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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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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to an exceedingly generous BA for bringing this to our tasting. Review from notes.

Lovely garnet, quite clear, with a slight head that diminished quickly to a ring. Oh my, this is a sweet beer. I can tell just from the aroma. A burst of caramel, brown sugar, dates, and English toffee. Ever so slight hint of cocoa, but very slight indeed. This beer is immensely sweet, yet immensely delicious. There is no satisfactory description. Layers of goodness from the initial caramel, followed closely by toffee and plums, then a layer of what reminded me slightly of maple cognac, and finally, a long lasting and lingering sweet finish. Goodness, there should be no end to this beer. Carbonation is approaching the lower end of the spectrum, but it works nicely for this beer. Excellence indeed.

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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 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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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark resigh brown with about a finger of tan head, good retention and great lacing.

The aroma is strong with tons of malt and alcohol. The malts present as mostly caramel with light hops, uncannly similar to a barleywine.

The taste is also very bwish, sweet caramel to start balanced by a light hopw finish.

The biggest problem here is the feel, light to the feel, not much of a finish.

Overall, this is a great easy drinker.

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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 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 Gatch
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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 muttyd
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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 srroos
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Dark amber with a large tan head which fades into a nice cap. Aroma is all malty sweetness: caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Taste is very sweet: mostly brown sugar, maple and honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, with a nice bitter finish. Slightly boozy, but still very drinkable.

An excellent beer that I'd love to get a hold of again!

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Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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 younger35
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew many moons ago from BeerTruth in the original Fight Club BIF. It's been gently aging for at least 18 months now so let's dive into this tastiness. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip (ironically, also from BeerTruth in the same box).

Appearance- Pours a very dark crimson brownish with a nice one finger dark tan head. A thin cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a shit load of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Smells like a sort of candied up Barleywine. Big and malty and sweet in the nose with massive amounts of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Vanilla and a bit of alcohol creep in as well. The hops have turned and now are fruity and full of candied goodness. A bit of raw rock candy, red licorice and cherry cola all burst out of the glass.
Taste- Wow, definitely not what I expected as this thing is way more tame and balanced than what the nose led me to believe. It's a sort of lightly sweet brew with a very luscious fruitiness and a light candied aspect. Reminds me vaguely of Worthers Original. There is a slight bitterness that hangs toward in the background as the red licorice and candied ginger really show. The alcohol is very warm going down and a light bitterness really lingers.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a very decadent (hey hey) feel. I can't believe how full bodied the beer is yet somehow it feels light and airy without being super carbonated
Drinkability- Really tasty brew that goes down fairly easy for the most part. I can't taste the alcohol at all but somehow as it mixes with the spiciness of the hops I can feel it all the way down the pipes. Very good brew though that I wish I could have tried fresh as well. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This bottle came courtesy of errantnight and has been chilling in the cellar for a good 15 months, thanks Derek! Dead by Dawn shows off a beautiful cherry wood body with ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. A beige head grows to two fingers on the pour and as it settles down to one becomes incredibly dense and sticky. Sheet lacing is left behind after every single drink.

Handfuls of rich gooey caramel get things started with a faded but still surprisingly citric hoppiness evening things out. The citrus runs along the lines of candied orange and lime peel which make this beer very candy-like when combined with the massive caramel maltiness. There's a solid helping of toffee thrown in for good measure on the backend.

Again, rich, dark, gooey caramel lays it down right off the bat. The hops are back with fairly intense candied citrus in the form of orange and lime peel. You can tell the hops have faded but what's left gives the sensation of candy. The taste of lime peel brings with it a touch of saltiness. Toffee again brings up the rear and adds another layer of depth to this already deep brew.

The body has a moderate weight on the tip of the tongue but manages to pick up a little stick on its way through, never quite reaching full. The carbonation is there, moderate, but has a nice soft feel allowing the beer to work through at its own pace.

The caramel is big but never becomes overly sweet or sticky, and this is coming from someone overly sensitive to sweet beer. I had a hard time setting this beer down.

