Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weyerbacher Decadence

Every year, Weyerbacher puts out an anniversary beer. At this point they are up to 17 so with Decadence being number 10 it means it was about 7 years old when I finally drank it last week. My friend actually did most of the aging and gave it to me like two years ago.
Port like nose, caramel with some fruity cherry in it. Some oxidation, though, with hints of cardboard. No, that's not a great flavor on its own but it blends well enough to keep it from overpowering everything else. First sip had some more oxidation, light spices like clove and such, and then a sharp alcohol bite finishing things off. Surprising that the alcohol was as strong as it was but I guess it just never settled down. After seven years, it wasn't 100% anymore that's for sure. Still drinkable and decent, but it was definitely past its prime. Oh well, you win some and you lose some when you age stuff this long. Most beers really aren't made for it anyway.

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