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RATINGS: 1045   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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3.5
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Avery sure no how to go BIG. Very sweet and oaky, with a big whiskey flavor. Almost too much of the woody/whiskey flavor, but good in small doses.

4.2
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a crystaline light copper with the most pathetic spittle of a head. The aroma sets my fears at ease, for this smells like a truly might brew. Alcohol (!), bourbon-like, but sweet, with that bubblegum like barleywine quality. A hint of vanilla, with definite oak. the palate is on the thin side, but fill the mouth smoothly and feels quite nice with a bit of viscosity making the down the throat burn last. The burn is nice with the tannic roughness of this wine. Again, there’s something very bourbon about this beer, and the flavor is no exception. Huge sweet malt, blends with a bourbon or spiced rum sort of sweetness and a tannic red wine. There are some subtle apple-like fruits in here, but by and large, syrupy and alcoholic. There’s a slight bitterness to this, provided by the oak and alcohol that allows for the sweet malt to be so confrontational. I really really really enjoyed this brew, and just wish it weren’t 5 dollars a bottle! (Who am I kidding, this is worth it... I just wish my local sold this stuff.)

3.7
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2005 bottle. Its a pinkish-orange color with almost no head but some bubbles around the edge. It smells sweet and like grapes and apples but just too much alcohol in the aroma for my taste. On the other hand, the alcohol isnt too overpowering in the flavour at all- its a really sweet syrupy beer, very slightly fruity, some caramel, some vanilla. Its definitely a full-bodied beer. I really enjoyed this a lot, but mostly just for the flavour. Basically this is a super sweet beer with a lot of alcohol, which works in the flavour but not as well in the aroma, and its a pretty enjoyable sipping beer overall.

3.6
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Cloudy orange, extremtly thin head. Nose is big plummy/vinous, brown sugar, some alcohol. Alcohol becomes more promiment as it warms. Flavor is sweet raising & grape. Brown sugar, orange syrup. So much caramel. Some alcohol. I really don’t get much oak but that isn’t a bad thing. Honestly almost a bit too much body.

3.9
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
(Bottle, Oliver Twist - Stockholm, may 2006) Brandy-coloured, barley wine-ish beer. No head. Smells oakbarrel and dried fruits. Fudge-sweetness with a warm, sticky alcohol smell. Tastes like butter and syrup, thick to swallow. Taste of barley wine. Some vanilla and concentrated exotic juice. Plum and alcohol. Rock candy, minty caramell. A good beer.

3.2
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
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
mkgrenwel (619) - 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.

3.6
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
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.


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