AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
Cost was $26.00. 750ml brown glass bottle with foiled over standard pressure cap served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, style, and aging. 10% ABV confirmed.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
Yields a satisfying 'tsk' of carbonation upon opening.
A: Pours a one finger rich khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent jet black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is fair. Looks pretty standard for an imperial porter.
Sm: Hints of oxidation, caramel, dark malts, and cream. A limited aroma in terms of being evocative, but generally appealing. A moderate strength aroma. Hints of toffee and oak.
T: Toffee, caramel, oak, traces of vanilla, dark malts, traces of pleasant slight oxidation (which strangely complements the oak), and lightly toasted malt. Nicely balanced and tasty. Well layered and enjoyable. I quite like it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Good palate presence.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not worth its hefty pricetag. A very solid imperial porter, and one that's held up well. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again. It'd be a great offering at one third the price if it were regularly brewed. Another solid offering from Alesmith.
12-31-2012 05:45:40 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev -4.3%
A: poured very dark brown almost black with brown highlights and a half finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.
S: plenty of chocolatey goodness present in the aroma with caramel vanilla sweetness, signs kf booze lingering in the backgroun with some roastiness and hints of dark fruits as well.
T: like the nose suggested the chocolate component was there upfront on the palate alongside caramel, vanilla, toffee sweetness, mild coffee coming through, good roasted malts, well balanced booze and a touch of dark fruits.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a roasty, semi boozy, sweet, mild dark fruity and creamy finish.
I: I was really impressed on how it has held up. It's still tasty and would definitely have another.
12-01-2012 16:31:53 | More by Gobzilla
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Slightly boozy aroma with subtle smokiness. Nice toasted character with sweet and roasted malt notes. Lots of chocolate malt sweetness along with caramel and toffee countered by earthy hops.
Slight viscous, medium body with a good balance of roasted and sweet malt notes along with some earthy hops and sweet booze. Lots of chocolate with hints of toast, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Velvety and well masked ABV make this deceptively drinkable Subtle heat toward the finish but not as strong as the nose suggests. This beer held up really well.
05-17-2012 02:46:29 | More by corby112
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Opened alongside the BA version at a tasting last night. Both were excellent and surprisingly different from each other.
This one was more dark & roasty, adhering closer to the imperial porter guidelines. Still pretty boozy -- even after ~5 years -- but the booze character seems to have melted into the rest of the flavors. Quite well-crafted, wish I had another bottle.
05-13-2012 18:32:18 | More by brystmar
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
I have wanted to try this one for quite awhile now. Thanks to whoever brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II.
A - Pours black as night with a decent one finger tall off white head leaving light streaks of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and plenty of dark roasted malt. The chocolate is still surprisingly strong, combining with the dark roast, to make a luscious smell that is very inciting.
T - Starts off with some nice chocolatey sweetness slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, coffee grounds and dark roasted malt. It almost tastes like melted tootsie rolls. Finish is a mix of dark roast and light chocolatey sweetness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Full body with plenty of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel with very little booze left. Some sweetness and dark roast linger long after the finish.
O - This one really lived up to my expectations. It had all the flavors I like and it held up well over the time in the bottle. I hope to try the BA version some day, if it is anything like this one it will be great.
04-14-2012 00:33:30 | More by orangesol
3.93/5 rDev -6%
Thanks, Mike. Bottle poured into snifter.
A - Pours dark brown/pretty much black, light tan head, some bubbles here and there, thin collar.
S - Chocolate, light oxidation, light caramel. Pretty subtle here, but still, a nice nose on this one despite showing some of its age.
T - Chocolate, light dark fruity notes, some oxidation, light roasty notes. Despite the age, this is drinking nicely and is only showing a bit of age. No sign of the 10% alcohol. The sweetness is solid, but could use a bit more roast.
M - Medium body, light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - This was pretty damn good for being almost 5 years old! The alcohol was nowhere to be found, and the sweetness was just about spot-on for my full enjoyment. Only a slight bit of oxidation and the small amount of roast is all I can say that's bad about how this one is currently drinking. Good stuff!
03-02-2012 19:17:33 | More by Sean9689
AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.