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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.

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%

martin21's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, - DEC 27, 2008
Deguster au Mondial de la Biere. Belle couleur oranger. Intense gout de vanille prevenant du chene se transformant graduellement en gout d agrume sucrer! Collet absent. Un delice! Tasted at the Mondial de la biere. Very beautiful orange colour. Strong vanilla taste from oak evolving in a sweet citrus-like taste! Lack of head. Awesome!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
March 2014 bottle. Murky copper pour with very little head. Aroma is so much burnt caramel but also lots of cardboard oxidation. Tastes so oxidized. Very hard to drink. Extremely sweet and sugary. This is just terrible. Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (805) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle vintage 2014. Apperance is light brown with with a solid finger of white head. Aroma is corn syrup, ginger bread, biscuits, ripe fruit, and booze. Taste is light sweetnees, followed by caramel, brown sugar, and some bitter pine. Finshes sweet, with a hint of booze and some light ginger spice, medium bodied, lots of carbonation. As others have noted this is very sweet but it does hide the booze quite well and works well as a slow sipper, I enjoyed this but can see the sweetness being too much for some.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
BlindGuardianco (17) - - FEB 15, 2015
This was very interesting but way too sweet, I was not able to finish despite trying, nice head and color but oh my, probably the sweetest beer I have ever had

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (647) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (969) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Amber color , thin head. Aroma of caramel malt , oak and spices. Sweet caramel , wood , bourbon and fruits in taste . Some alcohol in finish and aftertaste. Strange feeling of the excess of something. I don't know certainly what bother me. Maybe its sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4782) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcwattsrugger (11317) - 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 (36) - 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 (2048) - 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 (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

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