1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-12-2012 12:33:10 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some subtle smoke aromas. There is no real maple presence in the smell. Taste is of malt and subtle smoke flavors but there is a maple flavor that I am able to pick out. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but it tastes better than it smells. I really wish the smoke and maple would be more apparent in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:07:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-26-2012 15:31:03 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate brown color with a moderate off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose brings a moderate dosage of smoke alongside just a touch of maple and some caramel and bread sweetness. Flavor has smoke again, and it is a bit overbalanced toward this. Malt in the background. Hints of maple. Body is medium and rich with quite a bit of sweetness. Interesting, though not something I’d necessarily want to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:02:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-04-2012 14:03:04 | More by nmann08
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2012 01:17:29 | More by acurtis
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-03-2012 21:21:52 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-17-2012 00:16:59 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-16-2013 14:18:04 | More by Knapp85
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -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.

B

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 04:08:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:37:29 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2014 06:13:02 | More by zestar
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-17-2012 02:02:50 | More by rab53
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-29-2013 06:07:06 | More by Kelp
Photo of billab914
billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-14-2013 19:06:30 | More by billab914
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/25/2012

Cask pour at the Grand reopening of the newly remodeled Alesmith tasting room.

A: Dark reddish orange with a big frothy beige head. Nice color.

S: Beautiful aroma. A duet of maple and beechwood smoke with accompanying brown sugar. Caramel blends with date. Citrus lingers in the background.

T: Sweet caramel with an upper moderate bitterness and a firm beechwood smoke presence. The combination of bitterness and smoke is palate wearying. Citrus is light. Finishes rich and smoky with a firm bitterness. Alcohol is evident in the flavor.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation. I think this would be better on draft or from the bottle as carbonation might lift some of the bitterness and smoke off the palate. As is, the smoke-bitterness combo is a bit much in the flavor.

Overall: Awesome aroma but the combination of bitterness, alcohol, and smoke is a little too aggressive on cask. Still, this is a quality offering and I can see this being better in a different serving format or with a few months time.

Serving type: cask

02-25-2012 23:32:57 | More by HopHead84
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-11-2013 16:42:58 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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
Photo of Rhettroactive
Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-14-2013 19:20:47 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of dgilks
dgilks

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clearish red-amber colour with a smooth, light tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smoky and fruity. Sweet. Alcohol. Interesting but a little one-dimensional.

Sweet malt with lots of alcohol. Plenty of bitterness. Nice smoke notes. A little simple but it works.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Simple and quite creamy.

A lovely barleywine. Simple but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 08:16:25 | More by dgilks
Photo of vfgccp
vfgccp

New York

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2013 02:03:17 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Gobzilla
Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-05-2013 10:29:53 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1346th Review on BA
Bottle to Excelcior Tulip
750ml gold foil wrapped

2011 Vintage

App- A lot of color in the glass. A good mix of Ambers, crimson, browns and yellows. A solid quick receding two finger head with no cling or lace. A nice medium density and clarity.

Smell- A lot more subtle than I was thinking it would be and for that I was very happy. A light smoke note with a little bitter hops and moves into a stinging booze with a damp orange and a small sweetness of the maple.

Taste- It's a bit smoky but not over powering. A little char like a campfire with some smooth and creamy malts and has like the nose a smooth damp orange flavor. The bottom of the bottle was much better and was a bit smoother and richer than the top pours.

Mouth- A small fuller medium body with a creamy medium carbonation. A rich malty flavor with some damp orange and a smoky residual flavor remains.

Drink- This was a tasty beer. A bit tangled but could be more layered to say the least. I would like to lay a bottle down for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:15:53 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Reagan1984
Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-26-2012 21:16:51 | More by Reagan1984
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.