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RATINGS: 1035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Poured a clear golden amber with minimal head. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Apples, pears and sugar. Swwet thick and sugar flavor. Almost syrupy. Pretty warming. I will try to save a bottle for a few years and see what happens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Enmity towards man, indeed. This beer took its time making it to Michigan, and now I understand why. Deep red-copper body with s...l...o...w...l...y rising CO2 bubbles indicating a very syrupy nature; thin off-white head. Sweet, candy-like aroma with prune, soy, honey, caramel, fermented fruits and alcohol. Sickly sweet, syrupy body, raisiny, with soy, prune, fermented grape and pear, caramel, and hints of oak. The alcohol provides "fire in the belly." Rough palate. These high ABV beers turn into predictable messes when the "complexity" equates with cloying raisin, soy, and honey syrups. Blech. Pass. Punt. End game. (Avoid.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 Clear amber apple juice color with a thin filmy white head. Sweet smell of some amaretto, apple juice, sugary hops, clover honey and a light hint of lavender. Tingly on the lips, a little burning on the back of the throat... reminds me of Utopias - the vanilla, wood and amaretto flavors are not overwhelmed by the alcohol, but I have to admit that they are overwhelmed by the sweetness. Caramelly and chewy, unbelievably too sweet, I don’t really want to drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Thanks to ClarkVV for including this as an extra in our recent trade. Pours orange/amber, with a small tan head. Aromas are Sweet malt, fruit, wood, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavors are much like the aroma, but also with raisins, smoke, and honey. Alcohol is certainly present and this should age well, but it’s damn good now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. $6.99 each at a local watering hole. Poured out a deep orangish caramel color, with a faint tan colored head. Aromas are of oak barrel right away, with sweet sugar, caramels, toffee, & alcohols. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Lingering flavors of rum soaked plums on the tongue. Hops are very subdued, but enough to balance a portion of the malts. Alcohol warms you up as it’s swallowed. A very good strong ale by anyone’s standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Reddish-copper in body, this thick ale had a fizzy white head to begin with, but that soon died away... and, who cares? It has a piercing alcohol nose, sweet caramel, wood, light fruits, vanilla, and some more alcohol. This is very thick and hot in the mouth. The sugary sweetness is quite strong in the flavor- - malty, peppery, fruity, boozey... It finishes on a hot, sticky, fruity, alcohol note. Drink this one slowly.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Pour is coppery amber with a dense thin tan head...smell is sweet with cherry, oak, honey, raisin, grapes, alcohol...taste is sweet sweet sweet...syrupy sweet...caramel thickness...all kinds of sugary sweetness fading into a sweetness that is mildly alcoholic...this is actually pretty good...hot obviously...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Okay now i know it...............Avery is the most over rated brewery in the world...........Granted.........they are adventerous.....a little crazy, but I haven’t a brew by them that I thought was near a 4 4 rating, even a 3.5 in a while. This one poured an amber hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of raisins, honey alocohol and a little scotch peatiness. Flavors of raisins, oatmeal, caramel,brown sugar with a light alcohol burn with a decent bitterness. I’d like to see how this one ages, given the lack of any yeast sediment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks to Ernest for this.I really like the oak flavorin this one the oak wasn’t overwhelming and I could still get a lot of the caramel,fruit from the Barley Wine. I liked this a lot.Thick and syrupy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Holy crap! If this stuff wasn’t so $$ I would go back and buy out the store.Nice orangey/copper color,minimal short lived head. Thick oily mouthfeel,kinda like syrup but not as thick. Aroma is malty sweet,oak,vannila,dark fruits. Pretty much tastes how it smells. ABV very well masked. The Demons drink well.

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