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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%


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 mcallister:
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mcallister

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut in color and very carbonated. A large head of light tan erupts to 2 finger high then slowly fades leaving a thin sticky layer of lace in its wake.

Light smokey aromas. Maple covered bacon and country ham, toffee, date, sweet crusty bread, some citrusy notes with a nutty aroma on the end.

By the other reviews coming in I was thinking I may be disappointed. However this beer is rocking. Deep and complex with layers of flavor with each sip. Starts semi sweet with maple, plum, fig and date, golden raisin and thick cut bread. Then the smoked malts really shine through on the mid palate and finish. Hints of meat, cherry, lavender, a burnt clove flavor, and long bitter finish.

The heavily carbonated pour didn't transfer through to the mouth. Things are lightly carbonated creamy and vibrant. A delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 21:11:14 | More by mcallister
More User Reviews:
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vfgccp

New York

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
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GABrew

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-03-2014 00:51:46 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-26-2014 00:11:49 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-19-2013 06:12:17 | More by wolf_switzer
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-25-2013 17:46:34 | More by Hugonaut13
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-06-2013 19:19:20 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-03-2013 02:03:17 | More by bsuedekum
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-31-2013 04:19:07 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-24-2013 14:38:16 | More by kspongeworthy
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-15-2013 04:51:41 | More by Zbeetleman
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-05-2013 10:29:53 | More by Gobzilla
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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-02-2013 10:27:15 | More by pperez38
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-29-2013 06:07:06 | More by Kelp
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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.