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Decadence 2006 Dead By Dawn | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 106
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with a foiled top poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cloudy mahagony with a light tan two finger head that takes forever to die down to a thin layer that lasts. For such a big head, there isn't the lacing I was hoping for. Smell is dark fruits, earthy hops. and chocolate/caramel malt. Very complex in the nose with lots of scents that dominate. First flavor to hit the tongue is definitely caramel malt and lots of it. An interesting woody vanilla flavor follows with a blend of mild citrus. Aftertaste is a bit choclatey with some french roast coffee. Medium to full body mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Very unique beer but a very good one at that. Look forward to aging this one to see what it turns into.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This ale pours a nice reddish-brown in color with a huge off-white head that contains reddish hues and showed good retention.

Smell – There’s a woody sourness to the nose reminiscent of an oak-aged or barrel-aged beer. It’s like the mash from bourbon. Otherwise this has a thick malt base and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste – The wood and bourbon flavor comes through to the taste. I know this is not a “barrel-aged” offering from AleSmith but it sure tastes like it. There’s a subtle sourness that is more like a whiskey than a lemon. The malts are thick and slightly bitter and taste broken down like the ale has been cellared for a couple of years.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with a slight sweetish sour smack to accompany the high alcohol content.

Drinkability – The booze if up front and honest in this ASA. It is a pleasant drinker.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a dark , dark, DARK red with a solid inch of creamy light tan head on top. Hold it up to the light to get deep, vibrant ruby red colors exploding from the glass. Aromas of deep rich caramel malts. Some toffee sweetness meets a solid citrusy, green herbal hop as well. Bold malt aromas here.

First sip brings a bold somewhat sweet caramel toffee maltiness. Flows into a slightly bready flavor that gets hit by big citric, green hops. Bitterness cuts through the malty sweetness. A dense, full bodied red that pulls no punches with a big malt body and the hops to back it up.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and creamy. Goes down smooth with great carbonation. A big brew that manages to still be drinkable. Another tasty one from Alesmith and a worthy one for an anniversary release. Thanks to KingG for the trade.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark mahogany with a creamy, thick off-white head. Hoppy pine and grapefruit, toasty malt, caramel and spun sugar in the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Rich and balanced malt and hop flavors. Overripe citrus, like a blood orange and pink grapefruit. More resin than in the nose. Almost like pine sap, soooo good. Sticky caramel, similar to the type in a Rolo. Mellow oakiness and cognac finish. Comes out stronger as it warms. Long and sticky finish. Very, very nice.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a kind soul.

Pours a murky dark amber color with a small off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts with a surprisingly large bittering influence from the three-year-old hops. Also present are hints of butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of butterscotch and toffee flavors. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of actual hop flavors come into play - mostly leafy - but they do mellow out the sweetness of the malts, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with how well this beer held up however I wasn't impressed with how much I liked it given AleSmith's track record. Worth a shot if you can track one down.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a large head of tan bubbles atop the reddish/brown ale. Bubbles last a long time and leave a pretty lacing on the sides of the glass as you drink.

Aromas are mainly dark malt with a touch of citrus hops and a little nuttiness.

Taste is a wonderful balance between the intense roasted hops and some really nice citrus hops. Lots of Pacific Hop presence in the end but never bitter or overpowering...just wonderfully balanced with the dark roasted malts which are very sweet but again, not overwhelming.

I think this may be one of the most balanced "big" or Imperial beers I've had. Great job (once again) Alesmith.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith- Decadence 2006 (Imperial Evil Dead Red Ale)

Big thanks to Rallison for this 1.

A- Murky reddish brown with a huge frothy head. Chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Cocoa powder, dried fruits like; prune, raisin, and fig. Caramel malt, vanilla, and yeast.
T- Sweet fruitness, figs, dates, prunes, raisins. Big dose of mild milk chocolate and sweet caramel with a yeasty oat bread.
M- Dried fruity sweetness with a mild chalky dryness throughout.

Overall- A solid Ale that really hid the 10% alc. Not a session beer but rather a good dessert or nightcap beer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks go out to tayner for this bottle from a long while back.

Pours a deep glowing red/amber color with moderate haze and a light tan head that rises easily and retains fairly well leaving decent lacing.

Nose is full of american barleywinesque malt sweetness. Smells as if there used to be a significant amount of hops roamin around in here, but they might have faded.

Wow! I was expecting alot of old IPA type of flavor but this has actually matured quite well! Thick sweet caramely malt begins the flavor. A nice toastiness, without being roasty is apparent, along with deep candy-like sugary malt. There are some hops still alive in here, but really not alot. The finish is moderately bitter, but the sugary malt profile, as it lingers on for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be for a malty beer of this size. Nice and viscous, carbonation is a tiny tad low, but good overall.

