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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial PorterAleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 64
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-02-2008)
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Reviews by CrellMoset:
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL gold foiled bottle courtesy of a great midwestern trader - thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a seared dusk, a dark but not opaque looking gloom, smoky but not dull. Direct light doesn't assist with translucence, and merely renders the rim a nice beer bottle brown. A mildly aggressive pour yielded a good finger and a half of head, fizzy and alcohol retarded, but this one had enough surplus carbonation to allow a good half finger of creamy foam to stay atop this beer for probably longer than it should have. At the end though, it all fades away, leaving a wispy collar and little else - glittery, running sheets of side lace try desperately to cling but fail, and the swirl of fog atop the surface of this one at the very center of the glass are the only things that disturb an otherwise very still body.

Aroma: Bright and porter-like, if there ever was one. A lot of caramel notes mingle well with toast and molasses in an equal balance of sweet and dry, complimented by hints of stone fruits, peach and bright cherry. The alcohol burn is actually hidden surprisingly well, for a style that's not particularly known for its enormous flavors and aromatics, even at this one hits room temperature. Very much an imperial porter.

Taste: Very much an imperial porter again, but better. Sweeter than the nose smelled, with a great amount of variety and vivid flavors. Fudgey cocoa is first and foremost among the flavors, decidedly malty in its profile, though I would believe you if you had told me with a straight face this was brewed with a chocolate addition. It's complimented by a slew of earthy toast notes as well as some brighter, sweeter malty notes - dark toffee and caramel. Faint flashes of dried apricot and fresh cherries mingle with astringent malts and darker notes, equal parts port and sherry, perhaps with just a hint of oxidation. Alcohol burn isn't a burn, more of a tingle, or a sizzle, and the entire brew is decisively flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even throughout, both when fully carbonated (likely due to the thickness) and when nearly dead (likely in spite of the thickness). A little oily and definitely on the heartier, thicker side of things, though it works well with the sweetness but also the amount of carbonation and the relative thinness (porter-like thinness).

Drinkability: My first impression is that this is a very authentic Imperial Porter, if such a thing can have authenticity. That is, it takes in every regard like a porter should taste, just ... bigger. So many beers that label themselves as such are really just imperial stouts, so it's refreshing to see someone get it right. My second impression is that I'm excited to find out what this one tastes like after a year or so in a bourbon barrel - about to pop it now. The 10.0% is remarkably well hidden, and indeed, if you like porters, this is probably the quintessential beer for you. Thrilled to have the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:20:38 | More by CrellMoset
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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.

Low B

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

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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.

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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.