nose joins with caramel, vanilla, orange, grass, wood, perfumey flowers and drying/parching notes of pine, specifically rosemary.

there's a slight oxidation in the grains but not off putting. rather, it lends another dimension of complexity and depth. it's a touch sweet on the palate but there is a nice rich payoff... brown sugar, orange, grass, toffee, toasted nuts, faint mild chocolate, dry earthy spices and a piney hop finish. a light bitterness keeps the medium to full body and slick creamy mouth feel in check.
8/5/8/4/18/4.3

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 18:30:39 | More by hellbilly
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magictrokini

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark mahogany with a creamy, thick off-white head. Hoppy pine and grapefruit, toasty malt, caramel and spun sugar in the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Rich and balanced malt and hop flavors. Overripe citrus, like a blood orange and pink grapefruit. More resin than in the nose. Almost like pine sap, soooo good. Sticky caramel, similar to the type in a Rolo. Mellow oakiness and cognac finish. Comes out stronger as it warms. Long and sticky finish. Very, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 19:29:37 | More by magictrokini
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BasementDweller

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a titilating ruby red with a frothy head. Aroma is of sweet, dark, sun-dried fruit. Toffe, caramel, and syrupy plums make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Body is fuller than most, bordering on syrupy but falling just short. Maltiness balanced well with a solid earthy, floral hop note. Wonderful brew. Always ISO!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 21:07:30 | More by BasementDweller
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage.

Saved this bad boy for 2 years for a special occasion, and I felt today(Christmas)would be an opportune time to pop it open.

Really beautiful pour, deep dark brown body with only minor translucency. Huge mountainous mocha head, with everlasting retention.

Sweet succulent aroma of dates, figs, chocolate, and toffee.

Very balanced and assertive taste. Sweet caramel malt upfront, with notes of sweet currant, fig, plum, dates, and tobacco. Aggressive citrus and floral hops round out the back end, providing excellent balance. Flavor tones bounce around from start to finish from sweet, to sour, to slightly tangy, to borderline bitter. Truly a treat for your mouth, and belly. At 10% ABV, this one drinks like it's water. No alcohol apparent on the palate, but warming going down.

This is an excellent beer, and to be honest really a quite unique one overall. It really has it's own unique flavor about it.
For holding up for 2 years, the hops are still definitely there, and actually quite prevalent. It's still pretty hoppy. The dark fruit notes, and sweetness remind me of a Belgian Strong Ale, while the hopping reminds me of a Barleywine/IPA. Utterly unique.
I'm extremely glad this one held up so well.
Well done Alesmith, once again, this one was a beauty.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:14:39 | More by HoustonTX
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joepais

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Maudite snifter produced a finger worth of off white head that goes to a thick lace. All this is on top of a blood read body ale

The aromas are very malt forward the hops are all but gone now from the nose. What is left is a lot of dark fruits and spice in the aromas

The flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits bust right out of this one. A great smooth sipper really enjoyable

I drink this again if it was around but I don't expect to see it anymore. great drinking experience all around

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 20:08:37 | More by joepais
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown in color. A very nice and frothy head on the pour. Looks good. Smell is mostly hops, both piney and citrusy. Taste is all over the place. This is one interesting beer. This comes across as a IPA/red/BSA combo. Huge malt backbone and what tastes like a belgian yeast being used. This one kept me thinking the entire bottle. Well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:13:42 | More by FtownThrowDown
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srandycarter

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cola colored, huge sticky head, slow to leave. Webby lacing.

S - Toasted Sweet malt and bitterness.

T - Cocoa, brown sugar, molasses come to mind. Nice huge malt equally met by neutralizing bitters. As it warms, gets creamier and reminds me a little of a mocha hot chocolate (lots heavier on the chocolate and cream than the coffee) with a shot of brandy.

M - Full, heavy, well coating. Great carb. Nice balance.

D - Grading considering the style. Big beer, big ABV, but still, pretty darn drinkable even past the first one!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 04:08:18 | More by srandycarter
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Somewhat of a sloppy pour on my part, and I was shocked to see an entire half the glass filled with a huge, massive rocky brown head. A whole five minutes later, it finally falls to around a finger, with huge but intermittent root-beer-float-like lacing all around this dark ruby-brown beer.

I'm not sure what to expect with an "Imperial Red" ale, but dammit this thing smells amazing. Huge malty aroma, with a very sweet, sticky caramel and brown sugar flavor working beautifully with a healthy dose of roasted malts. And it may be somewhat in the background (perhaps because of the age?), but there's still a nice piney hoppiness to this beer as well.

The taste on this thing is almost like a barleywine with an extra shot of caramel. The hops bill is a little bit more complex than the nose let on, with a bit of citrus in the background. Roasted malts, tobacco, and dark fruits also make their way up to the front. Somewhat of a nuttiness almost reminiscent of an English brown ale (on steroids of course) in the aftertaste. Almost unbelievably, despite weighing in at a massive 9.9% ABV, I can hardly even tell.

