krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
remember seeing this bizarre story in the news? a truck driver from a major candy factory crashed headlong into a nearby glue factory. the resulting inferno took up the century old oak beam structure. what a mess it was. but, after the blaze was extinguished, someone had the presence of mind to sop up some of the sticky, caramelized, phenolic ooze and bottle it. his name is samael, and while heís under indictment for tampering with a crime scene, his beverage is now available to us, and this resinous, still dangerously flammable oak-butter bears his name. like a liquid candy cane, with caramel and strawberry, it is intensely sweet, with enough honey to fuel every indigent bumble bee from boston to berkeley. so dessert-like, i suggest enjoying samael with a double espresso-- but youíll want to periodically monitor your heart rate just to be safe. the sheer gravity of samael will put a little extra bulge in your snifter. it drops innocently enough into a glass, showing a buttery baked pineapple bronze color-- and in spite of the roiling turbulence of alcohol--rising like a summer storm cell over texas-- it actually manages a tight little fellowship of foam. the beer has an admirably daring crudeness about it, one can imagine that it might have been based on a recipe found smudged on the wall in a sooty, pre-historic cave. itís a formula that combines elements for a ceremonial bonfire: it weds volatility and sweetness, itís a lumber-based lamp oil mixed with caramelized apricot syrup, grains, and for good measure, the gastric juices of a huge, obese honey badger that died of gout. full on the tongue, it etches perfectly configured and sinuous golden rivers of bitterness across the palate like micro-circuits on a memory chip. itís a heavy fruit brandy, vulgar enough to fart some fusel alcohols in mixed company, refined enough to spin a rococo tapestry of toffee fibers, earthy enough to tell of bitter root tinctures, elevated enough to raise a rocket into space with itís jet fuel potency. i awoke after dawn back at the scene of the accident-- having run out of bottled samaels-- i was found delirious and licking the curb where heíd long ago collected this hypnotic nectar. next time i may try simply injecting it into my arm-- thatís how much i crave that sweet oak, man.
monk191 (1925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a bit better then we expected for the alcohol content. Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange with a white head. Smells of orange and cream, pear and apple. Taste is very orange cremesicle with green apple and lots of boozy warmth in the finish. Had in the bottle.
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Nsanders (1104) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2017
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep orange with a white head. Booze, sugar, strawberry jam, and sugar cookie aromas. Opens with a fruity sweetness and finishes with a boozey aftertaste. Heavy body with a sugary feel.
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 12/25/16 í16 Vintage (Binnyís Plainfield)-41į in Snifter-Pours a murky orangish amber with a big off white head. Aroma of caramel, funk, toffee, and roasted malt. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol on the back end. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is a nice sipping brew on a cold night.
eLieutebenant9 (1) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 3, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing taste, though a bit flat. Iíve held it for a few months before drinking.
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at Crafted Drafts on 11/6/16. Clear copper pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, candied fruit, booze and oak spiciness. Malty flavor with spicy oak and sweet caramel accents before a candied fruit finish.
Palme (4433) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.355l bottle. Wonder where I might have bought this one. It been in the cellar for a couple of years anyhow. On the pour itís not far off blurry, loaded with small unfiltered particles floating about, a medium sized greyish filmy head and a warm copper colored body. It smells a lot this. Really candy and malt heavy. It just smells super concentrated, thereís definitely a woody element in this also. Sweet sticky dried concentrated fruits, a nice warming alco dunst and tones of something almost spicy. A really hefty aroma for sure. Oh, itís no less in the taste! Really really sweet and sticky. Iíll even call it cloying. Sugary, really warming. Malt drops and a rush of syrupy sweet red apple concentrat. Itís thick and syrupy in the mouth and itís just below average on the prickling carbonation. It gets much more woody in the second and third sip. It kinda balances the sweetness with a oaky near pungent woody bitterness. The cloying shock settles after a while. Doubt Iíll be able to finish the whole bottle though, but a small glass was quite nice. 12.11.2016
RRG991981 (9) - Menominee, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very sweet, notes of vanilla and caramel, as well as a fruit I cannot place maybe apple, malty with very little hops. Smooth and silky, with a deceptive strength.
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coachd (731) - Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells slightly funky, chocolatey, oaky and boozy with a strange lactose quality even though that is not mentioned anywhere in the description. Unique see through light red color with virtually no head. Tastes very sweet - vanilla, brown sugar, no hops at all and a slight booze burn. Good, but I prefer a barley wine with some hop presence. Good low carbonation palate that is befitting of such a strong beer. I thought this would be better. I am aging a bottle but I donít know how it will improve due to its lack of hops.
MarcoDL (4565) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Slaters. Brown-ish pour. Aroma of lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, butter and ripe fruit. Full sweet taste of thick vanilla, oak, boozy caramel, pine herbs, malt and raisin. Tasty, would be even better with a lower abv.
SG111 (1610) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours orange Ruby color, slightly white head. Aroma is boozy caramel, bourbon, bubblegum, toffee, super sticky sweet. Flavor is boozy (burns itís so boozy), caramel, toffee. Barrel aged whisky character. Wow, thatís a big beer.