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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn) | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)

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:
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Added by hoppymeal on 07-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 123
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
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 DogFood11
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle foiled and capped. Poured into a stemmed pils glass. Its a mixed color of solid brown in the core and a light copper towards the edges. Milky tan head has good retention.

First pull and my initial thoughts are that this is a rich milky caramel brew. Caramel is the most dominant flavor I'm getting but there are some subtle flavors poking through. There is an underlying fruity ester that gives me a quick flash of a Belgian dark ale. That thought was fleeting though as it never came up again. Caramel mixed with bran flavored grain. Cereal comes into play but once again ummm caramel. A good brew but not in the elite category that I"ve come to expect from these guys.

Notes: Strong Ales or Reds are a wide ranging style and I usually like them more towards the bitter side. This was sweet. Biases aside this was a well brewed beer. I've never had a brew in memory from Alesmith that wasn't top notch. These guys kick ass.

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Photo of muttyd
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt sugar, caramel, and toasted malt aroma. Slight spiciness as well.

Very sweet beer. I can imagine that the 3 years of aging helped mellow it out, but this is one sweet beer. Flavor follows the aroma, but heavier on the sugar/spiciness. Sticky on the palate, alcohol well hidden.

I could not believe when I found this one hidden behind a bunch of other beers on the top shelf of a random liquor store, but I must say I was slightly disappointed. Overall a good beer, but not as balanced as I had hoped.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, dark amber, with a beige head of a half-inch.
Retention is average as well as some light lacework.
Aromatics are a balance of malt and hops. Caramel with some tropical notes. Buscuit notes with toffee and orange.
I was really loking for a blast of hops, which is definately lacking.
Mouthfeel is medium and tacky. Some creaminess cuts through a slightly syrupy character..
The pallet is heavy on the malt and medium on the hops. Plenty of caramelized sugar, and almost a bit smokey. Slightly roasty and drizzled with brown sugar syrup.
Bitterness is medium, and hop flavors are restrained. Mostly fruit notes coming through, and lacking any resinous bite.
Finishes sweetish and long.
Maybe a fresh example has more of what I was expecting.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, bought on-sale at BevMo Cypress for $7.99,

A: Pours a dark cloudy head, with a white-tan head with great retention, though the bubbles were a little too soapy looking for my tastes, could be the age though.

S: Smells of heavy hop resin and thick chewy malt, quite robust.

T: Toasty malt hits at first, then a jolt, of pink grapefruit and pine, eerily similar to Double Bastard, though not quite as raw, I think the aging has helped to balance out the flavours though I've never had it fresh, you get what you pay for, this tastes exactly like I thought an Imperial Red would.

M: Resiny, and thick with oil, but smooth in its own right from the aging, expansive flavour profile.

D: Another good beer from Alesmith, this beer is certainly in barleywine territory now, similar to Old Guardian after a year or 6 months, but still has its own character. I'd like to see what 3 years does to this brew, I'm assuming it's about a year-1.5 years old right now, very good beer, though the hops and malt mixture can be too much at times, like Double Bastard is.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006 750ml bottle into goblet on 10/4/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing!

A - Poured a deep brown body with a swirly tan head that reduced into a bubbly patch and spotty lace.

S - Warm and boozy with dark chocolate notes. The alcohol presence is a bit obtrusive, unfortunately, even after the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Woody, oaky notes with lots of dark bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee that gains strength in the backend and through to the finish. The boozy alcohol presence presists throughout.

M - Full bodied and viscous with a smooth, oily texture and lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol warmth on the palate. Finish is quite bitter and lingers for a while on the back of the tongue.

D - Like flames from a bazooka, this is really hot. The alcohol presence dominates almost to the point that it hinders the drinkability... even after three years of cellaring.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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 jmalex
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Gatch
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber hue with a thick, bubbly head, beige in color.

S - Sweet, malty, alcohol.

T - Very malty, sugary, fruity. Complex but mellow from the aging. Nothing stands out though.

M/D - Very sweet and a bit cloying. Enjoyable and somewhat drinkable, especially for the presumably high alcohol content after all this time aging.

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Photo of joepais
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Maudite snifter produced a finger worth of off white head that goes to a thick lace. All this is on top of a blood read body ale

The aromas are very malt forward the hops are all but gone now from the nose. What is left is a lot of dark fruits and spice in the aromas

The flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits bust right out of this one. A great smooth sipper really enjoyable

I drink this again if it was around but I don't expect to see it anymore. great drinking experience all around

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and still holding up well in my opinion.

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Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice reddish brown hue with a nice tall cream colored head. Pretty good retention and some lace.

S: Very much caramel and toffee forward. The hops are there but they have faded from the hop forward beer this once was.

T: Malty yummy sweetness. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, and gooey toffee. Subtle sweet piney notes from the hops. The slightest bit of oxidation was picked up. If you have one I would kill it off now.

M: On the fuller side of medium for the style, rich.

