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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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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

A gorgeous barleywine. Flawless, in fact. A near-clear burnt amber with a very persistent, moderately-sized creamy khaki-colored head. Leaves messy, irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is very, very nice, which actually makes the flavor seem worse in comparison because the flavor isn't nearly as nice as the aroma. Sweet toffees and caramels, mild maple sweetness (though I'd probably name it "honey," without the obvious prompting), and a nice, hidden smoke character.

The smoke is far more present in the flavor than in the aroma, which is disappointing to me, as I'm not the hugest fan of smoke-forward beers. Sweet maple and caramels combine, along with a bit of an alcohol kick.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I wish the smoke was tamed further in the flavor, as the aroma is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:34:55 | More by ehammond1
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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.

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.