AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old AleAleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale
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AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old AleAleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same recipe as Decadence 2005.

Added by jerz on 06-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 139
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of HimerMan
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 bottle; served in a Delirium Tremens glass split with Gaskill on 5/19/06.

Open/Pour – Aroma of chocolate and candied fruits, raisins and faint alcohol. Unbelievable pour, wonderful off-white head with a ruby brown hazy color. Absolutely one of the nicest colors to look at in this style of beer. Retention fairly strong, and light oil on the top.

Taste – incredibly smooth and refreshing, alcohol not present in taste - though the warming feeling exists. Nice malt flavor that is rich with sweet sugar water and very true to both English Old Ales and Belgian flavors; figs, raisins, light chocolate/toffee mixed with cream and sweetness.

Overall – perhaps I enjoy this style more than I would have ever thought. Stouts are still my overall favorite style – but this one seems to have peeked through an opened my eyes to new flavors.

Drinkability - You can age this for years, so keep it or drink it - it will be outstanding. Top-notch.

Truly an unbelievable beer. After being aged until 5/19/06 – it was amazing, and I have several more to age through the next couple years. If you have the ability to get this beer – you must.

Incredible beer from an incredible brewery.


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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did a '05,'10 side-by-side with Pastradul, Mikedashg and Otakuale.

A-A murky cola color with very little white head.

S-Wow! A nice robust aroma full of ripe fruits, caramel and toffee.

T-Blows the '10 away! The ripe fruits explode in your mouth! Tons of malts, caramel, toffee. I wish I could be more descriptive but I'm just blown away at how delicious this beer is.

M-Less carbonation then the '10 and that is a good thing. Smooth and creamy with just enough bubbles to carry the flavors across your tongue but not distract from the beautiful flavor.

D-Simply amazing. This isn't one of those,"For 5 years old it's doing pretty good." This beer is delicious and probably will stay that way for a good while. I'm going out to stock up on the 10's while they're available.

After some poor reviews I had to drink one and see how it was doing. And man I'm glad I did!

FYI: This bottle has spent it's whole life in a dark SoCal closet.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of jdhilt
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Raisiny nose. Starts sweet, raisiny, smooth high ABV stays hidden until finish. However my drinking partner thinks it is more like a liquor drink than a beer. Pricey at $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise, from beginning to end. Popped the lid and poured this thick dark amber brown ale into my clear glass. There was no foam, which is pretty standard for this style ale. The smell of malts, fruit and hops filled my nose with a pleasant balanced aroma. The taste was really malty and fruity with a nice hoppy flavor, not over powering. Nice balance of fruitiness, with the malts mixed with sweetness, tartness and a touch of sourness. This is what I would call a barleywine type ale and I love it! Also, for the amount of alcohol, it is so smoooth with out the alcohol taste.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith's Decadence Anniversary Ale is best served at cellar temperatures (50-55F) in a "commemorative" logo glass or a large brandy snifter. This potent elixir pours up smart & simple with just the perfect amount of carbonation. The gorgeously, inviting chestnut-ruby brown body is capped nicely with a small, persistent, cream colored head. This beauty even shows a bit of leg. The big, sweet caramel (e.g. caramel apple, toffee bits/molasses chips, muscovado sugar) aroma is wonderfully complex with hints of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Frangelico & Madeira. The flavor starts off luciously rich & somewhat chewy with lots of burnt caramel, toasted nuttiness and dried fruit. The bitterness never quite seems to catch-up to the huge maltiness, but the warming alcohol plays nicely into the finish. This chewy, full-bodied old ale carries plenty of character & warmth to bring color to any occasion. Enjoy this special vintage now or cellar for a special occasion. Here's to a "Decade of Decadence!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased in late 2005, tasted in January 2007. Purchase price and location info not recorded.

This is one big beer. One big full rich powerful beer. Very alcoholic, very strong, very wow. And I think it's great.

Pours a clear brown with lots and lots of gorgeous ruby highlights in my Trappistes Rocheforte goblet. Not much of a head, but a very nice looking thin tan cover.

Aroma is molassas, brown sugar, some dark fruits, and bit of whiskey. Flavor builds upon this, with dates, chocolate-covered cherries, figs, wood, and some spices thrown in for fun. Very complex.

The mouth is thick and chewy, big and full. A lot of alcohol, but not too much (and usually it is for me).

