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RATINGS: 1013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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%

brewbandit's rating

   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidobutai (546) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Poured from a bottle. To borrow a phrase from a neighbor, very mead-like. Rides the fine line between whiskey (good) and honey (not good). Jay slightly cloudy yellow. Just too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1177) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
A complex aroma of whiskey, oak, fruit and hops. Pours a hazy caramel color with a white well laced head. A sweet taste of caramel and honey almost mead like. Full bodied creamy feel with a sweet honey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadmasontx (21) - - AUG 29, 2015
Very different. Pours reddish amber, with almost non-existent head. Taste: Holy caramel, Batman! Almost like a caramel apple. A little heat, but not as much as expected for such a high ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (638) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 14, 2015
2014 version. Pours a dark amber, with a nice tan head. Aroma is rich, with notes of oak and vanilla. Taste is carmelly and sweet, with lots of wood, and a kick from the alcohol. This is quite a beer! Thumbs way up....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Light white head. Clear reddish orange. Caramel nose. Very sweet. Not much alcohol. Clean, oily body. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Milo024 (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2015 Tart cherry, fig, whiskey and caramelized sugar abound in the aroma. Copper in appearance. The beer was too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (246) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Aroma oak whiskey Appearance amber, orange, clear, minimal head, white foam, Taste medium sweetness, Palate medium body, Overall a sweet oak tasting beer with a warming alcohol finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maverick34 (2652) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottled. Poured a deep ruby brown. Vanilla scent. Incredibly cloying and sickly sweet. Candy caramel mostly. Thin consistency. Disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (692) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2009 version. Smelled of booze. ..lots of booze. Heavy brandy aroma. Tobacco was strong. The beverage itself was strong as hell. Watch yourself. Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (172) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a reddish copper with thin off white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, some vanilla. Flavor is sweet with some bitterness and vanilla. Finishes more like a port or Marsala. Not bad but a little too Sweet.

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