AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine

4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20

adamjackson (638) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – SEP 9, 2012

Acquired two of these in a cellar cleaning a friend was doing. Very excited to try this! Enjoyed in a huge Riedel Bordeaux glass at just above fridge temp around 45-50 Degrees F. 

A – Poured a plum to brown hazy purple into the glass. No head at all, almost no carbonation wisp as I uncapped it. Looks very murky. 

S – Smells very sweet. Lots of dark fruits and sugars. Very like candied sugar sort of sweetness. Hints of vanilla and smoke. 

T – Lots of fruity characters to this. Plums, bananas, mangos, kiwi and something else. Maybe grape juice? It has this uber bitter-sweet taste that stays around for a while. Middle of the tongue is very musty and sort of raw. Back of the tongue is this light campfire smokiness. 

M – Very mild carbonation but it’s still there. Heavy body. 

O – This is the oldest barley wine I’ve had. It’s remarkable. I’m going to hold onto the other one for a while.

AleSmith Decadence 2008 English Style Barleywine