I really like this beer, and know it's the last time I'll likely have it. It is a huge beer, and best for special occasions, but I will miss it fondly.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with an impressive, rocky head that leaves copious lacing behind

Smell: Dark fruit (dates and figs), licorice, caramel and wood

Taste: Opens with a nice blend of dark fruit, caramel and licorice that adds a hint of hops, scorched wood and molasses by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel flavors soften out the profile and blend beautifully with the dark fruit in the finish though there is a subtle hint of pithy hops that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: To me, this is a really fine example of the English Old Ale style

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Proud looking scarlet red appearance. This beer has got a glow to it. Head is beige and thin, but the residual collar leaves quite a good amount of spotty lace. Really thick aroma. Gooey caramel and sweet toffeeish malts lead the pack. Rummy alcohol and fig like tones as well. A little resiny hop character too. Great aroma. The first thing that I notice when tasting is the rich, luxurious malt tones. Clean and sweet. Caramel and toffee. Beautiful. Melons and figs and alcohol all mingle in as well. But really, for an 11% brew, the alcohol is intergrated nicely. I was hoping it wasn't going to be one of those spiked fruit punch like old ales and it isn't. This is very good. And, yes, decadent is the perfect word to describe it.

Thanks to the LongBeachBum for this Alesmith treat. Much appreciated man.

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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to almost black with generous light tan head.

Nose is "whoppers" candy sweet - nougat milk chocolatey with a suggestion of yeasty esters.

Palate is roasty and malty sweet with caramel thickness, brown sugar, fruit candies, and cocoa powder on the finish. The body is very creamy and thick, viscous, whatever. It's nice.

Finish reveals the alcohol warmth with chocolate notes and some tartness.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear brown, with a slight cream head. Aroma is heavy with chocolate malts, alcohol, and candied fruits. Figs and cherries are faint and boozy. Taste is thick with sweet malts. Chocolate and toffee blend with the fruit, to form a slightly chocolate-covered-cherry candy taste up front. The cherries and caramel linger. Finishes with a slow and sticky alcohol burn, cognac flavor, without the dried fruit. Viscous mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, while maintaining complexity.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big shout out to Chris for bringing this one! 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep brown-red color with one finger of head. There's minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is intoxicating. A huge nose, with lots of dark fruit. There's a good bit of cherry and raisin, and a hint of alcohol as well. The taste is sweet and mellow. A great dark fruit flavor. A lot less alcohol than the aroma would have you to believe. Very flavorful! The mouthfeel is very thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 11% brew. A really nice beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymcgee & errantknight for spontaneously sending me bottles of this untested Alesmith brew. The first bottle went to a tasting & I fondly remember the ounce or two, & it rec'd good reviews. Now for a sober go at it.

Split up into a pair of DFH glasses, right up to the fish's mouth in each. Runs like the Mississippi in spring, muddy, with almost imaginary red highlights. Smell is a fruit tree toppled into a deep pool of malts. Rich, dark cherrywood, close to crossing into rum territory.

Decadence Old Ale is like a liquified fruit cup; this would make a great kid's drink. Bombastic cherry mixes with figs, brown sugar syrup, plums. Underneath this assault is a layer of malt sweetness that tightopes along the Grand Canyon of too sweet, but never takes the plunge. The rum character in the nose morphs into an almost rum/port mix; lovely. Flecks of toffee, caramel list about drunkenly.

Just like me if I drank a whole bomber of this. The alcohol remains hearty, not so much in the taste, as in the warm glow in my midsection. Rich, sweet, full, I find the glass slipping quickly away as I plumb its delightful depths for just one more subtle clue.

Excellent beer, & the best I've had from Alesmith to date. Great depth, amazingly drinkable, & just plain delicious.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a snifter, dark brown ale with a slim cap of tan bubbly head. Some lace motes trail down the sides of the glass.

S: dark wet fruits and dark booze; sugars like toffee and treacle, suggestions of floral and herbal autumnal spice

T: warmed in the glass to reveal a dark malty fruity base, full of dark sugars and orchard fruits; tastes like date, plum, raisin, and fig - fruits sift among a spiced character, reminiscent of warm winter holiday treats

M: creamy smooth, soft and slightly fuzzy; slightly sticky and with a flash of drying chalkiness on the close

O: nothing wrong with having an old ale with 3 years on it. Grand drinking experience.

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