Somewhat chewy mouthfeel, but still very smooth. This is a truly amazing beer, and the only thing that hinders the drinkability is knowing that I only have one more bottle, and I am beginning to question whether or not I should trade it. Definitely in my top-10 list, Alesmith does it again...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 20:42:32 | More by Phocion
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Mryup

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My second stint with this beer. Ive given it two years to properly age. I am excited.

A: A gentle pour into my Duvel tulip glass provides a lingering 1/4 toasted/Whopper malt head. A deep rich engrossing brown with reddish hews dancing about here and there. Note: use a champagne flute and it looks EPIC! It strikes me as under the radar. You have to focus to notice the subtle hints of greatness.

S: Wow...hops jump out at you first. Ive spent a good amount of time acquainting my schnoz with this. A complex symphomatic plethora of boldness that includes citrusy hops, tart fruit (strawberry in particular), some subtle nutty characteristics and some caramel malt tones. It smells incredibly well balanced but we shall see...

T: Berry and melon fruits attack with an equal measure of hops/resins. Nutty, aleish, alcoholic esters flank the taste buds. Cantalope in particular with strawberry. On a complexity scale about a 7.8. Well balacned and bold.

M: Medium/heavy with perfect CO2. Goes unexpectedly dry which isn't bad but it just seems like...I don't know...it seems as if the ending could of had more.

D: This is a heavy hitter. A true no holds barred sipper. But consider the style and ABV.

Another great brew from Ale Smith which will be underapprietiated because of its uniqueness.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2008 05:50:49 | More by Mryup
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Overlord for this one.

Sits deeply copper colored with a continuous khaki cream head in the glass. Looks full and sticky.

Nose is flooded with rich caramelly smell and red malt aromas of strawberry and overripe fruits with a fruit bread warmth and deep graininess. Alcohol mixes with sweet smells and comes across slightly phenolic.

Taste is loaded with sweetened grains. Rich malt swells and dominates the overall flavor, peaking with notes of caramel and ripe melon. Sweetness of ripe red fruits and melon is very nearly cloying, making it much heavier than it initially seems. Soft full finish has a lingering sticky sweetness. Very pleasant flavor, but quite sweet.

Mouthfeel has plenty of tingly high carbonation on a fuller medium body. It comes across as being rather rich, but very tasty. Sweetness and high abv make it difficult to drink a lot, but it's hard not to want to keep sipping.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 13:04:13 | More by lightindarkness
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JDV

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Miketd, I believe. Thanks man!
Pours a deep, reddish crimson color. Smell is rich, red ale like intense sweetness. Taste is slightly hoppy up front still, with a dense red ale like maltiness. Nice, crisp and very fresh tasting, and still comes across very balanced. This was fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:30:59 | More by JDV
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Equal parts maraschino cherry and sunset coral with slices of juicy orange along the edges of the glass. What a great color for a beer named Imperial Evil Dead Red. A loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking was followed by the formation of an expansive cap of golden beige foam. It's a little stiff and unsticky, so I don't expect much lace. And don't get much.

The aroma is dead on for an Imperial red. It smells like the beer will have a sweet, caramel-like bottom end, with a top end of citrus fruity hops. I couldn't find the hop bill, but several of the C-hops must be present. Chinook at least. For what it's worth, no alcohol is noted in the nose.

It was inevitable given the ingredients, but Dead By Dawn tastes like an especially caramel malty American barleywine. That's what often happens when there's so much malt present and when the ABV approaches double digits. Imperial red ale... American strong ale... American barelywine... it doesn't really matter in the end. The only thing that matters is that it's good beer.

The flavor profile includes rivers of melted caramel, sticky dates, cherry pipe tobacco and candied citrus peel (orange and grapefruit). Alcohol is still remarkably well hidden, which is an amazing achievement. Warming brings about a whole host of welcome changes: bolder flavor; a more complete melding of the individual flavors; a smoother, more chewy, more creamy mouthfeel; and a lessening of the initially too rambunctious carbonation.

AleSmith has a permanent place in my top-10 favorite American craft breweries because they never disappoint, they usually hit the nail on the head (Grand Cru, Horny Devil and Wee Heavy) and they occasionally achieve true greatness (Speedway Stout, YuleSmith and IPA). Imperial Evil Dead Red... or Dead By Dawn... or whatever it's called, doesn't enter the upper echelon from these guys, but it's a fantastic anniversary ale that I'm enjoying immensely.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 22:08:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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willjschmidt

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle into a Stone IRA glass.

A: Pours a deep and murky reddish brown color. A big, thick, pillowy head stays on top for a long time.

S: A bit sweet on the nose with caramel being the dominate aroma. A whiff of alcohol at the end.

T: A fabulous beer. Layers upon layers of complex and sweet flavors. In order of prominence I got: caramel, toffee, candied fruits, and maybe a bit of chocolate. It's all balanced out with a solid hop bitterness at the finish. A wonderful sipper and a perfect nightcap with a rich desert. It is a bit boozy though.

M: Creamy, rich, smooth, and delicious. An exceptional mouthfeel.

D: I really enjoyed this one. I had to ding it on drinkability for being so boozy but it's really a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 21:46:38 | More by willjschmidt
AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.