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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 29
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kspongeworthy, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gobzilla, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

kk73, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

alamode, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ehammond1, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MystikCelt, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

thebouch01, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dtx00, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

brez8791, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bluesplit63, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MudDrinker, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Knapp85, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JRod1969, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kaelingirl, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, dark amber color with less than one finger of diminishing ginger-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Ripe mixed fruit, bubble gum, and a double dose of wood smoke all add interest to an abundant caramel backbone. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with an early burst of carbonic acid that scatters the refined crystal malt. Woodsmoke is present in the middle where acidity still causes problems but begins to recede. The finish is mildly bitter, with previous smoked malt that tapers off slowly in the presence of pernicious carbonic acidity. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, extreme acidity that burns the palate and sinuses, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although flawed, this beer makes an effective argument for the incorporation of wood-smoked malt into a weakly-hopped barleywine. Acidity is beyond annoying here, presenting a legitimate barrier to enjoyment that goes so far as to be painful at times.

beagle75, Dec 26, 2012
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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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.