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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.

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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Pours dark burnt orange with literally no head. nose is of alcohol and sweet caramel notes. Mild oak presence. Flavor is rich and complex. Thick and syrupy. Slight vanilla oakycharacter with lip smacking sweetness. Finishes with nice alcohol burn.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 How many teaspoons of sugar in a cup does it take before a beverage is undrinkable. I dont know,said the owl, but for an example I would nominate this beer. Ugh, disgusting in all respects, esp at $ 6.50/bottle. Purge please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
í05 bottle. Darker cherry red-brown color, sweet nose of alcohol and anise. Sweeter taste of caramel, molasses, sherry and port-like, fills the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Kind of feels and tastes like honey. Syrupy consistency with a sweet-like aftertaste that masks the alc% well. Overall not a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
2Row (11) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 A bit of a shock on first sip. Seductively sweet yet cough syrupy on further tastes. The achohol becomes obtrusive to the point of obnoxiousness. Tasty, but 12 oz. is more than enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Somehow, I have never heard of this one. My buddy Ari picked a couple up, as if we needed 2, and I have been staring at the bottle wondering how I could have missed this. Pours with little carbonation, white head, coppery orange. Smells like....i dont have the words for it. The aroma is the highlight of the beer, though. Tastes like whiskey, caramel, dates, molasses, alcohol. I would prefer if it wasnít so strong, I taste the alcohol way too much. Makes a 12 oz. quite fun, though. Not my favorite from Avery, they have done much better, but an interesting experience. Unique beer, if not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
The Lure:
Some lingering head tops this mammoth of a barley wine. Confident oak surfing on sweet fruit waves, tons of peach syrup, maraschino cherries, dried apricots, etc. Sweetness is prominent, but not too bad so far.

The Festivities:
As I swallowed my first sip, my heart and stomach leapt as if they were refusing to ingest this. Itís that sweet. And Iím somewhat of a sweet tooth, donít forget that. Mouthfeel is uberthick, which is nice for a barley wine, but manages to be a little too much considering its obese sweetness. Tons of maple syrup and caramel segue into torrential alcohol and oak, second and soon primary reason for the initial recoil reaction. Have you ever felt your uvula shrink in disgust? Oh, itís flavorful, donít get me wrong! Many cherries, peaches (in syrup form mind you), complex sweetness and a nice coat of oakiness which never topples the sweetness (how could it?). One sip will smack you in the tongue. Ten might make your gut turn. I didnít want to go further. And like I said, Iím known to be a sweet tooth...

Drowning in a pit of quicksyrup, whipped by a drunken fatso as you go down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
another monster style beer sent my way from richlikebeer. clear bronze in color with a fast fading head. aromas and flavors are of syrupy sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla and oaky alcohol. not quite balanced but still tastey and enjoyable. thanks rich!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
clear amber bronze color, only a few bubbles in the body. thick foamy tan head that goes quickly. aroma is cherry-like and sherry malt. flavor is very sweet and strong malt, some sherry and alcohol heat in the finish. this is not as evil as I was expecting. easier to drink than the Czar in my opinion. more heat kicks in upon warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Clear, oily amber body with seven white bubbles. Alcohol, vanilla, toffee, molasses, prunes, light grains, caramel, peach skins, and simple syrup. The body is thick, sticky and easily coates the tongue. The flavor shows the sweet, heavy malt backbone and allows just a touch of the wood-aged character. The vanilla, spice and light coconut go remarkably well with the heavy malt and ridiculous alcohol content. The finish is long and warm. In many ways, this is like a Thomas Hardyís Ale. Itís tasty and stuff, but not really to my liking and something I could rarely drink. Itís always interesting to see what Adam and Co. can do, but itís rarely something I want to drink all that often.

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