AleSmith Decadence 2007 Imperial Porter

Thanks go out to the groovy one for the chance to try this beer. Cracked it at The Brick Store with the intention of spreading the love around amongst several BA's, but ending up drinking the whole thing with only brickstoredave sharing the "burden" with me! The reason I mention this is that this is a reflection of the drinkability of this beer - it was exceptional, and went WAY beyond my expectations in that regard. 750 mL, gold-foiled and capped champagne style bottle. I was concerned about...

Alesmith Old Numbskull

Heavy, gorgeous looking 750 mL bottle with that "thick" silver foil on the neck and blue screen printed label details. $13.99 for Marty's in Boston. Looks impressive in terms of presentation. Shared this one with Dave at The Brick Store. Poured out as a unattractive, dirty brown turbid body with no lace and virtually no head either (as expected considering the ABV). Looks VERY ordinary, I would even go as far as to say disappointing. Another unattractive note is the fact that there seems to be...

AleSmith Wee Heavy

750 mL, heavy glass bottle capped and finished with that thick, high gauge silver foil. $13.99 from Marty's on my March 2008 trip to Boston. Poured into the Terrapin 22oz snifter. Head was disappointing, but based on the ABV not all that surprising. No lace. Quite frankly the color and look of the beer is very disappointing too. A nasty, turbid brown body which on closer inspection looks really watery. Nose is all sweet malts with quite a whiff of alcohol. The alcohol, although strong is also...

AleSmith Grand Cru Ale

Thanks go out to Rustydiamond for hooking me up with this via South Bay Drugs - nice piggyback shipment Lance, thanks buddy. Impressive 750 mL bottle, thick and heavy glass and thick gold foil on the neck. Nice presentation. Bottle lacks the champagne dimpled bottom. No vintage noted on the bottle, but must be fresh (Late '07/Early '08). No cork, no cage, just capped. Poured into te Ommegang chalice the head is small and lacks much depth, and the body is a light, brownish/red. Little lace....

AleSmith Horny Devil

Thanks to Rustydiamond for sharing his recent South Bay Drugs shipment and allowing me to piggyback on his order. 750 mL capped bottle with some thick, red foil on the neck. Poured this bad boy into the Duvel tulip. Golden body with a decent head. The head was not huge, nor did it last a long time or produce much lace, but considering the ABV not that surprising. ABV means I still score it high for look. Aroma and taste match very well. Belgian yeast notes, candied sugar, alcohol and spice. A...

AleSmith Speedway Stout

750 mL, elegant, screen-printed bottle with dense silver foil on the neck. Capped. Thanks go out to someone(!) as part of a great trade - apologies but I forget who, this was a long time ago. Vintage? I'm not sure. I went for the UK pint glass - I like my stouts as pints - the full 20 oz mind you, too! No girly tulip for me. (Different bottle pictured) Another MASSIVE beer with a MASSIVE hype - we'll see. Jet black, viscous pour, but to be honest the head and lace is disappointing. Creamy...

AleSmith IPA

22 oz bomber courtesy of Damian (Solomon420). Thank-you. Pour yields a classic orange color with a mild cloudiness, a beautiful head, great lacing BUT a little more in the way of suspended particles than I was expecting. Were it not for those particles I might have giving this a 5 for appearance. Nose as expected, but a little sweeter than some of the big, West Coast IPA's. Taste is pretty much as expected for a beer of the origin and the style. The hops ARE big, but there is a subtlety about...

YuleSmith (Summer)

Summer Version (11/02/07) === Thanks to Hoppymeal for the trade. Summer version. More of the typical West Coast DIPA appearance with a huge rocky head and massive, sticky lace - exactly as expected. Still typical, with large resinous hops, big alcohol and tenuously held together with the malts. Original Review (05/09/06) === Thanks to Tom (warriorsoul) for the trade. Winter version. Mid-orange pour with a nice head and some serious, sticky lacing. Some good carbonation. Very solid, highly...