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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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 76
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 39
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 76
Photo of unitmonster
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (624 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
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! (509 characters)

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of hamilton23
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/15/2011

On tap at the release at Alesmith. 

A: Deep reddish brown with a big frothy beige head with good retention.

S: Chocolate, caramel, and cherries with an evident lactic sourness. Light bourbon notes exist alongside vanilla and oak. No booze. The lactic dark fruit profile is quite powerful.

T: The flavor is quite nice, surprisingly. Lightly tart, with prominent notes of chocolate and caramel, as well as a strong lactic dark fruit profile. I detect plum, grape, and cherry. Bourbon maintains an evenhanded presence throughout. Very complex. Finishes with an upper moderate lactic sourness that lingers with chocolate and dark fruits.

M: Lower full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Unique, and much better than I expected. Definitely worth a try. (818 characters)

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AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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