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

AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)AleSmith Decadence 2006 (Dead By Dawn)
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by hoppymeal on 07-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
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 t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer that really should be produced again. It pours a hazy reddish brown. Its not quite murky but it is hazy. The tan head is tall and thick and stays around for a while. Kinda mysterious looking. Definitely inviting.

The smell is very complex. There is a ton of sweet caramel malts in there and theres also some dark fruits to be smelled. Also a good amount of hops in the nose. There was a touch of alcohol in the nose but we can't hold that against them (it is 10% abv).

The taste is still fairly hoppy but then its only a year old. There are some piney hops present and lots of sweetness coming in the form of caramel and plum. The alcohol could be tasted at the begining but by the time you get half way through the bottle you won't notice it. All around beautiful flavor.

The body was nice and heavy and viscous. Very very drinkable beer that can consumed fast but whats the point. Enjoy it and know that you'll probably never drink this again.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a pillowy beige head that retains well and splashes dancing waves of lace

Smell: Smells like a Caramello bar; alcohol comes through as well

Taste: Immediate blast of caramel followed by a dusting of cocoa powder; after the swallow, the sweetness fades for a while and some stone fruit flavors sneak in but the finish is long and sweet

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nicely brewed beer, but a bit too sweet to drink in quantity

Thanks, njhcnwk, for the chance to try this one

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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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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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, some alcohol, caramelized malts, dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: The taste is bready up front with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a strong but subdued hops presence comes in along with a mild alcohol bite. It's pretty well-balanced even if some of the balance has come with age. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of "Imperial Red" sub-style (before the trend started), this aged bottle overall was pretty good, but I have a feeling I would have liked this beer even more when it was fresh.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark red body with a medium, off-white head.

Smell: Lavish, aromatic aroma full of caramel and dried orange slices. Subtle hint of chocolate and leather.

Taste: Bready, sweet maltiness with an abundance of rich caramel. Faint chocolate note. Tangy candied oranges. There's a strong bitterness, but it works well to balance the hefty sweetness. A hint of alcohol and even some notes of wood shows up on the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It remains rather drinkable considering the 10% abv. Another really good release from AleSmith.

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

Equal parts maraschino cherry and sunset coral with slices of juicy orange along the edges of the glass. What a great color for a beer named Imperial Evil Dead Red. A loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking was followed by the formation of an expansive cap of golden beige foam. It's a little stiff and unsticky, so I don't expect much lace. And don't get much.

The aroma is dead on for an Imperial red. It smells like the beer will have a sweet, caramel-like bottom end, with a top end of citrus fruity hops. I couldn't find the hop bill, but several of the C-hops must be present. Chinook at least. For what it's worth, no alcohol is noted in the nose.

It was inevitable given the ingredients, but Dead By Dawn tastes like an especially caramel malty American barleywine. That's what often happens when there's so much malt present and when the ABV approaches double digits. Imperial red ale... American strong ale... American barelywine... it doesn't really matter in the end. The only thing that matters is that it's good beer.

The flavor profile includes rivers of melted caramel, sticky dates, cherry pipe tobacco and candied citrus peel (orange and grapefruit). Alcohol is still remarkably well hidden, which is an amazing achievement. Warming brings about a whole host of welcome changes: bolder flavor; a more complete melding of the individual flavors; a smoother, more chewy, more creamy mouthfeel; and a lessening of the initially too rambunctious carbonation.

AleSmith has a permanent place in my top-10 favorite American craft breweries because they never disappoint, they usually hit the nail on the head (Grand Cru, Horny Devil and Wee Heavy) and they occasionally achieve true greatness (Speedway Stout, YuleSmith and IPA). Imperial Evil Dead Red... or Dead By Dawn... or whatever it's called, doesn't enter the upper echelon from these guys, but it's a fantastic anniversary ale that I'm enjoying immensely.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heaping pile of thanks to IntriqKen for this one. I also want to thank my roommate (or whoever it was that came over to my place to hang out while I was at work...) that locked the bathroom door from the inside. That was sweet of you. I guess I also need to thank God, or whatever supreme deity exists out there, that I don't have the sh*ts right now. Otherwise, this would end up being an interesting night. Does anyone have a paper clip?

Pours a fully fogged in reddish brown with a small creme head that falls to nothing fairly quickly. Nose is very leafy with some fruits mixed in. Definite wood noticed. Thick character overall. Excuse me. This is too good to write about right now. Let me just drink some more of this and come back to you.

Okay, okay. Let's focus here people. The flavor is a nice deep red. A slight bit boozy, but the body of flavor character meshes just fine and balances it out. Great earthy tones with a woody fruit thing. This just typifies a red to me. And an imperial no less. Feel is very nice. Great carbonation and a smooth liquid feel. This is extremely drinkable. Absolutely an amazing beer. At first I thought to myself that maybe I should be sharing this with someone. Then as I started to drink it I said, nah. I'll be greedy with this one. Just don't tell anyone. Our secret?

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by dyan. Came in with pretty low expectations for six-year-old Imperial Red Ale. Served in a tulip.

A - Generous off-white foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches, and splotchy lace. Transparent dark ruby-colored body. Carbonation has held up quite well.

S - There's a definite aged character, with some complementary port-like oxidation. However, the predominant flavors are a mix of red ale flavors like treacle and red licorice, and barleywine-esque milled brown sugar, maple, caramel, and perhaps a hint of chocolate.

T - The taste hasn't held up quite as well, as there's a bit more hollow and oxidized character, particularly late in the profile. There's also a bit of residual hop bitterness that came as a bit of a surprise. Still - shockingly good consider the original flavor profile and age.

M - Medium-full sticky body, lower carbonation, extremely mellow, with minimal alcohol, and a nice lingering, sticky finish.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable stuff - I was supposed to drink this with Dyan years ago and thankfully it appears to have aged gracefully. I'd certainly drink another properly cellared bottle, and I'm intrigued by the barrel-aged (and sour?) version.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Gold Tin

Thanks goes out to Callenak for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice deep clear mahongny color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one finger tan head, which leaves some nice thick islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight hop, good dose of figs, raisins, plums, and caramel. The taste is just awesome to say the least, malty, slight hop, sweet, nice touch of tangyness from the fruit, slightly chewy, and some caramel notes. The ABV is hidden very well. Full body. Very drinkable, it's been awhile since I've had an AleSmith brew, but they are still very very tasty, this one was an extra from Street. This is not a kick in your face ASA, but smooth, delicious, flavorful ASA. If you can find some in your area, definitely pick it up. Thanks again Street.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy, chestnut brown with a thick head that sticks around as a fairly thick cap- quite amazing for the abv. The smell is still slightly hot, but just slightly. Smooth caramel malt aromas as well as brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of clove. The flavors are very well integrated and the mouthfeel is quite a bit softer and smoother than I expected. Long sweet malt balanced by citrusy hops and spice notes along with a slight woodiness on the finish after the hops kick in. The slight tannic woodiness and hop bitterness blend beautifully together. Rich flavors, but surprisingly delicate in the mouth, primarily because of the airy creaminess. Really well done, I was glad to find some.

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

Clear deeply red colored beer with a very large and resilient reddish tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and malty with lots of dark fruit aromas mostly fig here with a strong hop aroma. Strong pine and woody hop aromas.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with a strong melon flavor accompanied by wood and pine resin. Malt flavor is mostly brown sugar and almonds. The taste is very much the same as a sweet Barley Wine.

The mouthfeel is quite thick.

Pretty easy to drink but I really expected more complexity to this beer. A bit on the sweet side if you like sweeter Barley Wines then you will love this.

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