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RATINGS: 1042   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   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.

3.6
   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 isn’t much, but the taste is very good. Body is nice silky and syrupy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - 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.

3.6
   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

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - 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 Sammy’s 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 SA’s Tripel Bock, but that’s not a compliment. Mouthfeel was syrup, alcohol warm, and with just enough carbonation to stimulate the taste buds for a pretty sticky sweet experience.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7595) - 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. It’s somewhat enjoyable but it’s a little overly sweet and boozy, definitely one to share.

3.9
   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.


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