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RATINGS: 1013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Yikes! Thick, but not in the best way with a huge kick of sweet hiding the alcohol content which is kind of tastey. Clumpy mouthfeel, like the kid you knew who put way too much sugar in the kool-aid. Syrupy and very hard to drink, but was very nice to try such a bohemoth. This would make for a good night cap, even though you might have to split it between four other people.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Oangey amber ale with a thin off white head. Sweet malt and scotch whiskey in aroma, with intense alcohol. In mouth, burning alcohol, iodine, licorice and hops. Tingling mouthfeel. Oily bodied. Overkill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2005
orange/caramel/brownish color, somewhat cloudy, minimal beige head. aroma is brown sugar, earthiness and mild alcohol. flavor is buttery, alcohol, very sweet, although not cloying. very interesting and not too shabby!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
This is one sick ale! Tastes like grain alcohol dipped in burnt wood! Very very strong, and very odd, nice carmel coloring with a total alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2005
A thick molasses smell. Perfectly balanced red-brown color. This is a very rich barleywine. While very sweet it is not too sugary. Extremely nice dessert beer to be drank slowly, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12216) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle split with Rod at Dilly Deli. Ruby color with a small creamy head that diminished quickly. Good sweet fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet bitter flavor with a long sweet alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pour is crystal clear deep copper. Minimal head at best. Nose is super duper strength alcohol...some malt, syrup, very sweet, light fruit, oal, very liqour like. Flavor is overly sweet, but for some reason really does it for me tonite. Nice cherry fruitishness tang to it, alcohol is less present (still definitly there) but just enough to balance it out, some apple, little hop and malt to speak of, but still pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - DEC 23, 2005
Cherry, woody nose - just delightful with a hint of alcohol. Chesnut color, fizzy quick dissappating head (odd for a barelywine). Sugary body, very sweet. Little or no hop taste. Spicy, cinnamon end with a lingering tingliness. Port-like. Transcends beer at times. Very powerful. Smooth and sophisticated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a thinner beige head. Very nice aroma of caramel, maple, oak, and fig. Some additional vanilla makes its way into the flavor along with a healthy dose of alcohol. I’m confused with the palate, low carbonation is nice, stickiness is not, big body is nice, hot alcohol is not. All in all a pretty pleasant beer, enjoyable sipper on this cold day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
The thinnest looking Barley Wine I have laid my eyes on. Look through amber red color. Alcohol and soy sauce nose - very intense and detectable right after it was poured into the glass from far away. Very sweet and intense cherry and alcohol taste with some nutty undertones. Very interesting - reminds me a lot at Sherry. Quite unusual for a Barley wine and miss hoppy tones.

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