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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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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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3.6
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3rd beer for my BW fest. 12 oz split 3 was into brandy glassses. Poured copper clear, with very little lacing. This may really be the first beer that the aroma is too strong. I mean I can’t handle it. I am actually taking points off for that. Lots of alcohol, also this may be the first beer where I really smell OAK. I do enjoy the taste a lot. Not as overpowering like the aroma. A very sweet, sherry/cherry alcohol flavor, burn in the throat. Exact opposite of a Drakes.

3.7
NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2006
bottle. Big thanks to SoLan for the trade on this. Very cloudy mahogany pour with no head. The lacing is thick and resinous. The alcohol is apparent immediately after the pour, but sniffing closer to the goblet reveals delicate caramel, vanilla, and burboun. The alcohol is much more hidden in the flavor and comes across and mere warmth in the throat. This stuff is remarkably like burboun. It’s syrupy with a dense vanilla, oaken sweetness. The finish brings out strong notes of port. It’s enjoyable and bold to make a slow-sippin’ brew. I find the first half of the glass slowly becomes gratingly sweet, but by the end it gets more palatable.

4.1
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
(05.25.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottled 2005. OG 1.146. 14.5% ABV. Fruity, alcohol, sweet malt flavors. Poured clear orange with tiny white head. Soft carbonaton. Full bodied ale that starts very sweet with burnt caramel and cotton candy flavor. Slight sharpness. Thick and syrupy. Finished with light malt sweetness. Smooth, rich and very sweet, like a mead-barleywine blend. Alcohol well-hidden in this dangerously drinkable beer. An excellent sipping beer.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
<!-- i -->Bottled in 2005<!-- /i -->, 12oz. Pours a hazy copper with a ring of off-white head. Smells very sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar--almost as sweet as JW Lee’s offerings, but this has some pine resiny hops added. Vanilla and oak are fairly strong, as is the alcohol presence. Vinous and raisiny. Alcohol is overpowering. I don’t think they needed to make it this strong for all of the complexities of the beer to meld. This beer is quite carmelly as well in taste, otherwise pretty much how it smells, though the oak and vanilla are a bit muted. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and little carbonation. I have one more of these in my closet, so maybe with at least another year of cellaring, it may mellow a bit.

3.5
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
This is a frikkin monster. Way too strong in the alcohol department and that immediately knocks points off, making the beer immediately unbalanced. Aroma is very sweet, appealing notes of vanilla and cookie dough. Flavor is really rich, layered and textured, but almost too big for its britches and very young and hot. Lots of brown sugar, and other dark fruits. Good to try once as a sipper.

4
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Beer is a clear, medium-amber color with a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet, edgy and complex. This has to be served room temperature, for sure. Aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, heavy notes of caramel, browning sugar, light cookie; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb and resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Miscellaneous notes of heavy (almost hot) spicy alcohol, cognac, raisin/date/prune, moderate tropical fruit, green apple, oak and vanilla. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter with a long, hot, moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Just enough hop dryness in the finish to tidy up the heavy sweetness. The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft.

3.3
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a fairly light amber color. Fairly thick & syrupy. Can smell the alcohol...along with a lot of malt and some fruits. Alcohol is very present is taste. Very sweet and very malty. A good bit of heat in this. Hints of the oak. Definitely a sipper.

2.8
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Pours a clear red color with a large frothy white head. Good lacing throughout. Extremely malty aroma hints of cherry and loads of alcohol. Everything starts going downhill with the flavor. The sticky sweetness of this beer along with the burning alcohol completely overpower anything the oak adds. You have a sweet to the point of sour and sickening thickness. This one could obviously use a few years of age and perhaps it still won’t be any good.

2.9
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Clear brownish red pour. NO head or lacing. Very sweet aromas with lots of brown sugar. Rich and tooth meltingly sweet. Tons of residual sugar. Loads of carmel flavors. Finishes quite hot and dry from alcohol burn. Lacks finesse of say, a big Dogfish head beer like Raison D’Extra

2.8
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.


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