Decadence 2013 German-Style Doppelbock | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Decadence 2013 German-Style DoppelbockDecadence 2013 German-Style Doppelbock

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by notchucknorris on 10-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Pilsener glass. Bottled on September 17th 2013.

L: Foam came rising up the neck! Pours a murky brown, with a finger and a half of khaki head that slowly recedes into a thick layer.

S: Dark roasted malts, dark bread, some chewy molasses and caramel. Almost chocolatey. Really rich aroma and definitely a malt-bomb but I am not upset with that at all! Very invigorating aroma.

T: Again a ton of dark malt flavors, very bready, rich caramel and molasses, a faint dark fruit note, very nice. Not Ayinger Celebrator but nice nonetheless.

F: Medium body, below average carbonation, but that could be the age and a clean finish.

O: A very good beer, the booze seems to have faded because I can't pick it up anywhere. A good showcase for the style and an above average Doppelbock.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2013. Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy with heavy malts, burnt caramel, and dark bread. Flavor is very malty and not in a sweet way; very little hops if any remain. A big dark bread taste with some burnt caramel. I wonder how many malts were used in this? Medium feel with lighter carbonation. Enjoyable brew after 3 years.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark chestnut brown color with dark apricot edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy aroma with chocolate, banana and faint malty sweetness. Pepper and clove followed by caramel, chocolate covered banana and toffee. There's a touch of vinous fruit in there as well.

Medium body with slight creamy texture and a nice balance of earthy spice and chocolate and caramel malt sweetness. Hints of clove and ground pepper with faint piney hop bitterness countered by caramel malt, toffee and chocolate. Bready yeast presence with some banana and bubblegum with a spicy dry finish. Decently balanced and very easy to drink. Subtle alcohol heat in the finish but overall the 10% ABV is very well masked. Not overly complex but this is another enjoyable beer from AleSmith.

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1.5 years old. Picked up in Palm Desert. Both the aroma and taste are quite fruity with semi-rich taste. The fruits are kinda' non-distinct and the high alcohol level is not apparent. Smaller head and somewhat cloudy amber body (towards reds and golds). Nice feel with a bigger than moderate feel, fairly soft, lower carbonation and a bit of slickness.
Just a touch of age on this with some oxidation, more to the better than not.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.81/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious mix of honey, raisin and fig flavors. Malty and smooth. Big head recedes to a dark coppery brown color. Too bad it's gone forever.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 510a
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crowellbw
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two fingers worth of late to develop perfectly uniform audibly fizzy khaki colored fluffy frothy goodness.... Good retention gives way to a perfectly even blanket of slightly delicate lacing with a very thin collar... The color is a slightly murky medium brown... A limited bit of sluggish carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... The aroma is down right heavenly... An unbridled malt bomb... Rich dark breads... Caramel... More rich dark breads... More caramel... Dark fruits... Some faint chocolate notes... The nose is a wonderful indication of what's to come on the palate... The only difference is a slight hint of booziness... Hides the 10% ABV rather well... This is an outstanding world class brew that if you can still find a bottle of is worth every penny you would pay for it... If you can't tell, I absolutely love this beer... I'm a huge fan boy for Alesmith, but this is one of, if not, their best... The best beer I've had in ages...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev 0%

Bottled on 9-18-13, consumed on 11-13-14. I have no reference point for what this is like versus fresh, so keep that in mind.

Poured into a large goblet revealed a dark, cloudy, golden brown color, with an inch of tan foam with quickly fell away. The aroma was ripe with brown sugar, caramel, dark raisins, figs and toffee. The flavor offered much of the same, with a well hidden alcohol content which I did not notice at all. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with a mildly sweet, perhaps a bit syrupy finish, making this definitely a dessert beer.

Overall I would have to say that most of this is par for the course and while very good for the style, not any kind of revelation. Perhaps the nicest part is that you won't notice the 10% abv after a bit of age on the bottle, so you can enjoy the flavors unmolested by anything unpleasant.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one!

Poured a dark amber color with a glint of copper in the light. Compact head of foam, a fingers width or so, leaving behind spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma is subdued, light malty with a clean German lager yeast.

Honeyed malt, smooth and lightly toasty, not overly sweet and boozy like so many Doppelbocks. This one is exceedingly smooth and clean, with plenty of malt complexity. Really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing the special beer guys!

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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Decadence 2013 German-Style Doppelbock from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 112 ratings