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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 69
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Bottle (2012)

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown with dark ruby highlights in the light. Thin dark brown head. Somewhat sticky, but not a lot of lace left down the glass.

Very complex aroma. Lots of toffee sweetness along with freshly burnt sugars and caramel along with nice layers of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels. More and more sweet toffee as the beer warms. A slight oxidation character (this beer was brewed ~3 years ago), but it's complementary as opposed to distracting.

As with the aroma, lots of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar notes, but the barrel is more present in the flavor than in the aroma. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla character pushing through. Slight oxidation. Alcohol is very well hidden, though a touch present.

Full in body with lower-moderate carbonation. I don't mean to sound trite, but the mouthfeel is decadent, thick, and sticky.

Fantastic example of one of my favorites styles. I love this beer. Near perfect. I love this beer.

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4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into oversized snifter.

A - Pours a light brown with a deep burgundy hue. A size-able tan head froths up in a style that usually lacks it. Retains lacing around the edge of the glass after the head recedes.

S - The barrel aging is obvious in the smell. Lots of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch chased by bourbon. Delicious smell.

T - Here is the place I'm going to list all the normal characteristics that a BA old ale should have - Sweet malty goodness, lots of toffee, some vanilla and a hint of bourbon. The impressive part here is how well all those flavors are integrated. This is, dare I say, a balanced barrel aged beer. In that lies the beauty of this beers. It's still a HUGE old ale, but isn't a choir to drink. Not too sweet or too boozy, but those flavors do exist in here. Well freakin' done.

M - It's a huge beer that is meant to drink slowly. Big sticky mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol. Coats the mouth and the flavors hang around for awhile.

O - This is fantastic stuff. I'm still surprised how incredibly well integrated each flavor is in this beer. This is a sweet dessert type beer that would be perfect in late fall around a bonfire. I'm glad I still have another bottle.

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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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