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RATINGS: 1047   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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kryglesias (6) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
It’s a belly-warmer, for sure. Long finish. I recommend as a dessert. Just delicious. caramel, roasty, vanilla,

5
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2013
12 fl oz / 355ml bottle. Bottled in April 2008, enjoyed on July 16, 2013. Aroma: mmmmmm warm caramel and toffee. It’s kind of like Samichlaus classic with that warm, boozy, sherry-like aroma, but it’s a lot more pronounced. Appearance: Dark, translucent ruby/darkwood body, with no real head. If I didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t guess this is a beer. Handsome as it gets. Taste: Wow even after five years, that alcohol is definitely there. Some malty, caramel sweetness, but there’s that nice oak to balance it out and give it some bite. Palate: Long, warming finish. Definitely a sipping beer haha. Overall: It’s hard to get better than this. What a phenomenal beer!

5
chucklemation (1685) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours a dark ruby with a very thin head. Aroma is oak and lots of caramel. Flavor is same, but very sweet, and with a full, syrupy mouthfeel. Tons of flavor. Incredible.

5
TorbenJensen (1528) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale has nice dark red glow briefly coarse foam which rapidly disappears and is replaced by wonderfully delicious and inviting fruity aroma. Cherry, peach, dark grapes and melon goes in melee with my sense of smell and the expectation rises almost to the breaking point. In the glass (which in this case was a high and robust red wine glass with large surface area) there are floating yeast. The taste is almost divine; Very fruity, with cherries as the bearing fruit. Grapes and peach lurking in the background and contribute to high sovereign taste of wine in the beer, but in an exaggerated degree more similar to good quality wine than beer. Only towards the aftertaste added oak character with a tang of land and forest (of course in the pleasant way) and this optimize high quality and fullness. 14.5% alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but revealed by a pleasant warming sensation after some time. This is a barley that has much greater fruitiness than normal, but that certainly can compete with the very best red wines (and also other barley wines).

5
tsd08460 (1169) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Aroma: caramel, raisin, oak Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, oak Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Superb

4.9
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2006 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’09. Pours hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. Intense nose of bourbon, oak, toffee, and caramel. Tastes much the same but with a bit of a floral hop addition. Thick with a nice finish. My favorite of the fest.

4.8
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pour is deep brown with a bit of tan head and a ton of sediment. Nose is nutty and caramelly, and taste is much the same -- incredibly rich and malty. Alcohol is a strong presence, but I found it shockingly drinkable for a beer that hits this hard abv-wise. I love this beer.

4.8
S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is beautiful peppered oak and caramel. As it warms, the alcohol fragrance comes through. Taste is maple syrup, rum, and spicy oak with a thick mouthfeel. Definitely an ale to be savored. This is what beer should be and it is one of the best I’ve had - no doubt. If you can find it, get it.

4.8
TMiller (4) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
This beer will make you a believer. Great flavor, awesome strength and too many will make you wish you hadn't. Give it a try! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ “Memorabel Tastingkje”. Thanks to tderoeck! 2009 Vintage. 16.45 % ABV. Basically no head, lightly cloudy dark red, brownish amber. This beer showcases exactly how oxidation should taste like in the most optimal of situations. Very thick pear syrup, sweet sherry, oak, molasses, insane amounts of sugar, nuts, toffee, sweet spices, cookies, very thick & sweet malts, wood, dark fruits, incredibly thick & sweet sugar sherry oxidation, apple & pear syrup, prune, vanilla, thick syrup, warming but not a booze bomb as it could have been, the booze & sugar really held it up. Soft carbonation, thick sugar, easy to drink. Amazing stuff. Damn fine stuff.


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