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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel AgedAleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 39
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2011)
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Reviews by Urbancaver:
Photo of Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a light reddish brown. Nice off-white head. Looks really nice. Smells oaky and raisiny. Sweet and malty. A touch of vanilla perhaps. Tastes tart and oaky. Sweet malty but a touch sour. Well carbonated. Overall the sourness is a bit weird but works. This beer is enjoyable for sure

Urbancaver, Dec 01, 2011
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Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MASPuros, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

750ml bottle, thanks to largadeer for this great tick. -Bals, -bals, -bals, I love 'em!

Cloudy dark brown in color with reddish hues and a small light beige head.

Fruity aroma with dark berries, caramel, and a little tartness evident.

Good flavor with sweet caramel, oak, bourbon, prune, fig, and good tartness.

Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation.

Pretty good overall, but not much better than the non-bal aged version.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Massive thanks goes out to thunderroad12 for sharing this one with us during the ORF '11 release! Bottle #178 of 433! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured a dark red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, and subtle sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, and subtle sour cherries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. For this one to be known to have an infection it was a pretty nice Barleywine. The barrels really helped this one out and made it quite pleasant. The sour cherry note was quite nice and added to the complexity of the brew, but I hate to say that it would have been a nicer brew without it. Still really glad I got the opportunity to try this one and would do so again and again given the chance.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

A big thanks to metallitone1 for this beer. Shared with others at Zwanze Day 2011. Bottle #72 of 433. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a somewhat hazy brown color. It looked similar to the BA Cuir we opened up a bit later on.

Smell – A nice malty, bourbon aroma mixed with vanilla, brown sugar and a hint of tart funk.

Taste – The first impression is that this is a tasty BA Barleywine. Oak, vanilla, plentiful bourbon characteristics, plums, cherries, hints of chocolate, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Then, as the sip finishes there is a slight, restrained tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – I had heard this was an “infected barleywine” and was curious to try it. This really was an enjoyable experience. Whereas I have drain poured a few unintentionally infected beers in the past, this one was far from a drain pour. The subtle funk was not a turnoff but added to the beer. Everything was well balanced as of now, though I am curious to see if the funk takes over in the future and becomes overbearing. Glad I was able to get this beer.

SpdKilz, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%

Thanks lessurluck for sharing this

Pours a caramel color in the glass. No head at all, only hint of a head is the lacing around the glass.

Smells - aging is present, Bourbon, vanilla, sweet sugar, some oakyness caramel, and toffee.

Taste - the beautiful Bret is present but it aids this beer on the way down. It doesn't hinder any of the other flavors to this beer but yet it makes it more unique. Sweet caramel, vanilla, Bourbon, sweet sugar.

Overall- I couldn't be happier with the way this turned out!

badboyrsl84, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of nightwing002
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

nightwing002, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of unitmonster
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%

On tap at the BA Speedway Stout/Decadence release party.

A - Dark brown, almost looks like a stout. Holding it up to the light you can really start to see its a barleywine.

S - Amazing bourbon notes and a hint of sour to it. I picked up three tasters of BA Speedway and BA Decadence for my friends and I in line, and I thought the Decadence was the Speedway because it smelled so good.

T - All I have to say is wow. The taste blew me away. I was debating with my friends as to which brew was which, and I thought because of the hype that my Decadence had to the the Speedway. Bourbon, dark fruits, oak, and that slight sourness make it a top notch beer.

M - Very light for such a big beer. The tartness really evens things out.

O - I love this beer. I will continue to trade for more of it.

unitmonster, Aug 02, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%

one of the last beers i got to crack open before the latest illness. poured into a jackie o snifter, bottle 453

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that just towered over the top of the glass. Settling down smoothly and evenly it produced a thick coating of lace all along the sides of the glass. Rich vanilla and woody aromas are being picked up almost immediately. Huge notes of oak and subtle caramel and toffee and truly dominating here for sure. Warming only brings this out further, rich and decadent, sweet aromas just building off each other here. The first sip is divine, subtle, and rich and perfectly carbonated it simply rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that is unheard of. Vanilla and caramel merging with oak like notes and such a strong dry finish, it was near perfection.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +10%

Thanks to Arthur for sending this rarity.

Dark auburn with some haze. Pours with a finger of tan head that eventually settles down to a very thin collar.

Equal parts malt, barrel and funk on the nose. Bourbon and toffee, old leather, minerals/iron, slight meatiness, figs. Light acetic acid, a ton of brett. Unusual stuff for sure.

Complex and surprisingly nice palate. Not overly sour necessarily, but there's a definite wild element to it. Leathery, earthy funk, sweet toffee, figs, currants - there's an oddly harmonious balance here. A moderate bourbon barrel element, oak, vanilla. Finishes with light tartness, cranberry, leather. A nice accident.

largadeer, Aug 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

dmsohyea, Jun 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

DarthKostrizer, Oct 27, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of hamilton23
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

On tap at the release

A: Dark brown with some red highlights around the edges. Creamy beige head with lots of retention. Slow to dissipate.

S: Bourbon, slight tartness, vanilla.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, a slight tartness...like a nice wine.

M: Slick, well carbonated.

O: I was convinced that I was not going to like this beer after Peter described the beer in the newsletter. WOW...he completely undersold this beer with that description. It is spectacular. I thought it was actually better than both the BA Speedway and the Coconut Vanilla Speedway that were on tap that day.

hamilton23, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10%

ygtbsm94, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Big thanks to Lunch for bringing this bottle to the barrel-aged barleywine tasting yesterday. Big want of mine getting slayed via the SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice copper color with a half-finger off-white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar.

The nose starts off with good notes of caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon in the background with slight vanilla. Very slight bit of tart cherry works its way in, adding some nice complexities. The flavor is a great combo of malt and bourbon with oak and vanilla in the background. Cherry comes out more with a very slight tartness as it warms, creating a really interesting mouthfeel.

Very nice brew that I was quite happy to try.

Thorpe429, Aug 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

JMRSN, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to SpdKilz for sharing this at Zwanze Day. Thanks also to TurdFurgison who originally shared this with me.

A - Cloudy brown beer with a bit of read. Off-white head didn't stay for very long and left only minor stick on the glass.

S - Good bourbon and oak with a little bit of vanilla. As far as something barrel aged goes, this has the qualities you would want from something that's been sitting in a bourbon barrel. Brett funk is not distracting, rather complimentary.

T - Nice malt and bourbon profile with good brown sugar and a nice bit of cherry tartness. The vanilla and oak are neither harsh nor overbearing, rather about spot on.

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth with some moderate carbonation.

O - This is a great tasting beer that I've been fortunate enough to sample two times now. Would not turn this down, and would love to have it again. Drinks pretty easy.

AgentZero, Sep 18, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: The beer pours a dark amber/mahogany color with a finger or so of khaki head.

S: Not surprisingly for an Alesmith barrel aged beer, the nose is full of bourbon. Lots of vanilla, oak, and maple syrup, too. There's a bit of leather and a nice tart cherry note. Plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar as well.

T: The flavor is much the same. Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors to this one with some oak and more bourbon. A touch of chocolate covered cherry and a subtle tartness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I had my doubts about this beer, but they were put to rest. Really a good beer.

womencantsail, Jun 30, 2011
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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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