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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 466   ABV: 15.53%
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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.

Samaelís Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer weíve 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 ďDemons of Ale SeriesĒ.

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, yeast, and American oak chips.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kryglesias (6) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
Itís a belly-warmer, for sure. Long finish. I recommend as a dessert. Just delicious. caramel, roasty, vanilla,

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2013
12 fl oz / 355ml bottle. Bottled in April 2008, enjoyed on July 16, 2013. Aroma: mmmmmm warm caramel and toffee. Itís kind of like Samichlaus classic with that warm, boozy, sherry-like aroma, but itís a lot more pronounced. Appearance: Dark, translucent ruby/darkwood body, with no real head. If I didnít know any better, I wouldnít guess this is a beer. Handsome as it gets. Taste: Wow even after five years, that alcohol is definitely there. Some malty, caramel sweetness, but thereís that nice oak to balance it out and give it some bite. Palate: Long, warming finish. Definitely a sipping beer haha. Overall: Itís hard to get better than this. What a phenomenal beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2006 on tap at Brouwerís Hard Liver í09. Pours hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. Intense nose of bourbon, oak, toffee, and caramel. Tastes much the same but with a bit of a floral hop addition. Thick with a nice finish. My favorite of the fest.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pour is deep brown with a bit of tan head and a ton of sediment. Nose is nutty and caramelly, and taste is much the same -- incredibly rich and malty. Alcohol is a strong presence, but I found it shockingly drinkable for a beer that hits this hard abv-wise. I love this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (392) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is beautiful peppered oak and caramel. As it warms, the alcohol fragrance comes through. Taste is maple syrup, rum, and spicy oak with a thick mouthfeel. Definitely an ale to be savored. This is what beer should be and it is one of the best Iíve had - no doubt. If you can find it, get it.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TMiller (4) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
This beer will make you a believer. Great flavor, awesome strength and too many will make you wish you hadn't. Give it a try! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. $6.99 each at a local watering hole. Poured out a deep orangish caramel color, with a faint tan colored head. Aromas are of oak barrel right away, with sweet sugar, caramels, toffee, & alcohols. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Lingering flavors of rum soaked plums on the tongue. Hops are very subdued, but enough to balance a portion of the malts. Alcohol warms you up as itís swallowed. A very good strong ale by anyoneís standards.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 Brilliant orange-caramel with decent, creamy tan head (barrel-aged), with good legs / Rich, complex nose of caramel, peanut, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, cream / Full body, sweet, chewy, dense, beautifully balanced with big hopping and bitterness trying to peek out from under the big, sweet, fruity body, and huge alcohol there but well covered / Flavors of fresh caramel, spun sugar, coconut, milk chocolate, oak, orange peel, apple, fig, date, grape, banana, cayenne pepper / One of the best barley wines Iíve had, and Iíve a had a few.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Aroma is a rich sweet caramel scent that is a bit like a red wine. Color is an amber with a touch of orange. Carbonation is great with a nice tight tan head. Taste is super rich and sweet. Its a rich full bodied brew that has a bold flavor of dried cherries, brandy and oak. On the end there is a slight bitterness and a wonderful warm feel. This is one of the best Barley Wines I have ever had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy rust brown color with a trace of a dark tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet and fruity with a hint of caramel. The flavor was fruity and resiny with strong notes of orange peel and caramel. There was a thick and sweet malt base. The beer was hoppy but not the least bit bitter. The finish was long, sweet and fruity with a lingering caramel element. The beer was thick with a light alcohol taste but no burn - like fine bourbon. Absolutely marvelous!


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