AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
40
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mogburn1317
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2010 vintage (obviously). I don't have the "commemorative Decadence Ale glass" the label advises me to use, so I'm serving this into the closest shape of glass I have - a La Chouffe stem-tulip. 750ml dark brown glass bottle with intricate classy label and gold foil-ed over unbranded brass-colour pry-off pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop last year and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Cost was $20.00 USD. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery. Reviewed as an English-style old ale because that's the label identifies it as.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. It recedes too quickly - inside 20 seconds - for me to note the thickness or creaminess, but does leave a floater ring for an additional minute or so. No lacing at all.

Body colour is a very dark nontransparent translucent amber-brown. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. I wouldn't call it rich, vibrant, or glowing. It's an intimidating appearance for a beer. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Marshmallow, traces of what I think is oak, heavy residual sugars, some somewhat starchy dextrins, brown malts, biscuit malts, light toasted character, and very very timid hop character - if anything, I get a nebulous trace of herbal character, but nothing I'd call English. I also pick up on some murky fermented fruit - cherries and dark currants are most prominent. It's pretty bready, with plenty of brown bread crust character.

I don't know that I'm looking forward to trying it. It's a neutral aroma of average strength.

I don't find any of the stale cardboard notes that would indicate oxidation. I also don't detect any yeast character. There is some light alcohol warmth.

T: I dig the fruity character - there's some nice grape/raisin, cherry, and currant character. The foundation is bold, with plenty of (English) brown malts, biscuit malts, marshmallow, and dextrins. Brown bread character and accompanying bread crust is emphasized in the profile. I do pick up very light traces of cardboard, but oxidation is far from rampant here - it's light enough to be pleasant and complementary. If you've got a bottle, I'd drink it now. Plenty of caramel/caramalt. Heavy on the English malts, but I'm not finding any noticeable hop character. Toffee. A kiss of fig. There's also no yeast character. It has a pleasant alcohol warmth, but isn't boozy or hot.

Overall, it's enjoyable enough but isn't particularly complex, subtle, nuanced, or intricate. It's really just a middle-of-the-road old ale. I expected far better from Alesmith. Balanced and cohesive enough, but not gestalt. I'm unimpressed. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

Mf: Feels a bit tannic to be honest, which I didn't expect. It's coarse and dry for the style - I'd say entirely too coarse - to the point that its coarseness and relative roughness on the palate is the beer's biggest overall flaw. A biteen stale (or "old" if you enjoy puns). Decent carbonation. Okay body and presence on the palate; it's certainly heavy. The texture is far rom ideal, and doesn't at all feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste.

Not gushed or astringent.

Dr: There are far better old ales available below this price point (North Coast's Old Stock Ale comes to mind). I certainly wouldn't buy this again; I'm not convinced Alesmith - as excellent as they are at American styles - is great at making Belgians or English beers. ABV isn't really all that well disguised. It's a sipper, but hey - it'll get you drunk.

This isn't an old ale for the discerning drinker, and while enjoyable enough, I'd caution friends from purchasing it at its MSRP.

C

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of billab914
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of siege06nd
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky brown. Small khaki head. Wispy with a small collar.

Smell - Really nice. Oxidization has set in, but it's sherry not cardboard and I like that in this style. Caramel malt and even a tinge of grapefruit hop still there.

Taste - Amazing, I still get hops. Grapefruit bite right up front before the brown sugar malt takes over. A touch oxidized, again, with sherry flavors. Toffee and slightly bitter in finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but not too sugary. The oxidation is very nice. Low carbonation.

Overall - Age seems to have done this well. I don't know about the style, though. I would have pegged it as an American Barleywine.

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Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some dark fruit, dark caramel malts, toffee, English yeast, nuttiness, vanilla, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, raisins and other dark fruits, darker caramel malts, nuttiness, vanilla, English yeast, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice balanced old ale. A touch on the thin side.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

pours deep brown, creamy head. bit of a cola look.

deep dark fruit, some roasted nuts and toffee. sweet malt.

a bit oxidized, flat sweet malt and faint toffee and butterscotch. not a lot going on here.

nice smooth body, mild to moderate bite. bit of a dry finish.

ehhh past its prime.

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Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chrisxmartin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of maximep
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1565th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml

Shared with Daysinthewake & Litheum94
Purchased from Walnut Liquorette for $16.99

App- More of a rust/caramel color in the glass without a head to speak of. A bit of a denser pour but still retained and creamy and shiny look to it. There was no cling. Looked like a darker cordial in the glass.

Smell- It was a traditional old ale to me. A large malt presence with a bit of creme on the nose. Retained a small quad like nose. Picked up on some dark fruits and touches of vanilla as well.

Taste- Its a good old ale. Really had a lot of flavors melded well together and didnt have a harshness or lack of balance as some do. This was more smooth with the flavors complimenting. The vanilla was there and then the malts came in with a caramel sweetness that played off a rich cream like flavor.

Mouth- A small medium body with a bit of a low carbonation. Residual flavors of malty caramel and a bit of a sweetness behind it.

Drink- Did this side by side with the BA version and we all know who wont the battle but this was a good beer. A very good beer. Would love another bottle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark red hued amber with a small tan head that leaves light lacing. Malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavor of classic old ale rich malts and dark fruit with a hint of roasted malts. Fairly sweet. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A very nice, enjoyable old ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark amber with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some very nice fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice aroma and tasty flavor.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +0.5%

AleSmith Decadence 2010 English Style Old Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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