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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel AgedAleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel Aged

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 80
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 107
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 03-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 506/817 acquired via vacax - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of vanilla, butterscotch, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey, in that order. As the beer warms the whiskey and vanilla aromas become even more pronounced.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors are overtaken almost immediately by large amounts of vanilla with sticky butterscotch undertones. Midway through the sip some of the heat from the barrels comes through but not enough to overpower the flavor profile. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves vanilla and dark chocolate flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is sensational. It's got a perfectly viscous thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good despite the booziness. I finished my glass easily and could have a few more even though it may be against my best interests.

Overall I was not let down. Loads of barrel character mixed with a great base beer is up most people's alleys, including mine. Worth a shot.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, #539, poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely opaque black in the glass underneath a two-inch fluffy tan head that shows great retention and lacing, especially for a barrel-aged beer.

The aroma starts out with a big dose of bourbon and vanilla sweetness. As it warms, the underlying porter starts to show a bit more with dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

The taste seems to have a heavier dark chocolate presence up front with the roasted malts underneath. The finish is slightly dry with cocoa but is really dominated by the bourbon sweetness as a serious burn in the throat on the way down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet overall with the oak and bourbon really lingering after each sip, like chasing the porter with a shot of bourbon.

This is an excellent porter right now with a strong bourbon presence which adds a good bit to the underlying beer. I wasn't the biggest fan of the original Decadence 07, so this is definitely an improvement. That said, in a year or two this thing could be world-class. I hope I get the chance to find out.

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Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade thanks to TheRealBastard. Big thanks as I thought for awhile that I might never get a chance to try the legendary AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter-Bal Aged.

A - Excellent appearance: jet black with a creamy tan head that lasts forever and good lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, roast, caramel, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smells like a great -bal aged beer.

T - Flavor is just a bit hot but very good, high on the bourbon, along with rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Complex with a long finish. Being in those -bals has done great things for this one.

M - Palate is extremely smooth and creamy with medium-full body.

D - Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought this would be a good one to ring in review # 2000!

750 ml bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing and Carlos for the massive hookup. Bottle #679/817, sampled alongside the regular Decadence, thanks to dschuster for that!

Pours a lightly hazed very dark reddish brown, thick tan head forms, settles down to a thick ring and layer, very rocky, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass.

Smell is great, very rich and intense, lots of butterscotch and toffee, coconut, vanilla, chocolate milk, light roast, bourbon, oak, alcohol, nice toasty malts, some raison and dark fruit, very rich.

Taste is similar, very heavy flavour, vanilla beans and butterscotch, alcohol, toffee, maple syrup, light chocolate roast, wood, coconut, raisin and dark fruit, a bit boozy and harsh but pretty excellent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down and very rich. This stuff certainly is decadent, almost feels like a dessert. Wow this was good. Thanks to Russ and Carlos!

3000 here I come.

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Photo of grub
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks go out to seaoflament for hooking me up with this one. thanks carlos!

750ml bottle topped with gold foil. bottle #679/817. sampled oct 17/09 side by side with the non-barrel-aged version.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black yet still pretty much opaque. a small fine dark tan head forms, dropping slowly with lots of spotty lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. oak. bit of coconut. light alcohol. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and butterscotch. multi-grain bread and biscuit.

taste is great. coconut and vanilla. bourbon and oak. dark and milk chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. warming alcohol. just under medium bitterness level, but it comes across more as chocolate and coffee than hoppy. light roast. nice toasty character.

mouthfeel is excellent. medium-large body. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. side-by-side with the non-BA version, this one has definitely held up better. the oxidation is almost completely missing from this one, whereas the other seems a bit past its prime. this one has a great extra depth and dimension from the barrel. i loved this one fresh though and don't think the barrel-aged one stands much above it when fresh. good balance, slightly warming but still delicious. i love you, alesmith.

