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RATINGS: 993   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.

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.

2011 - 15.53%
2014 - 14.2%

   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,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (353) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (649) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours a dark ruby with a very thin head. Aroma is oak and lots of caramel. Flavor is same, but very sweet, and with a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of flavor. Incredible.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (543) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4698) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ ďMemorabel TastingkjeĒ. Thanks to tderoeck! 2009 Vintage. 16.45 % ABV. Basically no head, lightly cloudy dark red, brownish amber. This beer showcases exactly how oxidation should taste like in the most optimal of situations. Very thick pear syrup, sweet sherry, oak, molasses, insane amounts of sugar, nuts, toffee, sweet spices, cookies, very thick & sweet malts, wood, dark fruits, incredibly thick & sweet sugar sherry oxidation, apple & pear syrup, prune, vanilla, thick syrup, warming but not a booze bomb as it could have been, the booze & sugar really held it up. Soft carbonation, thick sugar, easy to drink. Amazing stuff. Damn fine stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1942) - 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.

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