Decadence 2006 Dead By Dawn - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
AleSmith Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
4.2 | pDev: 10%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alesmith

Look: Dark brown in color with a 1/4 inch tan head and great retention with some spotty lace

Smell: Pleasant sourness and a bit of vinegar which hides most of the other scents but there is some caramel mixed in

Taste: The beer starts our a bit a funky sourness that is not over powering like most sours. The middles carries a slight acidic vinegar note. And the beer finishes with a nice caramel toffee backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. A bit tart and funky

Overall: Very interesting beer that was actually better than I thought it was going to be

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AleSmith during 2011 San Diego Beer Week. Advertised as having a "pleasing tartness". Uh oh, red flag.

Pours opaque amber with a solid cap of sand colored foam. Good retention and minimal lacing. Smells like rich caramel, sweet cherry, sugar coated plum/raisin, and some oak and dark chocolate. Delicious, although not a ton of barrel character. Taste is tart cherry and some caramel malt. The cherry is quite tart, carries through most of the sip, and lingers for awhile. It's not unpleasant, but kind of masks any other complexity that might be there, including I'm guessing the barrel. Medium body and medium-light carbonation which is pretty smooth. Overall, this is pretty good: you can tell there's a great beer underneath somewhere, but the tartness kind of makes it one dimensional.

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Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at AleSmith during San Diego trip.

A- Dark red body out of the tap with a big dark tan head. Silky head with creamy texture and good size and retention. Good fine lace rings.

S- Sour fruit and subdued bourbon oak barrel. Very aromatic with a nice backbone of old caramel malts, like an old ale would have.

T- Sour fruit, white grapes and apple notes come with a nice tartness probably from an infection. Subdued bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrel. The base beer seems to be old caramel and raisin forward.

MF- Silky, oily light body with a great tartness. Some bitterness in the finish.

Interesting sour and bourbon blend. Also takes on a slight old ale caramel aspect.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alesmith

A: Pretty clear dark brown color with a huge fluffy light brown head.

S: Some great bourbon notes, toasted coconut, vanilla, raisin and some plum.

T: Wow. Amazing complexity. Starts with some roasted malt and a bit of vanilla and then becomes sour as a lot of sour cherry flavors come into play. Bourbon isn't really evident in the taste, but it really made the smell fantastic. Really glad to have gotten to try this one.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alesmith Tasting Room

Pours an amber color with a very thick off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell is on the lighter side. There is plenty of bourbon, molasses, and some fruit.

Very complex! Dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, and sour all come together. The dark fruit stands out as being the strongest.

This is very well carbonated. It is rich, creamy, and on the heavier side.

This was one of the most complex beers I've had. Highly enjoyable. A real treat to be able to try.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Alesmith for some Evil Dead Red and saw this on the board, yes please.
It pours a copper/amber color with a huge frothy off white head that lasts and leaves a very sticky lace. The nose is big and complex with a tart sourness and notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, vinegar, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. The nose doesn't leave any flavors hidden and puts it all out there for what you will taste, the sourness is great with the dark fruits and vanilla bourbon, the alcohol is there but very well integrated. Its a medium body with a slight chewiness and sticky, well carbonated. I was very happy to get to try this and I wasn't let down it's a very good beer.

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Photo of cocoapuph
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow... '06 decadence?! What a treat. Walked into the brewery and saw this gem up on the tasting board. They poured about a 3oz taste for me.

Looked very full of body with a rich brownish-pink color and pinkish-tan head.

Smelled interesting. Dark fruits and wood. A little booziness from the bourbon perhaps?

Taste took my mouth on a roller coaster. Almost reminds me of my V009 experience. Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Thanksgiving meal gum. Flavors keep changing and playing off of each other. Figs, cherries, raisins and grapes. Just a hint of bourbon in the background with some of the woody barrel flavors and vanilla creeping in.

The flavors are sticky to the mouth and replay even after your sip is down the hatch. Nice carbonation on this one as well.

Super glad I was able to try this one at Alesmith. Wish it was a regular tap resident. Hope they uncover another keg of this soon.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Alesmith. Thanks to Chris for the tip. What the hell is this? Decadence Dead By Dawn from 2006 aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. What a pleasant surprise.

A: Dark reddish brown with a big creamy foam head.

S: Chocolate, caramel, vinegar, and bourbon, with big lactic notes. Dark red fruits are powerful, redolent of grape, plum, and currant. Toffee is evident.

T: High level of lactic sourness immediately with bourbon, grapes, and plums. This is very oaky and tannic. Caramel and toffee blend with chocolate and vanilla. The finish is bitter with a somewhat acerbic sourness and a strong acetic note. Alcohol is present in the terminus.

M: Upper medium in body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: The beer doesn't have a high level of drinkability, but it was nice to have six ounces. The sourness is kind of one note and a little harsh with the tannins at times, but there was a lot going on. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper/brown pour with a very creamy looking off white head.

Obviously the hops are gone. Sweet malts and some sourness come through.

A lot of sweet and sour. A small amount of bourbon flavor. It's a tough flavor to describe. Very fruity, sour and tasty.

M-Medium smooth body with plenty of carbonation.

O-Not what they intended but it was a good beer to try. Tasty with no bad flavors.

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Decadence 2006 Dead By Dawn - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 16 ratings