Age has done this beer well. Although the hops have faded the new shape they've taken add a ton of depth and character. If you have a bottle of this, pop it open and enjoy. It's sipping just fine. Thanks again for another hook up, Derek!

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Photo of hopdog
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottles acquired in trades with mreusch and WeeHeavySD (thanks!).

Poured a dark/deep amberish and almost brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, earthiness, dark fruits, chocolate, and nutty. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, nutty, and some citrus in the finish. Light alcohol in the finish.

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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 ClockworkOrange
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure I got this from metallitone1, so, thanks for the chance Tim! Poured from a 750ml foil wrapped bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear medium chestnut/crimson color with around an inch of pillowy light ecru foam. The head lingers through the entire glass, leaving a moderate, sticky lace in it's path. A fantastic looking pour! Nose and flavor consists of sweet caramelized malts, and yes, some rather up front hops - orange to start followed by candied grapefruit and lemon peel. Toasted grains, a touch of pine, and even some dark fruit notes are detected as well. This strong ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied and is certainly amply carbonated. If you are still sitting on one of these, open it up and enjoy...

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

Many thanks to prototypic for the chance.

A - Pours a medium reddish-brown with a little haze that is present. The tan head rises to about a finger and a half, showing nice retention. Mucho lacing left behind. Good job on the appearance.

S - Some citrus from the hops seems to jump out first. I'm getting orange. It's quickly followed by a blast of caramel. Some dried fruit comes in about midway with notes of cherry. Molasses and caramel bring up the rear. Alcohol is nowhere to be found which is shocking at 9.9%.

T - BIG dose of caramel right out of the gate. Some bitter grapefruit follows. Alcohol shows in the flavor and works pretty well keeping a nice warm tone. Bready flavors come in heavy midway to end, tastes like sweetbread and raw bread dough. There is a licorice bite at the very tail end. Fairly nice overall.

M - Fuller bodied with a very nice carbonation level. Finish is a nice combination of sweet and bitter, hanging on to the palate for just long enough. Excellent.

D - Drinkibility is good. Very good given the high alcohol percentage. It is just complex enough to keep coming back for sip after sip. Even after this amount of time this beer still shines. Would definitely have this again if given the chance. Glad I got to try it out.

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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

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

For the capper on a fine, fine tasting at Mauerhan's, our generous host decided to put the motherfucking cherry on top. When he first mentioned opening a Decadence, I thought of the 2007 porter, which was just 'good' for me. Then he slowly explained in one syllable words with acute comic timing that it was the 2006 Imperial Red. Well, shit! Why didn't you say so? I'm all in for trying that.

I'm afeared it may be a little passed it's prime but only one way to tell for sure. Crack it.

Pours a big frothy head over a gorgeous burgandy fluid. Nice lacing, and great head, which is something I've come to expect at Mauerhan's.

Smell is awesome hoppiness. Even at this late date. Malts represent too.

Taste is a little more malty than the smell would lead you to believe. I can't help but think that a fantastic beer has aged to become just a damn good beer.

Still tastes really good. Thick, red, strong. Caramel barleywine-esque. The 9+% ABV is awesome.

Would really like to have this fresh. I sure hope they make it again. With my limited wisdom, I think this has lost a little something on the long strange trip. Anyone saving one of these should probably enjoy it now as it is still very enjoyable.

Big thanks to Mauerhan - this almost makes up for you verbal tresspasses. Ya bastard.

