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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 466   ABV: 15.53%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2/11/2012. 12 oz. bottle. Poured black with a beige head. Lots of alcohol up front with the roasted malt and dried fruit. Flavors shows the oak and fruit well - and then just the burn at the end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Extreme barleywine. Crazy amount of plum, raisin, licorice, and brown sugar barely disguise the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skykwby (35) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
My first foray into this style of brew. Wow, one of the little "firsts" that I will remember among few things in this wonderful life. Not sure how to rate a beer like this, so forgive this newbie. I will improve. Just try this if you are new to barley wines. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1312) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Absolutely wonderful. Lots of caramel and oak. A bit hot with alcohol but lots of rich sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle: Clear, red-amber...no head, just a few stray tan wisps. Smoky, dark fruit, sugary aroma. Taste is sweet, clingy...sugary vanilla, wood....caramel malt. Raisins and port wine. Cough syrup. Massive flavours....boozy (of course)..sticky. Points for audacity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
October 26, 2013 - bottle shared by Jaret. Brown pour with some head. Aroma and taste of oak and caramel with an alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (751) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Poured from a 2005 bottle, but I’ll rate this with respect to more recent, fresher tastings. Poured in a St Bernardus chalice. Pours a copper brown with minimal head or lace. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar cooking on a stove. Minimal carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of amber malts, powder sugar, caramel, raisins, port. Overall a very tasty beer with a slice of cake.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Azand222 (170) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
2006 Samael's: Poured at Avery's as a special tapping during GABF 2013. A very red- amber color, dark cream head. A lot of nucleation. Very sweet flavor, too much oak taste with the age. At 15% alc, it's relatively easy going. Overall a good Port, rich and sweet.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
BoostIPA (1100) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pre-dinner boost. Sweet, hot dumpster juice. Hot, hot heat. Full of burn and not good. High boost.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bright semi clear amber pour with small ring of tan head and floating chunkies. Massive caramel and raisin and oak notes. Alcohol is definitely present, but not too hot to be able to drink. Boozy for sure, but very sippable. Extremely sweet and verging on syrupy mouthfeel.


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