AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by charlzm:
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours black with a fine tan foam head that quickly reduces to a thin skin.
Aromas of chocolate and dark fruit (cherries, I think).
Flavor reminds me of a de-coffeed Speedway Stout that was then lagered to make a proper porter. Like Speedway, this has bitter chocolate and coffee flavors along with some almost-hidden sweetness. A slight hint of metallic flavor mars what would otherwise be very enjoyable.
Big alcohol finish.
This could probably stand some aging, as I share my friends' view that's it's a bit green now.
04-03-2008 01:05:24 | More by charlzm
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4/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Dark chocolate, caramel, and powdered cocoa in the aroma. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt up front that mellows into a sweeter caramel-an-coffee flavor. The Goldings appear throughout, as does a surprisingly pleasant saltiness. Finish is alcohol warmth. Very nice.
12-04-2008 19:22:01 | More by magictrokini
4.6/5 rDev +10%
Bottle at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.
Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts and roasted chocolate with hints of toffee. As the beer warms the chocolate asserts itself more.
Tastes very good. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and manage to integrate nicely with creamy dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip a hint of toffee comes in before a dark chocolate bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It has a thickness that's above average for a porter and mild carbonation.
Drinkability is great. The flavors all work so well together and I could drink this all day.
Overall this is a great beer and one that's worth trying. Judging from other reviews the hops have certainly faded but in my opinion it takes nothing away from this beer. Worth a shot.
07-28-2009 04:04:31 | More by glid02
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for sending this one in my direction.
Pours a deep dark color with deep ruby highlights. A big light tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing.
Nose is somewhat weak, but there. Roasted malt and some chocolate with a slightly tart smell of almost cherry. Some slight woody vanilla as well.
Taste is actually quite english in nature. Toffee, chocolate, slight coffee, some vanilla. Big roasted malt character and a nice slight bitter kick on the finish. This is a rich porter for sure. A slight metallic flavor hinders things a bit, but all around the robustness of this porter is solid. Almost an old ale peatiness peaks out a tiny bit as this one gets warm. The aftertaste lingers as well. This one is really lacking some body though. I think some barrel aging would have worked miracles on this beer.
Mouthfeel is the weakpoint here. The mouthfeel is thinner than I would like, and a bit chalky on the finish. It is dryer than a porter should be. The mouthfeel is not horrible, it just makes this beer seem worse than it is.
Drinkability is strong here. for 10% this one drinks way too easily. The dryness is akward on the finish, but aside from that, the drinkability is fine.
Overall this is a very nice porter. I think with some minor adjustments this one could be legendary. Up that body a bit and throw this thing in some bourbon barrels and you would have a real treat. Another good one from Alesmith.
12-22-2008 03:20:39 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
A wonderful imperial porter, almost completely finished. When I revived hours later, I had good memories of the opaque black body, the coffee aroma, the full mouthfeel. Taste has coffee, not too much fortunately enough, chocolate malt, complex and aged, bitterness comes in end and seemlessly integrated. Dangerously drinkable. Found at Grapes of Myrth in August 2008, and aged the right amount of time.
04-05-2009 01:41:55 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +6%
The '07 Decadence release is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's damn close to opaque, but shows a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. A mocha tan head caps it off. It stands about a finger tall. Retention is on the shorter side. Lacing is moderate and very sticky.
The nose is very impressive. Chocolate malts stand out in a big way. Smells like a nice mix of bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Coffee plays a nice role here. It's not front and center, but it's loud in the background. It complements the big chocolate presence perfectly. There's a lingering fruit scent that I can't put my finger on. It's secondary, but is noted. An earthy scent indicates some residual hop presence. Not much though. This bottle's a couple of years old at this point. They're long gone. Nonetheless...smells delicious.
The flavor is equally impressive. What really stands out about '07 Decadence is its delicious chocolate flavor. It's astounding. Sweet milk chocolate with just a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Works perfect here. There's some ancillary sweet caramel there, as well. Coffee comes through nice and strong, but doesn't steal the show. It plays its supporting role very well. There's not much hop flavor here. Maybe a little earthiness, but it's faded to a great degree. I am getting a little fruitiness, but it's very subtle and hard to identify. It adds some nice depth to the flavor. I don't know if two years has improved this at all, but it's great beer today. No question about that.
'07 Decadence has a body that falls on the light side of medium. It feels medium with warming, but it's still a little thin. Carbonation feels light. It's smooth, but needs more body to feel creamy. Perhaps it'd be a Double Stout then. Maybe I'm being too critical. Drinkability is very high. This is a damn tasty Imperial Porter. It's strong at 10%, but it goes down so easily. This 750...no problem.
