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RATINGS: 1046   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%

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eLieutebenant9 (1) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 3, 2016 does not count
Amazing taste, though a bit flat. Iíve held it for a few months before drinking.

JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle sample at Crafted Drafts on 11/6/16. Clear copper pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, candied fruit, booze and oak spiciness. Malty flavor with spicy oak and sweet caramel accents before a candied fruit finish.

Palme (4780) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
0.355l bottle. Wonder where I might have bought this one. It been in the cellar for a couple of years anyhow. On the pour itís not far off blurry, loaded with small unfiltered particles floating about, a medium sized greyish filmy head and a warm copper colored body. It smells a lot this. Really candy and malt heavy. It just smells super concentrated, thereís definitely a woody element in this also. Sweet sticky dried concentrated fruits, a nice warming alco dunst and tones of something almost spicy. A really hefty aroma for sure. Oh, itís no less in the taste! Really really sweet and sticky. Iíll even call it cloying. Sugary, really warming. Malt drops and a rush of syrupy sweet red apple concentrat. Itís thick and syrupy in the mouth and itís just below average on the prickling carbonation. It gets much more woody in the second and third sip. It kinda balances the sweetness with a oaky near pungent woody bitterness. The cloying shock settles after a while. Doubt Iíll be able to finish the whole bottle though, but a small glass was quite nice. 12.11.2016

RRG991981 (9) - 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

coachd (804) - 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.

MarcoDL (4847) - 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.

SG111 (1795) - 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.

tightslice (1280) - 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.

geologyguy (1583) - 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...

bubbleflubber (2211) - Swannanoa, 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.

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