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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 20, 2015
Amber with a white head - Sweet malt, dark fruits and wood - Sweet malt body with more sweetness from wood and vanilla, and alcohol - sweet finish with vanilla and alcohol - This was nice, but to hot from alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2492) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
1000th Rating! Wanted to do something at least a little bit cool for this one time event, so I decided to grab a beer that I have tasted, and enjoyed the hell out of, and do a little compare and contrast. Visiting the brewery a few years ago, I give this brewery/beer a lot of the credit for getting me towards my love for craft beer. 2007 and 2014 bottles enjoyed side by side. The difference in color between the two years was quite surprising. 2014 edition: lighter amber color with short foam head. Brown sugar and graham cracker, sweet malt aroma. Flavor is much more of the same. Finishes on a boozy note with a ton of sweet caramel and brown sugar. 2007 edition: Much smoother. Vanilla. Brown sugar flavor and aroma. Not nearly the amount of booziness here. Nice, oaky cinnamon finish. Fun beer. Awesome barleywine. Hope these guys keep doing what they do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcon25 (498) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2015
This is a special beer here for me, had it for the first time at the original Avery brewery. Tried this as a comparison, a 2007 vs a 2014. 2014- dark amber pour, thin head. nice spice hope aroma, very deep aroma. I love the taste, kindof sweet, plum,raisin bitter. Yet smooth. Love it. 2007- very dark amber, no head, you can definitely tell the difference between the two, this one is much smoother, all the same flavors a little more developed, the ageing does this beer well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
umich03jm (3304) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
March 2014 bottle. Murky copper pour with very little head. Aroma is so much burnt caramel but also lots of cardboard oxidation. Tastes so oxidized. Very hard to drink. Extremely sweet and sugary. This is just terrible. Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (981) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle vintage 2014. Apperance is light brown with with a solid finger of white head. Aroma is corn syrup, ginger bread, biscuits, ripe fruit, and booze. Taste is light sweetnees, followed by caramel, brown sugar, and some bitter pine. Finshes sweet, with a hint of booze and some light ginger spice, medium bodied, lots of carbonation. As others have noted this is very sweet but it does hide the booze quite well and works well as a slow sipper, I enjoyed this but can see the sweetness being too much for some.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
BlindGuardianco (70) - - FEB 15, 2015
This was very interesting but way too sweet, I was not able to finish despite trying, nice head and color but oh my, probably the sweetest beer I have ever had

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (1206) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours a dark ruby with a very thin head. Aroma is oak and lots of caramel. Flavor is same, but very sweet, and with a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of flavor. Incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Amber color , thin head. Aroma of caramel malt , oak and spices. Sweet caramel , wood , bourbon and fruits in taste . Some alcohol in finish and aftertaste. Strange feeling of the excess of something. I don't know certainly what bother me. Maybe its sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (6854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Lots of barrel in this. Maroon pour with decent head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Very syrupy. Lots of caramel malt. Not the kind of barley wine I prefer. Bottle pour at Churchkey event.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
on tap-Thin lt tan dk amber. A-sweet caramel med malt, spice. T -sweet caramel med malt, spice.

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