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RATINGS: 1043   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
   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 (36537) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
Bottle, Thanks to Papsø for sharing. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Very sweet aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits. Very sweet flavour of dried fruits, wood and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
Appears a red toned amber with a creamy off white head that fades into a soapy thin collar. Little drops of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of toasted oak, caramel, prunes, raisins, vanilla, champagne, and perhaps a touch of mild amaretto. Taste is of cherries, raspberries, oaky, vinous, sweet candy, doughy funnel cake that’s been sprinkled with confectioners sugar. Mouthfeel evokes one of the other Demons of Ale brew, Mephistopholes, due to the Turbinado sweetness and sweet finish with alcohol and berries lasting. This one is a sipper only with the ABV evident. Better with age? Maybe. This Demons of Ale Series was a great idea though. I’d love to see more stuff like this from Avery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours clear deep orange colored and a fine off-white head. Sweet and very full candied aroma. Toffee, bread, cookie, fruit (pineapple) and milk chocolate - very intense and inviting. Sweet in the flavor as well with a warming alcohol note. Dominating cake, spices and toffee with a note of candied fruit. Soft and full mouthfeel with a good complexity. Very different, very interesting and very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden red with an average off white lacing head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, various fruits, some melon, alcohol was kind of hidden in there under all of the sweetness. Flavor was also very sweet, lots of vanilla but very syrupy. There was a lot going on here but for my personal preference this was a bit too sweet. Aroma more appealing than the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pours a hazy reddish amber color. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, yeast, some fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty and medicinal, can really taste the alcohol in this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. bottled in 2005.
Hazy amber, very thin head. Alcohol coats the glass.
Aroma is sweet with notes of melon, apple, honey, apricot. Wood is there but very faint.
Flavor was sweet. Port, vanilla, sugar, gooey caramel, honey. Just enough oaky tannins to keep it from becoming cloying.
Liquid desert. I think I killed my sweet-tooth for the month.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Thick, vermillion/red with delicate effervescence and a slow-forming, cream-colored head that dissipates quickly to halo. Sweet brandy aroma with oak lending wooden notes and a vinous sourness, making me wonder if Samael saw the inside of a wine barrel as opposed to whisky. Insanely sweet with huge alcohol, unencumbered. Potent fruitiness within a thick, syrupy palate. Licked by the flames of hell, this beer remains hot, wishing to remain in the bottle for at least another year to let its flavors relax.

I have invoked the dark-power of Samael to procure my 1000th overall rating (958 beers plus 42 places) and, thusly, have defeated my arch-rival RAYBOY01 in our battle for 1000 ratings (he currently holds numbers for 989 beers but nary a place). This whole "contest" was so loosely assembled that the ultimate goal was never discussed, so I’ll draw the conclusion that it was "ratings" and declare myself victorious. I assume he will attain the 1000 beer-mark and Beer God status before me but, depending on your point of view, one of us will win a battle while the other has won a war. (Although, at my current pace, I may compile 42 ratings before his 11...)

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Finally broke down and spent the $6.99 required to purchase this beverage. Pours almost clear reddish brown with a small tan head. Somewhat lingers about, but not too intrusive. Some moderate lacing. Nose pours extremely sweet and vinous, with ahint of some woodsy cologne wailing in. Taste sent me on a coughing spree. Wasnt warned how sweet this ale would be. The ol Prince of Demons must have had a major sweet tooth. Candied throughout, I guess you could pick off some of the vanilla flavours from the oak, and lots of cloying honey. Really does cake to ones teef. The sweetness subsided once I let it room up to just below room temp. Really brings out a brandy charachter on the entrance, and some fruityness approached shortly afterwards. Vanilla matures as well but it then get’s this Tokaji feel to it, which I like, but wasn’t expecting. I believe that if I had waited 2 yeas on this and let it linger in the cellar, it would be superb. Am I willing to pay another $6.99 and wait? (side note)****the sweetness really killed this for me. I eventually could not finish it.****


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