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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Samael's AleSamael's Ale

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very good

1,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 63
Gots: 260 | 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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Ratings: 1,086 | Reviews: 579 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by charlzm:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed January 25th, 2014 from a 2012 bottle.

Beer pours a very deep and very clear amber with minimal carbonation. Tiny crown encircles glass and leaves no sheeting or lace.

Aroma is boozy and strong: sherry, cherry, wood and very, very sweet.

Flavor is intense; same as nose but so, so strong and alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and prickly, despite the lack of carbonation. Did I mention it's warming? No? That's because it's not warming; it's HOT! The ABV is right in your face.

Similar to drinking a very nice bourbon in many ways, this beer pushes the envelope of drinkability. A small bottle like this is appropriate and even then may be too much for some.


May 2006, batch 2, consumed 11/7/07.

Pours a deep amber with very little carbonation. No head in trappist glass, just thin ring of white bubbles clinging to the sides for dear life.

Nose is massive, with oak and sherry aromas with a hint of spice (cinnamon?) and sweet candy.

Oddly, most of the flavor doesn't hit until the beer slides down the tongue, no matter how long it is held in the mouth. The powerful body is primarily sweet (cane sugar) with warming alcohol and smoothly bitter wood aftertatse. Ghostly flavor of white grapes lingers on the palate as well.

Good lord, this is a big beer.

APP - 3
SM - 4.5
T - 4
MF - 4

4.15 SCORE

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:50:55 | More by charlzm
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Pours a deep amber with a reddish hint. Little head that dissipates quickly.

Smells sweet, with hints fruit and wood.

Tastes sweet with Caramel, fruit, plums notes. Hints of wood, and brandy flavors. It has a lite alcohol after bite.

Flows slightly slurpy across the pallet. Very light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. I was actually surprised to see its ratings here as I think they are low. It is a sweet beer and that my be surprising for some, but along with the sweet it has strong and layered flavors.

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A: Pours a reddish brown with minimal one finger head.

S: Bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Very sweet with no hops to be found.

M: Thick with an almost syrup quality to it.

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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