Alesmith never ceases to amaze me. They brew very high quality beer across the board. '07 Decadence is definitely impressive. About the only thing that would noticeably improve it would be more body. That's just my take. It's great beer. I doubt there's many bottles left out there. It's worth seeking out if you're in the trading market. Go for multiple bottles if the opportunity presents itself.
02-19-2010 02:35:51 | More by prototypic
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
A: Dark Brown or light black if that's possible with tiny bubbles. Barely any head.
S: Figs and Plums, some chocolate, and peat
T: Taste almost like burnt molasses or sugar with dark fruits, there is a bitter finish that I can't put my finger on.
M/D: Nice mouth feel and smoothness, definitely a sipper due to alcohol heat. Maybe a little more down time will mellow out the heat.
10-16-2009 18:45:28 | More by MASPuros
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle shared, thanks to jhenry04 I believe, at a tasting.
Pours pretty much black in color with a small tan head leaving a little lacing on the glass.
The aroma is nice and rich - basically like the -bal aged version without the bourbon and -bal, with the base beer coming through more strongly, believe it or not. Roast, dark chocolate, and coffee.
The flavor is also that of a strong, well-done classic porter with big dark chocolatey notes, roast, and slight caramel sweetness. Maybe even some wood, even though this wasn't -bal aged.
Smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel with medium-full body.
A great beer this one is. Hope they brew it again.
10-22-2010 05:20:27 | More by nickd717
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
This 2007 version of Decadence comes in a large bottle with gold trim wrapped on the outside. The pour is soft yet a thick ferocious brown head appears with a dark brown body.
The aroma is west coast hops bitter grapefruit citrus spicy aromatics, gingerbread, cookies, cinnamon, wow what a great nose. The taste is strong upfront of bitter citrus hops, yummy chocolate, bitter sweet caramel this beer is absolutley delicious.
The finish is sweet but that bitter bite comes back for a fight leacing you wanting more. This is a very different and complex beer too bad they only make this once.
06-02-2008 16:21:57 | More by Franchise
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Picked up at the BA release. Poured into an American pint.
Poured an opaque black with a small amount of light penetrating near the edges to show that it's actually a very deep brown. A one and a half finger, creamy tan head resulted. Looks tasty.
Smelled strongly of chocolate with hints of vanilla, coffee, and dark fruits.
Tasted as it smelled. Started off with chocolate through the mouth followed by a slight coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied mouth feel. Not a heavy brew.
I think this is a great beer. I am a fan of porters and when the time is right, an Imperial Porter is always a good call. Right now, this beer is slightly hot, but still a wonderful drink. I can't wait for some time on this to see how much better it will become over time. With all of the chocolate I detected, I think this beer would be a great after dinner drink or even possibly a beer float. Recommended.
04-02-2008 16:49:23 | More by kinnaird
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium light brown foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of deep coffee notes with some creamy black chocolate and some lightly bitter roasted malt. Taste is a very well balance with a very nice coffee notes with some delicate black chocolate and a perfect creamy texture. Full body with good carbonation and some well hidden alcohol. This is very sublime and probably the best I had from this very fine brewery.
01-16-2009 02:46:54 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to Carlos for this one.
The foamy milk chocolate brown head continues to climb to three fingers even after you stop pouring. Leaves a consistant huge wall of lace. Body settles into the glass a total blackness with oily hints of brown when held to light. A very nice milk chocolaty coco feel is the first thing that the nose picks up. This is accompanied by a bit of smokey malt and minerals. That same creamy coco feel is so appealing right off with first sip. Then there is a mix of anise, smoke and bitter mineral feel that creates the second half of the palate. Alchol is slightly noticeable there also. As you continue to drink, more of a dark chocolate, almost hop infused bitter feel builds on the back of the tongue. This beer actually harshens a bit on the mouthfeel as you drink. A solid drinkable brew.
02-04-2009 19:57:20 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
I was hoping for some homeboys to wanna hang out tonight.... Oh well... it is "Open that bottle night".. This is one that has been in the fridge for a loooong time.
Big 750 received back in July of '08 from Errantnight in the "I'm an Uncle LIF"... Derek... huge thanks and I'm sorry it took me this long to actually review it (It arrived 2 days before my wedding) 8 months later.. Decadence 07 is poured very graciously into my Chimay goblet.
Beautiful 2 finger head is tan with tons of lace atop a deep dark brew.. only walnut/garnet highlites are revealed down toward the stem... a very dark and inviting brew.
