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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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89
very good

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 35
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jerz on 06-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Same recipe as Decadence 2005.
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A knock-you-on-the-rear big beer. Big mouth feel,great fruitiness, surprisingly hoppy.A real American take on this style, more of an American strong ale. I would like to drink more as so tasty but booze bill took its toll on us. Share with friends!
Gotten in trade.

Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure if my bottle has been abused but I didn't have quite the same experience that some of these other people did.

It poured hazy and red. Not much carbonation but it was a nice balance. The head was tan but didn't last.

The smell seemed right on the money when I read that this is an english old ale. It was mild but it had a strong sweet malt smell. There was some caramel and some sugar. I didn't catch nearly as much of that alcohol nose coming from the bottle but in my pint glass there was a tiny bit of it. Definitely smelled aged. I didn't catch any hop aroma and since the malt seemed so aged, I'm not sure that this beer really would hold up too much longer.

The taste was strong but not as impressive as I had hoped after reading some of these reviews. Somewhat complex and of caramel and alcohol. I can see the brown sugar taste that people are mentioning. The alcohol is a bit distracting and even though this has a real nice flavor, its not worth what I paid for it.

The body was heavy, which was nice, but the alcohol burn was strong. Drinkable if real cold but the flavors don't come out until it warms. No perfect temperature to drink this at in my opinion.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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 clear dark amber with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some very nice fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with 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 with a very nice aroma and tasty flavor.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with an impressive, rocky head that leaves copious lacing behind

Smell: Dark fruit (dates and figs), licorice, caramel and wood

Taste: Opens with a nice blend of dark fruit, caramel and licorice that adds a hint of hops, scorched wood and molasses by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel flavors soften out the profile and blend beautifully with the dark fruit in the finish though there is a subtle hint of pithy hops that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: To me, this is a really fine example of the English Old Ale style

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy amber color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with residual sugar notes and lightly dry fruits notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some dry fruits and caramel malt with light residual sugar. This one almost taste like an English barleywine and hops do not play a dominant roles. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and more balanced then most other beers form this brewer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Candy apple red with ripe orange edges. Backlighting results in a wonderful, warm, firelight glow. The smallish cap is the color of lightly buttered white toast and lasts much longer than expected given the way it looked immediately after the pour. The glass is barely touched, unsurprising given the ABV, but the beer itself looks great.

The nose is nice without being 'knock your socks off' stupendous. It's primarily caramel malty with aromas of brown sugar and brown fruit (fallen apples and figs). I'm reminded of a wee heavy for some reason, although there isn't any peat. A musky, earthy hoppiness gives the nose yet another dimension.

I imagine that Decadence has mellowed during its two year sleep. It's obvious that it was a rip snorter when younger, since one can still detect the echoes (more than echoes, actually) of a considerable alcohol presence. It doesn't taste like it should be aged much longer, though. One more year at most.

Brown is still the order of the day. The flavor profile consists of well-toasted brown bread (with some pumpernickel cocoa and some rye spiciness) drizzled with caramel and dusted with brown sugar. The fruits noted above are still present as well. Decadence isn't that sweet, however, since the alcohol cuts through each mouthful like a knife through warm butter.

I don't believe that this 10th Anniversary release was aged in whiskey barrels, but it sure tastes like it. I should have said 'whisky', not 'whiskey', since it tastes more like a dram of Scotland's finest was added at some point along the way. On second thought, it just might hold up for a few more years.

While the mouthfeel isn't as decadent as the name would suggest, it's beginning to come into its own as the beer nears room temperature. There's a stealth viscosity that it becoming more noticeable each time I upend the glass. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking led me to expect a quiescent mouthfeel... which is exactly what I'm getting.

Decadence Anniversary Ale isn't the best old ale that I've ever had, but it has enough going for it to justify the name and gold foil-bedecked bottle. AleSmith continues to impress. I'm enjoying this one and I look forward to seeing what future Decadences have in store.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thrilled to finally be able to crack this one open, i wasted little time in decanting. i promised jess i would empty the fridge and that is exactly what i intend to do. served cold but brought up to room temp in a snifter.

