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AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paytoplay on 06-14-2009)
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siege06nd, Dec 14, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

billab914, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

funkel81, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BillHilly, Nov 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

tjmodica, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

phishbfm, Sep 27, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Spirit Sipper's snifter. 5 years on, and this is a bit past its prime.

Muddy opaque auburn body and a sandy brown head receding to a lasting collar and slick.

Old socks, stale beet greens, tobacco, and prunes in the nose - not the most inviting aromas, but not outside the style per-se.

Quite tart, palate is full of loam and aspirin - an odd medicinal leathery, floral mess of flavors. Oxidation comes to the front, but there are still hefty malt notes.

Syrupy, medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Not yet off, but I wish I had opened this two years ago...more like an old ale than a barley wine now...

augustgarage, Sep 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

kscaldef, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

hooliganlife, Jul 07, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #406/433. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep murky brown. Small khaki head. Wispy with a thin collar.

Smell - Nice barrel. Awesome oak and bourbon. Vanilla is really strong, too. Brown sugar behind the barrel. There's definitely an off aroma, though.

Taste - Definitely tangy. The barrel still comes through, though. Grapefruit citrus tang. The brown sugar shines through, too. Not a terrible infection, it has to be said, but I'd rather it weren't there as the flavors that do come through are great.

Mouthfeel - Spoiled by sourness, but not horribly so. Over carbonated.

Overall - Better than I expected when someone said we were having an infected barleywine. Still, nothing like what it could have been.

Alieniloquium, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jkane101, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

t0rin0, Aug 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber color with a small khaki head. An interesting array of aromas on this. Certainly sour with a strong citric acidity and a bit of vinegar. Candied orange peel, caramel, and some toffee. A little bit of grapefruit on the finish. The flavor is somewhat sweet with toffee and brown sugar. Still a little bit of booze along with some dark fruits. Definitely tart, but not overwhelmingly so.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits with a distinct cherry smell. Taste is slightly tart with malt, brown sugar, caramel, fruits, and a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the slight tartness was unexpected.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
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AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.