DAN Alesmith Brewing uncorks a vintage masterpiece with the AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2010, a brew that has garnered accolades at both the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and the 2012 World Beer Cup. In this critical examination, we explore the layers of complexity added by the Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels and the unique qualities that make this Old Ale a rare gem in the brewing world.

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Aged to Perfection

The 2010 Decadence Old Ale sets the stage with its distinctive label, showcasing its status as one of AleSmith’s most awarded creations. The beer’s journey involves a meticulous aging process in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels, elevating its already rich and malty profile. A rarity among the Decadence Anniversary Ales, the barrel-aged version promises an experience that transcends the ordinary.


Pouring into the glass, the ale presents itself in a tea brown hue, accompanied by a tan bubbly ring that beckons the drinker into its world of flavors.


A symphony of scents greets the senses, with notes of maple syrup, wood, dried dark fruit, and a subtle bourbon tickle at the end. The olfactory journey promises a blend of sweetness and complexity.


The palate embarks on a rich adventure, encountering woody bourbon, brown sugar, spicy hops, and the delightful nuance of burnt sugar. The journey concludes with a lingering spiciness from the bourbon, leaving a lasting impression on the taste buds.


The full-bodied experience unfolds with a warm embrace, complemented by a slightly astringent touch that adds to the overall texture of the beer.

Critical Assessment

In the realm of flavor, the AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2010 emerges as nothing short of a triumph. Its delicious and amazing qualities, coupled with its richness, make it a standout in the world of barrel-aged beers. While the promise of improvement over the next five years hangs in the air, the brew is deemed perfectly enjoyable in its current state. A true testament to AleSmith’s brewing prowess, this Old Ale deserves a place among the connoisseur’s collection.