Poured a deep hazy reddish amber, no real head or lace to speak of, just a syrupy looking liquid in the glass, no visible carbonation. Nice color but other then that pretty standard.

Strong alcohol notes were apparent immediatly, one I got past that there was some light sweetness coming up, mixed with a touch o toffee and vanilla. classic old ale. Very strong, almost overwhelming. Still alot of alcohol in this for sure. No real hoppiness to speak of, just some maltiness and a slight bit of a bourbon taste to it. definite vanilla notes and a long oak like flavor in the finish that as it hit room temperature started to morph on its own..still young the anb still showed a good bit, but as far as liquid feel, very smooth, not alot of life in it, but not too slick either. Had the constency of a cough syrup, a bit thick.

A bottle put in a snifter is an all night sipper. Really can't drink more then one of these, and a sip every 5 minutes is more then enough for me.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark chestnut color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet and toasty malts with a hint of roast and coffee. A bit of alcohol and dark fruit underneath the toffee, caramel, and maple notes.

T: Not nearly as sweet as I expect from most old ales. A slight bitterness to it, but not in the usual hop sense. Toasted and burnt malts/sugars to this one, with some toffee and molasses. A definite fruit character to it as well, mostly plums and cherries.

M: Medium to full bodied, smooth and subtly carbonated. Not exactly thick and syrupy, but not very light, either.

D: This alcohol makes its presence known here, and this one hits quite hard. The beer is good, but not great and I would be interested to see how this ages.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruby-red body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of spiced caramel, syrup-soaked pound cake, dried fruits, fire-toasted wood, and fine tobacco backed by an earthy hop scent.

Taste: Spiced caramel malt flavor with a moderate sweetness to pair with the moderate earthy hop bitterness. Light cherry fruitiness. Hint of coffee along the way. Woody, bittersweet finish with a lil' kick of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I can easily imagine this was brash and hot when first released, but 2+ years have tempered its harsher characteristics and coalesced it into a fine beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, copious foam with lasting coverage. Opaque and impenetrable.

Smells like old shit. Bread dough and toffee with a side of oxidation. Sweet pastry.

Tastes like heavy oxidized nutty malt, creamy and smooth, slightly creamy lactic toffee and mild bitterness. Its alright, other Alesmith beers are much better.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut-hued, under tight, tan top.

Earthy, nutty aroma, caramel flavor, mixed with spice and fruit esters. A heady, burgundy-esque blend. Noice.

Delectable and deep at once, a bold entry on the palate, hanging full with weighty flavors. Sticks long on the tastebuds, rolls around with imperious aplomb, a brilliant mix of delicious malt, and just enough hops. Lip-smacking delight.

11%? I can feel it coming on...this is a fine, fine barleywine that will put an excellent close to the day. Half the bottle left...means I'm gonna feel twice as good when it's time to hit the hay.

much thanks to beerhandy and BiF33 for the bottle.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
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

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a fat, one-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer sits in my glass a dark amber hued, brown color, but shows an almost brilliantly clear, cranberry color when held up to the light. The carbonation is visually slight, with only a few lonely bubbles working there way through the glass at a time. The aroma has quite a dusty malt character to it, with lots of toasted grain notes and browned artisanal bread crust aromatics. It still has a sweet smelling character to it, which definitely accentuates fruit notes of berries and perhaps some raisin like aromas. The hot alcohol that was in this beer when I first had it seems to have toned down significantly as it just plays a role in the background; it produces some aromatics notes that make me think of molasses rum. The aroma has a bit too much of a grain husk like sharpness to it, but it still has vastly improved.

