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RATINGS: 1040   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (747) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (1000) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Light white head. Clear reddish orange. Caramel nose. Very sweet. Not much alcohol. Clean, oily body. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Milo024 (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2015 Tart cherry, fig, whiskey and caramelized sugar abound in the aroma. Copper in appearance. The beer was too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (422) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Aroma oak whiskey Appearance amber, orange, clear, minimal head, white foam, Taste medium sweetness, Palate medium body, Overall a sweet oak tasting beer with a warming alcohol finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maverick34 (3124) - New York, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottled. Poured a deep ruby brown. Vanilla scent. Incredibly cloying and sickly sweet. Candy caramel mostly. Thin consistency. Disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (1661) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2009 version. Smelled of booze. ..lots of booze. Heavy brandy aroma. Tobacco was strong. The beverage itself was strong as hell. Watch yourself. Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (224) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a reddish copper with thin off white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, some vanilla. Flavor is sweet with some bitterness and vanilla. Finishes more like a port or Marsala. Not bad but a little too Sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1478) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale has nice dark red glow briefly coarse foam which rapidly disappears and is replaced by wonderfully delicious and inviting fruity aroma. Cherry, peach, dark grapes and melon goes in melee with my sense of smell and the expectation rises almost to the breaking point. In the glass (which in this case was a high and robust red wine glass with large surface area) there are floating yeast. The taste is almost divine; Very fruity, with cherries as the bearing fruit. Grapes and peach lurking in the background and contribute to high sovereign taste of wine in the beer, but in an exaggerated degree more similar to good quality wine than beer. Only towards the aftertaste added oak character with a tang of land and forest (of course in the pleasant way) and this optimize high quality and fullness. 14.5% alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but revealed by a pleasant warming sensation after some time. This is a barley that has much greater fruitiness than normal, but that certainly can compete with the very best red wines (and also other barley wines).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1336) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Amber in color with an off white head. Aromas of caramel malts , dried fruit, oak and alcohol. Sweet fruit flavors of plums , figs, oak, alcohol warming with a bitter finish. It is decent, but too sweet for my taste in a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma of aroma, caramel, little prums and vanilla. The taste is a little caramely. However, this beer is cloying sweet and does not taste much.

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