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Decadence Anniversary Ale 2006 - Dead By Dawn by AleSmith Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
9.90 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009

This bottle came courtesy of errantnight and has been chilling in the cellar for a good 15 months, thanks Derek! Dead by Dawn shows off a beautiful cherry wood body with ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. A beige head grows to two fingers on the pour and as it settles down to one becomes incredibly dense and sticky. Sheet lacing is left behind after every single drink.

Handfuls of rich gooey caramel get things started with a faded but still surprisingly citric hoppiness evening things out. The citrus runs along the lines of candied orange and lime peel which make this beer very candy-like when combined with the massive caramel maltiness. There's a solid helping of toffee thrown in for good measure on the backend.

Again, rich, dark, gooey caramel lays it down right off the bat. The hops are back with fairly intense candied citrus in the form of orange and lime peel. You can tell the hops have faded but what's left gives the sensation of candy. The taste of lime peel brings with it a touch of saltiness. Toffee again brings up the rear and adds another layer of depth to this already deep brew.

The body has a moderate weight on the tip of the tongue but manages to pick up a little stick on its way through, never quite reaching full. The carbonation is there, moderate, but has a nice soft feel allowing the beer to work through at its own pace.

The caramel is big but never becomes overly sweet or sticky, and this is coming from someone overly sensitive to sweet beer. I had a hard time setting this beer down.

Age has done this beer well. Although the hops have faded the new shape they've taken add a ton of depth and character. If you have a bottle of this, pop it open and enjoy. It's sipping just fine. Thanks again for another hook up, Derek!

Reviewed: 8/14/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by SAP on 08/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 2008
Sampled July 2007
Highly carbonated, the beer pours with a fluffy, large bubbled, initially four-finger thick, dirty, light brownish, tan colored head. That sits atop an opaque, dark brown colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite a mix of malt and hop notes; the malt character holds the edge, though just barely. Malty notes of chewy caramel malts, toasted, browned malts and brown sugar are quite noticeable. Mixed in with this, is an almost as strong hop character that leans towards sweet, candied citrus fruit (ruby-red grapefruit, lychee & candied orange peel). The caramelized malt character is almost roast-like in character; really it adds a touch of rustiness to this brew. The hops and malt aromatics really mix together quite strongly and at times are hard to differentiate. Really this is a mix of heavy handed crystal malts and American hop varieties; not bad but still a little jarring and not nearly as well integrated as one would hope. Both the hop and malt character are still quite vibrant.

Quite sweet and definitely thick and chewy; both are tempered a bit by a solid bitterness and an astringent dark malt character. The malt sweetness accentuates lots of hoppy fruit notes (tangelo, candied orange peel and a nice berry flavor) and at the same time is offset by sharper hope notes of pine, menthol and an astringent, almost green, bitterness. The bitterness in the finish is a mix of both the hop character, but also the dark malt notes, which adds a touch of harshness from the burnt crystal malts.

As the beer warms up a bit it becomes a bit less sweet and perhaps a bit more balanced. It seems to lose the harsher malt notes in the finish & the hop character becomes a bit more vibrant and fruity. Similar to the first batch of Oskar Blues Gordon I had back when it was in 750ml bottles. The maltiness actually adds a bit of a chocolate-like note along with a toasted malt character. Actually this really does get quite a bit better as it warms up; I had almost written this off and now I am quite enjoying it. The mouthfeel of this, once it loses the excessive carbonation (which never really got in the way of a beer of this heft), becomes almost creamy & rich, yet without being overly thick. I will admit that the aroma is still only good and not impressive. Still, I am quite happy with how this beer has turned out, especially since it started out with a bit too much of a harsh and astringent note.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Big thanks to KingG for the bottle.

A - Pours a murky dark brownish red body. Huge tan head with a defined red tint to it. Frothy. Incredible retention.

S - Big fruity hops going on here mixed with red fruits. Strawberry. Caramel malts with a big malted sweetness.

T - Starts big and fruity with caramel coming in. Molasses mixed with fruity hop flavors. There seems to be a coffee-like bitterness in here. Black cherry and apricot.

M - Syrupy. Medium to full bodied. Smooth carbonation.

D - Nice big hoppy red. Not sure how it will age, even though the bottle states age up to 36 months. Guess I will cellar one and find out.

Served In: Pint Glass

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