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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

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
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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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

siege06nd, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a snifter, dark brown ale with a slim cap of tan bubbly head. Some lace motes trail down the sides of the glass.

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

M: creamy smooth, soft and slightly fuzzy; slightly sticky and with a flash of drying chalkiness on the close

O: nothing wrong with having an old ale with 3 years on it. Grand drinking experience.

Greywulfken, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +0.3%

jeff1973, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tom-Peters, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky brown. Small khaki head. Wispy with a small collar.

Smell - Really nice. Oxidization has set in, but it's sherry not cardboard and I like that in this style. Caramel malt and even a tinge of grapefruit hop still there.

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.

Overall - Age seems to have done this well. I don't know about the style, though. I would have pegged it as an American Barleywine.

Alieniloquium, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

enelson, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades fairly quickly.

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.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice balanced old ale. A touch on the thin side.

ngeunit1, Apr 07, 2013
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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.

hooliganlife, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +0.3%

david131, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

chrisxmartin, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

DarthKostrizer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of maximep
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

maximep, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1565th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml

Shared with Daysinthewake & Litheum94
Purchased from Walnut Liquorette for $16.99

App- More of a rust/caramel color in the glass without a head to speak of. A bit of a denser pour but still retained and creamy and shiny look to it. There was no cling. Looked like a darker cordial in the glass.

Smell- It was a traditional old ale to me. A large malt presence with a bit of creme on the nose. Retained a small quad like nose. Picked up on some dark fruits and touches of vanilla as well.

Taste- Its a good old ale. Really had a lot of flavors melded well together and didnt have a harshness or lack of balance as some do. This was more smooth with the flavors complimenting. The vanilla was there and then the malts came in with a caramel sweetness that played off a rich cream like flavor.

Mouth- A small medium body with a bit of a low carbonation. Residual flavors of malty caramel and a bit of a sweetness behind it.

Drink- Did this side by side with the BA version and we all know who wont the battle but this was a good beer. A very good beer. Would love another bottle.

FosterJM, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark red hued amber with a small tan head that leaves light lacing. Malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavor of classic old ale rich malts and dark fruit with a hint of roasted malts. Fairly sweet. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice, enjoyable old ale.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

emerge077, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

hoppymcgee, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Rempo, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
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.

BMoney575, May 24, 2012
AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.