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

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by scottoale on 03-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 79
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 PatronWizard
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the '07 Decadence and thought it was good, but nothing to scream about. Wasn't even really clamoring for the barrel aged version. Then OlieIPA and Aimstatus bring it to my house as part of a sick line up. And I drank ....

Pour produces a big frothy head. Creamy looking, big and small bubbles. Standing up at the edges. Black fluid. Looks pretty damn good.

Big bourbon scent. I mean huge bourbon scent. Kinda masks the other aromas. Like being socked in the face with a chamois that had been soaked in Gentleman Jack. A little boozy, but I'm excited now.

Taste is simply awesome. The bourbon is there in a big way but not quite as much as the nose would suggest. Right under the bourbon is a big bite of really rich chocolate. Decadence.

Incredibly smooth, right down to the beautiful warming sensation in my bellay. So aptly named. This is straight gluttony. Ridiculously good.

A big ass beer right here, not for wussies. It's actually shoving me around, pushing me around, showing me who's boss. I love big ABV and I question the honesty of the 10% on the label. I would guess 12%. Either way, HolyRolyPolyOlieIPA Batman, this stuff is great.

In a too-good-to-be-true evening line-up that included '09 Kate, '08 Abyss, Choklat, and Black Butte XX (another kickass imperial porter), the barrel aged Decadence was the one that made me pop a chub.

Overall: decadence

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Photo of tpd975
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks goes to Wetherel for the share. Thanks John!

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue. The head is mocha and color and rises nicely. Great retention shown with a nice smattering of lace.

S: Wow who knew Bourbon could smell so good. Lots of fresh virgin oak mixed with vanilla. Gooey fudge mixed with coconut. To call this complex would be an injustice.

T: Wow my first AleSmith barrel aged brew, and boy was it worth the wait. I thought this was a solid base beer, but the barrel turned this beyond world class. Lots of sweet butterscotch up front. Lots of oak, yet it does not overpower, it just tends to blend with the waves of flavor. Vanilla and chocolate play a huge role as well. Subtle coconut notes along with caramel, and just a touch of booze. Round the bases my friend this one is a Home Run!

M: Full in body, very rich, with goodness that just seems to cling in all the right places.

D: A true joy to drink. It may be a task but I could sit down with this one and sip all night. As I said to call it world class would be a crime. This beer is in a league that few are members of.

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Photo of stonequarrywest
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 348 of 817

Dark brown/black pour with a big one finger head..Moderate head retention and little lacing.

Aroma is a great big bourbon with caramel, chocolate, toffee, some vanilla

Can really really taste and feel the bourbon..Heavy duty. with some vanilla and caramel.
Great mouthfeel and carbonation. Alcohol definitely heats you up..

Well worth the wait

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Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split one of our bottles of this up finally, poured into my Decadence glass. Poured a very dark almost opaque brown/black with a frothy tan head that settled to a creamy ring. Aroma exploded with bourbon right away, and upon further examination vanilla and caramel come out, but not much of the original maltiness from the porter. Taste starts with a wonderful vanilla bourbon oak flavor with some warming alcohol, and as it warms this just gets more rich and balanced. Not a lot of the original porter leftover, just an incredible creamy boozy beer. I think with another 6 months or so of age, this is going to be outstanding, but it's already excellent. Very glad I got some bottles of this.

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Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #578 out of 817.

Pours a slightly fizzy rich dark brown/black with a head that dies quickly but leaves a creamy ring.

Huge whisky on the nose with some hints of oak and chocolate. Lacking a bit of balance, but I dig it.

Initially, the carbonation is slightly higher than preferred resulting in a touch of a fizzy body. After a few minutes and a few swirls, I now have a much more luscious body. Whisky, again, is predominant, but the imperial porter base beer lends some wonderful sweet chocolate and vanilla notes. Oak. Molasses. Cola. Fantastic, if not a bit over the top in the whisky.

Finishes with quite a bit of alcohol warmth and some burn. Some age will help with that (6 months or a year from now should be mighty tasty).

A mighty fine beer that, currently, lacks balance but is still very, very good. Some more age to soften that aspect and this could be perfect.

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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 SShelly
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open a bottle after reading the first few reviews on here.

on opening hits with a big smell of vanilla and booze, little bit of chocolate, very pleasant aroma, very big.

A little boozy up front with lots of vanilla and light chocolate, incredibly creamy and smooth in the mouth, almost no harshness to the barrel aged aspects of the taste.

really really impressed with this and like others have said I think its only going to get better.

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Photo of djaeon
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 HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I opened this up among a few friends and we did a side by side with the regular Decadence 2007. It was really interesting to notice the similarities and differences between the two beers, and to see the beginning and finished products of -bal aging done well.

-Bal Aged Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter pours black with a 1.5 inch light brown head. The retention is very impressive and the lacing is good.

We had this in the middle of a sour tasting to take a break from the funk, and the style shift was a welcome change to my senses. The complexity of the aroma is stunning. The bourbon character is really fantastic. Caramel and dark chocolate cut through the bourbon to deliver a delicate sweetness that works very well with the strong bourbon. The earthy hops I noticed in the regular version are present in the aroma of the barrel aged version, but are not as apparent. Vanilla and toffee are also present. I can't imagine a better aroma on a -bal aged Imperial Porter.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee...with just a hint of coffee lurking in the shadows (please stay there). The bourbon flavor is awesome with this beer, but in 6 months to a year this beer will truly come into its own. It's just a little hot, which is to be expected. I'd give this a 5 if I didn't believe the flavor would improve with a little time. The finish is full of warming alcohol and the delicious toffee, caramel, chocolate, and bourbon I've been enjoying throughout.

The beer is full bodied with great carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy.

This is my favorite of any of the -bal aged Alesmith beers that I've had (Speedways, Numbskulls, and Wee Heavies). In time, when the booze dies down a bit, this is going to be epic.

*update 4/19/2009*
This was opened by a kind soul at a tasting last night and the beer has developed some subtle notes of coconut in the nose and flavor. Fantastic. What a -bal aged beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. brown champagne style with full wrap-around label and a gold foil over bottle cap and neck. Bottle # 493 of # 817. Pours a black mahogany brown with a finger of mocha-tan creamy head. Nice lace left behind.

The nose is sweet vanilla and butterscotch, with maltiness and a wee touch of bourbon. This stuff smells insanely tasty.

The taste is a bit boozy upfront with lots of butterscotch and even more vanilla dominating the flavors. The alcohol kicks in a bit and more malt and butterscotch unfold into a dark fruity blast. Full and fluff-like, the flavor eventually winds down to a mello, warming as hell, oak-soaked finish. Soothing and medicinal at the same time. Amazing flavor that will become epic in time. Expect this.

Full bodied, excellent carbonation, barrel-aged beauty with a soft and creamy feel...the only thing that's holding this back from perfection is just a bit more ageing...but not much! Great job Peter and the whole AleSmith crew, hats off to ya!

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