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AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews by Gobzilla:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky burnt amberish orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was a tad boozy followed by nice caramel, toffee, and dark fruit notes like raisins and plums. On the palate the dark fruit notes were more potent that had boozy caramel accents and was a little more sweet than anticipated and the booze was as mellow for having almost 2 years on it. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, mild, booze, and stickiy finish. It drank pretty good but to me was still quite hot; definitely a sipper even after a few years.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 19:02:13 | More by Gobzilla
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District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -67%

12-14-2013 19:12:17 | More by Rhettroactive
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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11-02-2013 03:49:33 | More by funkel81
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-20-2013 22:02:21 | More by tjmodica
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-27-2013 13:07:52 | More by phishbfm
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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...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 08:26:00 | More by augustgarage
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

08-12-2013 20:42:54 | More by kscaldef
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-07-2013 19:19:43 | More by hooliganlife
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 18:08:48 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:43:08 | More by womencantsail
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very malty with a lot of toffee and crystal character. Wood is suggested, while sourness stands out more than expected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with spirituous grain and tartness that is slightly acetic. Malt is refined into the middle where estery and boozy dark fruit is detectable. Flavors dry out somewhat by the finish which tastes of earthy fermented green plants and citrus pith.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic yet smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The rumors were true for this bottle--Decadence 2008 turned out to be a sour barleywine. As a sour it is a success, although barleywine qualities were a bit compromised due to sharing time with the defining tartness. It is a special, beautifully-flawed beer--a trait that is as interesting and almost as desirable as is a perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:59:43 | More by beagle75
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AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.