AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked BarleywineAleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
120
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 32
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some subtle smoke aromas. There is no real maple presence in the smell. Taste is of malt and subtle smoke flavors but there is a maple flavor that I am able to pick out. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but it tastes better than it smells. I really wish the smoke and maple would be more apparent in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught (I saw the pour meself; it wasn't a cask) into a plastic taster cup at Alesmith's tap room in March. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, style, and description. Maple smoked? Sign me up!

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a maple brown-copper. No visible yeast particles. An appealing appearance.

Sm: Maple, light hops (mainly floral), toasted malt, and caramelized malt. A balanced mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Maple throughout, with clean caramelized malts. Full bodied. Nice cream. Caramel. Hints of spices and bread. Balanced but simple. Well built. Not particularly subtle. Where's the smoke? Too timid.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but very simple for the brewery. Disappointing in this regard. I don't know what effect the aging had. The maple is a nice touch. I'd have this again.

B

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderate brown color with a moderate off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose brings a moderate dosage of smoke alongside just a touch of maple and some caramel and bread sweetness. Flavor has smoke again, and it is a bit overbalanced toward this. Malt in the background. Hints of maple. Body is medium and rich with quite a bit of sweetness. Interesting, though not something I’d necessarily want to come back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - On point for a barley wine. Deep mahogany body with a creamy, aged-paper white head. Nice retention and outstanding lace.

S - Smooth and smokey with a gentle sweetness. Salty bacon, soft smoke, caramel, and a deep raspberry dark chocolate.

T - Fantastic smokey bacon flavor. Crispy bacon, sea salt, molasses, bitter charred wood, touch of booze, and smooth caramel.

M - Super smooth with a long, mellow, semi-sweet salted caramel finish.

O - Reviewed fresh and 3 years old; fresh the profile was a lot more bacon forward, but what little the aged bottle lost in bacon it gained in spades in smoothness.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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