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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

12-14-2013 19:04:55 | More by Rhettroactive
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IrishColonial

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

12-14-2013 18:05:45 | More by IrishColonial
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billab914

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

12-14-2013 18:07:56 | More by billab914
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Arbitrator

California

2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I let it warm up as I was drinking so I could savor the entire flavor evolution.

A: Pours a very dark, but clear, maroon body. The head rises to a half finger in height, light tan in color. Retention isn't great, but it leaves a large-bubbled collar and no lace.

S: Nuts, dark fruits (plums, mostly, with some dates), and a booze presence. Somehow it smells woody, even though it's not barrel-aged.

T: It's nutty, with a tangy plum presence and a touch of raisins. Brown sugar. This has that very light tartness that I've come to regard as an AleSmith signature: the same light cherry presence that I detected in Decadence 08, Grand Cru, BA Speedway, and regular Speedway (though that was infected, I'm sure of it). It doesn't really work. In fact, it comes across as a less satisfying version of Decadence 08. The one nice thing is that, as I'm eating some almonds with the beer, I detect a very light character of leather in the exhalation. I wish it were stronger. Otherwise, it comes off as a fairly uninspired old ale: not much cohesion, not much "oldness," not much presence.

M: Medium bodied. It lacks the richness and complexity that I'd expect from an old ale. Low carbonation, which would bring out the flavor more, but it's not really there. There's also some booziness that's out of place in a beer that is not rich enough to justify it.

D: I'm really not enthused about this one. It's a pretty middle of the road example of an old ale; I'd spend the extra money and go with a Cherry Adam or Matt, or even two Adams for the same cost. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 08:02:25 | More by Arbitrator
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siege06nd

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

12-14-2013 18:04:01 | More by siege06nd
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:35:26 | More by kojevergas
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Overlord

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm....I love Alesmith to death. I really do. Peter was really nice to me on the few occasions I've made it down, and I've been a pretty loyal purchaser over the years, and will remain so.

But I've not been blown away by the last two or three Decadence beers.

Pours a slightly ruddy light brown. A few bubbles, but no real head.

Smells faintly of malt, more strongly of kind of ... I don't know .... cherry? Some sort of strange fruit undercurrent. TAste is surprisingly nutty, malty, brown sugary and ... tangy? What is that? This tastes nothing like the 2005 Decadence. At least, what I remember of it. Too much fruit, too much alcohol bite, and that weird spicy/tangy aftertaste.

Hmmm...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 05:45:35 | More by Overlord
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

pours deep brown, creamy head. bit of a cola look.

deep dark fruit, some roasted nuts and toffee. sweet malt.

a bit oxidized, flat sweet malt and faint toffee and butterscotch. not a lot going on here.

nice smooth body, mild to moderate bite. bit of a dry finish.

ehhh past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 18:28:54 | More by hooliganlife
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mogburn1317

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

04-06-2014 11:20:07 | More by mogburn1317
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red edged hues, light brown, beer looked like a mild stout was part of its blend. Aroma was strongly of alcohol, after that there was a heady breadyness to it, followed by raisin and alcohol soaked prunes.

Taste, again, very strong, very hot, and then layer upon layer of flavor, good roasted malt flavor, earthy bitterness, lots of raisin and toffee flavor, dark sugar type of sweetness. Very much what complex old ales are about, distinguished from their barleywine by the complexity and lack of hops. I think I like the barleywine better, it has many of the old ale characteristics without the heat, dark fruit, but has some hopping.

I might be a bigger fan of this with more age on it, thanks to whomever at Sourfest that was pouring this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 17:21:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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itsfreeasinbeer

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: brown with no head, just a bit of lacing.

S: maple syrup and raisins

T: caramel, toffee, and alcohol. This has a very intense alcohol characteristic that is overpowering.

M: Heavy

D: This beer is true to its name, decadence. This is a once in a while type of drink when you're looking for something that smells like maple syrup but has the potency and aftertaste of whisky.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:57:53 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is from 2009. PIcked this up in Portland in 2005. Heavy malt, heavy yeast, raisin, tawny port, clove, alcohol aroma. Zero head, hazy body. Flat carbonation, medium to full body, and sryupy texture. Tastes more like an aged barleywine. Can feel, but can't taste the alcohol. Have two more of these, but don't know wuite what to do with them.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 17:25:10 | More by doubleipa
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vacax

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Decadence is a dark mysterious brown with a few fingers of light chestnut head that is finely composed, with high retention and great lacing. I worked on this glass slowly, and quite a long while later there is still sticky lace on the side of my glass and swirls of bubbles on top the beer. The aroma is heaped with dark brown sugar, hazelnuts, maple syrup, alcohol, and some bubble gum esters.

