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RATINGS: 958   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%


dnstone's rating

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Vanilla, oak, and barley blend to smell like a fresh brownie. Ruby/amber hue with thin tan head. Vanilla, maple, caramel, oak, walnut tones are abundant with a nice warming alcohol finish. Dangerously good. Notes: Bottle was about 3 yrs old


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6339) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours orange brown with an attractive beige head and an ascerbic fruit and alcohol aroma. There is a sweet caramel malt flavor with a lot of dark fruit, oak and alcohol. A good sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sunni05 (31) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Awesome oak aroma! Smells like a room full of oak casks. Pours thick with a dark caramel color. Malty flavor with notes of caramel with woody highlights. Thick like a Barleywine but definitely a different flavor. Love it!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
April 2007, Batch 3 bottle. This bottle has held up well. Lackluster head on the pour with lots of caramel nose. Lots of alcohol. Flavors of cotton candy, toffee, oak, and rum. Flavor reminds me of a caramel covered (sweet) apple. The oak comes through at the end. A little oxidized but doesn’t hamper the taste.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
porknagar (1) - Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
Way too sweet. After tastes makes me feel like I haven’t brushed my teeth for 3 days and that I have some super bad morning breath.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cbfobes (2271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Poured from12oz bottle, pours a dark with a red tint an off an off white head, aroma is of sweet malt with a hint of oak, flavor is overly sweet with a port wine finish, holy shit, maybe a few years ago I would have like this, but this tastes like an alcoholic piece of dog shit, ugh.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (534) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Poured this from a bottle.Very sweet malty aroma. The taste is extremely sweet with the oak flavor shining through and hints of vanilla throughout. It's slightly warm on the way down, but the high ABV is masked well. Overall a great Barleywine, very impressive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuBrewtus (4) - - JUN 10, 2014 does not count
Aroma of raisin, rich molasses. Mahogany red appearance. Taste is sweet malty, heavy alcohol character. Exquisitely rich and decadent. Tacky residual on palate. Zero hop character. Overall, a great strong ale vs barley wine. Recommend sharing with friends. Improves and enriches as it warms to room temperature.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (701) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours pale red with a thin head. Super sweet aroma. Taste is sticky sweet with notes of cherry and vanilla. Finish is long and boozy. Very unique.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - MAY 17, 2014
Aroma is hot resinous hops with peanut brittle. Sweet in flavor with citrus heat syrupy mouthfeel. Amber brown in color with spotty tan lacing.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricktop86 (553) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Pours clear copper with a white head. Aroma is barley, raisins and alcohol. Taste is way too sweet like someone poured syrup on a bowl of raisin brand


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