AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel AgedAleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 03-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
61
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by decaturstevo at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma is very boozy with lots of bourbon. Flavor is equally a bourbon mess. The bourbon dominated this beer completely. This beer is so one-sided I can't understand how this gets such high ratings.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Small khaki head.

Smell - Bourbon. Cardboard and some light sherry. Some caramel.

Taste - Lots of bourbon. Cardboard and sherry again. Caramel and some intense oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Oxidized.

Overall - Well it's boozy and very bourbony. And probably well past its prime.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice clear dark brown but no head ever really develops. The nose with rich with vanilla and bourbon with a bit of oak. This is hot as hell. Bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Body is thinned out compared to original. There are not real signs of the original beer at all. Really kind of disappointing.

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Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle #507/817 poured into a tulip glass.

Black pour with a large dark tan head. Huge head fades down gracefully, but retains a nice coating that provides ample lacing as I drink. Nose is full of bourbon and a complex of related elements including vanilla, pipe tobacco, oak, and leather. Lovely aroma, though more of the chocolate present in the original could shine through.

This bottle has been resting for a good four months after the release, yet I am immediately aware that I will not be touching another one for a matter of years. The flavors that first hit my tongue are packed with oaky vanilla and leathery bourbon. All of the rich chocolate and roasty elements present in the base beer seem to blend into the finish that is heavy wth echoing sharp tobacco and bitter oak. This beer is still very heavy on the barrel. I did not taste this one "fresh" so hopefully this is smoothing out as the bottles rest.

Nice full body is delightfully slick and low-medium carbonation hits the spot. As much as I love the base beer, I have to say that this one is not drinking as nicely as the original is right now. The barrel qualities are still overpowering, as special of a beer as this is, definitely share this with a group of friends.

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3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2009) (608/817)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, itk1!

(Aged for ~4 years)

Very dark brown, very nearly black, with a small to moderately-sized dark brown head of small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. Pretty barrel-aged porter.

The aroma is the weakest aspect of this beer, and I believe age has not helped matters here at all. Especially at the cold temperatures, the main attributes were strong oxidation, leather, and some root vegetable characteristics, unfortunately. That being said, as the beer warms, truly nice layers of chocolate and a very mild bourbon and oak presence emerged. Overall, especially after reading how extraordinary the aroma was apparently in other bottles, the aroma was not great and was hurt greatly by time, is my estimation.

The flavor, however, was still quite nice, and not nearly as oxidized as the aroma. Nice layers of chocolates coat the mouth, along with a mild bourbon and oak character. There's some leather and oxidation as well. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Enjoyable, but not other-worldly.

A very full, rich, decadent, sticky sipper. Very nice.

Glad I got to try this one, but age did this bottle no help. Drink now if you got any of these leftovers sitting around!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 53/817. I went up last Saturday thinking hey would've sold out of this, as it went on sale on Friday. I was fortunate enough to get a bottle. When I got there at 1pm, they said they had about 2 cases left.

A: Poured dark with a light tan, two-finger head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: Strong bourbon smell.

T: This tastes like a straight porter, with a couple shots of whiskey dropped in. Makes me think the barrel aging was started in barrels that weren't empty yet.

M: Medium carbonation. I'm getting a very light version of the burn that happens when you take a shot of whiskey, but in a good way.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

D: Alcohol is evident, but not TOO strong. This is a sipper.

I think this is one that would age well. It's already 2 years old, and I'd be very interested in tasting it again in another two years.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous BA for bringing this bottle to DLD and to AgentZero for grabbing a tickable pour for me. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a light mocha head that lasts for a bit before falling into a thin collar. The nose is pretty nice with some notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, mildly-roasted malt, and chocolate. Pretty good complexity, but nothing out of this world. The flavor is on par with that--perhaps a bit stronger overall, though brought down by an increased alcohol presence. Good barrel character with bourbon, oak, and vanilla, though it's surprising there's still this much heat. Medium body and pretty smooth, other than the alcohol. Pretty good. Glad to finally have tried this one.

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Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to aussy13 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick 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 has held up well until now but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of Lothore
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brownish hue with a solid head that dissipates to some nice lacing.

S- Lots of bourbon notes, vanilla, roasted malts and hints of whiskey.

