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RATINGS: 1039   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.

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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2706) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2015
March ’14 bottle date, from Steve’s in Fitchburg, served at cellar temp. Gorgeous reddish/pink/orange pour with almost no head. Aroma has dark stone fruits, oak and sweet malts. Taste is dark sweet fruits, strawberry, stone fruits, toffee and heavy oak. Quite sweet and quite strong. Medium to full bodied with alcohol. Finishes sweetly fruity and oaky. Not cloying but pushing that at times. Unique. 13.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iceman23 (3) - SINGAPORE - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
April 2012 bottle, batch 8 @ 15.47%. Lots of floating sediment on the bottom was a bit off-putting, but with a nice slow pour and swirling that remaining produced a nice hazy orange pour with nice head that came alive with the sediment added. Aroma of sweet caramel, raisin, malt. Taste of same with a slight alcohol tinge at the end but leaves a sweet vanilla-like taste on the palate, desiring more. The burn is gone from when this was fresh. Fantastic and worth a share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
May have gotten to that overly sweet area. Very mellow, this one was seven years old. Strong but not at all harsh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5322) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours hazy, barely translucent chocolate brown. Didn’t get much head. Aroma fills the nostrils with caramel, woody, earthy and toasted malt notes. Sweet flavor features caramel, woody, oaken and earthy notes - this one could sneak up on you! Body is quite viscous, if fizz is none too strong. Dance with Death.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (951) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Aroma: caramel, raisin, oak Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, oak Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Superb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1919) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle. Copper with thin head and floaties. Smells sweet and caramelly and garapey. Very swet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidobutai (651) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Poured from a bottle. To borrow a phrase from a neighbor, very mead-like. Rides the fine line between whiskey (good) and honey (not good). Jay slightly cloudy yellow. Just too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1779) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
A complex aroma of whiskey, oak, fruit and hops. Pours a hazy caramel color with a white well laced head. A sweet taste of caramel and honey almost mead like. Full bodied creamy feel with a sweet honey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadmasontx (28) - - AUG 29, 2015
Very different. Pours reddish amber, with almost non-existent head. Taste: Holy caramel, Batman! Almost like a caramel apple. A little heat, but not as much as expected for such a high ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (739) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 14, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 2014 version. Pours a dark amber, with a nice tan head. Aroma is rich, with notes of oak and vanilla. Taste is carmelly and sweet, with lots of wood, and a kick from the alcohol. This is quite a beer! Thumbs way up.... May 2015 release. 14.6% abv. Rating unchanged.

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