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

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hoppymeal on 07-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Compared this last night against Yulesmith Summer and fresh Hop 15. This was clearly the standout. Heavily malty, but probably the most aggressively hoppy as well. Caramel and big malts, succulent hops....this is like a refined and perfected Double Bastard.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After an economically induced hiatus, I was elated to make a pilgrimage to Julio's with my good friend Sudsdog. As I am in a mood to be decadent, I decided to give this one a go...

This brew pours a translucent, ruddy brown with shades of amber in the light. A quick pour resulted in a frothy, beige colored head. The head is both sticky and persistent. A gentle swirl of the glass showcases the viscosity of the lacings, which resemble buoyant grains of sand.

A huge malt backbone is evident in the nose. Sweet caramel and subtle chocolate scents blend seamlessly with hints of gold raisins and overripe pears. A gentle but full spiciness confirms the presence of hops.

As the nose would suggest, the taste begins with copious amounts of caramel and malt flavors. Red grape and plum flavors provide an estery compliment to the sweet malt. The hops are poignant, bitter, spicy and in perfect balance with the malt and esters. Hints of pine and citrus offer a welcome diversion. A sweet, earthy dough presence reminds me of the miracles of fermentation as I slowly sip on this quaffable brew. The aftertaste is both sweet and spicy and introduces some hints of cherry.

This is a full-bodied brew with a light syrup viscosity and a creamy mouthfeel. The creamy carbonation, depth and balance of this beer makes for a dangerously drinkable treat at nearly 10% Without question, I do feel decadent as I sip and enjoy.

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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 Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich dark ruby color. Wow. Similar to garnet-looking beers, but this one definitely has a bloody red hue. The head is frothy with camel-colored foam pillowing up.

S: True to its name that evokes the essence of blood, iron is the first thing I smell. Followed by cooked carrots. Right now the bubbles are still elevated so that I can’t get to the beer to smell more. Ok, 15 minutes later and I smell cinnamon roll dough, corn bread, apple pie filling and cherry cordial.

T: Starts with dried cherry compote, but minus any acidity. Rich, deep and full flavors hit my palate as if it was dark berry fruit that had been sun-baked. It’s followed by a luscious creamy lactose layer with undercurrents of very mild coffee and caramel. Finishes with dried apricots, waffle cone topped with vanilla and a lasting hazel nut butter and English bitters tang.

M: Extraordinarily smooth, full and creamy sips fill the mouth with juice and flavor. Round and multi-layered quality leads to a very enjoyable mouth-feel.

D: I’m really enjoying this beer. Maybe I’ll put another one in the fridge right now. This is a red, that all other red styles should look up to. I could see this beer aging well for about 2 years. And if they ever barrel aged this beer, I’d wait in line for days – the oak tannins would deliver a vanilla character that would play very well with the suave fruit flavors of this beer.

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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 hoppymeal
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Dead Red on steroids according to the label. Pours a dark copper to amber in color, hazy, with a nice large, light toffee colored head that slowly recedes. Nice big juicy hop aroma is dominating in the smell at first. Oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. After settling, there is also a large caramel maltiness in the aroma that adds some berry and prune like sweetness. Big rich malty taste, caramel, and sugary softness, a bit of the citrus flavor shows towards the finish. Full and creamy mouthfeel, nice fluffy carbonation accentuates the sweet maltiness, nice bitter bite in the slightly dry finish, a sugariness on the tongue in the aftertaste. This beer is very well balanced, sugary maltiness and big hoppiness both showcased and blend well. The large malty body lead me to believe this beer will age quite well, in fact at times it is much like an american barleywine. Can't believe I'm adding this one, thank you Tim for the opportunity.

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