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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,072 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 258 | 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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch #8.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed plum color. Two fingers of beige, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good given the ABV. A decent sized ring of lacing is left. Some small yeasties throughout.

4.0 S: Strong toffee, caramel, and fruits. Banana is the strongest followed by plum, well, sugar plums, followed by figs and candied oranges. Oak and maple syrup. Brown sugar and pickled beets. Spicy yeast. Boozy, but as expected.

3.5 T: Taste encompasses all of the components of the nose. The strongest are banana, caramel, sugar plum and candied orange, spice from the yeast, figs, and brown sugar. Super sweet with a formitable booziness. It's tasty and superbly complex, but it's too damn sweet to enjoy all 12 oz.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Booze leaves a bit of harshness in the feel and the sweetness is a bit cloying. I'd prefer this to be a bit drier with the booze better hidden.

3.5 D: This is too sweet and boozy for me, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:26:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich red colour, fairly clear. Head is just a whispy cloud of bubbles, fairly large with small amount of lacing left behind. Not bad.

Smells weizeny. Fair banana to it with lots of nutmeg as well, cake dough and treacle. Smells possibly strong and rocky fuely, but some decent fruity sweetness as well.

Tastes strong, fairly boozey, with a big banana sweetness. Slight metallic edge on the back, touch of sweet spice with nutmeg and vanilla, but yeah, sweet boozey notes, some Calvados sweetness around the edge. Huge residual sugar, huge banana character. If I were a big banana fan I'd love this. I like the sweetness more than I do in most other overly sweet beers, but disenfranchised by the heavy banana leaning.

Sticky, syrupy sweet feel. Fairly smooth but a lick of booze heat. Not bad.

Bit sweet and more than a bit heavy. Feels a bit like malt liquor, but there's certainly more complex sugars there to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

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3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby mahogany snifter pour, lively bubbles, fairly clear, minimal head. Body appears thinner in appearance than I'd have expected.
Smells like oaky burn, and alcohol soaked cherries and plums.
Tastes sweet sweet sweet! Dark fruit dipped, or soaked I should say, in sugar. While the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, I do enjoy the way the caramel and oak work together. The alcohol stays more well hidden than I figured it would, as each sip brings mostly the sweet plummy oak flavors, while the hops are less prominent. Syrupy. You may enjoy this to a point, as an after dinner sipper, if you can get past the cloying aspect.

Serving type: bottle

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.