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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

1,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 63
Gots: 263 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 666th review on the night of a full moon. How awesome is that!

Label states: Bottled in April 2009 Batch 5. Also says 16,4% versus what's stated above.

Poured a cloudy orange bronze colour; head was about a finger thick of thick, slightly off-white foam for about two minutes. This smells absolutely fantastic! I was expecting an explosion of pine resin and grapefruit rind, but to the contrary, this smells very much like a J.W. Lee's barleywine. Lots of sugary sweet cereal grains, toasted malts, caramel...really nice. This actually sort of reminds me of a cross between maple syrup and the smell of a sweet breakfast cereal.
Taste is powerful sweet malts and big boozy alcohol. Woody, oak flavour appears modestly, but still easily noticeable toward the finish accompanied by the rather assertive booze. This is very nice, indeed, but certainly one to sip on. Especially considering this is a 12oz bottle. Something like this needs to be in a 250mL / 8.5oz bottle or something, but I digress...

Mouthfeel is about what one would expect from a 16,4%'er. This very nearly has the consistency of cooking oil, coating your mouth with each sip. Lightly carbonated just enough to be pleasant.

This is an absolutely terrific American attempt at an English Barleywine. It looks nice in the glass, it smells wonderful, and is just a well crafted, big beer. However, this drinks every bit its advertised 16,4% and will take quite some time to get through 12 ounces.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 07:32:40 | More by SilentSabre
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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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