T- Thick and creamy. Chocolate and roasted malt make up the backbone and give way to a big bourbon presence throughout the entirety.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This was a huge beer and didn't quite come together for me but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage generously split by ipa247. You're the man Jeff! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with a finger of very dark brown head that receded into a thin collar which left some wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of bourbon, coco nibs and sweet malts.
T: Easy going bourbon, sweet dark fruits, raisins, dates, honey, toffee, caramel and mellow coco powder. Finish is sweet and warm and the aftertaste is full of chocolate and marshmallows.
M: Full bodied, syrupy thick mouthfeel but not oily, with light carbonation. Alcohol has just the right amount of warmth.
D: A bourbon lover's dream. Fantastic bourbon flavor yet a great barrel aged mellowness. A very fine porter.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, #539, poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely opaque black in the glass underneath a two-inch fluffy tan head that shows great retention and lacing, especially for a barrel-aged beer.

The aroma starts out with a big dose of bourbon and vanilla sweetness. As it warms, the underlying porter starts to show a bit more with dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

The taste seems to have a heavier dark chocolate presence up front with the roasted malts underneath. The finish is slightly dry with cocoa but is really dominated by the bourbon sweetness as a serious burn in the throat on the way down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet overall with the oak and bourbon really lingering after each sip, like chasing the porter with a shot of bourbon.

This is an excellent porter right now with a strong bourbon presence which adds a good bit to the underlying beer. I wasn't the biggest fan of the original Decadence 07, so this is definitely an improvement. That said, in a year or two this thing could be world-class. I hope I get the chance to find out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle generously sent to me by my cousin, thanks! Dark black color with a tan head. It smells like (teen) SPIRITS! It really smells like bourbon or whiskey or something but still it is quite good. The flavor has a lot of booze up front and barrel and then a delicious chocolate like flavor. This was not bad at all and I don't really care much for booze-barrel aged beers.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of OlieIPA
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a little thin, but made up in big and frothy looking head...looked really light, similar to an IPA (in the head I mean). Lacing was pretty good, even though the head retention was lacking a bit.

S: WOW! Bourbon...Jack Daniel's Whiskey in fact. The dark malts seem to be masked a bit, but come through more as a caramel and toffee; one dimensional.

T: I thought the barrel aging was going to ruin this beer, but it actually isn't as potent as the aroma indicates. Molasses, caramel, toffee, and the chocolate come through...but are complimented with the robust bourbon characteristic. The alcohol bite is present, but could be settled down a bit. A winter warmer for sure.

M: I've noticed that Alesmith beers seem to be well carbonated, even after aging. Again, this beer continues this trend...but may be a little too much for this style (but hell, what do I know).

D: ABV is 10% and you can tell its there, but it does have a smooth quality that adds to overall impression of the beer.

Overall: A great beer that should be enjoyed by all beer geeks.!..a definite monster! Cheers!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to jedwards for sharing this one!!!
Bottle 250/817
Pours dark brown/black. Tan head mostly a big ring. Smell is rich roasted malt, chocolate, buttery. Huge flavor - chocolate, black licorice, butterscotch, bourbon, coconut and some alcohol. Active carbonation with a fine structure. Medium/full body - really nice and smooth. Overall this beer is really something - smooth, rich and delicious!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 162/817

A - Pours extremely dark brown, thin tan head, some bubbly thin lace. Cascading bubbles up the sides.

S - Wood and booze, base malt backbone.

T - Ah. There it is. The core of this is the taste. Bright almost harsh wood notes, hard liquor influenced, balanced with a nice light coffee, cocoa flavor, bittered at the end to make it all sew together.

M - Sufficient carb, good coating and love the balance of this unwieldly beer.

D - Each sip begs another. I am already a little altered by this one, and only half way through, but I see no signs of tiring.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to d0b for bringing this one over for the the New Beer Sunday porter afternoon. Bottle #573 of 817. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Nearly two fingers of dark mocha foam with solid retention and lots of spotty lacing. Pitch black brew, with just a tiny hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Huge vanilla, bourbon, and wood smell, particularly as the brew has time to warm. The base beer is full of molasses, roast malt, dark fruits, and maybe even a hint of coconut. There's also a slight barrel bacteria tinge in there. Wonderful stuff, although there might ever-so-slightly be more barrel than I like. The alcohol burns my eyes!

T - Lots of whiskey on the top of the palate, with sweet vanilla and malt at the tip of the tongue. It finishes with lots of rich vinous fruit sweetness and a surprisingly moderate aftertaste that is relatively free of wood or astringency.
The taste profile has a lot of the aged porter flavors that are more reminiscent of barleywines - kind of like Perkuno's Hammer at this point.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, lots of residual stickiness. It's a little light for such an intense tasting and boozy brew, but it's still quite acceptable There's some nice alcohol warmth at the back of the throat after a while.

D - This is a slow sipper, especially compared to the Russian River porter. I'm pretty happy with the generous pour I got and while I'd love to try this again in a few years I don't really find myself reaching for another glass.

Really glad I got to try this rarity - looking forward to BA Speedway and (fingers crossed) Wee Heavy.

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