Overall: please brew again

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i have been holding on to this for quite some time. the guys (plus a girlfriend) are over and we needed a caper for the night. so this is it.

first off i am fucking impressed by this beer. for something that is this old to have this much carbonation. i am fucking impressed. a two finger off white head is standing proud over this dark red body. So good.

smell is full of malt. which is to be expected off something this old. faint hints of the beautiful hops that once were.

tastes is delicious. full of malts. nice sweetness. a full ride.

mouth is smooth and delicious. i am very fond of this beer. medium bodied. awesome.

wish i had more than just this bottle. fuck...and now its gone. damn you victor.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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 CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of unclejedi - thanks!! Long time want here. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Whew. Pours an amazingly fluffy, huge-bodied brew, with about six or seven distinct, separate pours required to get the whole bottle into the glass. The head is huge, crisp, fluffy, sticky, and has amazing retention - literally, you get this huge mountain of fluff that rises well over rim of the glass, a good half-inch into the air. The body itself is pretty deep, clear when you hold it up to the light, with tons of carbonation, fast and fine-bubbled, being released. The lacing is equally as fantastic, sticky as hell, clumpy, three-dimensional, with huge, fluffy, cloudy-like blobs of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, sticky, syrupy fruits are large and dominant up front, pineapple, freshly canned, grapefruit, and herbal notes, backed up by a huge, solidly malty malt backbone, caramel and toffee, earthy and sweet.

Taste: Whew, intense - not even sure where to start with this one. The malts in this one are off the chart sticky, crazy sweet, with overtones of coffee, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, cola, faint chocolate. They interact with a moderate backing hop bitterness and a slew of hop notes to provide a huge array of fruity overtones - strong pineapple, grapefruit, orange, cherries, pears - as well as a nice kiss of spicy, sprucey pine and a few hints of dark fruit. It loses the half point for being almost too sweet, but really, it doesn't matter too much given how tasty the remainder of the notes are.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly well-carbonated, which was almost a necessity, one would imagine, given how incredibly sticky, thick, chewy, resinous, and syrupy the body of this one was. The result is very smooth but still light, like a watery milkshake. Works very well given the amount of residual sweetness in this one.

Drinkability: The hops have likely largely mellowed on this one given its age (it's, what, two + years old at this point?), and it's drinking really, really well right now - I don't envision this one getting much better with age, so go for it now if you got it. This one's a really fantastic beer, a definite winner, but I'd recommend splitting it with a friend - one this sweet, this sticky, this high in alcohol (dancing with double digits) begs to be split with a fellow (or soon to be) BA. Nonetheless. highly recommended.

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

A: This beer poured a deep amber/red color with a huge tan head and nice lacing.

S: The smell was deep and malty. Some toffee, caramel and date notes were highlighted.

T: WOW! Malty and well....decadent. It is malty, caramel and slightly sour.

M: The mouthfeel is full and velvety. Some carbonation is noticeable. It also has a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

D: This beer is simply delicious. It is complex and somewhat difficult to describe.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar forever. Figured it was about time to pop it open.

A: A dense, translucent beer. In the light it appears almost maroon in color...lots of red with hints of brown. I got about a two finger fluffy tan head. Good retention and huge lacing.

S: Smell is malt dominant for sure. I get a big whiff of red licorice, so I guess you would have to call that cherry, along with some tropical stuff and perhaps fig. I wanna say there's a bit of bitterness buried in there somewhere, but it really is a hint at best.

T: Pretty mild flavor considering the smell. I again get a feel of the red licorice, but not nearly as sweet as it smells. Plenty of estery and tropical goodness here. In the finish there's just a touch of citrus bitterness, and at the very end I actually get a bit of roastyness as well.

MF: Thicky, syrupy and amazingly smooth. There's a tiny bit of carbonation, but it's very low. Almost a dangerous mouthfeel as the beer is so quaffable. There's still a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol, but it's mostly faded. Strong warming, but that's not really a surprise.

D: All things considered, this is a nice mellow imperial red. Something tells me it wasn't this mellow back when it was bottled, but given the time to sit, it's turned into a very nice beer. I'm actually a bit surprised, I really expected this to be sweeter than it is. It has a bit of a familiar flavor...I get hints of Yulesmith and Old Numbskull here...but it's just so mellow and smooth. If not for the high ABV, I could certainly drink this all day. The mouthfeel on this beer is about as good as I've ever had. A really nice brew, quite tasty, and something I'm glad I had a chance to try. Too bad I won't be seeing this again.

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