Nose is very rich.. milk chocolate and slight espresso beans.. dried cherries ... a little bit of nutty aroma as it warms.
Flavor is definitely decadent.. waves of chocolate.. roasty malts are reminiscent of French Roast.. fruity esters are rich Bing cherries and lite prune.. with room temperature... there is a big coffee ground component that is not out of whack for a beer this big... but it does raise it's head quickly.. the chocolate malt toward the bottom of the bottle.. The alcohol is pretty prevalent as the glass warms up.. spicy peppery is there but not really over any limits...
The body is soooo silky and the carbonation is right where it should be. verging on perfect.. drinkability sorta takes a hit because I honestly think that this brew could have used another 6 months or a year... still it is damn great right now... and I wish I had another.. but the Decadence is pretty proper and I thank Derek for even giving me a chance.
03-01-2009 08:52:32 | More by JohnGalt1
4.78/5 rDev +14.4%
Wow, one of my all-time favorite breweries brews my all-time favorite style. It's too good to be true!
APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a very dark brown (though not black). A huge, creamy, 2-finger, golden tan head forms on top a gradually drops to a full cap. Behind it is sheets of solid foamy lace. Impressive.
SMELL: Heavy on the chocolate especially with a black malt note to match. A significant hint of roast comes through, but nowhere near stout-like levels. A light hop note is there for balancing purposes. If this were a bit more intense with a little easing off the roastiness, this would be perfect.
TASTE: Perfection! It's taken me a long time to find this, but I'm convinced it doesn't get any better. It's a smooth porter from the very beginning with chocolate and black malt in perfect balance. But then it really starts to kick in. It turns velvety smooth and luxuriously chocolaty and just keeps going. Bigger and bigger, fuller and fuller until it drifts away with bittersweet chocolate and a matching citrusy, spicy hop flavor. Whew, what a beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Full, velvety, luxurious, perfect.
DRINKABILITY: I don't know how a 10% beer can be more drinkable. The alcohol is virtually undetectable. Amazing.
I didn't think it was possible for a beer to exceed my expectations, even when I was anticipating it this much. I've only got 1 other bottle and AleSmith doesn't distribute to my state. I NEED to find a solution to this problem, and FAST.
08-07-2008 22:53:52 | More by jmalex
4.22/5 rDev +1%
The latest Decadence release took no time at all to find its way into my hands. I had been waiting for this one, so needless to say I took the first chance I could get to take it out of the fridge, warm it up and see where it was going to go. Served in an over sized wine glass, I was looking forward to my treat.
Appearance - I decided to pour this one in vigoursly to see what kind of look I could entice from it. I got a little more then I bargained for I think! Pour a very very dark brown, essentially black with only the slightest bit of light shining through around the edges. A huge chocolate colored head rose up over the top of it and gradually settled down to a thin layer about three quarters of an inch, high that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Very nice and very full side glass lace then came over and thoroughly coated the inside of the entire glass. Very nice looking and very full for a porter.
Smell - The aroma was just perfection. A rich mixture of chocolate and coffee. Very nice hints of vanilla coming through now as well. Wow, tremendously complex, and a little bit more then what I was thinking it would be. Letting warm so that some of the alcohol would slide by and allow the flavors underneath to shine through a bit. Lots of cocoa came through later on and the slightest touch of a underlying hop base. Near perfection that was bottled in here.
Taste - Unfortunately, the taste could just not hold up to that level of complexity, and I think this was partly due to it being so new. Still through it was tremendously good with a rich chocolate flavored base that was velvety smooth. It was actually more of a cocoa flavor as it was deep and dark with a really nice little bit of bitter bite for it. As it warmed up some nice hints of vanilla now coming through and a bit of molasses or some other rich sugary note. This was really very nice. The alcohol warming was a little hot still, and I really think this will mellow out over time. Still though very nice complex beer here.
Mouthfeel - Awesome carbonation on this one really shining through and giving it a tremendous little bit of body. Now you have to remember here, this is a porter, not a stout, so you want there to be a little bit of a lightness to it, not heavy and thick and I think this pulls that over very well. No thinness but it had that big carbonation and lightness of a good porter. Definitely very well done here.
Drinkability - This is a big beer, there is no mistaking that. It really is one that is a force to be reckoned with. I did finish off the bottle, but it did hurt a little bit and I probably could have gone in on this with a friend, which is what I will do next time. Still though remarkably smooth and easily a good sipper.
Overall, I thought this was an excellent beer, though a touch young. It is very well made and I really enjoyed it. I would have no issues aging a few or drinking it now. Very smooth and delicious with a very nice flavor profile. Another winner from Alesmith.
