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RATINGS: 1025   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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%


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Funny thing about aroma, it’s so near and dear to memory. The first sniff of this brew brought me immediately back to the Mephistopheles stout; though that’s where similarities stop. This beers appearance of reddish ruddy brown and a ring leave a little to be desired to make me come running from across the room to try it. Appearances aren’t everything as eharmony will tell you, and tasting this beer is the real reward you get here. The flavors of sweet nectar, oak, and maple syrup dance across the palate. Solid, reminds me very much of a lost abbey angels share, but with a signature Avery taste.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1888) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 27, 2016
2014 Vintage: very high powered and very sweet but I guess par for the course at these alcohol levels. Has a leaness mid-palate that is a bit unusual for BW but regardless a meal of a wine and won’t leave you wondering.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3221) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle dated 4/2102, Batch #8. Boozy nose, caramel, deep dark fruit. Gold/copper color. Super sweet initial, caramel, tart dark fruit, seriously irritating alcohol, and a light stinging finish. Heavy and hot. Nice, I suppose, but so sweet and boozy. Hard to hold all the elements together.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8751) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. Oxidized nose of caramel, raisins, booze, vanilla. Flavor is treacly caramel, booze, vanilla, bourbon, raisins. Bitter finish. Rather English in character. Good but a bit syrupy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrlangin (96) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
This was one of the best oak aged else that I've had. The underlining barley wine was excellent and the aging was on the spot. Very enjoyable. Very balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
njnut (405) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Poured into snifter a bottle brown with light brown head and lace. Aroma was pure malt, caramel and sweet on the nose. Taste was Carmel malts with slight hint of wood, alcohol hides fairly well for a 14%er. Unbelievably good and amazingly an easy drinker.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lacho (45) - USA - DEC 23, 2015
Beautiful pour, very little head but huge aromas. Tastes very sweet, alcohol is very upfront, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, restrained alcohol. Amazing beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2015
March ’14 bottle date, from Steve’s in Fitchburg, served at cellar temp. Gorgeous reddish/pink/orange pour with almost no head. Aroma has dark stone fruits, oak and sweet malts. Taste is dark sweet fruits, strawberry, stone fruits, toffee and heavy oak. Quite sweet and quite strong. Medium to full bodied with alcohol. Finishes sweetly fruity and oaky. Not cloying but pushing that at times. Unique. 13.5

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iceman23 (3) - SINGAPORE - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
April 2012 bottle, batch 8 @ 15.47%. Lots of floating sediment on the bottom was a bit off-putting, but with a nice slow pour and swirling that remaining produced a nice hazy orange pour with nice head that came alive with the sediment added. Aroma of sweet caramel, raisin, malt. Taste of same with a slight alcohol tinge at the end but leaves a sweet vanilla-like taste on the palate, desiring more. The burn is gone from when this was fresh. Fantastic and worth a share.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
May have gotten to that overly sweet area. Very mellow, this one was seven years old. Strong but not at all harsh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (4639) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours hazy, barely translucent chocolate brown. Didn’t get much head. Aroma fills the nostrils with caramel, woody, earthy and toasted malt notes. Sweet flavor features caramel, woody, oaken and earthy notes - this one could sneak up on you! Body is quite viscous, if fizz is none too strong. Dance with Death.


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