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RATINGS: 1035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.

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%

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RRG991981 (5) - Menominee, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2016 does not count
Very sweet, notes of vanilla and caramel, as well as a fruit I cannot place maybe apple, malty with very little hops. Smooth and silky, with a deceptive strength. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (599) - Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Smells slightly funky, chocolatey, oaky and boozy with a strange lactose quality even though that is not mentioned anywhere in the description. Unique see through light red color with virtually no head. Tastes very sweet - vanilla, brown sugar, no hops at all and a slight booze burn. Good, but I prefer a barley wine with some hop presence. Good low carbonation palate that is befitting of such a strong beer. I thought this would be better. I am aging a bottle but I donít know how it will improve due to its lack of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4208) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Slaters. Brown-ish pour. Aroma of lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, butter and ripe fruit. Full sweet taste of thick vanilla, oak, boozy caramel, pine herbs, malt and raisin. Tasty, would be even better with a lower abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1289) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours orange Ruby color, slightly white head. Aroma is boozy caramel, bourbon, bubblegum, toffee, super sticky sweet. Flavor is boozy (burns itís so boozy), caramel, toffee. Barrel aged whisky character. Wow, thatís a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Location: On tap at Harryís Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA
Aroma: Sweet caramel, slightly herbal, candy, liqueur
Taste: Very sticky sweet buttery caramel with some light herbal / earthy wood notes
Overall: Holy sweet! Reminded me of a big syrupy Mead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Smell is light oak and Slightly sour...taste is holy shit sweet vanilla tasty goodness... explodes the mouth it so bold and flavorful...sweet so you canít drink much more than the one 12oz...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2164) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Pours a nice deep amber into the glass, with an initially small head that reduces to nothing. The nose is sweet, of caramels, toffee and woody oak. Flavors transition into a true English-style Barleywine, with very little hopping, concentrating on the malt contingencies. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, confectionerís sugar, honey, sucrose and light buttery diacetyl notes finish with an alcohol toffee burn. The mouthfeel is syrupy, with a full body and complex, oily palate. A very nice replication of the English-style Barleywine. Sweet, substantial and complex, this is a great nightcap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1964) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2016
12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Pours dark, clear mahogany, with a medium, beige, velvety head. The nose is strong oak and butterscotch, with notes of brown sugar, black cherries, and some light pine. Cloying sweetness, with a hint of bitterness that doesnít mitigate the sweetness. Very heavy body, with a syrupy, thick, sticky, and creamy mouthfeel. This is a strong, aromatic, and very oak-forward beer. Akin to Innis and Gunn, but better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1686) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2016
Samaelís Toffee, oaky, alcohol, vanilla, Brown sugar, grassy, earthy, light, light citric notes, bit of vinous acidity, rich and complex. Amber colour, small beige head, light amount of lacing. Immensely sweet, heavy amount of oak aging, lots of toffee and caramel, vanilla, lightly bitter, you can feel the alcohol, but considering ABV itís well integrated. Fullbodied, soft carbonation, long oaky and warming finish. Would really like to have had a couple of bottles to cellar. Rounding off the sweetness would probably benefit this impressive beast of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3862) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Sampled at the W&C Place Beer Fest 2016. It poured an amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel, sugar, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. The taste was similar to the aroma with more vanilla, oak, booze and caramel. Very tasty.

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