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

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

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BA SCORE
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:40:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 18:16:01 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:43:25 | More by Rifugium
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a half finger tan head. minimal lacing

S- Sweet toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits/fig

T- Sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar and dark fruits.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Syrupy with a dry finish.

O- Nice BA Old ale, but not in the same league as Fruet or even ba4d. Slight oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 16:54:54 | More by kawilliams81
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:31:26 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Javier for sharing this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Lightly tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark ruby red body with some transparency to it.

S - Tons of sharp oak, bourbon, and vanilla - a bit hot out of the gate here. As it warms you get more old ale sweetness in the way of treacle, dark fruits, and sugary malts. Mild alcohol, but not excessively so for 11%.

T - The taste is a lot more mellow than I'd expected given the aroma, and it's a more enjoyable beer for it. Lots of oaky vanilla, but balanced by caramel, figs, dates, toffees, brown sugar, and molasses. The base beer is a lot more recognizable and is accented by the barrel-aging here.

M - Sticky, medium-full body, with fairly low carbonation. Smooth texture, with a mild amount of alcohol warming appropriate for an old ale.

D - A very nice beer that was surprisingly easy to drink once I got past the bourbon-forward aroma. While highly enjoyable right now I can imagine this being a stunner in a few months as some of the barrel influence and alcohol mellows a tiny bit more. Would happily drink again!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:36:58 | More by MasterSki
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FosterJM

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 15:05:57 | More by FosterJM
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:12:09 | More by largadeer
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 17:52:47 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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DovaliHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 09:29:37 | More by DovaliHops
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:11:52 | More by Hugonaut13
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:32:11 | More by ehammond1
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:41:21 | More by pmarlowe
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HopHead84

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:51:20 | More by HopHead84
AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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