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RATINGS: 956   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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Shimmering bronze, light head, some lacing. Nose of strong alcohol, silvery fruit. Whoa, this is strong in the booze department, not a good thing, but fairly standard as far as Avery is concerned. Almost reminds me of soju in Korean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
07.16.05 12oz bottle thanks to Paul at BCTC. Orange bronze. Small and fading head. Apple pie, brown sugar, and caramel. Hot stuff and very sweet. Typical Avery over the topishness. Whew, not the right beer for a 95 degree day in a hot field.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle...RBSG2005...This beer rocks!... Clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The rich, malty nose is of light molasses, vanilla/oak, caramel, mandarin orange, plum and black cherries. Oak, alcohol and maple syrup make up the flavor. Just enough of a "hop pop" to keep the malt from spinning out of control. Still, red hot and defiantly sweet. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Hardly any carbonation. Finishes warm and sweet. More of a Winter sipper than a Summer offering. World class, though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Poured a clear ruby and copper body, very slight hint of a head tried to rise up, but failed. Aroma surprisingly subdued, malt focused, toffee with a hint of sourness. Flavor was all about the malt, toffee and caramel, with a hint of dark fruit. The oak emerged where hops normally would on the finish, providing a bit of vanilla and wood notes. Alcohol there, but not nearly as hot as the Beast. Reminds me quite a bit of Sherry. Could age well, or totally devolve into alcohol drenched nastiness, will be interesting to see.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Sweet, vinous, caramel, liquorous, thick, fruity aroma with some vanilla and woody tones. Clear copper coloured body with a low ring of off-white head. Sweet, thick caramel in the vinous, boozey, woody flavour. Medium-full body is sticky with low carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBSG’05.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
(Bottle) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Tailgate sampling at Dickinsonbeer’s campsite. Pours an oily, headless and copper body with a huge alcohol aroma. Insanely iodine and flemish sour. Slow carbonation. Flavour is way to alcoholic. Thanks Dickinsonbeer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3114) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
RBSG This one pours a dark amber color with little head. Bready light malt aroma. Moderately sweet start to finish. The heavy alcohol palate was the turn off for me, this perhaps will age well and improve with time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
No head. Red body. Banana esters, sweet-caramel nose - smells thick and syrupy. Very thick and seet, syrupy flavor indeed. Earthy tones, highly sweetened.- not as complex as many barley wines I’ve had, but its a pretty decent example of a wintery beer, with its high alcohol content. The alcohol is quite well-hidden, in fact, but this beer needs to be drank slowly. The finish is a little yeasty, a little too sour, but overall its decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Thick, sticky pour, with serious "legs" like a brandy or bourbon - no head/carbonation - musty, almost tart aroma, with notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol, herbal tea - the alcohol is not overly-evident until the finish - heavy and brandy-like - with big time vanilla and oak flavors, with some caramel - some background floral qualities and a hint of bitterness to cut the sweetness - alcoholic (but not astringent) finish, enhancing the feeling that you are drinking a brandy or whiskey - this needs some time to mellow and evolve, but the potential is there - sometimes I wish brewers would age these big beers much longer before they release them for public consumption.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Light amber with a small beige head. Aroma of alcohol and sugar. Sweet syrupy, caramel, fruit and alcohol flavors.

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