Drinkability is a little tough on this one, but that was to be expected with a bigass malty ass brew like this one. Abv is actually well hidden by this time though.

Overall an enjoyable drinking experience, but i probably should have got to this one a few months ago, or maybe more. Still a fine beer, but nothing terribly incredible, as it is now. Another good one from Alesmith, a great brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in Western Mass. A beautifully gifted bottle. Pours a golden yellow with an immense off-white head. C-hop aroma. An excerise in expertly crafted balance, with the malt at the forefront followed like a lion cub by the grapefruit and orange citrus hops. A tad of other flavours, toffee and chocolate and vanilla. Amazing balance, nothing overwhelming and a must try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, obtained in secret santa 07 i believe

opened right before halftime of the soup-or-bowl. come on eli

appearance: gold foil on the neck...pours into a snifter - very dark amber/mahogany body, a huge creamy tan head with full retention really pushes this appearance up a notch

smell: thick caramel malty, syrupy booze covered plum, raisins and dates. walnuts and brown sugar

taste: super smooth, big time caramel malts, dates walnuts and raisin, boozy and woody, plum and other dark fruits. a nice solid offering from alesmith

mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, medium bodied, awesome

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this surprise. Derek, you never cease to amaze me.

Decadence '06 pours a dark caramel brown color. It's very hazy and is difficult to see through. Plenty of light reveals some really nice deep red highlights. A fluffy tan colored head tops it off. It's very patient in receding and leaves thick, sticky waves of lace down the glass. Very impressive stuff.

The nose is anything but dead. It's very lively and powerful. Caramel malts are the primary scent and give it an initial sweet smell. Dark fruit seems prevalent. It's mostly raisin and a little plum. That aspect really draws in some Barleywine characteristics. There's some earthy and grassy notes. I suspect that may be the remnants of the hops. I wasn't expecting a great deal in that department given this bottle is a couple of years old at this point. Needless to say, I'm sure they've lost some of their initial zeal. I am pleased to see some affect here though. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. It's not offensive by any means, but is noted.

The flavor profile kicks off with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor. There's a wealth of caramel malt here. It's not overly sweet, but easily falls on that side of the fence. It features a slight bit of an oxidized flavor. I'm not intimately familiar with that, but it is here (as much as I hate to say it). Raisin and plum flavors are noted though they take a backseat to the sweet malty flavor. They work pretty well with the strong caramel malts, but the dark fruit definitely gives it a strong Barleywine vibe. Surprisingly, there's more of a buzzy hop flavor here than I expected. It's a little bitter, but their strength has certainly degraded to a large degree. They add some earthy and grassy notes, in addition to a little pine. Not bad. Alcohol is easily noted though it doesn't quite have a warming effect. It finishes sweet with a bit of a grassy taste.

This Decadence release has a medium body that's a little too light. While there seems to be a load of malts in the flavor, it doesn't really show up here. Peculiar. Carbonation is active and a little crisp. Ultimately, it's smooth, but could be better. Drinkability is good. Despite its age and strength, it has a very nice flavor and goes down easy. I'll yield to the high abv and give it its due respect, but I'm not sure that I really want to.

This bottle of Decadence '06 has roughly two years of age on it. I wish I had taken it down a little sooner, but it is what it is. At this point, it's retained a surprisingly good flavor. Yeah, there's some evidence of oxidization, but I wouldn't say it's material by any means. There's still quite a lot of good flavor here. I'd love to have a go at a fresh bottle, but that's not going to happen. As it is, this is good stuff. If you happen to be sitting on a bottle, I'd suggest you take it down now. There's a hint of an oxidized flavor and who knows how much longer it will hold up. Do it...now.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks t0rin0.

Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany red color with a one-finger tan head that lasts.

Great aroma, big caramel, dark fruits, and sherry oxidative notes.

Great flavor, barleywine-like and old but in a good way. Big sherry to go along with the caramel malt, with sweet candied dark fruits and maybe even some spice.

