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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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%


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2468) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 Hazy amber colour. Ok head. Sweet aroma of figs and other Christmas fruits. The flavour was thick and sweet with a warming alcohol finish. It was really too sweet but i enjoyed it in some perverted way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 (Bottled, 2006 vintage@Pikkulintu) Almost clear, red-amber with a small, quite lasting head. Very caramely, fruity aroma with strawberry hints. Flavor or caramel, fruit, alcohol, oaky notes. Medium to full body, low carbonation. Still somewhat alcoholic, but a bit better than last time. (Bottled@Stockholm Beer Festival 2005, was 6-3-7-4-13=3.3) Reddish whisky color with almost no head. Very strong, oaky and alcoholic aroma with glue hints. Strong, whisky-like, oaky-malty, cloying sweet flavor. Liquourish, alcoholic, very sweet palate with no carbonation. A dessert drink that needs some serious maturing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2005
(bottle sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Orange colour with a minmal white head. Sweet alcoholic of oranges and wood. Sweet and oily flavour of wood, oranges and cherries. Alcoholic and woody bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle: Heavy viscous pour, orange in color, very fiery with a slight red tint, small head that dissipates quickly, lacks lacing, but it is quite carbonated. † The bubbles move ever so slowly in this thick brew. † Points for its syrup like structure. † Sweet woody aroma, alcohol is present but not overly agressive, slight vanilla/almond combo, and perhaps a possible smidgen of bourbon. † Strong sweet malt start, very strong in fact, viscous, with very minor flavors of vanilla and oak. † Quite thick and velvety in the mouth, smooth. † The 14.5% ABV is noticable, but there isnít much heat associated with this one. † No burning whatsoever, only a slight warming of the cheeks. † Finishes only yields a very sweet, extremely sweet in fact, malty flavor. † Not terribly complex, but it is thick, decent nose and flavor, well hidden ABV, with a clean finish. † I just wished there was a bit more flavor going on (especially at the finish), that and a bit more hop presense. † Still found it tasty tho. † Thanks for this one Clark!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Beer pours clear amber color with a retained beige colored head. Aroma is rich with butter scotch, alcohol, and molassess. Flavor is very sweet with brown sugar, alcohol, and oak. This is to me pretty similar to JW Lees Harvest, but I like this a bit better. Still, too sweet, for me. I prefer one year old Big Foot to this any day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Dark amber with small white head. Aroma is extremely sweet with notes of oaky vanilla and black currant. Flavour and palate is syrupy sweet. Candy on a bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2005
What IS this exactly?? Itís a barley wine without the barley...maybe? It smells sweet, much like sugar or caramel, with some woody notes hidden in there. The color and head are pretty normal, the former a coppery amber and the latter small and rapidily-disappearing. Then we come to the taste...oh my. Itís a little buttery, syrupy, and ungodly (no pun intended) sweet! No hoppy bite to counteract anything, itís just syrupy-sweet! Itís good, really good...but who could drink more than a little of this? The body is thick, chewy, and adds to the character of this brew. It also reminds me of cough syrup...the high-alcohol kind...but thatís beside the point. I like it...I like it quite a bit. But a sip or two after dinner is about all I can stand. Maybe in the heart of winter (wait...winter in Texas??) or at least cooler weather...but not now.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19237) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2005
Bottled. Clear reddish amber. Rich port-like oak character. Sweet, thick, vinous and extremely malty. Despite exessive sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel I thoroughly enjoy the rich port character. Nowhere near balanced, but the flavours are impossible to resist. By far the best new Avery beer Iíve had in years.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Clear amber body under a white head. Laced well. Gin and clean caramel malt in the aroma. The flavor has a lot more going for it than gin. You can taste the alcohol but itís a clean alcochol and it complements the rest of the flavor. It starts with bready, yeasty carmel malt and then hits you with some booze and orangey spice. In the finish the caramel is complimented by vanilla and a touch of hazelnut. Thereís some woodiness in the finish but itís overwhelmed by the beerís sweetness. A lip-licking mouthfeel on this one, rich and sticky. Overall this is a good beer, itís full-flavored and challenging but I wish the malts theyíre featuring were more complex - some sort of smoked malt would be a good fit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Crystal clear medium-copper pour with a very light ring of creamy beige head. Some scattered lacing as this huge brew went down. Aroma is very powerful and in-your face... with sweet caramel, bourbon, bourbon, vanilla, dark berries, and bourbon. I think I may have burned off some nose hair when I stuck my face in the snifter :) Certainly a lot going on in the palate and flavor too. Slick across the front of the palate, leading to a sweet almost-cloying vanilla and bourbon explosion at the top of the throat. Lots of flavors... thick and coating caramel, vanilla primarily toward the back, oak, and did I mention that there is some powerful bourbonage going on in this brew? This was intriguing and powerful, and I would recommend checking one out.. maybe with a friend.


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