D: Tasty malty treat. Not the hop monster it once was, but it has settled into a nice smooth beer.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark-ruby hue with a very white-froathy-fluffy head. A very carbonated look as well.

S: Since this is 3 years old, the aroma seems to be more malty than usual...but I do pick up a dark fruits and some sort of spice...perhaps cinamon or something like it. Now that I think about it...nutmeg.

T: Very similar to the aroma. The dark fruits seem to translate into a grapefruit or prunejuice like flavor profile. There is also a sweetness property that I can't quite pick out...almost a bourbon or splenda like flavor (I know that sounds crazy).

M: Strong carbonation! Medium body...great for an Imperial Red.

D: Alcohol is subtle and the flavor is very good.

Overall: I wish I could have enjoyed this beer fresh. A great beer that holds up extremely well in the cellar. Thanks again to my buddy Kris for hooking me up with this beer. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of JAXSON
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bennett for the bottle. Pours a hazy dark burgundy that looks chestnut out of the light, with a fairly lively tan head. Nose is super sweet, malty, chewy. Figs, dates, honey, raisins, toffee. Quite sweet in the mouth, lots of raisins and toffee. Dare I say, a "toffee bomb." Pleasant alcohol heat carries throughout the palate. Finish has a lot of toffee and dark chocolate. Carbonation is pretty sharp. Kind of dries out a bit after breathing. Has a lot of good things going on but the palate just feels a little sluggish and muddled, with that chocolate on the finish that comes across as oxidation. Still quite nice, like a big malty barley wine tending toward something else, old ale maybe with the way it expresses that oxidized finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazy rich amber color with plenty of red notes to it. The head is bubbly and cream in color.

S: The nose is highly sweet, but what else do you expect from a 4 year old beer? Plenty of brown sugar and caramel with a feeble pine note.

T: Like I expected ,the flavor is also very heavy on the caramel with some sweet brown sugar and toffee notes as well. There is not much in the way of bitterness nor alcohol.

M: The body is quite full with a somewhat low level of carbonation. Not exactly syrupy, but it is rich.

D: A little too sweet without much else going on, and while the alcohol doesn't announce it's presence through heat, the beer still packs a bunch.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened with checkii in the penthouse suite of the US Grant on 9/25/2009. The beer is dark reddish brown with a one inch beige head.

The nose is dominated by rich caramel. The once mighty hops have faded to a subtle lingering pine. Some candied sugar is evident. There's a touch of oxidation.

The taste is also sweet and sugary caramel. There's a little bitterness and pine with a moderate booziness. The caramel is very rich and delicious. This held up surprisingly well.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a deep ruby amber in color with a brown and pale yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront on the aroma I got a mixture of caramel and dark fruit notes along with brown sugar lots of sweet malts and faint toffee notes.

T: the taste was also big on caramel flavors and malts with some toffee dark fruit accents but with slight brown sugar notes. It didi also have a touch of booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, mild boozy, and sticky finish.

D: it drank decent but was definitely a sipper and was a tasty brew really glad I got to finally test drive this beer.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -2.9%
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 NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 corby112
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml received in a past trade with JCB. Thanks again Jason!

Pours a deep, dark ruby color that's completely opaque with bright golden ruby edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and chunks of lacing are left behind.

Sweet leathery malt aroma that is nicely balanced out by hints of dark fruit, earthy pine and citrus hops. I'm really surprised how hop-forward this beer still is given that it came out five years ago. Although it is still plenty hoppy, the leathery malt profile is most prominent with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a good balance of earthy and sweet hops and sweet, leathery malt. Only slightly boozy and not really hot at all with subtle warmth in the finish. Very complex with the sweet pine and citrus hop flavors complimenting the sweet caramel, rye, toffee and hazelnut notes. A bit dry and bitter but still nicely balanced. The malt backbone is slightly toasted with a nice dark fruit presence, especially dark cherry, grape and plum. I'm glad that this beer held up but I think it might have reached it's peak.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a dark amber, almost brown looking, with good clarity when viewed in the light. Medium tan foam graces the top and settles slowly leaving a nice crust. The aroma is a nice resiny hop and caramel malt combo, reminiscent of an American Barleywine.

Caramel, nut and raisin sweetness accompany the flavor while the hops balance well but don't stick out as much as in the aroma. The finish is only mildly alcoholic with a light bitterness. The finish leaves a bit more to be desired although overall the taste is solid. The mouthfeel is not thick but does feel a bit syrupy. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate.

I enjoyed the beer although I had hoped for something more amazing. The malty sweetness was quite decadent although the complexity fell a bit short. I have to give it credit for being decently drinkable, as I would have expected to notice the alcohol more. Worth a shot if you get the chance...

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown in color. A very nice and frothy head on the pour. Looks good. Smell is mostly hops, both piney and citrusy. Taste is all over the place. This is one interesting beer. This comes across as a IPA/red/BSA combo. Huge malt backbone and what tastes like a belgian yeast being used. This one kept me thinking the entire bottle. Well made beer.

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