Any booziness in this is GONE like the ’N Sync song. Great beer, even after 4+ years. AleSmith, f-in’ A, they can brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed August 14 2007. 750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! Aroma is a middle malt of candied apricots, fading oak leaves, toasted mixed nuts and some sweetness. Pours a deep ruddy amber, darkened with caramel and fused with a heady tinted foam of silky cream. Flavor begins with that dense thick malt texture familiar to the standard Evil Dead. One of the richer textures available. Initially there’s some serious lageresque malt quality with silky toffees, caramels, and toasted sugars, but these fade. Flavor confuses with higher alcohols, the signature AleSmith yeast minerals, and some heavily faded hops. There’s a biting, coarse celeriac bitterness and a hard rocky edge that really makes the back end unpleasant. Get the dill seed out of my mouth. It seems like a shame to put the lovely Evil Dead through this awkward transformation with more alcohol, magnified sweetness and dying hops. You can’t deny the magnificence of the malt build and feel or the nice concealing of the alcohol, but the hops are less than desirable and I think the yeast too forward. There’s still an unpleasant chemical mineral quality that’s still with me a while later. What is everybody getting so excited about?

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Photo of WeeObese
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber almost mahogany with a small but dense tan head. Smells of sweet malt, slight sherry/port oxidation, carmel covered apples, and a slight hop aroma. Hop flavor followed by a rich carmel malitiness and a slight roasty astringency followed buy a muted but still noticeable hop bitterness. Nice body and good carbonation for the style. Really liked this beer, too bad it was the only one left in my buddy's cellar

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Photo of sorvats
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of likestoswallow
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this 750ml bottle at the brewery. This beer pours a dark, almost opaque, brown. The head is ample and khaki colored, and dissipates very slowly. Aroma is very pronounced sweet anise and some cedar. Taste features toasted oats, figs, raisins, mild hops, toffee, caramel and black walnuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly syrupy and very silky. Overall a very pleasant fullness to the palate. The finish is long and glorious with rich malts, caramel and hops.The whole experience has a ground engaged earthiness. This is a fine decadent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep red/burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is reminiscent of a barley wine with some citrusy hops also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some barley wine type sweet malt with some bitter and citrusy hops also noticeable. Medium body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, while this is not a bad beer I thought it was slightly one-dimensional and IMO over-rated.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 10-30-07

I thought this beer was just right for all-Hallows eve.

A huge deep tan head has amazing staying power as it slowly fades from a full three fingers. It leaves scattered lace on the glass. Body is a "evil" deep blackish red, with the red hints only showing on the edges. Nose has seet yeasty spices that remind me of smickerdoodle cookies, sweet dark fruits maybe rasins and dates, with some oily hops. A very rich complex darkness enters the mouth on first sip. Burnt malt brings with it dark thick fruity notes and a very soft but consistant spicey feel. I also pick up a slight piney crisp hop character on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick and nicely numbing. Alchol is not up front and very well received. I was glad I picked this one it was spooky good.

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Photo of jmalex
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to KingG a.k.a. Joey for pulling this out of his personal stash for me when I went out to San Diego this past November. Thankfully it made it back on the plane.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Duvel chalice a very dark purplish mahogany red color with a 1-2 finger beige head on top. It shrinks down to just below a finger and holds there fairly well. Thick sheets of splotchy lacing cascade down the glass as I drink.

SMELL: A good balance of malt and hops are in the nose. Some slight caramel and bready malt comes out and marries with an aroma of resinous, citrusy, west-coast hops. Overall, I would've expected a stronger smelling beer, especially regarding the hops.

TASTE: Now there's the huge flavors I was looking for! The malt and hops duke it out at first for top billing. The malt is sweet and caramelly and gets accentuated by some sweet, sticky hops. The sweet beginning quickly drops out, and the hops win out big time. Massive bitterness comes on in the form of citrus and pine tree. The finish keeps these hoppy flavors lasting through, but also features a return of the sweet malt base, which is nice for some balance. A palate-assaulting beer for sure.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and slick. A heavy carbonation lightens it a bit, but it's still a beast.

DRINKABILITY: I was all ready to say that you have no choice but to take your time to get through this one, but now I look over and see how much of a dent I've made in the beer already. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, because after all, I should be able to get through this bottle no problem. And oh yeah, that 9.9% ABV? Nowhere to be found.

Damn, one hell of a beer. I'd been sick all weekend, so after taking a few beer-free days, this is one of a beer to come back to. It's a shame this will be the last time I get to have it.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what can I say. For a South Carolina BA to have a bottle of this chillin in the fridge, in of itself is a miracle. To be able to sit and chill and enjoy it is a whole nother one! This just looks nice, big heavy 750ml bottle, foiled over the cap. Smooth slick looking design, gives you the chills. You know you are in for a heavy hitter with this one for sure. So we pop it open and see what we find...

A - Pours a very hazy and thick dark brown. Lots of red tones to it as well. Pretty much opaque, there was a tiny bit of light that was shining though on the bottom, but I stress a tiny tiny bit of light. A huge tow inch plus head formed on the top almost immediatly, then withered down to just a thin layer of lace that stayed on top for the rest of the session. A good amount of side glass lace was also present for this one. Looked very thick and mean, Dead by dawn for sure...

