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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Samael's AleSamael's Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

983 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Halcyondays

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled in 4/09, Batch 5, I haven't had this in about 4 years; I was at a different point in my beer adventure, they say this is a English Barleywine, let's see how this revisit goes, the last of the Avery big beers I have yet to review,

A: Pours an amber/red with a light white head, good retention at this ABV level. Light lace.

S: Brilliant. Heavenly dark fruit. Prune and raisin abound. Bit of ripe Bing cherry. Light ethanol character, but it certainly works here. Fragrant and expressive.

T: Sweet residual sugar off the bat. There's a good complexity to this ale. Molasses, but the dark fruit and sugar is crazy here. Definitely delicious.

M: A big beer for sure. The ethanol is surely there, but it melds easily with the malt. This is why I love beer. A wine at this alcohol level would surely show its strength, but the great malt character works with the ethyl play here and creates an interesting combination.

D: A delicious strong ale. I like revisiting beers I've had before my BA days. It's a good compass to compare where I've come in 4 years. The beer reminds me of a young JW Lee's in some ways. It's still a bit boozy, but at 16.5% and a year old, I can't say I blame it. Great now, but a beer I want to put in a vault until 2025 and see where it goes.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:54:21 | More by Halcyondays
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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.