AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served on-draught (I saw the pour meself; it wasn't a cask) into a plastic taster cup at Alesmith's tap room in March. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, style, and description. Maple smoked? Sign me up!
A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a maple brown-copper. No visible yeast particles. An appealing appearance.
Sm: Maple, light hops (mainly floral), toasted malt, and caramelized malt. A balanced mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Maple throughout, with clean caramelized malts. Full bodied. Nice cream. Caramel. Hints of spices and bread. Balanced but simple. Well built. Not particularly subtle. Where's the smoke? Too timid.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavours nicely.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but very simple for the brewery. Disappointing in this regard. I don't know what effect the aging had. The maple is a nice touch. I'd have this again.
Serving type: on-tap
03-30-2012 04:08:37 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev +17.1%
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
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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
4.29/5 rDev +11.4%
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
AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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