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RATINGS: 957   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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RussianDragon (290) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1830) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickel (234) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1995) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leveejr (78) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roxtersoxter (259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours dark amber with very little tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of booze with heavy caramel and hint of spice. Flavor is very smooth caramel with booze finish. Excellent beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cristobal37 (254) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
A deep heavy barley wine. Booze for days and heavy burnt caramel flavor. This one hits and stays with you for a while. The finish is boozy, but not as much as the 15%. Must try!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriendOfBeer (82) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Sour apple, raspberry aroma. Ruby appearance. Vanilla, banana and fruit taste. Syrup mouthfeel. Strong carbonation. Caramel aftertaste. The booze is surprisingly not very prominent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

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