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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by mcallister:
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Aged in cellar for 3 years.
Nose: faint smoke, sugar, dried fruit, plums.
Pours hazy chestnut under a 2" walnut tinted foam cap with a fine bead that persists and leaves fine lace. Some legs.
Has a rich palate with dark caramel, fig, a suspicion of sherry, plum, a hint of cola and smoke. The smoke is mild - it is not to Aecht Schlenkerla levels. Finishes with a moderate bitter hop accent.
Medium full body to chewy with above average soft carbonation. Even though this is classed as a barleywine it has a very Belgian feel to in in terms of texture and ration of aocohol to malt.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

A gorgeous barleywine. Flawless, in fact. A near-clear burnt amber with a very persistent, moderately-sized creamy khaki-colored head. Leaves messy, irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is very, very nice, which actually makes the flavor seem worse in comparison because the flavor isn't nearly as nice as the aroma. Sweet toffees and caramels, mild maple sweetness (though I'd probably name it "honey," without the obvious prompting), and a nice, hidden smoke character.

The smoke is far more present in the flavor than in the aroma, which is disappointing to me, as I'm not the hugest fan of smoke-forward beers. Sweet maple and caramels combine, along with a bit of an alcohol kick.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I wish the smoke was tamed further in the flavor, as the aroma is quite nice.

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Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tkolar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BrittQ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish body, hazy, with fine light tan head.

Big bold nose, bit of maple and a kinda American barleywine vibe.

Woody body with ample maple syrup, but really refined. A bit tangy.

Kinda standard body.

Nice, rich, kinda like what Voodoo Doughnut should've been like.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance - Reddish amber. Big bubbles in an off-white head.

Smell - Sweet maple and malt. A little smokey, but not intense. A counterpoint to the maple, I suppose.

Taste - Lots of maple. The smoke is secondary. Looking for more depth to the malt. Smokey flavor is minimal but sustained into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter than I expected. Too light, maybe. Bitter.

Overall - Not impressed by this. The idea is good, but not enough malt complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EliotRosewater
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of skunk242
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nataku00
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky brown mahogany color with two fingers of tan colored foamy head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving some light lacing and a thin collar. Some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, rising slowly.

Nose is toffee, toasted malt, esters, and sweet woody and earthy smokiness. Not overbearingly smoky when the beer is somewhat cool.

Taking a sip, smoked malt comes through along with some of the toffee. Fairly savory on the tongue, like toffee covered bacon. Middle of the tongue, some sweet esters come through. Finish is mainly smoke, though subdued. Good balance of smoke and sweet barleywine flavors, though not super complex.

Medium body with some surprisingly decent carbonation for an 11% beer, soft and lively on the tongue. An interesting smoked beer that I haven't been completely put off by due to being overwhelmed by the smoke.

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Photo of scubahood
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncertain 2011 bottling date, but aged at least 11 months...

A: center-pour into a tulip yielded an amber-brown ale with red-orange highlights and a tan two-finger head; dropped lacy motes as the head receded

S: toffee malts and maple smoke

T: nice smokiness to the big malty flavors of toffee, resin; starts sweet with maple accents; very subdued hop bitterness - pick up some on the mid-palate; some alcohol slips through on the finish - this beer was probably a little more coarse when it was fresher - but now it assumes a slightly wine-like character in flavor

M: medium-to-full bodied, mild carbonation; moderately chewy, sticky, and resinous

O: on the sweet side for an American barleywine; the maple and smoke flavors give it some distinction, and it is a fairly decadent beer: rich in sugars and malt, filling; a sipper; warms well (as would be expected) - shares some old ale/Scotch ale flavors like orange and peat, but the body is denser. A good barleywine from a great brewer. It was only a $13-14 bottle in my area (NY), and with an 11% abv, it was well-priced and I'd recommend it, particularly to those who enjoy the style and similar styles.

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Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
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