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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial PorterAleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%

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 corey0212:
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fantastic brew I got from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!!

Pours a deep, dark dark brown, nearly black, but with nice brown highlights, foamy tan head fades out into a fine film on top of the beer. A ton of milk chocolate on the nose of this one, definitely getting some alcohol, nicely charred edges. Big time chocolate flavors, slight smokiness, some spicy alcohol on the lips and back of the tongue, especially as this warms. To me, the alcohol taste really compliments the flavors....this is delicious, and yeah, decadent. ABV makes this one for special occasions, though that would seem to be AleSmith's intention. Really an excellent beer....big thanks to raiser for giving me the opportunity to try this.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:23:07 | More by corey0212
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 05:45:40 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 16:31:53 | More by Gobzilla
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:46:29 | More by corby112
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:33:30 | More by orangesol
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, thanks to capra12 for sharing this with everyone.

A- Dark Brown color, thin layer of beige head, splotchy lacing, red hues come out when you hold it up to the light.
S- Big malt aroma upfront, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, raisin)
T- The taste is similar to the aroma, big malty beer, some roasted notes come out, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, the dark fruit notes are less present than the aroma.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth drinking, the carbonation Is on the low end, nice roasty aftertaste on the palate, sticky finish.
O- This beer is very enjoyable, easy drinking, glad to of tried this brew, nothing mind blowing though. I’m excited to try the Barrel Aged version next to compare.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:28:33 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Side by side with the barrel aged version. My last set.

A: Near black with a big frothy beige head. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Smooth toffee and caramel with light chocolate. Brown sugar is faint. Oxidation is a whisper. Notes of plum and raisin suffuse the senses.

T: Lightly sweet with cocoa and a low bitterness. Caramel melds with toffee and lightly roasted malt. I get a touch of molasses. Dark fruits are pronounced and reminiscent of plum and prune. Oxidation is faint and graceful.

M: Lower full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: At nearly three and a half years old and aging at a constant 55 degrees, this is really impressive. This is a rare success in aging. The barrel aged version is still good, but this is the better beer now. I hope they rebrew this.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 15:43:36 | More by HopHead84
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with Alex during the White Whale FFL draft. If my team sucks, well, this will be the first thing I blame.

A - Dark brown body, almost black, with a little bit of brown foam that left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Lost of chocolate, roasted and toasted malts, and some fruity yeast sweetness that blended nicely with the chocolate. Smells very big.

T - Found the taste on this to be really nice. Lots of chocolate, but manages not to get too sweet, as it is balanced by good roast and a little bit of coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, fuller side of medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Bottle of this one disappeared really fast between the two of us. A surpringly great beer, think I'm going to go out on the hunt now for the BA version, as this was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:22:55 | More by AgentZero
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sharing this - I loved the barrel-aged versions and was curious what the base beer was like. Served in a wide-mouthed chalice.

A - Thin quick-dissolving tan foam that settles to some wisps on top, leaving behind tiny spots of lace. Dark chocolate brown body that is pretty solid throughout.

S - Big dark chocolate, with notes of toasted malts, sharp toffee, fruity English ale yeast, and perhaps a hint of oxidation setting in. There's also a touch of alcohol present, but nothing untoward for a 10% beer.

T - Taste has a bit more roast character to it, along with some bitter dark chocolate. Finishes quite dry, and with some light coffee bitterness. Pretty delicious stuff.

M - Smooth texture, lower carbonation, medium body, lightly sticky finish, and a mild amount of alcohol heat. Perhaps a touch thin

D - This is really easy to drink. Mike and I crushed a 750ml bottle no problem. It's obviously quite different from the -bal aged version, but was just as enjoyable. Hope Alesmith revisits this recipe down the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 14:21:36 | More by MasterSki
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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company
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