A - Smell was wonderfully sweet, almost candy like in its sweetness. Lots of notes of sugar and caramel. Sweet cotton candy of candy apple to go along with it. A slight note of hops, but soo sweet it more then drowns that out. Reminds me alot of Big Hoppy Monster at this point, but we will see where that goes.

T - Wow, this is a damn sweet beer. Total sugar overload from the start. This was Big Hoppy on roids. Lots of candy and caramel tones were destroying the taste buds from the first moment you sipped it. A great bitter hoppy finish came on a little bit later, some orange cream sickle and vanilla tones were present. Definatly a major compelx brew here, this was worked on extensivly Lots of malts made up the back, but the hoppy tones more then equaled. Super sweet maple syrup like on the dront. Really good brew, no hint of alcohol at all, none that I could etect, at 10% abv, WOW.

M - perfect is about the only word that comes to mind here. It started out highly carbonated, giving it the silky feeling as it went down. As it warmed and settled a bit, it took on a more serious and syrupy tone. Very thick, but yet light enough to go down well. This was truly a unique consistency and a faboulous beer. I cannot say enough good things here.

D - Just great. The only reason I did not give a five was because we know how strong it is. Otherwise I would be drinking this all night every night. Simply fantastic. If I could improve this I do not know how I could. It was just that good.

Overall, I really just don't know what else I can say. It was too damn close to being perfect. It was the best red ale I have ever had, by far. Not a touch of alcohol could ever be found throughout the bottle, which I ended up finishing myself in a night with ease. I have tried three beers from Alesmith and they are all in my top 10 so something good is definatly going on over there. Keep up the good work, I will keep seeking them out!

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for the beer.
Pours an auburn color with a nice 3 finger egg shell colored head. Head slowly recedes and holds at a half inch. Thick lace makes stripes around the glass in rings.
Initial hoppy aroma gives to a heavy sweet smell.
Very good and balanced. Caramel and toasty maltiness. Hops mingle. They appear then give way to the sweet flavors then reappear. Very interesting, complex and smooth. Ever so slight alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thick and syrupy.
Very drinkable beer. Taste like a very smooth barleywine. Worthy of an anniversary beer for one of the best breweries in the world(imo).

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Photo of rallison
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger fluffy tan head that never dies - nice. Smells of rich, brandy soaked caramel and a touch of piny hops.

Taste is nice and rich. Brandy soaked caramel, some piny hops, molasses and dates. Alcohol is present, but nice. Everything here is actually pretty nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, but the carbonation keeps it light enough on the tongue.

Drinkability is quite good on this one, mainly because the beer is so tasty.

Highly recommended. A bit pricey, but quite tasty.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been sitting on this bottle for quite awhile (wish I could shout-out the source), probably since the release, back when Alesmith was still a buzzed brewery - you could certainly argue that age hasn't done it any harm

a: served in a tulip glass, the beer is a deep brown in color with ruby highlights, the head forms lightly but retains a healthy ring quite well

s: nose dosed with lots of heavily caramelized sugars - toffee and malt syrup, dark fruits, raisin, date, sweet alcohol, leather, fruit laced pipe tobacco, hops mild and/or very much faded, providing a meek counter to the strong malts

m: carbonated low, the body a malty, medium-full with a sugary slickness

t: heavy caramelized malt syrup flavors, fruity dark sugars, toffee, sweet tobacco, raisin and date, quite sweet, totally malt-forward, only a mild hop tinge at the finish, alcohol hardly evident

o: certainly a nice beer, and a definite malt-bomb, drinks well with the abv hardly showing

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Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark and hazy amber, just barely translucent. The head never completely disappears.

Smell: Strong and sweet - tropical fruit, alcohol, caramel, a bit of citrus.

Taste: Sweet but thankfully not cloying. The tropical fruity character carries over from the smell. This is pretty warming stuff - the alcohol isn't hidden at all, which may just be a matter of age. Hops are very much present, but nicely balanced. The citrus notes help balance out the sugary sweetness of the malt and alcohol.

Texture: Pretty thick and syrupy, with very fine carbonation. This is definitely a slow-sipping beer.

Drinkability: Even for the style this is a sipper; it's really heavy stuff with a strong alcohol presence.

Notes: This really isn't too far off from a well-hopped Barleywine. It's thick, chewy stuff, far from sessionable but very complex. It should improve with a few months age.

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Decadence 2006 Dead By Dawn from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 123 ratings