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RATINGS: 976   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Holy crap! If this stuff wasnít so $$ I would go back and buy out the store.Nice orangey/copper color,minimal short lived head. Thick oily mouthfeel,kinda like syrup but not as thick. Aroma is malty sweet,oak,vannila,dark fruits. Pretty much tastes how it smells. ABV very well masked. The Demons drink well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Ruby-red body, no head. Aroma is very woody and alcoholic, like an aged bourbon. It really doesnít taste as strong as it is labeled. Thereís a really thick sugary sweetness and not much hops to back it up, but it seems to fit. Boozy and warm. Pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours a medium dark brown color, no head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Flavor has just way too much booze in it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20602) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, beige small head. Alcohol, glue and fruit in aroma. Sweet caramellish sugary flavour with hints of alcohol and toffee. Alcohol mostly in the "hot" finish. Also plums, raisins in flavour. Very complex and lovely flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled vintage 2005
Dark copper brown, small brown head. Aroma of glue, brandy and whiskey. Very sweet, caramelly, oaky-woody. Iím not a big fan of oak ageing. This is too raw, sugary, needs at least couple of years in the cellar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2005
I wasnít expecting a head on this one, but I sure got one, a big white one. When it receded the top of the glass looked like a weird microscope slide. The beerís amber-copper-orangish. Big bourbon smell to it, on account of the oak chips and all the alcohol. Itís also a bit sweet, with dark fruits and a light floral hop aroma. The alcohol is up front in the flavor, and it hits you hard. The middle is syrupy, very sweet, and then the alcohol comes back for the finish, this time with some oak, leaving a vanilla and bourbon aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, but the carbonation makes it feel lighter. Some aging would do this one well, I think.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - 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 (4674) - 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 (6300) - 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!



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