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RATINGS: 966   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 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 (6126) - 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 (3055) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours copper with a medium frothy tan head and excellent lined lacing. Oak and raisins initially then medium roasted caramel grain malts with an alcohol and pine nose. Sweet roasted caramel malt flavor transcends into oak and cherry notes at the end with port and vanilla notes throughout. Warm and full bodied palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 This beer is so awesome now. It is no longer sticky and too intense and bourbony. It now has subtle pineapple and vanilla notes, a beautiful mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste that makes you wish you could afford to buy sixers. This beer (new batch) is now amazing. <P> Original rating was a 3.3 <P> Smelled of bourbon and vanilla. Honey red with no head. This actually has a pretty good flavor if you take REAL small sips. Vanilla and fruit (pear is big) flavors with small sips. Big sips make it like a shot of bourbon. Very Avery-like crazy creation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Clear brownish red pour. NO head or lacing. Very sweet aromas with lots of brown sugar. Rich and tooth meltingly sweet. Tons of residual sugar. Loads of carmel flavors. Finishes quite hot and dry from alcohol burn. Lacks finesse of say, a big Dogfish head beer like Raison DíExtra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
A winelike aroma and deep golden color. A sweet beer almost like a desert wine. A very syrupy conistency.

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