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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

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 39
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 34
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.84/5  rDev -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.

Photo of seeswo
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
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

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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