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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

190 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 190
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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Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-16-2012 23:13:30 | More by drummermattie02
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Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-31-2011 21:06:13 | More by Stoffel
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-10-2011 03:51:24 | More by bigdaddypolite
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Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-09-2011 02:03:36 | More by jophish17
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-01-2011 08:21:27 | More by pperez38
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ksherry112

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-29-2011 20:59:58 | More by ksherry112
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-24-2011 00:59:47 | More by djrn2
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-22-2011 21:36:20 | More by brandoman63
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-20-2011 05:32:13 | More by ChrisPro
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earitt

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2011 19:55:55 | More by earitt
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Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Connecticut

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Virginia

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Illinois

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California

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Texas

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Brenden

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep, dark brownish-red brew shines a fiery red in the light. A tan head is sturdy, remaining at nearly one finger in height for a while. Lacing is left in thin, leggy rings nearly to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma showcases a sweet malt backbone with some strength to it. I expect a bit of alcohol, which I get, and the mixture of sweetness includes dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and something like a blend of figs/brown sugar. I do get a bit of grains along with it all.
This is as sweet as I expect with a very well-masked heat that's more a boozy flavor that adds some complexity. What I don't expect and am pleasantly surprised to find is a hops bitterness that rolls off the sweetness. This is a tasty beer with more balance than many old ales can manage.
The body is medium with a very crisp feel that mingles with a smoothness without losing the gentle bite and flows very nicely.
I'm very glad I got a chance to try this one; a very tasty beer and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 edition.

Pours a hazy dark brown with amber hues and a frothy khaki inch or so of beige head that leaves a nice dose of lacing as the foam quickly recedes.

Aromas begin with a great deal of dark caramelized malts. Then your get a little toffee and light baker's cocoa. There's a little mustiness/earthiness, presumably from the hops, as well as some notes of fruitiness, maybe apple and/or grapes, presumably from the age or the yeast strain. Some hint of vanilla emerge as it continues to warm. It's hard to get past that musty/woodiness however; it's a smell I can't say I have gotten in any beers I have had of late or ever for that matter. Thankfully the unpleasantness subsides once the beer opens up, so note to all: ALLOW THIS TO BREATHE FOR AT LEAST 5-10 MINUTES!

The tastes begin with light caramel maltiness coupled with sweet bready malts and a lot of lesser toffee and darker caramelized malts. The earthiness is present in the background/finish and is not as obtrusive as it was in the aroma. Various fruits also join the party; red grapes, cider apples, plum, cherries, maybe some raisins. I definitely enjoy the taste a lot more than the aroma which continues to baffle me.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium, border-lining low carbonation. The finish is full and slick with plenty of malt sweetness. Some alcohol in the finish, but nothing major and does not affect the overall flavor profile.

Overall, this beer really confused me and put my taste buds and nostrils to the test for sure. I really enjoyed the flavors but the aromas never quite matched up. It definitely improved as the beer was exposed to the air, so maybe it just needed some time to open up; hey, it works with a good aged wine so why not a good aged beer. This is a quality beer for sure from a highly skilled brewing company. Not my favorite of their offerings and definitely also not my favorite Old Ale (thanks Kuhnhenn for ruining any other Old ale I ever sample again), but still a really quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:23:35 | More by claspada
AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.