Sweet and viscous feeling, this beer definitely has a creamy mouthfeel to it. The slight carbonation adds just a touch of a sparkle towards the finish. Dark, toasted malt flavors play a big role here; sharp, roast grain husk notes, toasted bread flavors, something that almost seems wood like at times. This is still a bit hot in the finish, the alcohol definitely supplies ample warming character here, which isn't actually all that bad on this uncharacteristically cold, AZ night. Slightly fruity, though not as much as the aroma would have suggested, flavors of raisins, a touch of berry notes and at times a hint of cherry. These notes are joined by complimentary flavors reminiscent of toffee, a hint of vanilla and molasses. The alcohol, along with the fruit notes provides something like the finish of a brandy. A solid, yet initially unnoticed because of all of the malt sweetness, bitterness is found in the finish, it lingers a bit and slowly wins out over the malt sugars. Most definitely a chewy, sipping beer; thick and rich, a beer to be savored slowly over an evening in front of the fire.

This has definitely vastly improved ; initially it was something I would only just want to drink a full glass of. It still has a ways to go though, and I still think that it will improve for at least another year, if not even significantly longer. The beer still needs to soften up a bit, and a bit of oxidation should add some needed complexity.

Sampled October, 2005
Pours a clear rich amber color and is topped by a frothy amber tan colored head. The aroma is fruity and malty; a mix of sticky toffee, cherry, and sharp alcohol. The aroma seems a bit too strongly towards the alcohol side of the spectrum, at least initially.

The taste is quite sweet and full in the palate, and the finish has a strong, hot alcohol note to it. In the finish is also a roasted astringency that has notes of coffee. As my palate becomes used to it the beer loses its initial sticky sweetness; it still tastes strongly of caramel and toffee but becomes a bit more richer. This beer is definitely on the young side, in fact this needs at least 6 months, but probably more like 2 years before it comes into its own. This beer actually has quite a bit of potential, but I wish that the brewery had brewed this two years earlier for this 10 year anniversary. I expect my ratings for this to go up as time passes.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/24/08- Purchased at High Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, sealed in foil and capped. 2005 edition supporting their 10th anniversary. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Slight murky off brown color, maybe a cough sryup orange tinge around the edges. Good and strong 3/4 inch head of foam upon pour. Leaves some sticky traces of lace on the finish.

Smell- Heavenly! Tons of sweet roasted caramel, brown sugar and a medly of dark fruits (plums, dates and figs). Right on the crack of the bottle the scent escaped and filled the air. Not quite as strong a scent in the glass, but still tremendous.

Taste- Old ales are rather new to me. Pretty sure I have only reviewed a handful if that. This beer just blew me away though. Identical to the nose as a blend of caramel candied malt hits you strong. Brown sugar seems to be a bit more restrained than the nose would have suggested. Plums and dates soaked in what seems like whiskey or bourbon also add to the experience.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch too much carbonation is the only things I can fuss about. Very creamy and viscous.

Drinkability- Damn. I am so friggin glad I have another bottle of this stashed away. Think I'll save it for a few more years and crack it on some special occasion. One of the best beers I have set my mouth upon.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, picked up at BevMo Long Beach,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a creamy off-white head, sticking around for a while, cool lacing.

S: Interesting malt nose (smells a bit aged already, there's a hint of oxidation). Soy sauce, BBQ sauce, prunes.

T: Complex malt flavour - some chocolate, vinous character/black currants, dark bread. Surprisingly hoppy (for the style, in San Diego you won't bat an eye), bringing some pine needles and white grapefruit. An intriguing character, but I was taken aback when the American style hop notes showed up on a self-proclaimed English Style Old Ale. Tastes good for sure.

M: Medium/full-bodied, with a hint of acidity. Carbonation is mild, but bites on occasion. EtOH is there, so close to taking over the beer at points, making it hot, but it never does which I was happy with.

D: A sipper, but easy to drink. After having the '08 Barleywine recently and seeing how well that did after 2 years of aging I would love to see where this goes in 2-3 years. Not the same type of beer, but pretty much sister styles. I love the malt flavours so I'd love to see what happens when the hops drop out. This beer is hinting at greatness in its future, only time will tell.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.