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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.

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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2006
12 oz bottle. Bottled May 2006, batch 2. Clear orange color with foamy white head. Looks a bit like orange cough medicine. Smells of dried fruits, alcohol and oak...not necessarily in that order. Slick, oily, sweet, and oaky. The sweetness is only up front. Warm alcohol hits you as soon as it touches your lips and you can feel it go all the way to your stomach. Strong oak flavor lingers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Aroma is apple, cinnamon, alcohol, rubbing alcohol. Body is amber/brown with no head. Taste is very sweet with alcohol, caramel, toffee, oatmeal. Aroma isnít much, but the taste is very good. Body is nice silky and syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2656) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Clear amber body with a surprisingly large head. Almost no lacing though. Aroma was oak, sugar, big caramel, light alcohol. Extremely sweet finish. Very hot, very sweet. Big flavors, no balance.. yet again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2006
looks are not very special the taste itself is strong winey sugary and a bit of that oak they speak of. the malt is nice and it is very rich but all of it does not go all of too far. the alcohol is heavy not too much for someone like me... not a beer one would like to drink to the head. it cost ten bucks i stole it tho so ha

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottled 2005, 14.5%. Lots of rich sweet fruit coming from the bottle upon opening. The pour was amber red brown with no head, no lacing, and only a slow steady stream of very minute bubbles. The aroma was sweet caramel and oak. The flavor was caramel, maple, strong oak, and just cloying sweetness all around. Somewhat reminiscent of Sammyís Triple Bock, this was way too imbalanced with an annoying combination of wood to go along. I like oak aged beers, but in combination with a one dimensional sweet beer like this, no good. Better that SAís Tripel Bock, but thatís not a compliment. Mouthfeel was syrup, alcohol warm, and with just enough carbonation to stimulate the taste buds for a pretty sticky sweet experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, oak, spices, alcohol and hops. Very sweet flavour of malt, vanilla, whiskey and brown sugar. Medium bodied. Itís somewhat enjoyable but itís a little overly sweet and boozy, definitely one to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours bronze with no head at all. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, oak, and vanilla (its beautiful). Flavor is smooth for 14.5%, prodominately caramel, there is also the presence of oak, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, Good health body, damn good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Pretty tastey. The aroma is butterscotch, barley, hops, leather, vanilla, scotch, oak, and carmel. The flavor is oak, carmel, chocolate, dash of coffee, with some molasses and vanilla, and alcohol. very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle. Poured clear copper with a small head, very bubbly. Smells of oak and booze, sweet toasty malt - maybe a tad too sweet, but the oak is very nice. Taste is the same only moreso - way over the top oak - vanilla - and very sweet malt, big boozy finish. Mouth is sticky, somewhat flat, alcoholic - good, but hard to drink a whole one by yourself, what I call Avery-itis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This one is a bit underrated if you ask me. Pours copper with minimal head, but what do you expect from a barleywine ale that measures up at 14.5%? This is a sweet beer (as with most barleywines) that has dark and fruity characteristics as well. Deep and complex. I couldnít stop smelling this brew itís great! Being oak aged you get a nice oak flavor to boot. In my opinion this beer hides the high ABV well with itís sweet malts. You definitely get the warm tummy feeling but thatís because this bad boy is 14.5%. On the nose itís a bit more harsh, but on the palate itís wonderful. I Recommend this beer!

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