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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old AleAleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale

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very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Same recipe as Decadence 2005.

(Beer added by: jerz on 06-14-2010)
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Reviews by Longstaff:
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown body with a bubbly off white head after being pulled from the handpump. Spicey alcohol aroma with brown sugar / molasses mixing in well. Flavor was mostly derived from fruity alcohol that was not overpowering or fusel driven, but warming and pleasant. Only minimal malt undertones could be detected due to the alcohol flavors being so up front. Medium mouthfeel made this somewhat drinkable for a late night sipper.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2005 18:22:21 | More by Longstaff
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2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2010 vintage (obviously). I don't have the "commemorative Decadence Ale glass" the label advises me to use, so I'm serving this into the closest shape of glass I have - a La Chouffe stem-tulip. 750ml dark brown glass bottle with intricate classy label and gold foil-ed over unbranded brass-colour pry-off pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop last year and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Cost was $20.00 USD. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery. Reviewed as an English-style old ale because that's the label identifies it as.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. It recedes too quickly - inside 20 seconds - for me to note the thickness or creaminess, but does leave a floater ring for an additional minute or so. No lacing at all.

Body colour is a very dark nontransparent translucent amber-brown. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. I wouldn't call it rich, vibrant, or glowing. It's an intimidating appearance for a beer. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Marshmallow, traces of what I think is oak, heavy residual sugars, some somewhat starchy dextrins, brown malts, biscuit malts, light toasted character, and very very timid hop character - if anything, I get a nebulous trace of herbal character, but nothing I'd call English. I also pick up on some murky fermented fruit - cherries and dark currants are most prominent. It's pretty bready, with plenty of brown bread crust character.

I don't know that I'm looking forward to trying it. It's a neutral aroma of average strength.

I don't find any of the stale cardboard notes that would indicate oxidation. I also don't detect any yeast character. There is some light alcohol warmth.

T: I dig the fruity character - there's some nice grape/raisin, cherry, and currant character. The foundation is bold, with plenty of (English) brown malts, biscuit malts, marshmallow, and dextrins. Brown bread character and accompanying bread crust is emphasized in the profile. I do pick up very light traces of cardboard, but oxidation is far from rampant here - it's light enough to be pleasant and complementary. If you've got a bottle, I'd drink it now. Plenty of caramel/caramalt. Heavy on the English malts, but I'm not finding any noticeable hop character. Toffee. A kiss of fig. There's also no yeast character. It has a pleasant alcohol warmth, but isn't boozy or hot.

Overall, it's enjoyable enough but isn't particularly complex, subtle, nuanced, or intricate. It's really just a middle-of-the-road old ale. I expected far better from Alesmith. Balanced and cohesive enough, but not gestalt. I'm unimpressed. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Feels a bit tannic to be honest, which I didn't expect. It's coarse and dry for the style - I'd say entirely too coarse - to the point that its coarseness and relative roughness on the palate is the beer's biggest overall flaw. A biteen stale (or "old" if you enjoy puns). Decent carbonation. Okay body and presence on the palate; it's certainly heavy. The texture is far rom ideal, and doesn't at all feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste.

Not gushed or astringent.

Dr: There are far better old ales available below this price point (North Coast's Old Stock Ale comes to mind). I certainly wouldn't buy this again; I'm not convinced Alesmith - as excellent as they are at American styles - is great at making Belgians or English beers. ABV isn't really all that well disguised. It's a sipper, but hey - it'll get you drunk.

This isn't an old ale for the discerning drinker, and while enjoyable enough, I'd caution friends from purchasing it at its MSRP.


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S: dark wet fruits and dark booze; sugars like toffee and treacle, suggestions of floral and herbal autumnal spice

T: warmed in the glass to reveal a dark malty fruity base, full of dark sugars and orchard fruits; tastes like date, plum, raisin, and fig - fruits sift among a spiced character, reminiscent of warm winter holiday treats

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Taste - Amazing, I still get hops. Grapefruit bite right up front before the brown sugar malt takes over. A touch oxidized, again, with sherry flavors. Toffee and slightly bitter in finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not too sugary. The oxidation is very nice. Low carbonation.

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S - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some dark fruit, dark caramel malts, toffee, English yeast, nuttiness, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, raisins and other dark fruits, darker caramel malts, nuttiness, vanilla, English yeast, and some booze.

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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
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