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RATINGS: 957   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle. Unclear amber red color with a small frothy fair lacing mostly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, alcoholic, perfume, oak, vanilla, sugar ? Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet balance with a moderate to heavy alcohol finsh that ends in sweetness, with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a little off-white to tan head. Dried fruity berry aroma, light wineous, light vanilla. Flavour is dried and cellared wineous with a very solid berry fruity note. Dried fruity with a hint of wood and vanilla. Solid wineous and woody finish. Ends vanilla smooth woody.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
An amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet with very strong notes of caramel, but also lesser notes of alcohol and cardemmome. The flavor is very sweet with a good hop presence as well as strong notes of both cardemmome and cinnamon, leading to a dry spiced and alcohol end. The mouthfeel is thick like drinking syrup. Thanks to Papsø for sharing this gem - sure hope it arrives in Denmark soon.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, yellowish beige head. Very vinous aroma with distinct oak. Extremely full-bodied, extremely sweet - almost achingly sugary. Lots of fruit - apricot. Very complex, but simply way to sweet and sticky to score a higher rating from me. 220406

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
Bottle, Thanks to Papsø for sharing. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Very sweet aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits. Very sweet flavour of dried fruits, wood and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, beige small head. Alcohol, glue and fruit in aroma. Sweet caramellish sugary flavour with hints of alcohol and toffee. Alcohol mostly in the "hot" finish. Also plums, raisins in flavour. Very complex and lovely flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2005
Bottled. Clear reddish amber. Rich port-like oak character. Sweet, thick, vinous and extremely malty. Despite exessive sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel I thoroughly enjoy the rich port character. Nowhere near balanced, but the flavours are impossible to resist. By far the best new Avery beer I’ve had in years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with some hints of hops. Sweet malty fruity woody flavor with some caramel hints. Sweet malty oaky finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-07-31, bottled May 2006, batch 2, 4 years old, 8-5-9-3-17=42
Cloudy dark amber color, with a minimal head. The aroma immediately shows the vanilla from the oak, mellow, as the malt. Powerful body; the malt and vanilla flavors are perfectly blended; rich malt flavor, sweet caramel; there is a lot of alcohol, noticeable mainly in the end. The final has some bitterness, sweet caramel and toffee, and a lot of alcohol warmth.
This beer can last for a few more years (but I would prefer with just a bit less alcohol strength).

2007-01-13, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color; a head with a few mm of creamy foam. The beer and vanilla aroma join each other; oak aroma, as can be found in full bodied white wines. Full mouth, respectable body strength, very good malt taste; the alcohol strength, with it’s warming feeling, is immediately perceived; the good vanilla flavor adds complexity; fudge; the hopping is adequate, strong, of good quality. In the final, balanced and less extreme than the flavor, there is a good mix of malt, caramel and bitterness.
For sure a beer pushed far, but extremely enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
20th March 2010
Batch 3. March 2007. Cloudy - muddy chocolate coloured beer. Sweet aged malt nose, quite ’wee heavy’ like. Soft palate, a little dry. Immediate very sweet malt, caramel. Sweet aniseed alcohol. Whisper of red fruit. Finishes a little spicy. A relatively simple taste profile but it tastes great!


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