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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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%


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - MAY 17, 2014
Aroma is hot resinous hops with peanut brittle. Sweet in flavor with citrus heat syrupy mouthfeel. Amber brown in color with spotty tan lacing.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricktop86 (553) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Pours clear copper with a white head. Aroma is barley, raisins and alcohol. Taste is way too sweet like someone poured syrup on a bowl of raisin brand

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (129) - USA - MAY 11, 2014
Poured this from a bottle to a snifter. Very sweet malty aroma. The taste is extremely sweet with the oak flavor shining through and hints of vanilla throughout. It's slightly warm on the way down, but the high ABV is masked well. Overall a great Barleywine, very impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RussianDragon (331) - - MAY 8, 2014
2013 vintage on tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a clear dark caramel brown with a rose hue when backlit. Champagne bubble sugary lacing and lasting wispy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy with toffee, malt and the usual oaky vanilla notes. Taste is massive and sweet. Vanilla, char, oak, residual sugar, caramel, booze. Alcohol is not hidden at all. Medicinal, boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1867) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 7, 2014
The 2014 version on tap at Carpool in Herndon, VA. Clear, mahogany with a fine khaki head and excellent lacing. Very malty, but complex, aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee, alcohol, prune , fig, pear, apple, brown bread, brown sugar and oak. Complex taste of many-layered flavors of raisin, fig, plum, prune, apple, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, alcohol, yeast and more. Full body and medium/high carbonation. Perhaps overly malty, but the layered complexity more than makes up for that. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickel (243) - - APR 30, 2014
Strong and bitter. Too strong as for me, though i tried it pure, without any food paired. Anyway, beer has it distinctive malty taste and flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1998) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount (batch 10, 14.2%). Amber and clear appearance with a small, fizzy tan head, quickly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, oak, alcohol, toffee, sweet malts, vanilla, toasted grains and light chocolate. Similar flavor, strong, sweet, syrupy, woody and a bit boozy, pretty smooth as it warms up. Full body, with a thick coating feel, minimal carbonation and a sticky, warming finish. Probably better aged a while.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper red with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and booze. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, warm finish with a lingering bourbon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leveejr (91) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
Malty, sweet and sticky with oak on the aroma. cloying sweet and oaky taste almost to the point of being one note. Slight fruity and brown sugar notes on the back. Definitely needs age but not bad fresh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (421) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
7 yr old bottle, 2007. Pours a brownish red with a soft lacing of foam that hugs my glass. The aroma is very candy sugar with semi charred carmel like malts, booze, and a potent oak scent. As I taste this I am taken back by how tasteful this is for 15 percent abv. Yes the Samael is a sipper but it is very enjoyable and favorable. I notoced booze, mild bitterness, sweet candy sugar, and a defined sweet toffee malt flavor. The finish had a bitter sweetness to it with a warming booze quality. Overall this was a rather great beverage even though I am not into high intense abv styles.


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