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RATINGS: 1047   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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3.6
Enniskillen (2053) - Bakersfield, 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
ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - 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
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
User37895 (3042) - - 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
blankboy (7689) - 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
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.

3.9
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.

3.6
HogTownHarry (6834) - 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.

4.2
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 couldn’t stop smelling this brew it’s great! Being oak aged you get a nice oak flavor to boot. In my opinion this beer hides the high ABV well with it’s sweet malts. You definitely get the warm tummy feeling but that’s because this bad boy is 14.5%. On the nose it’s a bit more harsh, but on the palate it’s wonderful. I Recommend this beer!

1.2
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Poured the color of honey with a dirty white head. Aroma is slightly sour, nutty, buttery, some white grapes, and sweet carmel malts. Flavor is ridiculously sweet at 1st. Has a sweet carmel to it then changes to a burning alcohol reminiscent of vodka. The ending is super sweet like a sugar cube. Pure sweet and pure garbage. If I wanted to eat sugar cubes strait I would save some cash.


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