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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.

Samaelís Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer weíve 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 ďDemons of Ale SeriesĒ.

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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottled 2005, 14.5%. Lots of rich sweet fruit coming from the bottle upon opening. The pour was amber red brown with no head, no lacing, and only a slow steady stream of very minute bubbles. The aroma was sweet caramel and oak. The flavor was caramel, maple, strong oak, and just cloying sweetness all around. Somewhat reminiscent of Sammyís Triple Bock, this was way too imbalanced with an annoying combination of wood to go along. I like oak aged beers, but in combination with a one dimensional sweet beer like this, no good. Better that SAís Tripel Bock, but thatís not a compliment. Mouthfeel was syrup, alcohol warm, and with just enough carbonation to stimulate the taste buds for a pretty sticky sweet experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, oak, spices, alcohol and hops. Very sweet flavour of malt, vanilla, whiskey and brown sugar. Medium bodied. Itís somewhat enjoyable but itís a little overly sweet and boozy, definitely one to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours bronze with no head at all. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, oak, and vanilla (its beautiful). Flavor is smooth for 14.5%, prodominately caramel, there is also the presence of oak, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, Good health body, damn good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Pretty tastey. The aroma is butterscotch, barley, hops, leather, vanilla, scotch, oak, and carmel. The flavor is oak, carmel, chocolate, dash of coffee, with some molasses and vanilla, and alcohol. very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle. Poured clear copper with a small head, very bubbly. Smells of oak and booze, sweet toasty malt - maybe a tad too sweet, but the oak is very nice. Taste is the same only moreso - way over the top oak - vanilla - and very sweet malt, big boozy finish. Mouth is sticky, somewhat flat, alcoholic - good, but hard to drink a whole one by yourself, what I call Avery-itis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This one is a bit underrated if you ask me. Pours copper with minimal head, but what do you expect from a barleywine ale that measures up at 14.5%? This is a sweet beer (as with most barleywines) that has dark and fruity characteristics as well. Deep and complex. I couldnít stop smelling this brew itís great! Being oak aged you get a nice oak flavor to boot. In my opinion this beer hides the high ABV well with itís sweet malts. You definitely get the warm tummy feeling but thatís because this bad boy is 14.5%. On the nose itís a bit more harsh, but on the palate itís wonderful. I Recommend this beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Poured the color of honey with a dirty white head. Aroma is slightly sour, nutty, buttery, some white grapes, and sweet carmel malts. Flavor is ridiculously sweet at 1st. Has a sweet carmel to it then changes to a burning alcohol reminiscent of vodka. The ending is super sweet like a sugar cube. Pure sweet and pure garbage. If I wanted to eat sugar cubes strait I would save some cash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 1, 2006
2005 bottle. Poured a medium copper with a small, of-white head. Complex and layered aromas of apple juice, raisins, pumpernickle bread, honey butter, white vinegar, and alcohol. Flavor is both savory and heavily sweet, but never cloying. Lots of nice, mellow spice. Velvety and buttery. Exceptionally calm for its alcohol content. Except for the slow warm spot growing in my stomach, I wouldnít guess it was so potent. Very sweet finish that lingers on the tip of your tongue. Intensely satisfying and unquestionably original. Iím surprised this is the lowest rated of the demon ales. I think itís the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
The aroma had dark fruit, spices, and was very sweet. The beer poured a brown color with golden orange hues, no head and very slight lacing. The flavor had caramel, dark fruits, spice, and was very sugary. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Avery sure no how to go BIG. Very sweet and oaky, with a big whiskey flavor. Almost too much of the woody/whiskey flavor, but good in small doses.

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