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Avery Samaelís Oak-Aged Ale

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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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Samael is the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings.

Samaelís Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer weíve 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 ďDemons of Ale SeriesĒ.

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, yeast, and American oak chips.

2011 - 15.53%
2014 - 14.2%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"bottled 4/08 batch 4. a day later, and i still donít know what to think. possibly the most extreme beer iíve ever had (easily so for a barleywine). The vanilla oakiness hits your nose hard when poured, along with a unique quality that wasnít at first altogether pleasing, although it got better as it breathed. this added aspect of the aroma was labeled "what the hell is that?" "garbage" and "cabbage". The funny thing is, all 3 of those people liked the beer, although it was too much for a couple palates. while i prefer the hoppier, and relatively balanced, Hog Heaven, this was a unique brew, with a great body, and a heavy but smooth vanilla/caramel/oak, oak, oak and more oak flavor. it would make a great after dinner sipper on a cold night. For the BEST of the extreme beers, though, I have to want more, and after this one I was ready to move on. I may possibly revisit a future release, but i like the other 2 "demon" ales better."

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barreras (999) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours a light copper color with an alcohol and vanilla aroma. Taste is potent, almost liquer like with the bourbon and oak cask flavor hitting your palate with every drink. For 14.2% alcohol, this beer is smooth and the alcohol level is hidden well. Reminds me of Jagermeister, the beer gets better as it warms to room temperature.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (711) - - OCT 1, 2014
Pours a reddish brown. Aroma and taste are oak, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (831) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2014
This was almost mead-like. Sweet aromas and flavors of honey, toffee, coffee, dark fruit and wood. Warming and slightly boozy. Pours a vibrant amber color with a big frothy white head. Medium bodied, but on the heavier side. Very nice beer, definitely a sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1851) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2014
bottle shared with josh hakes dr. hazy dark orangish pour with white head, aroma carmel fruit, with a strong alcohol aroma, taste is siilar, this is delicious, and stupid strong, love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Draft sample at Central City. Listed as 16.9% ABV. Pours a deep, clear amber with a thick, tight khaki head that leaves a dripping wall of lace. Nose involves an initial blast of mint, with robust malt, candied orange, light chocolate, earth, cinnamon, toasted malt, and alcohol vapors. Really sweet, kind of bitter but not nearly in balance. Full bodied, thick, quite oily, soft carb, warming on the way down, with a long herbal, minty toward mouthwash finish. A really intense brew with lots of layers, many of which Iím sure I missed. Awesome to try.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (612) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, aroma is oak and caramel, intensely sweet. Reminiscent of a port. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattybladdy (579) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Pours a very red amber, lots of head but settled rather quickly. Aroma is big and noticeable immediately upon cracking - oak, caramel and booze. Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla, oak and fig with boozy heat but dangerously drinkable. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tderoeck (4838) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
9/VIII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Charles Street Liquor (Boston, US) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: IV/2009, batch 5 (2014-901) Thanks to Annelies and Thomas for the bottle!

Little hazy red brown to brownish purple beer, small aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: lots of chocolate, malty, honey, chocolate bread, bit yeasty, cocoa powder, sweet. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, sugary, lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some banana, sweet malts. Aftertaste: sugary, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, more vanilla, more chocolate, raisins, some alcohol. Man, this is good stuff!!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1940) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 12 oz 2009 bottle. First time trying this beer so I donít know if it is past itís peak but it is certainly a great beer. Slightly sweet, slightly oaky, and fabulously rich, this brew has an excellent balance of flavors. High 16.4% ABV is nicely hidden -- drinks like a ~9% ale.


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