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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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(send 'em beer!)
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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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:07:22 | More by xpimptastikx
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-23-2011 18:21:36 | More by JMRSN
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GradyS1

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-23-2011 14:50:26 | More by GradyS1
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rpaul2012

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-20-2011 05:16:48 | More by rpaul2012
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12-13-2011 15:50:56 | More by TXhomebrewer
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2011 04:42:03 | More by starrdogg
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drinktheabbey

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-05-2011 23:26:10 | More by drinktheabbey
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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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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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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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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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rrryanc

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-26-2011 18:24:22 | More by rrryanc
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-17-2011 02:01:47 | More by Photekut
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-16-2011 01:06:34 | More by codynevels
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 22:47:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nightwing002

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 21:45:11 | More by nightwing002
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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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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:48:21 | More by SpdKilz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:13:30 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:12:14 | More by AgentZero
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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
AleSmith Decadence 2008 Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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