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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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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 40
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

gregmoscetti, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle received in the Light Whale BIF

A - dark amber, rootbeer, thin sheet of khaki head.

S - cherry, toffee, vanilla, oak.

T - dark fruits, caramel, light sourness lingers.

M - medium body, light carbonation, slight sour and tannic finish.

O - A really interesting "intentional" infection that worked very well. It was actaully one of my favorites at a bottle release tasting.

xpimptastikx, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of JMRSN
3/5  rDev -22.9%

JMRSN, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

GradyS1, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of rpaul2012
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of drinktheabbey
5/5  rDev +28.5%

drinktheabbey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

srandycarter, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

seeswo, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Urbancaver, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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

brew3crew, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

rrryanc, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MASPuros, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +2.8%

MrVonzipper, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -22.9%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nightwing002
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

nightwing002, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 25, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 19, 2011
AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.