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RATINGS: 977   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.

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”.

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

2011 - 15.53%
2014 - 14.2%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1964) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 12 oz 2009 bottle. First time trying this beer so I don’t know if it is past it’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (712) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2014
On tap @ Uber. Barleywines are not my thing, but had to try this one... listed here as 15.5%. Pours dark caramel with medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is boozy roasty caramel malt, with strong notes of rye and bourbon. Taste is super sweet thick caramel malt, lots of vanilla and oak, lingers syrupy sweet on the finish. Rich toffee and dark caramel mid-palate. Opens up a bit as it warms. Huge beer, the booze and sweetness permeates. I don’t think I’ve ever said this (and maybe it’s the Samael’s talking...), but it seems like the sugar and abv could be reeled back a bit and this would still have the same great flavor profile. I dunno. I’d have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1016) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours transparent brown with a thin ring of beige head. Aroma of oak and caramel with some vanilla. Taste starts off sweet, almost too sweet, with caramel and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (865) - Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Tap. Pours brown with lots of red hues and off-white head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is very sweet, hot, medium bodied.....okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours deep mostly clear amber with some floaties and minimal head. Smell is deep caramel richness, candi sugar, some dark fruits, vanilla, oak. Taste is whoa - tons of vanilla, oak, booze, layer upon layer of sweet caramel. Thick sweet palate. Better than expected and I am an Avery lover.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ “Memorabel Tastingkje”. Thanks to tderoeck! 2009 Vintage. 16.45 % ABV. Basically no head, lightly cloudy dark red, brownish amber. This beer showcases exactly how oxidation should taste like in the most optimal of situations. Very thick pear syrup, sweet sherry, oak, molasses, insane amounts of sugar, nuts, toffee, sweet spices, cookies, very thick & sweet malts, wood, dark fruits, incredibly thick & sweet sugar sherry oxidation, apple & pear syrup, prune, vanilla, thick syrup, warming but not a booze bomb as it could have been, the booze & sugar really held it up. Soft carbonation, thick sugar, easy to drink. Amazing stuff. Damn fine stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (176) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy amber with little head. Sweet! Carmel and vanilla flavors. Boozy in the end. Defiantly a desert brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle (2014 edition). Pours a dark, honey amber color with a a big off-white head, excellent retention and lacing. Nose is candy sugar, malt, honey, dates, figs, orange zest, toffee. Mouth is as sticky sweet as it smells, big and candy-like. Like drinking a liquid coffee cake: full of dates, raisins, peaches in heavy syrup, warm custard pie -- definitely for dessert. Tanniny oakiness comes through hard at the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (999) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pours a clear copper-red color with nearly no head. Just a beautiful and unique color. Big oaky nose. Sticky mouthfeel. Not boozy at all. Fruity and oaky with some notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - JUL 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-9-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass - 2012 vintage Appearance – The beer is served an amber color with a thin-just off white head that fades fast to leave only a small amount of lacing. While leaving little lacing, the beer clings to the side of the glass upon swirling giving it a “thick” look. Smell – The aroma is heaviest to of sweet smells. Aromas of toffee, caramel, fruit (some dark and tropical) as well as aromas of vanilla and oak. These aroma overall, when mixed with some lighter biscuit, yeasty and boozy aromas make for one nice smelling brew. Taste – The taste hits sweet and hard. There is a huge taste of caramel and toffee with a lighter bready flavor upfront. Some flavors of vanilla and oak are present at the beginning. As time advances the oak and vanilla get stronger. The caramel and toffee that were huge in the beginning decline some with a up-surgence of some of the fruit flavors. More to toward the end a lighter yeasty flavor with a moderate boozy flavor come to the tongue. While there is a boozy flavor that does warm the tongue, it is less then would be expected for a 15 % abv + brew. Overall a sweet warming feel is left on the tongue. Delicious. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with the carbonation level being on the lower side. Both are fantastic for accentuating the sweet, oaky and boozy flavors of the brew. Overall – Overall, it is sweet, flavorful, warming and delicious. This is definitely one to sit back and sip over a long conversation with a friend (or a stranger at a bar that can become a friend). Give it a go if you have the chance.

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