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RATINGS: 1041   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, bottled in 2005 (sampled Late May 2006): dark rosy-gold. Almost non-existent off white bubbles…cotton candy and sour mix aromatics mixed with wicked alcohol wisps. Liquid candy mouth-feel with heavy alcohol-vanilla undertones, while sweet tarts and a grassy bitterness enclose the flavours. Harsh alcohol stings the back of the throat. Slick vanilla-caramel candy sweetness delivers the buzz quickly...wow, this one is a bit too much like the devil - scary...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - MAY 13, 2006
The aroma was heavily grape and molasses. The color was an reddish orange with a thin beige head. The flavor was very sweet, almost bourbon like (what a surprise with a oak aged beer). The mouth feel was very thick and sticky, almost to the point of being off-putting. Overall though, I thought this was a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Very very oaky beer. Strong vanilla character. Big caramel, as advertised. Sticky and sweet. I would like some more hops in here to balance the sweetness. Almost like a liqueur in it’s mouthfeel and sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well though, for a 15% beer. Pretty good, but not worth what I payed for it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Dark amber with a thin, bright-white head. Aroma is strong of caramel and toffee with an almost cherryish sweetness and a subtle alcoholic burn towards the end. Super-caramelly flavor, loads of brown sugar, molasses, herbally hops, and a clean, tingly alcoholic finish. Sticky, resinous mouthfeel. A wonderful sipping beer, I feel a bit strange sipping this on the back porch on a warm 75-degree spring day - this is well suited for the coldest of winter nights, but still works well in the spring.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, yellowish beige head. Very vinous aroma with distinct oak. Extremely full-bodied, extremely sweet - almost achingly sugary. Lots of fruit - apricot. Very complex, but simply way to sweet and sticky to score a higher rating from me. 220406

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle, thanx to Papsoe. Orange colour with a big beige head. Light sweet caramel malty, fruity, wood aroma and taste. Full body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8270) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 29, 2006
This is why I love english barleys over american...its SweeT and super delicous....a sipping beer to the absolute definition of sippin beer....its like a sherry, but mellower and a tad fizzy...so very sweet and amazing..the subtle complex yet brilliant flavours are secret yet stunning and powerful yet mellow..this is about the time my ear goes or my leg falls off because i am at the brink..the cross roads if you will...my life with english is making choices, to sweet to handle, 4 sum...but my alley is set-up right..this is a wonderful but skittish beer(approach with caution that is) ...if it wasn’t costing me a months rent i would drink this when i needed some smiles, the joy similiar to a lap dance for free from a playboy bunny, or enjoying a beer with somerare backyard bbq dodo...thats how this beer tucks me in at night, oh so good + right...its really tight..this beer has alco might and i’m out like a light....dammit those freakin kids!!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
From bottle. Pours a reddish orange with no head. Initial nose of dried apples, pears, apricots, followed up by oak, vanilla and rum soaked raisins. Alcohol also comes through. Flavor has pear, apricots with oak, vanilla, a sugary sweetness with more alcohol. Palate is syrupy thin. Just too much alcohol. Maybe some aging would help.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
beautiful ruby red color. Smell of plums rasins and other fruits. No head. Very sweet with definite alcohol finish. Good beer. Not for the faint of heart!!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
An amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet with very strong notes of caramel, but also lesser notes of alcohol and cardemmome. The flavor is very sweet with a good hop presence as well as strong notes of both cardemmome and cinnamon, leading to a dry spiced and alcohol end. The mouthfeel is thick like drinking syrup. Thanks to Papsø for sharing this gem - sure hope it arrives in Denmark soon.


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