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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | 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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark burgundy brown color with a generously thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Faded smoke/char, roasted toffee, figs, some smoked bacon, prunes, and lots of legs when the glass is swirled.

T - The smokiness and maple has faded quite a bit (big surprise), mostly dark fruit, a touch of woodiness, and noticeable alcohol warming on the back end. There some mild bitterness at the end and at the same time some of the maple starts to come through.

M - Thick, full bodied, boozy with a very dry finish, sugary sticky on the lips, velvet smooth on the tongue.

O - Nicely blended and evolves as it airs out in the glass.

Photo of noproduction
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HMOG donation. Brought this back from SD about a year and half ago and it already had about a year of age on it. Not sure what possessed me other than to get the Alesmith rate but I am not typically a big fan of smoke. It has to be done well and pretty damn subtle in order for me to like it. This one still has a bit of smoke going on which is exacerbated a bit by the maple as well. Personal preference here so don’t knock my rate.

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

Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer offers a barleywine base of sweet caramel with medium bacony smoke with a slight woody bitterness.

Age has probably helped this beer out as the flavors could be more imbalanced. It's drinking well.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aged in cellar for 3 years.
Nose: faint smoke, sugar, dried fruit, plums.
Pours hazy chestnut under a 2" walnut tinted foam cap with a fine bead that persists and leaves fine lace. Some legs.
Has a rich palate with dark caramel, fig, a suspicion of sherry, plum, a hint of cola and smoke. The smoke is mild - it is not to Aecht Schlenkerla levels. Finishes with a moderate bitter hop accent.
Medium full body to chewy with above average soft carbonation. Even though this is classed as a barleywine it has a very Belgian feel to in in terms of texture and ration of aocohol to malt.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vfgccp
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.