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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.52/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
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

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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!

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4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish body, hazy, with fine light tan head.

Big bold nose, bit of maple and a kinda American barleywine vibe.

Woody body with ample maple syrup, but really refined. A bit tangy.

Kinda standard body.

Nice, rich, kinda like what Voodoo Doughnut should've been like.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a murky amberish brown with half a finger of amber/tan colored head which dissapates quickly into a film.... A little bit of spotting

S: caramel covered apples, raisins, brown sugar and delicious toffee and maple smoke, this has a great nose. I was afraid that the smoke might be overwhelming bit it blends in with the nose beautifully... There is a hint of alcohol in there as well that becomes more apparent as this one warms.

T: much like the nose except the smoke is turned up a bit, caramel and toffe notes along with brown sugar and a touch of raisin, at first the smoke
Comes in with a slight campfires bite, bit is then subdued by the malt and takes on a more Mapely note. but honestly the smoke is a bit heavy for me.

M: heavy bodied with low carbonation, drinks like apple cider i feel, dry on the finish with a touch of lingering smoke.

O: this is a very good and unique brew, and a very nice barleywine, te smoke is a touch to much for me, but this is deffinatly a good beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a nice burnt sienna color. Mild haze. The cream colored head settles into just a thin wisp after a little while. Spotty and scraggly lacing coats the whole glass.

S: Robust malt scents of chocolate covered caramel chews, nuts, and a slight woody presence. Good layer of smoke and campfire. Sugary maple. Dried fig and golden raisins.

T: Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, bread crust, nuts. Slight spicy alcohol burn. A thin blanket of smoke covers everything. Dried fig and golden raisin. Caramel and sugary maple. Brothy. Drying finish of wood, light smoke, powdery chocolate, and dried fig.

M: Thick, chewy body. Very filling and mouth-coating. Light carbonation. Deliciously smooth. Great mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. It seems as though you could spoon it out of the glass.

O: As its name would suggest, this beer is indeed decadent. The dessert-like aspects of it are quite appealing, right down to the thick but silky-smooth mouthfeel. Great restraint and great balance too; the smoke and maple complement nicely and never threaten to steal the show. A year in the cellar really seems to have smoothed it out, and it's hitting its stride right now. Drink it up if you happen to have a bottle stashed away.

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.