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

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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale Barrel AgedAleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 67
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-19-2012)
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Reviews by pmarlowe:
Photo of pmarlowe
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with maybe a half finger of light tan head, receding quickly to some awkward large bubbles. Despite the dark hue, this has superb clarity.

S: Bourbon and dark fruit forward, complemented by cinnamon, vanilla bean, some dry red wine, tannins, mild oxidation, and coconut.

T: Dark fruit is a little more prominent, with the bourbon and barrel characteristics in supporting role, along with dark chocolate shavings, maple, and a touch of sherry. Excellent balance between the base and barrel treatment.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Super smooth, alcohol is barely noticeable, but warms the belly going down.

O: Well crafted BA old ale, with the barrel enhancing the base. A contemplative beer, best enjoyed over the course of an evening.

I thought the regular 2010 Decadence was decent enough (all 4's), and this is a definite improvement. But what old ale isn't better when BA'd?

More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red. Small off white head, but not enough to really retain it.

Smell - Nice barrel. Good oak and vanilla. Not as nice as the 2008 BA Decadence barrel notes. Brown sugar and less oxidation than the regular 2010 Decadence.

Taste - Sweet malts, nice vanilla flavor followed by bourbon. Dries out a little, despite an abundance of brown sugar flavor. Lacks a little of the malt depth that the non-BA version had. Still a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Nice brown sugar sweetness. Boozy but not inordinately so.

Overall - I don't know that this is significantly better than the regular version, but it's very nice. The barrel adds enough and detracts just about the same amount from the base flavors.

Photo of mozim
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kbuzz
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of skunk242
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, opened last year when it was fresh.

Clear dark auburn body capped by a finger of head.

Very brash, boozy nose with a ton of bourbon and caramel malt. Stewed dark fruit and brown sugar. A lot of booze at this point, which I imagine will tone down with a bit of age. 

Caramel, oak and boozy bourbon hit the palate first. Dates, molasses, burnt sugar. Full bodied, rich, sweet. Boozy caramel finish with some drying oak. Very tasty stuff that should improve with age.

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: not excessively carbonated but nice frothy lacing and deep garnet tones at the center. A bit light for the style but a nice looking beer.

S: There's oak, vanilla, you get some of the scratchy heat but nothing offputting. Nice sticky caramel maltiness. just a fantastic bouquet.

T: this is actually really mellow and presents macaroon and light chocolate aspects that combine with the sweet dark fruits.

M: A bit light for the old ales I am accustomed to and, as a result, I feel it is even better and more drinkable.

D: See above, fantastic execution of what can sometimes be a confused style. Comes across like a great hyrbid between strong ale and barleywine.

Photo of Rifugium
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Someone shared this at the Voodoo Barrel Room release, March 2013, but due to my sleep-deprived state at the time, I can't recollect who it was. Regardless, thanks for the share.

Rusty brown color, with a small layer of bubbles on top; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dark sugars, dark fruits, vanilla, slight barrel presence. More of this in the taste, rich caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, rum raisin, roasted marshmallow. Tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, about medium in body, perhaps "thinner" than you'd expect from a big beer, low carbonation, and a bit of expected alcohol warmth. Quite good overall.

Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to kawilliams81 for sharing this beer with me its been a long time want!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with dark crimson red hue. Really small cap that drops down to nothing.

Smell: Malty sweet and really boozey. Huge dark fruit notes with spicy booze. Sugar cookie dough, caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste: its a barrel forward old ale. big bourbon notes and oak. Dark fruits, cherries, butterscotch, and caramel. Finishes with more oak, leather, and a hint of black licorice.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Has a warming and spicy boozey feel. The oak feels sort of dry in this beer. Surprisingly, the beer has a touch of watery or thin mouthfeel.

Overall: This was a good BA old ale, but was a little dissapointed with it. I might have set my expectations too high for this beer; I was very impressed with BASS earlier in the year. I think that it will benefit from a few years sitting in the cellar to mellow the beer out. I would like to revisit it then!

Photo of pokgye
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1566th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml

Shared with Daysinthewake & Litheum94
Purchased from Alesmtih website

App- The perfect color for an old ale. More of a dark brown with some reds intermixed and was just a little let down at the lack of bubbles in the glass on this one either. It was again like the base version more of a cordial look.

Smell- Wow. This was such a great aromatic beer. Had a ton of vanilla, oak and dessert sugars behind it. Balanced out by some of those soft fruit aromas from the already good base beer. This was just kicked up to another level.

Taste- This is the best old ale I have had. This was everthing it was supposed to be. It was a great balanced beer with a ton of vanilla, oak, malty sweetness and a layered dessert like flavor. When you also take in a little bit of toffee, molasses and a little tinge of a creme brulee, cream and sugar flavor. Just amazingly smooth and rich as well.

Mouth- A little bit of the same feel as the base beer. Needed more punch behind it. The body is a smaller medium and the carbonation is a bit of a medium bubbler. Residual vanilla, oak and molasses.

Drink- Just a great beer. I want more. Really good.

Photo of bird22
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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