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

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 EliotRosewater
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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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AleSmith Decadence 2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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