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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
Lacho (108) - USA - DEC 23, 2015
Beautiful pour, very little head but huge aromas. Tastes very sweet, alcohol is very upfront, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, restrained alcohol. Amazing beer.

3.7
AWISLguy (3283) - 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

4.5
iceman23 (4) - Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA - 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.

3.6
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

3.9
Cybercat (6017) - 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.

5
tsd08460 (1223) - 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

2.8
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle. Copper with thin head and floaties. Smells sweet and caramelly and garapey. Very swet.

3
kidobutai (696) - 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.

3.8
Luvystypotables (2039) - 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.

4.1
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


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