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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

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 24.74%
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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

1/5  rDev -74.2%

12-14-2013 19:15:46 | More by Rhettroactive
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IrishColonial

Texas

1/5  rDev -74.2%

12-14-2013 19:13:00 | More by IrishColonial
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siege06nd

Virginia

1/5  rDev -74.2%

12-14-2013 19:12:41 | More by siege06nd
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billab914

Virginia

1/5  rDev -74.2%

12-14-2013 19:15:25 | More by billab914
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billshmeinke

California

2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes. Thanks to Vahe (...I think).

Decadence 2008 BA 259/433
Ruby colored with a ring of beige head. 3.5
Cheesy, phenolic, weird dark fruits, some mineral, and alcohol. 2
Sweet, ripe, dark fruits (plumbs). Minerals. Cheesy funk. 2
Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Slightly tart. 2
Fuck this. This is an infected beer. Own your mistake and dump it next time. Don’t pretend you made something cool. 2

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:45:30 | More by billshmeinke
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DarthKostrizer

California

2.25/5  rDev -42%

10-27-2012 04:30:11 | More by DarthKostrizer
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leschkie

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

12-31-2011 17:49:35 | More by leschkie
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Azrael


2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

02-08-2013 04:08:53 | More by Azrael
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vissai

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

06-09-2013 10:26:49 | More by vissai
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mdfb79

New York

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 10/28/21 notes. HUGE thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 2008 version, bottle 53 of 433, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells sweet dark fruits, sour fruits and lactic notes, and some roasted malts. Sourness is odd and leads me to believe this will be infected, though it isn't bad.

t - Tastes of very sour dark fruits, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, fruity malts. Unfortunately, this one is definitely infected as the taste is very sour and full of sour cherries and dark fruits. Not the worst thing in the world but not that great and I'm sure not that they were expecting/going for.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a disappointing beer that seemed infected. I seem to me in the minority on here rating it...not sure if other people got lucky with their bottles or just enjoyed the infection way more than I did, but to me this one is not worth seeking out, especially considering the rarity/what you'd probably have to give up to land a bottle. Definitely go for the BA Speedway instead.

EDIT: Looks like this wasn't necessarily an "infection" or problem and more in line with what they may have been going for. Not changing my scores, but good to know I didn't have a rogue bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 17:40:55 | More by mdfb79
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-23-2011 18:21:36 | More by JMRSN
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-15-2011 02:45:49 | More by nmann08
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seeswo

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toffee brown, short off white head. Looks the part. Smells like sweet malts, toffee and a bit of tartness. The taste is oddly a bit tart mixed with a toffee malt sweetness. The finish is a watery tartness that really doesn't work. The tartness is alright at first, but really drags the beer down as it warms up. Decent carbonation and a good body. Would be a lot better without the tartness and the wateriness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:28:01 | More by seeswo
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-14-2013 05:20:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-24-2012 11:12:17 | More by ejimhof
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 01:33:39 | More by Urbancaver
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 22:47:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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srandycarter

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 64/433.

A - Cola brown, not much head, mostly a ring and whisp of head. Virtually no lace.

S - Best part of this one. Big sweet malt, lush dark fruit, vanilla, heat and wood.

T - Not as lush as smell had indicated. Plus a sour twang at finish that didn't go over well for me. Other than that, cola, brown sugar, wood and dark fruit.

M - Again, the sour twang messes up the finish, and I would have preferred it to be more carbonated.

D - Glad to try, but disappointed to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:00:45 | More by srandycarter
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-carmelesque body with white whispy head around the edges...

S-Bourbon mixed with a nice malt backbone

T-follows the nose nicely with a night bit of sour tang towards the end. The sourness works for it. The barrel isn't as distinqueshed as I thought it would be. Sourness comes out as it warms up

M-medium. Body and smooth

O-goes down in taste as it warms up, but not much

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 01:32:00 | More by brew3crew
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nickd717

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:29:24 | More by nickd717
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #42/433. Tulip glass.

A: Pours dark amber with reddish tint, smattering of largish tan bubbles. No lacing, so so retention

S: Mix of lush caramel, oak, hint of bourbon, chocolate, gorgeous cherry, and red wine/fruit. Awesome and well balanced. As it warms, a little sharp solventy aroma develops, and it kind of flattens out to a single note. It was a perfect 5 until this.

T: Lots of tart red cherry, some oak chars and chocolate. Tartness is pretty prominent, but not completely overpowering. Bone dry.

M: Light carbonation and medium-full body.

O: Smells phenomenal at first, less so as it warms, and tastes pretty good. similar issue as 2006 BA Decadence, but the tartness isn't a deal breaker as it was there (which was dominated by the single note of tartness). I'll bet this would be great without the infection.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:15:10 | More by pmarlowe
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2011 06:59:53 | More by MrVonzipper
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MASPuros

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-22-2011 19:11:53 | More by MASPuros
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 20:25:13 | More by GRG1313
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GradyS1

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-23-2011 14:50:26 | More by GradyS1
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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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