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RATINGS: 1025   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.

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%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 29, 2006
This is why I love english barleys over american...its SweeT and super delicous....a sipping beer to the absolute definition of sippin beer....its like a sherry, but mellower and a tad fizzy...so very sweet and amazing..the subtle complex yet brilliant flavours are secret yet stunning and powerful yet mellow..this is about the time my ear goes or my leg falls off because i am at the brink..the cross roads if you will...my life with english is making choices, to sweet to handle, 4 sum...but my alley is set-up right..this is a wonderful but skittish beer(approach with caution that is) ...if it wasn’t costing me a months rent i would drink this when i needed some smiles, the joy similiar to a lap dance for free from a playboy bunny, or enjoying a beer with somerare backyard bbq dodo...thats how this beer tucks me in at night, oh so good + right...its really tight..this beer has alco might and i’m out like a light....dammit those freakin kids!!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
From bottle. Pours a reddish orange with no head. Initial nose of dried apples, pears, apricots, followed up by oak, vanilla and rum soaked raisins. Alcohol also comes through. Flavor has pear, apricots with oak, vanilla, a sugary sweetness with more alcohol. Palate is syrupy thin. Just too much alcohol. Maybe some aging would help.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
beautiful ruby red color. Smell of plums rasins and other fruits. No head. Very sweet with definite alcohol finish. Good beer. Not for the faint of heart!!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
An amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet with very strong notes of caramel, but also lesser notes of alcohol and cardemmome. The flavor is very sweet with a good hop presence as well as strong notes of both cardemmome and cinnamon, leading to a dry spiced and alcohol end. The mouthfeel is thick like drinking syrup. Thanks to Papsø for sharing this gem - sure hope it arrives in Denmark soon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25127) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
Bottle, Thanks to Papsø for sharing. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Very sweet aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits. Very sweet flavour of dried fruits, wood and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
Appears a red toned amber with a creamy off white head that fades into a soapy thin collar. Little drops of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of toasted oak, caramel, prunes, raisins, vanilla, champagne, and perhaps a touch of mild amaretto. Taste is of cherries, raspberries, oaky, vinous, sweet candy, doughy funnel cake that’s been sprinkled with confectioners sugar. Mouthfeel evokes one of the other Demons of Ale brew, Mephistopholes, due to the Turbinado sweetness and sweet finish with alcohol and berries lasting. This one is a sipper only with the ABV evident. Better with age? Maybe. This Demons of Ale Series was a great idea though. I’d love to see more stuff like this from Avery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours clear deep orange colored and a fine off-white head. Sweet and very full candied aroma. Toffee, bread, cookie, fruit (pineapple) and milk chocolate - very intense and inviting. Sweet in the flavor as well with a warming alcohol note. Dominating cake, spices and toffee with a note of candied fruit. Soft and full mouthfeel with a good complexity. Very different, very interesting and very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden red with an average off white lacing head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, various fruits, some melon, alcohol was kind of hidden in there under all of the sweetness. Flavor was also very sweet, lots of vanilla but very syrupy. There was a lot going on here but for my personal preference this was a bit too sweet. Aroma more appealing than the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pours a hazy reddish amber color. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, yeast, some fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty and medicinal, can really taste the alcohol in this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. bottled in 2005.
Hazy amber, very thin head. Alcohol coats the glass.
Aroma is sweet with notes of melon, apple, honey, apricot. Wood is there but very faint.
Flavor was sweet. Port, vanilla, sugar, gooey caramel, honey. Just enough oaky tannins to keep it from becoming cloying.
Liquid desert. I think I killed my sweet-tooth for the month.


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