AndyW68 (1598) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2017 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 he’s 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 you’ll 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. it’s a formula that combines elements for a ceremonial bonfire: it weds volatility and sweetness, it’s 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. it’s 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 it’s 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 he’d long ago collected this hypnotic nectar. next time i may try simply injecting it into my arm-- that’s how much i crave that sweet oak, man.
Opaque brown with a tint of orange and minimal to.no head. Aroma is sweet raisin, wood and malt. Taste is overwhelming sweet at the start. Then alcohol and wood. Sweet, even for a barley wine. Does not have a smooth transition to the alcohol burn, and less stickiness than I would expect. Not bad, just not exceptional. DiarmaidBHK (5881) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Taster at McLadden’s Northampton. Pours brown with no head. Doesn’t leave any lacing in the glass. Notes malt and wood on the nose. Lots of sweetness on the tongue. A bit of an alcohol burn on the finish. Not exactly my favorite style and this beer does nothing to change my mind. Zymurgeist2 (2363) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. This was just over the top cloying on the flavor. Massive alcohol. TimE (6119) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2017
2007 version in 2017. Deep reddish color. Big cherry, oak, slightly sour, vanilla, burnt raisins, brown sugar in the nose. Low alcohol brown sugar, some oxidization, burnt raisins, oak. Full body. Super intense. Really nice stuff. stevoj (5566) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2017
Bottle from Bin 22. OMG! This really hit the spot right now. Tastes perfect. Medium to dark amber, small white fading head. Nice sweet malty aroma, very welcoming, caramel, toffee. Taste too favors sweet malts, some woody notes, caramel. Doesn’t present itself as boozy, but its apparent. Smooth, but ass-kicking. Good night.
migwell (367) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2017 Ab InBev? I caught on that I was a sap for writing free reviews on Amazon long ago. And when IMDB got absorbed... there went my reviews into the corporate pockets. So, I pull out from the sell-out here... it was nice. But how is ratebeer going to attract new users now that this news is public? The next time you go to a pub, are you going to admit to people you’re a RateBeer user? The first thing they’ll say is It’s owned by InBev. So people are going to stop telling others to join. And if RateBeer does attract new users, it’s going to be sort of people who don’t care about the war against big beer...and, in that way, the ratings will get skewed. Eventually it becomes like UnTappd...just a social network with lots of people who are not really into beer and don’t really know anything about it. Quick3Beers (1418) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2017
Pours a clear mahogany from a bottle, quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of turbinado, big boozy oak, flavor adds some vanilla syrup. Very good beer. sebastokrator (127) - - APR 29, 2017
Pours somewhere between copper and amber, with a nice foam. Nose is a lot of dark fruit: raisin, fig, and dates. Caramel and oak round out the scent. Taste is big and fruity with lots of caramel. There is some toffee, some more oak and a lot of booze. It’s really sweet. Medium bodied and super sticky. I wish it had more spice to play with the sweetness. As is, it’s pretty decent but would likely be even better when a couple more years on it. Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - APR 21, 2017
Rich amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, oak, vanilla, molasses, rich fruit, floral, & some sherry notes; Flavor of sweet malt, oak, caramel/toffee, syrup, rich fruit, some spicy hops, and sherry notes; Warm finish; A bit too sweet - but pretty good overall.
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2017
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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