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RATINGS: 987   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%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2005
One of the best Avery has come out with. Yes, Adam, I too enjoy the hops. But this is a wonderful caramelly aromatic brew with light carbonation. The solid mouthfeel laces the tongue with the malt flavors and hints at a developing light sherry note. As it warms in the glass, the vanilla from the oak begins to flower forth. A strong warmth of the alcohol brings beads of sweat on the brow. Are you sure it’s only 14.5% ABV. Man, I can’t wait to celebrate a good snowfall! Here in Atlanta? Sorry, not waiting. Now where did I put that bottle opener?

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9912) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1987) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 12 oz bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark copper color with moderate head but lots of chunky white sediment. Aromas of maple syrup,caramel, sweet malts, oranges and spruce. Big sweet caramel malty flavors with a little subtle hoppiness. Chewy and sticky. Warm (not a surprise at 14+%). Really nice for this style though not to look at.

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