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RATINGS: 988   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.

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%


tozac's rating

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tozac (19) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Little head, terrible aroma, visible chunks in the beer. Tasted extremely sweet, like syrup, could taste the alcohol. Not good. Possibly because it was so fresh, will buy another for aging


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Lots of barrel in this. Maroon pour with decent head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Very syrupy. Lots of caramel malt. Not the kind of barley wine I prefer. Bottle pour at Churchkey event.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
on tap-Thin lt tan dk amber. A-sweet caramel med malt, spice. T -sweet caramel med malt, spice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joelfaber (31) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2014 bottle at home. Pours copper with a thin head of tan foam. Aroma is sweet, with apples and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, woody and bourbon. Not as complex as other Avery heavy hitters as there are very liittle hops. Body is full with a creamy texture and soft carbonation; finish is long and sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Big and sweet and oaky, just as you would expect from a demon. I like many sweet beers but this one’s almost to much even for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Keg at Churchill’s, San Marcos, 14/11/14 - listed as 16.9%! Clear amber to chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is boozey, sweet tunes, dark stoned fruit, bourbon notes, candied fruit peel, perfume. Taste comprises coconut, very sweet licks, candied fruit peel, bourbon wood notes, toasted brown sugar. Full body, fine carbonation, sweet close. Hides the booze well but way to sweet to truly kick back and enjoy this one! @sugarush.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crichton99 (3) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
Sweetness and alcohol hit the nose. Oak almost bourbon flavor come through. This one is really sweet. Definitely a sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgers53703 (2) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
Had it on tap. It was very sweet. The sweetness disappears quickly and kills all booziness. Ended in a soft maple raisin. Would be a great dessert beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackRIS (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
On tap pours a deep copper color. Aroma is oak, caramel, dark fruits. Taste sweet oak, caramel, sweet malt. A sipper but quite smooth!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (589) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2014
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark copper pour. I left a lot of sediment behind in the bottle. Huge sugary malt bomb. Creamy head with great retention.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Churchill’s ][ $3 ][ ][ 11.14.14 ]
>> Tea amber pour with webby lacing. Marked as 16.9% abv, holy... 16.9. Nose is butterscotch, bourbon, fumey, intense. Taste plastic, extreme sugar, butterscotch, type 2 diabetes. Really boozy. No thank you.


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