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RATINGS: 1030   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a crystaline light copper with the most pathetic spittle of a head. The aroma sets my fears at ease, for this smells like a truly might brew. Alcohol (!), bourbon-like, but sweet, with that bubblegum like barleywine quality. A hint of vanilla, with definite oak. the palate is on the thin side, but fill the mouth smoothly and feels quite nice with a bit of viscosity making the down the throat burn last. The burn is nice with the tannic roughness of this wine. Again, thereís something very bourbon about this beer, and the flavor is no exception. Huge sweet malt, blends with a bourbon or spiced rum sort of sweetness and a tannic red wine. There are some subtle apple-like fruits in here, but by and large, syrupy and alcoholic. Thereís a slight bitterness to this, provided by the oak and alcohol that allows for the sweet malt to be so confrontational. I really really really enjoyed this brew, and just wish it werenít 5 dollars a bottle! (Who am I kidding, this is worth it... I just wish my local sold this stuff.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2005 bottle. Its a pinkish-orange color with almost no head but some bubbles around the edge. It smells sweet and like grapes and apples but just too much alcohol in the aroma for my taste. On the other hand, the alcohol isnt too overpowering in the flavour at all- its a really sweet syrupy beer, very slightly fruity, some caramel, some vanilla. Its definitely a full-bodied beer. I really enjoyed this a lot, but mostly just for the flavour. Basically this is a super sweet beer with a lot of alcohol, which works in the flavour but not as well in the aroma, and its a pretty enjoyable sipping beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Cloudy orange, extremtly thin head. Nose is big plummy/vinous, brown sugar, some alcohol. Alcohol becomes more promiment as it warms. Flavor is sweet raising & grape. Brown sugar, orange syrup. So much caramel. Some alcohol. I really donít get much oak but that isnít a bad thing. Honestly almost a bit too much body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
(Bottle, Oliver Twist - Stockholm, may 2006) Brandy-coloured, barley wine-ish beer. No head. Smells oakbarrel and dried fruits. Fudge-sweetness with a warm, sticky alcohol smell. Tastes like butter and syrup, thick to swallow. Taste of barley wine. Some vanilla and concentrated exotic juice. Plum and alcohol. Rock candy, minty caramell. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, bottled in 2005 (sampled Late May 2006): dark rosy-gold. Almost non-existent off white bubblesÖcotton candy and sour mix aromatics mixed with wicked alcohol wisps. Liquid candy mouth-feel with heavy alcohol-vanilla undertones, while sweet tarts and a grassy bitterness enclose the flavours. Harsh alcohol stings the back of the throat. Slick vanilla-caramel candy sweetness delivers the buzz quickly...wow, this one is a bit too much like the devil - scary...

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