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Photo of waltonc
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open to celebrate passing the Colorado bar exam today. Pours translucent black with an inch of tan head. Magnificent smell - bourbon, lots of vanilla, bitter chocolate.... Taste is more of the same. Very strong bourbon and vanilla notes. Fairly sweet. Not that hot in my opinion. Maybe this has cooled down since some of the earlier reviews. Or maybe I just have a higher tolerance for heat, I don't know. Body is medium with nice creamy carbonation. I don't care what the ABV is, this stuff is guzzleable. Wish it wasn't a one-off.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited alesmith, berry nice
these are worth whatever price

Alamo, in SD har
let's go grab this from the car.

Pours dark almond, ruby brown
head is decent, for this town

Aromas are nutty with lots of malt
chocolate, coffee, it's not my fault

Oak is definitely all up in here
It adds a nice dimension to this beer

mouth feel is really quite quite grand
drinkability? I'm a fan.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour directly into the center of my glass yields 3 fingers of fluffy tan head on top of a near black body that glows with a red hue around the edges against a bright light. Good lacing left behind. Poured at approximately cellar temperature.

The nose on this puppy is big, bold, and beautiful. Huge barrel notes smack you in the face, mostly a tame bourbon smell with surprisingly little oak. I say "tame" in reference to smoothness and lack of burn, not in reference to strength because this is powerful. Fudge, vanilla, toffee, citrus hops, and the other usual barrel suspects are present but damn this is such a nice bourbon scent.

The taste can't possibly live up to the nose but it does its best to try. Tons of vanilla up front, almost like boozy vanilla ice cream. Some milk chocolate is present along with a slight hint of wood. I'm glad the wood is subdued here, because the bourbon is so f'ing big that a big woodiness would have made this too harsh. Now, don't get me wrong, it is still harsh in the sense that the bourbon is front and center smacking you in the face. But it is so smooth underneath it is unreal.

Full bodied with very soft carbonation, but perhaps slightly too much of it keeping this from a 5 (barely). I hate to be nitpicky, but here and there I find myself wishing this was a bit heavier on the tongue so the flavors had time to really marinate.

I could definitely finish this 750ML bottle by myself but I'm not so sure it would be a good idea considering the strength. This must be attacked slowly due to the bourbon strength, I will warn people in advance that this is a Bourbon County Stout level of booziness so it is a slow sipper and one that would best be shared. But I'll be damned if this isn't one of the better barrel aged beers I've tried.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to treyrab for sharing this one with me. I love beer, and I love bourbon, so I was really looking forward to this one. If I had to wait another 24 years to try another beer like this, I would anxiously start counting down the days. This was bottle number 340 of 817.

A: Lighter in color than I expected, but when it comes down to it, this is still a porter, not a stout. Held up to the light, ruby hues glow around the edges of the glass. A creamy head forms as it pours leaving a centimeter of head on top. While cooljosh was not able to get this to lace at all, the Decadence left a veritable spiderweb around my glass.

S: Chocolate and bourbon aromas rise from the glass in a perfectly even quantity of each ingredient. Toffee comes in to make this a 40-40-20 mix of three aromas that blend to create one of the most appetizing smells that I have ever tasted from a beer.

T: Absolutely fantastic. Every expectation that was set when I smelled this beer was met and exceeded. Vanilla bean, utterly unnoticeable in the nose comes hard and fast, mixing with the aforementioned chocolate and bourbon to create a theme park of deliciousness in my mouth. Bittersweet dark chocolate and toffee take over the finish among notes of sweet smooth bourbon. This beer is to barrel aged gems what the guitar solo in "One" by Metallica is to guitar solos.

M/D: The beer slides through the mouth and over the pallet more smoothly than Usain Bolt could run 100 meters. Ever flavor is intense, but no single characteristic of this beer stole too much of the thunder. Sublimely stunning from a flavor, complexity, and character standpoint, Barrel Aged Decadence is one of the best beers that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, from the first sip to the last.

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Photo of treyrab
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my pal Tim for sending this one across the country. I pulled this out of the cob webbed cellar to put in the fridge last weekend to split with a few friends. Now, I am in the quest to get another.

