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RATINGS: 970   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle. Clear amber with quickly vanishing bubbly head. Aroma is fairly sweet with vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Taste is very powerful. It reminds me of a very very sweet scotch of bourbon. Not the greatest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours red/dark copper with no head. Very oily. Huge pronounced oak aroma, with some sweet malt and sugar in the background and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavor is loaded with sweet caramel malt, sugar, and candy coated apples. Almost reminds me of a strange take on apple cider. While it scores well, the sweetness really hurts the overall. So sweet it should be done as a chilled shot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Poured a deep amber with virtually no head.Aroma is sweet with an alcohol induced burn.Flavor is sweet with some caramel and raisans.The alcohol was present for the whole ride.The finish left a warming in the belly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Very sweet aroma with hints of apple and definitely some alcohol. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with an insignificant white head. Extreme sugary sweetness in the flavor with some hints of cinnamon apple. Slight alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. Way too sweet for me. Reminds me a little of the Harveryís barley wines and thatís not a good thing to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Bright orange amber color with a modest light cream colored head. Aromas of candies raisins, orange blossom honey, mild oak and a light alcohol lilt. This certainly announces it potency. Smooth and lightly syrupy in feel. A mild light burn in the stomach. For being 90F out I still am finding this to be quite enjoyable. Very drinkable even with a the full sweetness. Candied fruit and with only a mild oak mingle. The sunburn along with this make my head fell like it may start on fire. Hops are present and quite enjoyable. I know I will have to have one of these in the cellar for a cold January night. The linger brings out a touch more oak. I actually feared this somewhat, but actually look forward to the winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Bottled in Apr 2007. Batch 3
Served in a snifter. The color is a deep ruby or garnet red. There was a bit of khaki.
The aroma is a lot of maple, or maybe butterrum. Vanilla and oak come through nicely. Still ripe with alcohol.
The flavor is hot with alcohol. Again with the maple.
Pretty much the same as I remember. No scoring adjustment.

When is enough enough? Smell like scotch whiskey, and tastes like scotch whiskey. Hell, it must be scotch whiskey. It all tasted fine. My score reflects that. I think everybody should try it. With that being said, Samaels doesnít really have many characteristics of a beer..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 Rating #666 - How appropriate. Nice deep ruby red with a quickly fading head. Aroma of cherry, oak, wine and alcohol. Very very sweet and syrupy. Flavor has notes of cherry, toasted almond, amaretto, cough syrup, honey, caramel, toasted malt, wine and a prominent alcohol presence. Very warming. Has some hops but not nearly as much as Averyís other brews. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. This one is a sipper for sure. Iíd recommend sharing it between 2 or 3 people. Way too sweet for me to finish by myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours a medium amber with a small head. Alcohol is apparent throughout. Lots of caramel, honey, oaky, with hints of vanilla, molasses and a touch of hops. Finishes harsh with alcohol, very syrupy despide this alcohol. Needs a lot of aging before this one will be drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Clear light orange to amber hue, limited head. Sweet highly phenolic and ethanol fuel nose. Heavy licorice and cane sugar essences, greenish young oak feels rough around the edges. Extreme level of sweetness, chocolatey and brown sugar in a most concentrated way. Strong oaky alcohol presence, little burn grapsing the tongue. Limited goldings presence, vegetal finish, gently hoppy, but not enough to provide anything resembling balance. Rather heavy carbonation, syrupy palate, not cloying, but agressively sweet. Still, there are some rather pleasant flavors in there. I would not count on it, but maybe it is even that with some age, this would become palatable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Clear copper brown with a head that needs a little convincing to wake up. The aroma is complex with overripe fruit, vanilla, wood, and cognac. Despite the smell, the beer is undrinkable. Any subtleties are buried in sugar and alcohol. A syrupy drain pour.

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