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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
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

271st Review
75cl bottle to wine glass
Vintage: 2011

Thanks ricoch3t for this birthday gift!

A: Medium chestnut brown. 2+ (light tannish mocha) fingernail head on soft pour.

S: Smells of roast pig, smokey, and maple. Deep, rich, and complex. Hints of caramel sweetness and dark malt. Quite interesting and inviting.

T: Taste follows smells, but mostly smokiness here with a touch of sweet maple and caramel. Very smooth, but the ABV is quite distinct (could stand to mellow a bit).

M: Full bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: A really fun beer to try and one that I think would go excellent with breakfast - a huge stack of pancakes, sausage links, and eggs. The only things that could make this a bit more enjoyable would be: 1) slightly less smokiness, and 2) age to let the booziness mellow a bit.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

A- Poured into a slim a pint glass with a ruby dark red body. Off white head forms to a nice size but falls quick. Nice cloud and great webs of lace.

S- Big dark fruits and caramel. Some smoke, spice and nutty malt accompanies this.

T- Maple sweets and smoky flavors come out here to mix with the big caramel Barleywine backing. Also some yeast spice, raisin, cherry and nut malts.

MF- Creamy thick body with lower carbonation levels. Bitter nutty finish with some alcohol heat to help you ice fish.

Big with some smoke and maple going on. The Barleywine aspect is strong but it's nice.

Photo of skunk242
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 AndrewK
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, thick somewhat clear amber. Not much head nor lace.

S - Sweet caramel, smoke, maple comes out very well.

T - Woody, malty, astringent, not much sweetness in actual taste, boozy.

M - Pretty close to flat, not much volume in flavor contrasts, ok balance.

T - One small one is enough.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of scubahood
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of funkel81
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Yabev15
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at city beer store in San Francisco. pours a clear, chestnut brown. tastes very malty with some smokiness coming through in the finish. Didn't detect much maple in the flavor. You can tell this is a big beer with the alcohol content. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed with this. The label description sounded awesome, but didn't follow through in taste.

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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