A: This is really just an exquisite looking beer. It looks black to start, but when held to a light it is a crystal clear burgundy with nice brown hues. Completely translucent with a nice mocha tan head. Not black.

S: Perfectly blended aroma of sweet bourbon with nice touch of roated coffee, bitter black patent, bittersweet caramel and toffee. The burnt roast blends so well with the bourbon. The vanilla also plays a perfect role to wrap everything together.

T: One of the best bourbon aged beers I have ever had. Just exquisite and a perfect blend of bourbon and beer. The bourbon rises above all, but not to an extreme. The bourbon starts then blends with nice vanilla, bitter barley, and nice toffee. Not sure how this can get any better blended.

Overall, this is one of the best bourbon barrel beers I have ever had. I would love to get one to age.

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Photo of Overlord
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


I've not been the hugest proponent of Alesmith's barrel aging. Beer for beer, I'd stack them against any brewery in the world. But, frankly, I think I enjoyed the "regular" Old Numbskull, 05 Decadence, and Wee Heavy better than the BA versions (although the BA Speedway definitely was an improvement).

Well, the '07 Porter was a beer I thought might benefit from the aging. While I enjoyed it (gave it a 4.2), it was my least favorite of the Decadence line, and I generally preferred Alesmith's regular lineup. What it lacked was complexity.

Well, this BA version is a different animal entirely. And, it promises to get even better with age, when a bit of the booziness dies down.

Pours a dark blackish brown, with a big brown foam head. Smell is amazing. Bourbon, overlayered with chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and . . . is that roasted coffee? Maybe roasted malt. YOU MUST LET THIS BEER WARM UP!

Taste is also fantastic. Butterscotch toffee caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. And big bourbon. Tons of sweet, stinging bourbon. There's a nutty pecan taste. Funny that I have an aftertaste of coffee, but I don't detect any during the actual consumption. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy . . . appropriate for a porter, though my preference for thicker stouts may be showing through.

A phenomenal beer. A bit boozy right now: the alcohol is present. In a few years . . . wow.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a treat to see this at the HOTD tasting at Dyan's place the other night. Many thanks to Devin for graciously bringing this beauty.

The beer pours a dark cola color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is just a thing of beauty (one of many I was able to sample this evening). There is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cherry by the boatload, and happily flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose. This beer is more like a barrel aged porter milkshake, with the beer actually tasting more like a BA strong ale then a porter. Regardless, this beer is just delicious. There is some noticeable booze, as one would expect, but it's not the least bit intrusive in this beer. The beer is very rich, though no more then moderately sweet, and has an intensity of flavor that is astonishing. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, with an abv. that is pretty well disguised. There is some noticeable alcohol, but as noted above, it's really not the least bit intrusive.

A very fine beer, although clearly one that is not for the faint of heart. Exceptional.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Devin was kind enough to bring a bottle to a tasting last night. Much thanks!

The pour is black witha dark brown head with good retention, and some patchy lacework. It really does look attractive in my Urthel tulip

On the nose, there is an incredible barrel character. Big bourbon, vanilla, and oak blend ridiculously well with the chocolate from the base beer, creating a combination that's like an alcoholic chocolate milkshake. While the bourbon is huge, this doesn't smell particularly hot. Once this warms up, I get a little roast that pairs well with the oak.

On the palate, this is just a riot of barrel characteristics. Vanilla, bourbon and chocolate dominate, with plenty of bourbon as well, resulting in a truly decadent blend. Bitterness is reserved,and coffee is not particularly noticeable. Great finish, long and with sweet vanilla and mild tannins. Just exquisite. I would drink this all day

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Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle #507/817 poured into a tulip glass.

Black pour with a large dark tan head. Huge head fades down gracefully, but retains a nice coating that provides ample lacing as I drink. Nose is full of bourbon and a complex of related elements including vanilla, pipe tobacco, oak, and leather. Lovely aroma, though more of the chocolate present in the original could shine through.

