Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine
AleSmith Brewing Company

Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked BarleywineDecadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine
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Style:
American Barleywine
ABV:
11%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
120
From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  32
SCORE
87
Very Good
Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked BarleywineDecadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine
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Reviews by dtx00:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark burgundy brown color with a generously thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Faded smoke/char, roasted toffee, figs, some smoked bacon, prunes, and lots of legs when the glass is swirled.

T - The smokiness and maple has faded quite a bit (big surprise), mostly dark fruit, a touch of woodiness, and noticeable alcohol warming on the back end. There some mild bitterness at the end and at the same time some of the maple starts to come through.

M - Thick, full bodied, boozy with a very dry finish, sugary sticky on the lips, velvet smooth on the tongue.

O - Nicely blended and evolves as it airs out in the glass.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut in color and very carbonated. A large head of light tan erupts to 2 finger high then slowly fades leaving a thin sticky layer of lace in its wake.

Light smokey aromas. Maple covered bacon and country ham, toffee, date, sweet crusty bread, some citrusy notes with a nutty aroma on the end.

By the other reviews coming in I was thinking I may be disappointed. However this beer is rocking. Deep and complex with layers of flavor with each sip. Starts semi sweet with maple, plum, fig and date, golden raisin and thick cut bread. Then the smoked malts really shine through on the mid palate and finish. Hints of meat, cherry, lavender, a burnt clove flavor, and long bitter finish.

The heavily carbonated pour didn't transfer through to the mouth. Things are lightly carbonated creamy and vibrant. A delicious beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HMOG donation. Brought this back from SD about a year and half ago and it already had about a year of age on it. Not sure what possessed me other than to get the Alesmith rate but I am not typically a big fan of smoke. It has to be done well and pretty damn subtle in order for me to like it. This one still has a bit of smoke going on which is exacerbated a bit by the maple as well. Personal preference here so don’t knock my rate.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, thick somewhat clear amber. Not much head nor lace.

S - Sweet caramel, smoke, maple comes out very well.

T - Woody, malty, astringent, not much sweetness in actual taste, boozy.

M - Pretty close to flat, not much volume in flavor contrasts, ok balance.

T - One small one is enough.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back to life as part of the 2019 Order of the Anvil series, this new take on an old buzz worthy beer is a welcomed blast from the past. It comes off more sweet than smokey but the lingering smoke on the backend does help to pleasantly quell the natural sweetness of the barley wine and the added sweetness of the maple. To me, this drinks as a predominantly dessert beer with the added bonus (?) of being slightly less rich than a bourbon barrel-aged beer, which actually makes this beer a bit more palatable, in my opinion. Cheers

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Photo of HopHead84
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/25/2012

Cask pour at the Grand reopening of the newly remodeled Alesmith tasting room.

A: Dark reddish orange with a big frothy beige head. Nice color.

S: Beautiful aroma. A duet of maple and beechwood smoke with accompanying brown sugar. Caramel blends with date. Citrus lingers in the background.

T: Sweet caramel with an upper moderate bitterness and a firm beechwood smoke presence. The combination of bitterness and smoke is palate wearying. Citrus is light. Finishes rich and smoky with a firm bitterness. Alcohol is evident in the flavor.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation. I think this would be better on draft or from the bottle as carbonation might lift some of the bitterness and smoke off the palate. As is, the smoke-bitterness combo is a bit much in the flavor.

Overall: Awesome aroma but the combination of bitterness, alcohol, and smoke is a little too aggressive on cask. Still, this is a quality offering and I can see this being better in a different serving format or with a few months time.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer offers a barleywine base of sweet caramel with medium bacony smoke with a slight woody bitterness.

Age has probably helped this beer out as the flavors could be more imbalanced. It's drinking well.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a HoTD tulip it presents a deep burgundy-reddish concoction with a nice tan cap which leaves a great head, lots of retention and plenty of lacing. Beautiful. For a three year old barleywine it could not get any better.

S: Big maple on this bad boy, sweet and decadent living up to its name, plenty of bourbon and wood on the nose with a scent of caramel, toffee and sweet brown sugar. A nice smoke to it, not a meaty like smoke but charred wood meets campfire. Perhaps a little bit of faded pine resin to boot and a pungent booze sting on the nostrils.

T: Sweet maple stickiness upfront coupled with bourbon from the barrel. My oh my. A bit of smoke and heat appears ushering loads of sweetness; decadent caramel, toffee and some brown sugar. As I roll it across the tongue it opens and flourishes into a boozey sweet monster with lots of complexity. Some leather and tobacco come out amidst the smoke and maple. The finish is oh so warm and sweet; like liquid candy and booze.

M: Well carbonated, nice sting booze, sweet full body presence here but not overly boozey, stinging or cloying considering all that is going on.

O: This beer is magnifico right now. I do believe it may have been a bit to hot and sweet in 2011. Time has done this beer well and it was a great birthday beer and great barleywine to add to my kill list. Thanks mjn78 for seeking this out!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 120 ratings