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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,122 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 66
Gots: 267 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super-caramelly, oak-aged strong English-style ale, brewed with Columbus, Fuggels hops and two-row barley, caramel 150L malt.

2007: 14.50% (Batch #3)
2008: 15.53% (Batch #4)
2009: 16.45% (Batch #5)
2010: 15.82% (Batch #6)
2011: 15.31% (Batch #7)
2012: 15.47% (Batch #8)
2013: 16.90% (Batch #9)

(Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 06-24-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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Stevedore

Wisconsin

2.66/5  rDev -31.6%

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into a Bell's snifter 8/15/2014.

A- Medium caramel-brown body, half finger white head that is very short-lived. No lacing. Sort of looks like whiskey at this point.

S- Booze, caramel, brown sugar and more booze. No complexity to this at all.

F- Booze, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. The booze is very strong in this one, with a heavy burn on the back end. It's not particularly sweet, it just has a lot of fusel to it.

M- Thicker bodied, almost syrupy. Low in carbonation. If you couldn't tell from F, the booziness takes over almost completely from beginning to end, with a hot finish.

O- You might as well buy a fifth of spirits, because this is not a very interesting beer to try. Way too much booziness and not a whole lot else adding to any complexity. My guess is that this would improve with a LOT of time, so it may very well need to be cellared.

08-16-2014 14:39:40 | More by Stevedore
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a semi-opaque ruby brown with a wispy one-finger head of off-white bubbles which dissipated quickly (expected at 14% abv). Leaves some lacing, but most of it oozes back into the glass.

S - Amazing aroma of toffee, candied sugars, caramel, molasses, and wood.

T - Hugely sweet malt bomb. Taste matches the nose, but with even more complexity as esters of plum, raisin, date, and fig join caramel, toffee, crème brulee, and French Oak. As rich as the most decadent of cakes. Many layers of (sweet) flavors going on here, almost no bitter elements present. 14% ABV?? Tastes like 7%. Delicious.

M - Full bodied and viscous. Silky feel. Extremely low carbonation. Syrupy.

O - I was shocked to see the low ratings for this brew. Don't let that sway you...this stuff is great. The almost complete lack of bitterness makes this somewhat unlike a beer, closer to a port wine or sherry. Like liquid candy in a glass (with a kick).

08-13-2014 05:47:00 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.