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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine

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BA SCORE
87
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
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)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

06-12-2013 18:11:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

06-12-2013 01:37:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-29-2013 06:07:06 | More by Kelp
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kk73

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-25-2013 20:41:19 | More by kk73
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-17-2013 18:03:55 | More by alamode
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle (2012)

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

A gorgeous barleywine. Flawless, in fact. A near-clear burnt amber with a very persistent, moderately-sized creamy khaki-colored head. Leaves messy, irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is very, very nice, which actually makes the flavor seem worse in comparison because the flavor isn't nearly as nice as the aroma. Sweet toffees and caramels, mild maple sweetness (though I'd probably name it "honey," without the obvious prompting), and a nice, hidden smoke character.

The smoke is far more present in the flavor than in the aroma, which is disappointing to me, as I'm not the hugest fan of smoke-forward beers. Sweet maple and caramels combine, along with a bit of an alcohol kick.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I wish the smoke was tamed further in the flavor, as the aroma is quite nice.

02-16-2013 06:34:55 | More by ehammond1
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-12-2013 02:41:49 | More by kscaldef
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MystikCelt

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2013 00:26:55 | More by MystikCelt
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2013 04:50:19 | More by thebouch01
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-09-2013 02:51:45 | More by dtx00
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-02-2013 02:48:47 | More by brez8791
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2013 02:02:12 | More by bluesplit63
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MudDrinker

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-18-2013 00:15:05 | More by MudDrinker
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-16-2013 14:18:04 | More by Knapp85
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-13-2013 22:43:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-11-2013 16:42:58 | More by drummermattie02
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-11-2013 01:14:08 | More by JRod1969
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dgilks

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-09-2013 08:16:25 | More by dgilks
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2012 23:58:01 | More by kaelingirl
AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.