This bottle has been resting for a good four months after the release, yet I am immediately aware that I will not be touching another one for a matter of years. The flavors that first hit my tongue are packed with oaky vanilla and leathery bourbon. All of the rich chocolate and roasty elements present in the base beer seem to blend into the finish that is heavy wth echoing sharp tobacco and bitter oak. This beer is still very heavy on the barrel. I did not taste this one "fresh" so hopefully this is smoothing out as the bottles rest.

Nice full body is delightfully slick and low-medium carbonation hits the spot. As much as I love the base beer, I have to say that this one is not drinking as nicely as the original is right now. The barrel qualities are still overpowering, as special of a beer as this is, definitely share this with a group of friends.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by decaturstevo at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma is very boozy with lots of bourbon. Flavor is equally a bourbon mess. The bourbon dominated this beer completely. This beer is so one-sided I can't understand how this gets such high ratings.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice clear dark brown but no head ever really develops. The nose with rich with vanilla and bourbon with a bit of oak. This is hot as hell. Bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Body is thinned out compared to original. There are not real signs of the original beer at all. Really kind of disappointing.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beauty from inkubus27, thanks man!

750 ml bottle with a gold foil top poured into a snifter. Bottle #266 of 817.

Pours a dark brown/black with a quick one finger deep khaki colored head that fades to an outter paper thin ring. Polka dot spots of stick hold on to the sides of the glass, nice looking brew. Smell is so rich with vanilla and oak, sweet and boozy. Underneath that is a cluster of dark fruits; dates, fig, and raisins. An absolute delight to sniff. Taste begins with more warm boozy goodness. Vanilla beans, roasted caramel malts, and gooey chocolate. Aftertaste has a bit of Bailey's and Amaretto in the mix. Complex flavors that get even richer as it warms to room temp. Full body, wondeful soft feel with a very light, but fitting, carbonation. I have a feeling this may be higher than the stated 10% abv, but either way this is extremely drinkable. If you love bourbon, you'll really enjoy this beer. I'm gonna go ahead and say this is better than the BA Speedway...I really want another bottle of this, like now.

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Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black body with a creamy tan head that retains surprisingly well for such a big beer.

Smell: The scent of vanilla wafts from the bottle as soon as it's uncapped; this is like huffing vanilla extract. Rich chocolate and caramel form the backbone, with just a hint of roast in there beneath it all. This is a hot, boozy bourbon bomb.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive vanilla flavor up front, boozy, bourbony heat coming up right behind it. Tootsie roll-like chocolate, caramel, faint tannins and roast. It's amazing how much the barrel transformed this beer; we drank it side-by-side with the non-barrel aged version and the difference was like night and day. Bittersweet in the finish, with a lingering note of vanilla. While this is still pretty hot, the barrel flavors are so spot-on that I really don't mind. Exceptional stuff that will probably improve significantly with age.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try a bottle of this courtesy of a friend who got it in a trade. The color was a DARK brown with no head at all. The nose was decidedly boozy with plenty of sweet malt. On the palate, a rush of sweet, boozy chocolate that's reminiscent of those little liquor filled chocolate bottles that come out 'round Christmas. Plenty of coffee, sweet malt, turbinado, dark sweet Swiss chocolate, minimal carbonation, but not totally flat, and then a very long finish. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of quinlin
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hamiltons for pouring me one of the final tasters!

A - very dark brown, with a lingering tan head

S - toasty, a bit of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, alcohol

T - tastes similar to the aroma. roasted malt,vanilla,hint of cocoa, definite presence of the whiskey barrel it was aged in.

M - creamy and full bodied. the burn of alcohol on the finish.

D - this beer was amazing and very drinkable. I wouldnt hesitate at the chance to have this beer again if i could.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to d0b for contributing this to my first new beer Sunday! My jaw dropped when I saw it.

