rajendra82 (913) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Provided direct from Colorado, as itís not available in Georgia yet, Samaelís Oak-aged Ale came in a 12 oz. brown bottle with red neck foil, removing which revealed another layer of red foil. After removing the neck coverings, the beer was poured at room temperature into a goblet. The body looked gorgeously red Ėamber with viscosity that retarded the rise of the CO2 bubbles, although a small head did for and stuck around for a little while.
The aroma was succulently lusty with an undying sweetness. There was alcohol present in the nose of course, but not quite indicative of the rocky mountain high ABV that the brew possessed. As good as the smell was, the taste let me down a bit with an over the top sweetness. It took a few more sips to grow on me, and by the end I was enjoying the alcohol candy.
Very thick, tongue coating, sticky mouthfeel. Sip by sip, as I tried to get the beer down, the warming effects go stronger and stronger. As a strong nightcap, a very good drink. Not suited for any other purpose.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer has a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor is similar to sherry, with an assertive alcohol presence and a maple sweet finish. A good sipping beer.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 O.k. time to rerate this beer as I am now drinking it as I rate it (and have more experience describing). This definitely smells of raisins, apple and caramel. On the palate it is very sweet which becomes hot and lingers for a little. I donít sense the alcohol as much as others, but it hits after the sip ends! this will by all means be a sipping beer! cheers!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís very sweet with lots of candy sugar/caramel notes with a very slight bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and warming.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma and taste are so sweet you would swear that there is syrup in it. Very vinous as well. The appearance is golden orange. Flavor is oak like with a somewhat liquor quality. Palate is thick and smooth. Very Good!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, light red and almost still. Very strong sweet caramel fruit and alcohol aroma. Kinda reminds me of Hardyís. Candy sweet flavor backed by big fruit and oak flavor. While a bit sweet for my tastes, it is still smooth and flavorful and should age well, which is good as I got 23 more bottles to go.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
amber color with small head and medium amount of lacing. smells fairly sugary and fruity. extremely sugary tastes with strong carmelized sugar like profile and flavors. this beer is way to sugary and caramelly for my personal tastes.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange color with a sticky head. Aroma is mostly oak and candy sugars. First sip the alcohol isnít masked at all. Big surprise for an Avery beer. Thereís some citrus but not enough to balance out against the oak, vanilla & wood flavors. Full bodied and tasty.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tan head settles out quickly. Clear amber/ruby colored body. Nose of cherries, wild flower honey, sweet malts and ALCOHOL ! Body is full/medium, oily, sticky. Sweet malts, fruit, cherries and wood exposing its self as it warms. ALCOHOL. Finish is cloyingly sweet with notes of licorice and ALCOHOL. Even with the high alc.%% this beer is interesting, not sure why though? I,ve got to age some for a few(10) years to see what happens. GAWD!
lamas (1284) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bottled in 2005. Pours a clear, strawberry Kool-Aid red with a very thin tan head. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and some smoke in the aroma. Not nearly as much alcohol in the taste as I expected from the smell. It really doesnít seem anywhere near the 14.5% ABV. Ridiculously super sweet! Rich, candied sugar with a woodsy, oaky bite at the end. Smooth but not thick. Really coats the tongue. Oakier than any other beer I can recall. Like licking a piece of wood. The quality is evident, but itís not my thing.