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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American 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 02-25-2012)
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Reviews by BigPlay1824:
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours an extremely hazy deep amber color with two fingers of frothy cocoa brown head which dissipates rather rapidly and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice deep maple notes with an incredibly deep sweetness and a really nice freshly cut wood note
T: really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper
M: gentle carbonation tingle up front, drinks with a wonderful thickness as ive come to love in the style, finishes nicely without any alcohol burn but does have a slight sticky sweetness to it, maybe the maple syrup perhaps
O: this was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:41:00 | More by BigPlay1824
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2014 03:46:17 | More by LakerLeith
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-10-2014 13:16:46 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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vfgccp

New York

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - On point for a barley wine. Deep mahogany body with a creamy, aged-paper white head. Nice retention and outstanding lace.

S - Smooth and smokey with a gentle sweetness. Salty bacon, soft smoke, caramel, and a deep raspberry dark chocolate.

T - Fantastic smokey bacon flavor. Crispy bacon, sea salt, molasses, bitter charred wood, touch of booze, and smooth caramel.

M - Super smooth with a long, mellow, semi-sweet salted caramel finish.

O - Reviewed fresh and 3 years old; fresh the profile was a lot more bacon forward, but what little the aged bottle lost in bacon it gained in spades in smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:38:30 | More by vfgccp
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-17-2014 00:44:12 | More by GABrew
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-26-2014 00:11:49 | More by DrFunkenstein
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-14-2013 19:20:47 | More by Rhettroactive
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-14-2013 19:06:30 | More by billab914
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-14-2013 19:04:08 | More by siege06nd
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-14-2013 18:59:46 | More by IrishColonial
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2013 23:58:09 | More by Stinger80OH
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-19-2013 17:08:59 | More by user785335
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-06-2013 20:57:15 | More by damienblack
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-03-2013 03:56:58 | More by megamass
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish amber. Big bubbles in an off-white head.

Smell - Sweet maple and malt. A little smokey, but not intense. A counterpoint to the maple, I suppose.

Taste - Lots of maple. The smoke is secondary. Looking for more depth to the malt. Smokey flavor is minimal but sustained into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter than I expected. Too light, maybe. Bitter.

Overall - Not impressed by this. The idea is good, but not enough malt complexity to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 18:11:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a HoTD tulip it presents a deep burgundy-reddish concoction with a nice tan cap which leaves a great head, lots of retention and plenty of lacing. Beautiful. For a three year old barleywine it could not get any better.

S: Big maple on this bad boy, sweet and decadent living up to its name, plenty of bourbon and wood on the nose with a scent of caramel, toffee and sweet brown sugar. A nice smoke to it, not a meaty like smoke but charred wood meets campfire. Perhaps a little bit of faded pine resin to boot and a pungent booze sting on the nostrils.

T: Sweet maple stickiness upfront coupled with bourbon from the barrel. My oh my. A bit of smoke and heat appears ushering loads of sweetness; decadent caramel, toffee and some brown sugar. As I roll it across the tongue it opens and flourishes into a boozey sweet monster with lots of complexity. Some leather and tobacco come out amidst the smoke and maple. The finish is oh so warm and sweet; like liquid candy and booze.

M: Well carbonated, nice sting booze, sweet full body presence here but not overly boozey, stinging or cloying considering all that is going on.

O: This beer is magnifico right now. I do believe it may have been a bit to hot and sweet in 2011. Time has done this beer well and it was a great birthday beer and great barleywine to add to my kill list. Thanks mjn78 for seeking this out!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:37:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.