04-17-2008 10:22:05 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -12%
Picked up today at the barrel aged beer release.
Pours a relatively thick black color with a 1/2 finger light tan head that leaves a touch of lacing.
The smell is interesting. There is a surprising amount of vanilla here. Possibly some dark fruits and coffee, but the vanilla is very much on the forefront.
The taste is similar. Tons of vanilla sweetness mixed with some dark fruits and touches of coffee. Slight chocolate notes. Rough around the edges with some alcohol presence. Too much vanilla sweetness. This may get better with age, but I don't think this is a very good beer right now. And that is a bummer - I love Alesmith and I love strong porters. I'm actually curious as to what style this is trying to be - Baltic Porter? Imperial Stout?
Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is decent.
Overall, meh. To be honest, this is not Peter's best effort. I'll give this another try with a few months of age to see if that improves things - but, right now, this is nothing special.
04-02-2008 08:59:13 | More by rallison
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Wow, 750ml. brown champagne bottle #1 of many...pours an opaque brown-black, with a frothy two-finger light brown head into the Duvel tulip. The head fades slowly to a 1/4" leaving plenty of tell-tale lace behind...a good looking brew indeed.
The first thing to smack the nasel is butterscotch, followed by a toffee malt, caramelly sweet aroma. Very rich and inviting.
The taste is full of butterscotch, brandy, toffee and all with a balance to the malt heavy brew. As it warms, vanilla really comes through as a finishing note. The smell is quite boozy as well as the taste, but not hot and well subdued. Very pleasant at this stage and should age quite well.
The mouthfeel a bit abrassive at this point (trying to smooth) but should mellow with time. Another AleSmith concoction with future promises of greatness...enjoy it now or more so later.
04-02-2008 00:00:58 | More by scottoale
4.18/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Black with dark amber highlights. Translucent in places, good clarity when you can actually see through it. The tan head retains well for such a big beer.
Smell: A big aroma of roasted malt up-front with an undertone of baker's chocolate. Slightly vinous. Very simple and clean.
Taste & mouthfeel: As the aroma suggests, this is pretty straight-forward and simple. Flavors of roasted malt and cacao are at the forefront, with undertones of dark fruit and a touch of coffee in the finish. I'm assuming this is a lager, as it's got the clean flavor of one and a surprisingly light body for a beer of 10% ABV. The mouthfeel is pleasantly dry, though a touch more sweetness may have added more depth and balance - the charred bitterness does become slightly one-dimensional after a while. Nonetheless I really enjoyed this, and it drinks surprisingly well for such a big beer.
07-10-2008 19:15:38 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +6%
Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.
A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours black with brown hues when held up to light. The tan colored head is thick and creamy, leaving some spotty lacing as it settles.
S- Roasty malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee, with the alcohol peeking through as the beer warms. After a good swirl, I get some aromas of dark fruits and vanilla bean.
T- The taste mirrors the aroma, with flavors of toasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee giving way to a moderate cocoa bitterness on the finish. There's a slightly sweet flavor that resembles coffee with cream and sugar that really balances out some of the bitter flavors of this beer. The alcohol is hidden extremely well too.
M- The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with little carbonation. This has a great silky texture in the mouth.
D- The 10% ABV is very well-hidden. Nothing about this beer stopped me from enjoying almost an entire bottle.
04-26-2008 06:04:43 | More by Tdizzle
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
I've been aging this one for a bit.
Appearance is black with about four fingers of beautiful tan head. The head sticks around for a while and sticks nicely to the glass like puffy clouds of tan lacing.
Smell is boozy, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla beans.
Taste is uber rich chocolate and coffee with a little bit of booze. The bitter coffee and toasted malts really lingers after the sweet and booze where off.
Mouthfeel is great with low carbonation and even though it's very rich, it's not syrupy.
For it's style, it's moderately drinkable. I certainly wouldn't want to take a whole bottle down myself because it's so rich.
All and all, a good beer.
11-02-2009 03:13:49 | More by kbm
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.
A - Black color, a thin light mocha-colored head. It dissipates fairly quickly leaving some ok lacing on my glass.
S - Chocolate, medium roasts and malts, hints of black coffee. Smells like a big porter with a bit of booze on the back end.
T - Chocolate and roast...kind of reminds me of a mocha. It's a bit more bitter than I would have thought, but the taste is real nice from everything else. There's a touch of booze on the finish.
M - Heavy body with light carbonation and a boozy finish.
D - Drink now, as it's starting to go downhill. I have one that I need to drink, now that I think about it.
01-16-2011 03:09:40 | More by Kaiser81
AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.