Decadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
AleSmith Brewing Company

Decadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDecadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.27%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
63
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 24, 2018
Added:
Aug 19, 2012
Wants:
  64
Gots:
  20
SCORE
96
World-Class
Decadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDecadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Rated: 4.08 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jas45678 from Michigan

Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.01 by Farnswurth from Illinois

Jul 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.98 by jtladner from District of Columbia

Jun 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by wulfie85 from California

May 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.36 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by dleiner from New York

Mar 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by akang from California

Jan 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.8 by jrnyc from New York

Dec 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

Jul 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by mrbubbler from California

May 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by warnerry from Michigan

Apr 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by mpayne5 from Indiana

Apr 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by MichPaul from Michigan

Apr 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Apr 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.4 by SocalKicks from California

Apr 20, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by marine1975 from North Carolina

Dec 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by claspada from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by mozim from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 22, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by xnicknj from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2013
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Reviewed by ehammond1

4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle (2012)

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown with dark ruby highlights in the light. Thin dark brown head. Somewhat sticky, but not a lot of lace left down the glass.

Very complex aroma. Lots of toffee sweetness along with freshly burnt sugars and caramel along with nice layers of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels. More and more sweet toffee as the beer warms. A slight oxidation character (this beer was brewed ~3 years ago), but it's complementary as opposed to distracting.

As with the aroma, lots of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar notes, but the barrel is more present in the flavor than in the aroma. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla character pushing through. Slight oxidation. Alcohol is very well hidden, though a touch present.

Full in body with lower-moderate carbonation. I don't mean to sound trite, but the mouthfeel is decadent, thick, and sticky.

Fantastic example of one of my favorites styles. I love this beer. Near perfect. I love this beer.
Aug 17, 2013
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Reviewed by Hugonaut13 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle poured into oversized snifter.

A - Pours a light brown with a deep burgundy hue. A size-able tan head froths up in a style that usually lacks it. Retains lacing around the edge of the glass after the head recedes.

S - The barrel aging is obvious in the smell. Lots of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch chased by bourbon. Delicious smell.

T - Here is the place I'm going to list all the normal characteristics that a BA old ale should have - Sweet malty goodness, lots of toffee, some vanilla and a hint of bourbon. The impressive part here is how well all those flavors are integrated. This is, dare I say, a balanced barrel aged beer. In that lies the beauty of this beers. It's still a HUGE old ale, but isn't a choir to drink. Not too sweet or too boozy, but those flavors do exist in here. Well freakin' done.

M - It's a huge beer that is meant to drink slowly. Big sticky mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol. Coats the mouth and the flavors hang around for awhile.

O - This is fantastic stuff. I'm still surprised how incredibly well integrated each flavor is in this beer. This is a sweet dessert type beer that would be perfect in late fall around a bonfire. I'm glad I still have another bottle.
Aug 17, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by SShelly from Oregon

Aug 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by CajunMary13 from Florida

Jul 14, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by JMBSH from Colorado

Jul 05, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by bird22 from California

Jun 28, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by TGS from California

Jun 23, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2013
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red. Small off white head, but not enough to really retain it.

Smell - Nice barrel. Good oak and vanilla. Not as nice as the 2008 BA Decadence barrel notes. Brown sugar and less oxidation than the regular 2010 Decadence.

Taste - Sweet malts, nice vanilla flavor followed by bourbon. Dries out a little, despite an abundance of brown sugar flavor. Lacks a little of the malt depth that the non-BA version had. Still a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Nice brown sugar sweetness. Boozy but not inordinately so.

Overall - I don't know that this is significantly better than the regular version, but it's very nice. The barrel adds enough and detracts just about the same amount from the base flavors.
Jun 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Zbeetleman from California

May 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by BillRoth from Maryland

Apr 30, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by pokgye from California

Apr 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by heavenlyStash from California

Apr 03, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Mar 24, 2013
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Someone shared this at the Voodoo Barrel Room release, March 2013, but due to my sleep-deprived state at the time, I can't recollect who it was. Regardless, thanks for the share.

Rusty brown color, with a small layer of bubbles on top; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dark sugars, dark fruits, vanilla, slight barrel presence. More of this in the taste, rich caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, rum raisin, roasted marshmallow. Tasty. Smooth mouthfeel, about medium in body, perhaps "thinner" than you'd expect from a big beer, low carbonation, and a bit of expected alcohol warmth. Quite good overall.
Mar 24, 2013
Decadence 2010 English-Style Old Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 77 ratings