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Avery Samael’s (Bourbon Barrel)

Avery Samael’s (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 4.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 466   ABV: 15.53%
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Samael’s Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. This potent ale is the second installment, along with The Beast, of our “Demons of Ale Series". This version was aged in Used Bourbon Oak barrels for the 2012 relae of Rumpkin.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Tap @ Avery during GABF week. Pours a brown appearance with a mild cream colored head. Pretty rich whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, a bit fruity aroma. More fruit in the flavor along with caramel, light chocolate, whiskey, and toffee. Kind of a fun take on the brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Tons of yeast on the nose. Sweetness of the malts immediately follows creating a caramel-flavor. Oak aging shows on the finish. Slightly off-balanced with the heavily accented malts. Vanilla begins to show through as well particularly as you drink longer. Not a good value which has to be taken into consideration.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6152) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
On tap at Avery, pour was dark brownish red with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of nice sweet bourbon, vanilla, and oak, lots of molasses, toffee, dark fruits, earth, and very sweet toffee, burnt sugars. Taste is very sweet but tasty, vanilla, bourbon/whiskey notes with hints of oak, molasses, dark fruits, finishing fairly sweet, little to no booze. This was well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Great treatment of the normal Samael’s. Adds a ton of toffee and vanilla notes. Bourbon present, but works so well with this it doesn’t stand out. Really really good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2012
On tap at Avery poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, light fruittiness and a hint of molasses with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Aged in Bourbon Oak Barrels. This was released at the Rumpkin 2012 release party. Taste is a very vanilla version of the Samael’s with lots of Bourbon on the nose. a little oxidized but goes well with the malting and overall flavor. Carbonation is a little low, which is sort of weird considering it was only force carbonated for kegging. IF you see it on the menu, buy it, don’t hesitate, don’t collect $200 when you pass Go. . . .


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