A: pours a nice dark brown/black with khaki colored head and some light lacing on the glass

S: super overly boozy scents, vanilla, oak, woody, roasted malts, slight chocolate

T: tastes just like the smell with a less intense alcohol flavor, vanilla, oak/wood/bal aged flavor, light roasted malts, chocolate, tinge of booze at the finish

M: very nicely full bodied, not super creamy but I think perfect for a porter, warming from the booze

D: the flavor makes this super desirable but the booze gives this a hit in the dept...with some aging in a cellar this beer would be more off the charts

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to d0b for bringing this one over for the the New Beer Sunday porter afternoon. Bottle #573 of 817. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Nearly two fingers of dark mocha foam with solid retention and lots of spotty lacing. Pitch black brew, with just a tiny hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Huge vanilla, bourbon, and wood smell, particularly as the brew has time to warm. The base beer is full of molasses, roast malt, dark fruits, and maybe even a hint of coconut. There's also a slight barrel bacteria tinge in there. Wonderful stuff, although there might ever-so-slightly be more barrel than I like. The alcohol burns my eyes!

T - Lots of whiskey on the top of the palate, with sweet vanilla and malt at the tip of the tongue. It finishes with lots of rich vinous fruit sweetness and a surprisingly moderate aftertaste that is relatively free of wood or astringency.
The taste profile has a lot of the aged porter flavors that are more reminiscent of barleywines - kind of like Perkuno's Hammer at this point.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, lots of residual stickiness. It's a little light for such an intense tasting and boozy brew, but it's still quite acceptable There's some nice alcohol warmth at the back of the throat after a while.

D - This is a slow sipper, especially compared to the Russian River porter. I'm pretty happy with the generous pour I got and while I'd love to try this again in a few years I don't really find myself reaching for another glass.

Really glad I got to try this rarity - looking forward to BA Speedway and (fingers crossed) Wee Heavy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to a very nice BA who traded me this bottle. I have had every BA release, and this one I just had to get ahold of. Having loved the original version, I knew this one could not be missed. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/13/2009. Bottle # 442 of 817.

The pour was great, deep dark black in color with no light shining through on this one at all. Nice inch and a half of thick tan foam comes up and over the top and hangs around for what seems like forever before finally releasing into a thin cloud on top that coats the sides and the bottom soo thickly that you cannot even begin to see though them. Huge whiskey notes, biggest aroma of whiskey I have ever had in a beer. Light chocolate notes underneath and a hint of roasted malts and oak, but soo much whiskey,I have to give that a perfect, as for what it is, spot on. The flavor took a minute to get used to then turned into crack. Rich notes of whiskey and bourbon layered on top of a molasses and light vanilla that gets a touch lost until it warms up to room temperature releasing all that is lying underneath. Light chocolate note then peaks its head up before getting the smackdown by warming rush of whiskey in the finish. Smooth, full bodied, with a damn nicely crafted carbonation, this was a marvelous sipper, and the bottle on its own was all that was needed.

Overall,wow. The first whiskey BA beer that I can honestly say was like doing shots of whiskey, This is a must get,

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Photo of maskednegator
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Your standard black body, but with a beautiful 3 fingers of tan head.
Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, espresso, coffee. Smells like it's going to be a hot beer.
Taste: Coffee, bourbon, chocolate, soy sauce. Whiskey flavors come without the whiskey heat. Vanilla does get lost a bit in comparison with what we get on the nose.
Mouthfeel: Viscous and coating, but enough carbonation to brighten it back up.
Drinkability: Extremely rich flavor, but almost no alchohol presence on the tongue.

Verdict: It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

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Photo of zminor
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mistakenly posted this under the non-barrel aged Decadence originally.
Served from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Thanks Paul! Really wish you'd bought another bottle...

Pours very dark, but not opaque. A fair amount of light and clarity seeps through. A bit brown around the edges. Ebony, mysterious, and beautiful.

Nose is unbelievable. When I first took a sniff I had to take a step back. Very strong notes of espresso, vanilla, and perhaps a slight hint of alcohol as it warms up.

Mouth matches up the nose. Coffee is just as strong, but the vanilla gets slightly lost. More caramel, and the finish just keeps on going, and going, and going...

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp, which makes it very drinkable. I struggled to not give this beer all 5s, because its just that good. Truly on another level of porters.
Simply marvelous.

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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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