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RATINGS: 996   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 O.k. time to rerate this beer as I am now drinking it as I rate it (and have more experience describing). This definitely smells of raisins, apple and caramel. On the palate it is very sweet which becomes hot and lingers for a little. I donít sense the alcohol as much as others, but it hits after the sip ends! this will by all means be a sipping beer! cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís very sweet with lots of candy sugar/caramel notes with a very slight bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
The aroma and taste are so sweet you would swear that there is syrup in it. Very vinous as well. The appearance is golden orange. Flavor is oak like with a somewhat liquor quality. Palate is thick and smooth. Very Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Clear, light red and almost still. Very strong sweet caramel fruit and alcohol aroma. Kinda reminds me of Hardyís. Candy sweet flavor backed by big fruit and oak flavor. While a bit sweet for my tastes, it is still smooth and flavorful and should age well, which is good as I got 23 more bottles to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
amber color with small head and medium amount of lacing. smells fairly sugary and fruity. extremely sugary tastes with strong carmelized sugar like profile and flavors. this beer is way to sugary and caramelly for my personal tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Amber orange color with a sticky head. Aroma is mostly oak and candy sugars. First sip the alcohol isnít masked at all. Big surprise for an Avery beer. Thereís some citrus but not enough to balance out against the oak, vanilla & wood flavors. Full bodied and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2599) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Small tan head settles out quickly. Clear amber/ruby colored body. Nose of cherries, wild flower honey, sweet malts and ALCOHOL ! Body is full/medium, oily, sticky. Sweet malts, fruit, cherries and wood exposing its self as it warms. ALCOHOL. Finish is cloyingly sweet with notes of licorice and ALCOHOL. Even with the high alc.%% this beer is interesting, not sure why though? I,ve got to age some for a few(10) years to see what happens. GAWD!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle. Bottled in 2005. Pours a clear, strawberry Kool-Aid red with a very thin tan head. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and some smoke in the aroma. Not nearly as much alcohol in the taste as I expected from the smell. It really doesnít seem anywhere near the 14.5% ABV. Ridiculously super sweet! Rich, candied sugar with a woodsy, oaky bite at the end. Smooth but not thick. Really coats the tongue. Oakier than any other beer I can recall. Like licking a piece of wood. The quality is evident, but itís not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 I had this brew at Dr. BIllís 12 Hour Beer extravaganza in Anaheim, CA on August 20, 2005. Thanks, Dr. Bill. This poured a clear golden brown color with no head. It was sweet, but not cloying. This was a very well done barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Oak, pear, caramel, vanilla. Nice clean brownish orange color, small to no head, though I did pour kinda slow. Sweet bitter flavors, like aromas with whiskey and orange also.Thick body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Feel the burn. Interesting brew, so sweet. Nice for sippin.

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