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

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 70
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

8/18/2012

Bottle into a snifter. Great looking bottle.

A: Very dark brown with a reddish hue and an inch of beige foam. Great color.

S: A very complex aroma with just the right amount of barrel influence. Treacle blends with maple, vanilla, coconut, and brown sugar. Notes of nutty toffee waft from the glass, accompanying oak, bourbon, caramel, prune, and date. There's a little alcohol in the nose and touch of oxidation that augments the complexity.

T: Rich dark toffee blends with prune, date, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The barrel doesn't overwhelm the base beer, which is a very good thing considering how good the base beer is. You don't take an exemplary Old Ale and drown it in bourbon, and thankfully that's not what Alesmith has done. There's a touch of molasses and some nuttiness. Oxidation is complimentary and sherry-like.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky with alcohol warming.

Overall: Masterfully crafted. Highly recommended. I wish I had more of this.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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?

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4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Hugonaut13
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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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to drink one of my two bottles. Pours a reddish, dark brown color with a medium, cream colored head that disappears quickly. Scent is absolutely phenomenal! Great woody characteristics with a good amount of vanilla and toffee. Sweet cherry with a TON of bourbon. If it's one thing I can tell from the aroma, this beer will not lack in the flavor department whatsoever. It has a very..."dessert-like" aroma. Taste is just as amazing. Boozy bourbon flavors, but not overwhelming. Great vanilla, cherry, toffee, and dark fruit flavors. Some aspects of sherry. The booze is definitely there, but it compliments all the amazing flavors oh so well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, boozy, and slightly syrupy. Drinkability would be fair if this wasn't so damn tasty. This beer is definitely up there with BA4D and the other great Old Ales. Overall, an AMAZING beer! I'm so glad I bought two of these. I was planning on trading the other...but after tasting this, it may be hard to let go of.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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