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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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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.

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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle: Amber color, thin head. You can smell this guy from across the room. Lots of vanilla and oak. Sweet and carmelly flavor with a really nice complex oaky finish. This one definitely warms on itís way down.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Pours clear brown with a sweet malt nose. Full nectar. Sweet as hell up front. You really gotta want this one. Heres how to drink it. After you get through the sweet factor, concentrate on the finish. Everything is right there. The sweetness cloaks the complexities until the finish. Here you will find flavors of cherry, vanilla, butterscotch, clove, gala apple, and other tropical flavors. A nice oakiness adds to the complexities. Not balanced at all but the alcohol is well hidden. I suggest this one after dinner for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a light amber color with thin off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts with hin\ts of oak and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish and alcohol warming. A decent barley wine but not my favorite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2006
12 oz. bottle: Pours a copper amber color with a light brown fizzy head that disappears fast and leaves no lacing in my Snifter. I find hints of caramel in the malty aroma and also some vanilla. Initial flavor is a sweety creamy vanilla and the alcohol kicks you in the finish. Definitely a sipping beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2006
MMM MMM Good. Nice amber/brown color. Good caramel malt aroma, sweet. It tastes creamy, creme brulee, caramel, malty and smooth oak. So smooth I had no idea how much alcohol was in it untill just now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Nice amber color with constant effervescence. Small creamy head broken by bubbles. vanilla, caramel, oak and alcohol aroma. Very sugary(caramel). Taste the vanilla and oak. 14.5% alcohol. Does Avery try to always get you buzzed after one beer?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 13, 2006
The name is fitting here. Dark pour with an aroma that hunts you down. Head goes away quickly. The taste is full of malt and caramel and an alcohol bite that will catch you off guard. Yum all the way here, but sip with caution.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
(thanks to jimbowood for the brew)poured a clear orange body with a nice white head.loads of turbinado sugar in the nose.as well as some oak.the flavor was a mix of cotton candy,oak,alcohol,vanilla,and hard candy.overall not to bad but the alcohol and sweetness were a bit overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Wow, what to say? Maybe quaffed improperly, this is no beer. I wish for dessert. Some deep chocolate to hold off the intense flavors of this complex brew. Oak chips indeed and alcohol in surplus. One to be savored I can tell. Iíll put 6 bottles in the cellar and see what happens.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 MN Winter Get Together, 2/4/2006: Dark copper color with no head. The aroma has a good separation of elements, with bready malts and a slightly sour yeast showing off the beer and some stronger whisps of oak from the barrel. Big malt and syrup flavors in the taste with more wood and vanila to finish it. The wood does carry with some whiskey overtones, even though it doesnít suggest it was whiskey-barrel aged. Damn tasty and ridiculously drinkable for 14.5%. 8/4/8/5/18 Re-Rate, Batch 3 (Bottled Apr 2007), 2/29/2008: Finally decided to add a new note to my rate. Murky copper color with a medium head. Strong aroma of sugar, brown sugar and molasses. The taste is immediately of prunes. Fairly strong earthy/English hop bitterness. Lots of oak and vanilla. Powerfully strong, sweet malt. Sugary. Still delicious!


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