Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDecadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 is our Maple Smoked Barleywine (brewed to celebrate our 16th anniversary) matured in premium bourbon barrels.

Added by HopHead84 on 02-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber with a faint haze. Sticky beige cap of fine bubbles that had good head retention and left spotty lace on the glass after each sip. The aroma was nicely balanced between smoke, sugar, syrup, malt, bread, and faint citrus. Moderate bitterness with caramel and slight candy sweetness, mild smoke, light citrus and alcohol, with a hint of maple in the finish. Medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation and warmth. This was a solid offering. I don't tend to enjoy maple or smoke in beers, but this worked out well for my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toasted coconut, and wood. Taste is much the same with a vanilla bourbon flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but it's quite strong and boozy right now.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a deep, somewhat cloudy, muddy brown with some auburn notes and a cap of off white head which recedes quickly to a ring. Very good retention but no lacing to speak of.

S: Caramel in superb balance with bourbon and toasted oak, rich coconut cake, and a little maple syrup.

T: Bourbon, oak, red fruit (strawberry), a light touch of maple syrup and dry cocoa, and coconut. Finishes dry--a bit drier than I'd prefer for the style. Rich caramel and a hint of smoke towards the end. Mild to moderate booze on the finish, accompanied by fruity esters and tannins.

M: Full bodied, sticky, with medium carbonation .

O: Quite delicious, a slow sipper. Relative to the non-BA version, the smoke has receded quite a bit and overall this tastes considerably better. Some age would hopefully smooth out the alcohol taste.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Tap and cask at the brewery. This review is from draft, which was much better than the cask variation. Dark reddish brown with a finger of beige foam. Big maple, vanilla, and bourbon notes in the nose. Intensely aromatic. Alcohol is present but inoffensive. Toffee blends with date and fig. There’s a touch of beechwood smoke with a dash of nuttiness. I like everything about the aroma. The flavor presents a huge brown sugary maple sweetness with toffee and vanilla. Very good but it's boozy at this point and it does detract somewhat from the flavor. Light beechwood smoke is evident, though it's faded quite a bit, and there’s an upper low level of earthy bitterness. Upper medium to lower full body with lower medium carbonation. This was really good on draft and definitely exceeded my expectations. If the bottle mirrors the tap then in 3-6 months this should be even better if the booze mellows out.

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Decadence 2011 Maple-Smoked Barleywine - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 91 ratings