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Decadence Anniversary Ale 2007 by AleSmith Brewing Company
American Porter
10.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009

The big guy from Wyoming , bitterbill, sent me this brew awhile back, Thanks Bill! Decadence Imperial Porter chugs from the bottle and fills my snifter with a black as night liquid. The head easily rose to two fingers of tan foam that fell to one finger and became incredibly creamy. Sheet lacing is left behind with chunk here and there. This is one impressive looking porter.

I'm immediately hit with a huge robust nose wafting from the glass. Moderately roasted grains sweep through with dark and milk chocolate both before a plethora of barely ripe dark berries take the lead. Molasses drizzled blackberries are most noticeable and there's a faint hit of coffee grounds in the back. This is one inviting, impressive smelling imperial porter.

Coffee grounds lead into the roasty maltiness before a big mouthful of barely ripe berries take over. The flavor follows the aroma closely with chocolate of the milk and dark variety both making appearances. The dark chocolate comes on strong on the finish and adds a nice touch of bitterness. There's a nuttiness that wasn't there in the nose and actually detracts from the overall brew. This is what an impy porter should be.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with a somewhat airy mouthfeel that borders on velvety. The finish is surprisingly dry and something I wouldn't have expected. Each drink leaves me wanting another.

For such a big robust brew this one goes down easy. The chest warms but there's no other hint of alcohol. This is without a doubt a sipper but one to cozy up with.

Decadence 2007 is yet another impressive offering from Alesmith. I'm glad I got the chance to try this brew and would love another bottle or too. I better start looking. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

Reviewed: 1/30/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
A huge thanks goes out to Bill Batten from AleSmith for selling me one of his personal bottles after I couldn’t find this at the stores. I traded quite a few bottles of this and when I wanted to get one for myself it was nowhere to be found, even AleSmith was out and Bill was kind enough to sell me one of his bottles.

Dark with about an inch of mocha foam, great retention and lacing.

Cola nuts, hints of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, slight metallic aroma in the background, and milk chocolate. More soft chocolate aroma as it warms up, like chocolate shavings in a cake. A bit of malted milk and more vanilla too. This one just shines when it opens up, really appetizing. Hints of molasses, maple syrup, and caramel.

Chocolate malts, vanilla, complex roasted malts, earthiness from the hops, burnt brown sugar, sugar cookies, sweet raisins, yeast fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Very tasty and smooth. More fruitiness and black cherry in the finish. Alcohol is a litte more apparent as it warms up, with a bit of a bite in the end. Cherry and cranberry juice in the finish and aftertaste. Bitter roasted barley in the finish as well.

A bit syrupy upfront but finishes very smooth with low carbonation.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, brown tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a full black color, that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue if held up directly to the light. The aroma is a mix of sweet fruity brandy notes, light smoke, light roast and burnt raisin notes up front. Underneath this are very rich malt aromatics that take on umami-evoking thoughts of concentrated richness. Toffee malt notes, salty cocoa and richly caramelized sugars form a solid aromatic backbone. Other notes of smoked prunes, darkly toasted bread crust and dark chocolate are also noticeable. This just has a really rich aroma to it, much more complex than I was expecting.

Sweet tasting up front, but only lightly so. A rich, chocolate flavor couples with a soft creamy mouthfeel up front. This offset by a sharp roast note, corresponding burnt grain bitterness (hop bitterness too) and a salt, almost peat smoked character in the finish. The roast profile in the recipe actually does a good job of mimicking the flavors of smoke, especially towards the finish. Quite rich tasting, though it is a touch drier than one might expect from a beer this rich tasting. A touch of warm, almost spicy alcohol mars the overall creaminess of this beer towards the finish. This only becomes more accented as the beer warms up and it finishes with a slightly astringent, burnt note that really lingers on in the palate after a bit.

I definitely like the mouthfeel that this beer achieves; creamy, soft, inviting, yet not overly viscous or heavy. This really does start to get more sharp, almost harsh as it warms up, which isn't all that pleasant. Still it is a pretty good beer and it should actually mellow out with a bit more age on it. Definitely more drinkable than the 2005 version was freshly released.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 04/17/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A - Pours a dark brown body that when in the glass looks near black and opaque. On the pour, the head looked fizzy, but it looks nothing like that now. A full inch and a half of thick foam, dark beige in color. Bubbles are as tight as could be. Superb retention.

S - Well, I hate to agree with another review as I try not to look at them, but Skye's is right above this as I type. I can't agree more about that campfire smell. Just like what your clothes smell like after a night at the lake by the fire. Butterscotch and a bit of toffee.

T - Wow, huge chocolate notes here. Sort of starts like a cross between rich chocolate milk (I am thinking Oberweis here) and hot cocoa. Sort of chalky and powdery like the cocoa and a bit stronger than your normal chocolate milk. Nice marshmellow subtleness. Bitterness that seems to derive from both a light coffee flavor and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Toffee flavors wash across my tongue. This thing is nice and roasty throughout.

M - Full bodied, fuzzy carbonation.

Overall - This thing still bites a bit hard, but a couple months (or longer) will fix that. Very nice brew that I see getting better within 6 months.

Price: $10.00 Served In: Snifter

Review by Kegergator on 04/14/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A- Deep, dark brown. Thick frothy head is awesome, really creamy.

S- Roasted malts all over the place. Light coffee there with some alcohol. Light amount of hops blended in there. Smells almost like a light Darkness. :unsure:

T- Alcohol and VERY roasty are my first thoughts. The coffee bitterness is subtle but there blending well with the alcohol and malts. Light chocolate finds it way in into the well blrnded brew.

M- Very good, and really easy to drink.

O- Another solid brew from Alesmith. Really well balanced and solid top to bottom.

Price: $11.00 Served In: Bottle

Review by Westside Threat on 04/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A: Pours like cola but with a lot more viscosity. Head seemed fizzy but certainly put up a huge head for the showing…solid two inches of toasted marshmallow colored bubbles.

S: First waft is wood burnt around a campfire. Next comes café mocha, butterscotch and some alcohol in the highs.

T: First impression is a healthy mixture somewhere between chocolate milk, toffee and marshmallow cream. It seems straight forward at first, swishing the beer around the mouth. Little bit of lactose, little bit of butterscotch. But the real action comes after the swallow. Chocolate and toffee really begins to blossom while a roasted quality that previously had not shown itself begins to get into the mix. The roastedness is the perfect amount to add variation and grittiness which is necessary for a porter, IMO. The chocolate is a bit stark and could use some mellowing. Finishes smooth and balanced.

M: Full bodied and thick.

D: I actually think this beer needs a few months. It’s a tad off kilt and could use some melding. But its totally drinkable now.

Served In: Tulip

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