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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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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.

No notes at this time.
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.41/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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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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4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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