The flavor is malty up front with caramel but the malt complexities are largely drowned out by lots of banana-like esters and alcohol. Thick cookie/caramel finish, doughy and a bit grassy. I can definitely see this improving with a few months on it, the alcohol dying down, the esters clearing up a bit, and the malts coming together, but right out of the gate this one is a bit rough. Medium body, not as substantial as expected, and moderate carbonation to suit it. Decent old ale, may be good with some age.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:13:37 | More by vacax
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xraided81

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 4oz tasting glass. Pours a deep amber brown with ruby highlights. A thin off white head is present. Dark fruit is the dominates the aroma. Taste if of dates, prunes, raisins, there is a sharp astringent and dry after taste, it could be due to the high ABV, since this beer is still young, would like to know if this dryness mellows out. Mild hop presence in the taste, Roasted malt lingers in the palate. . This is a good, but not great example of the style, Old ale. I have never tasted an old ale with this dry taste. I would buy this again, but would like to age it at least a year and compare my tasting notes, and see if the taste improved.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 05:37:44 | More by xraided81
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avaulteriam

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, I'm still not big on Old ales or English style BWs. Nose is very fruity, some dark fruits. Big beer with a vinous character. Nothing special, in my opinion. Reddish tinged brown with offwhite head. Nose is sweet and malty, a bit musty and vinous.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:40:34 | More by avaulteriam
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JDV

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks!
Pours dark amber to maroon and is mostly opaque. Smell is light, thin aged, mellow sweetness, and tea leaves. Taste is hoppy caramel with a slightly watery sweetness. Still a surprising hop characteristic. Interesting, but I prefer the BA version highly as well as the 06 Decadence.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:44:31 | More by JDV
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-09-2011 02:03:36 | More by jophish17
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-31-2011 03:27:35 | More by hawkmage
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Ndflyfan8

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-29-2014 10:55:35 | More by Ndflyfan8
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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-04-2012 00:47:25 | More by dudeabides76
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was saved for a special occasion, and today being Thanksgiving, what better day o drink a brew called Decadence than the day when everyone shoves food into their faces until they want to sit on the couch and fall asleep?

This beer was a clear red offering, with a very thin layer of foam. Poured into wine glasses, as this was to be shared among several people.

Aroma was somewhat vinous, mainly rich malt with a slight mustiness (as expected of an old ale). Also slightly sweet and loaded with dark fruits.

Taste was of rich musty malt, very strong. There was some slight roasted character there as well, and a bit of sweetness. Very very strong... almost too much flavor. This one could have used more time to mellow.

Mouthfeel was full and rich, pretty good. Quite chewy and a bit oily. This one coated the mouth.

Drinkability... gonna have to take a little away on that one. The flavor was a bit too raw, too brash. I was glad that I had brought this to share. No way I could have done a whole bottle solo.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 03:17:44 | More by connecticutpoet
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BMoney575

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-24-12

Appearance: a deep red/brown color with thick tan heads that sticks around forever. Slightly hazy, and heavy duty.

Smell: all caramel and burnt sugar, with the absolute perfect amount of age. Deep and complex, with and unexpected fruity character. Very good.

Taste: nothing as good as the smell would indicate. The flavors are muted, and all that shows through are the aged hops. The finish is very flat and borderline metallic, with a dead finish. The abv is well handled, though.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly good, very thick and creamy with great carbonation. Makes the best of the disappointing flavors.

Overall: I've not had a fresh one, so it's hard to tell if the age is problem or not, but I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:46:14 | More by BMoney575
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe Glass

Pours 1 finger of creamy khaki head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some lace. Color is a hazed caramel brown with a slight ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Rich and malty. A strong amount of toffee and caramel mixed with some warming alcohol. A lot of dark fruits show. Shows a slight grassy hop profile. It is pretty much all malts and fruits. Some raisins show.

Taste: More booze shows here. Fairly boozy. Lots of toffee with caramel. Raisins, dried fruits, and candii syrup. A bit hoopy, but mainly malty.

Mouthfeel: Warming and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot and sticky.

Overall, a fairly big old ale. Pretty malty, but still pretty good. A little bit slower drinking, but I expected that for the high abv. Decent English old ale. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 20:34:15 | More by mothman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to overlord for the bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color with a fairly large head for the style. Bubbly tan head with a good cap and collar throughout. The nose has a subtle sweetness with a bit of fruit and some caramel plus brown sugar. Slight amount of booze there as well. The taste is a bit more plain and quite mellow. Booze comes back again. There is a slight brown-sugar sweetness there and mild fruits throughout. This is good, but not the caliber I expect from AleSmith. The feel consists of a medium body with light carbonation. This is pretty drinkable for now, but it seems like it needs more time to mellow out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:30:26 | More by Thorpe429
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BrewMaster

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at O'Brien's in San Diego on 9/2/05.

Appearance: On cask this beer is certainly a beauty to look at. Creamy tan head cascading in the glass of brownish red beer. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing as it is consumed.

Smell: Resiny hop scent with some strong sweetness backing it up. There's not much else in the nose. Some slight toastiness and caramel, but mostly a sugary hop scent.

Taste: Wow, this beer is vinous and sweet with flavors of fig, raisin and toast. Even from the sweet nose this is not what I expected. It's hoppy with an alcohol middle that is syrupy and resin-like. The ending is long with more caramel and sugar along with a hop bitterenss. Each flavor is quick and supported by the rich malty base. The darker raosted malt flavors stand out with a brown sugar and molasses quality.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied and syrupy. The incredible amound of sweetness in this beer makes it feel even thicker. Nonetheless this beer is quite smooth if you can get over the initial shock of sweetness.

Drinkability: The sweetness of this beer really borders on cloying. Too much of a good thing can turn bad. This beer is not bad, but not one of Alesmith's best. I look forward to trying this from the tap or bottle to taste the difference versus the cask.

Serving type: cask

09-13-2005 19:34:32 | More by BrewMaster
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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.