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RATINGS: 1035   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (1432) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2009 version. Smelled of booze. ..lots of booze. Heavy brandy aroma. Tobacco was strong. The beverage itself was strong as hell. Watch yourself. Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (219) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a reddish copper with thin off white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, some vanilla. Flavor is sweet with some bitterness and vanilla. Finishes more like a port or Marsala. Not bad but a little too Sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale has nice dark red glow briefly coarse foam which rapidly disappears and is replaced by wonderfully delicious and inviting fruity aroma. Cherry, peach, dark grapes and melon goes in melee with my sense of smell and the expectation rises almost to the breaking point. In the glass (which in this case was a high and robust red wine glass with large surface area) there are floating yeast. The taste is almost divine; Very fruity, with cherries as the bearing fruit. Grapes and peach lurking in the background and contribute to high sovereign taste of wine in the beer, but in an exaggerated degree more similar to good quality wine than beer. Only towards the aftertaste added oak character with a tang of land and forest (of course in the pleasant way) and this optimize high quality and fullness. 14.5% alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but revealed by a pleasant warming sensation after some time. This is a barley that has much greater fruitiness than normal, but that certainly can compete with the very best red wines (and also other barley wines).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1200) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Amber in color with an off white head. Aromas of caramel malts , dried fruit, oak and alcohol. Sweet fruit flavors of plums , figs, oak, alcohol warming with a bitter finish. It is decent, but too sweet for my taste in a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
aenima (334) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma of aroma, caramel, little prums and vanilla. The taste is a little caramely. However, this beer is cloying sweet and does not taste much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Deep copper-brown with a lot of floaties. The aroma is sticky caramelized sugar, boozy alcohol, toast, vanilla, and rum-raisin. The initial taste is very sweet, almost honey like, with the texture of thin syrup. As the sweetness settles down, strong vanilla and toffee flavors build. Finishes less boozy than expected, but very sweet all the way through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle at GGW 2015. Copper with minimal head. Dark fruit and molasses. Wood, caramel, and burnt sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (6309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods... NY cons 2015-05-27 Duved Labeled 14,2% ABC - assuming 2014 vintage AR: loaded with caramel, figs, rasins, and dough AP: amber/rubt, thick stouty steady cream caramel colored lid F: heavy warming feeling, sugar on my teeth, figs rasins pruns and swedish sugar cake, bourbon vanilla, white oak, old butter, full body very long and lingering flavours, great brew! Extra bonus for the nice label ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bytemesis (6964) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear burnt umber, medium beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, dark sugars, oak. Flavor is sweet and fully bitter, oak, vanilla, apples(?), pine. Medium body. Quite a harsh bitterness coupled with a weird apple thing means that this one just isnt doing it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2458) - 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

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