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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

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 24.55%
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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Photo of unitmonster
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of hamilton23
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle courtesy of dmsohyea. Thanks Ian. Sampled side-by-side with the regular version. Pours a translucent dark brown with a small light tan head that has goon retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The first whiff is huge bourbon with some vanilla and oak. Underneath this lies a lot of the flavors present in the base beer. Raisin and plum with some brown sugar. A bit of cherry and light alcohol as well. A little bit of tartness is evident from the smell. The aroma is pretty amazing. The initial taste is relatively sweet with some brown sugar. Then comes the big bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Hints of plum and cherry as well. The finish has a decent tartness to it. No real alcohol present in the taste, which is quite surprising considering how prominent the bourbon is. Medium body. Low to Medium carbonation. A unique and amazingly delicious beer. The -bals really did wonders here, taking an average barley wine and turning it into a world class beer. The sweetness of the base beer is balanced out here, and the tartness somehow works wonderfully.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at release. Review from notes.

Smells of bourbon, brown sugar, and various tart fruits. Smell made me much more interested than I previously had been.

Taste was very unique. Slightly tart fruit tastes like younger grapes and cranberry fighting to take the forefront of the flavor with spiced, brown sugar booziness-- a fun battle to have take place on your tongue. Carbonation was full and added to the flavor pop. I found the worried-about 'tartness' really was more of a fascinating mouthfeel/flavor aspect than it was something foul, and pretty mild at that.

Definitely a unique brew that I wish I could've tried more of, but am very glad I had the chance to try.

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a small taster on tap 6/15 at the release, and also opened a bottle on 6/18 amongst friends!

A: Opaque mahogany, with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bourbon notes hit first, followed by a caramel, chocolatey, mild fruitiness.

T: Upon first taste, the caramel sweetness hits with a strong dark fruity undertone, plums maybe? The bourbon flavoring is moderate and continuous with each sip.

M: Medium to moderate carbonation, and very smooth going down.

O: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, more than I thought I would. Glad I have another bottle to save.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

The beer is a very dark mahogany color. No light penetrates it. Head is a frothy tan foam which recedes quickly. The nose is bourbon, chocolate and oak with a hint of sweetness. Taste is a surprising melange of bourbon and tart cherries. It starts out with huge chocolate notes which give way to flavors of caramel and dark fruit. A tart, sourness enters toward the end and the finish is a lingering tartness with chocolate and subdued bourbon heat rounding it out. Feel is light to medium with a lower level of carbonation which works well here. Overall this was pretty darned good. I liked the complexity of the bourbon and sourness combined with the smooth chocolate and caramel qualities. Glad I was able to try this. Recommended.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by GT. Thanks man!

Bottle 195/433

The beer is cola brown with a small tan head. The aroma brings a potent dose of oak, funk, malt, toffee, booze, vanilla. The flavor offers toast with vanilla, bourbon, oak. Complex and wonderful. Present sourness throughout. Amazingly, this works quite well. I am really surprised how well the sour character and robust barleywine components mesh together. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Light warming alcohol in the finish. Overall, this was thoroughly enjoyable. I could sip on this all night.

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carleton (SpdKilz) for the share. Bottle #72 of 433. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind no lace. Turbid orange-brown body.

S - Prunes and dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, light oak, and some mild tart and sour notes mixed in. You can tell there's an infection, intentional or otherwise, but it integrates pretty well in to the flavor profile.

T - The taste has less of the sourness, although there's still a touch of acetic acid present. More barleywine-esque flavors - burnt sugars, dark fruits, oaky vanilla, bourbon, and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium-bodied, with a sticky and chewy texture to it. Lower carbonation, tannic and dry finish, and amazingly little alcohol present.

D - This is a very good beer, with the sourness working quite nicely. I'm not sure how it will age, but right now it's highly enjoyable. I'm sad I only had a glass, as I think I could have tackled a bottle of this one over the course of an evening.

Photo of pastradul
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at release.

was looing forward to this brew since i had the regular recently and I liked where the brew has gone.

first smell is sour lactic followed by some deep vanilla bourbon.

the taste is great. up front is a quick cherry kick on the tongue then follwed by a dry mid palate that has a nice malt profile... the bourbon and wood take over in the back of the palate and finish very dry...

I think this is one damn unique brew and look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.