Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.45/5 rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Batch #8 15.47%. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a New Belgium pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, though I fear it'll be too hoppy.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, hardly any cream, okay thickness, and pretty good retention considering the ABV. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat vibrant, but not horribly appealing.
Sm: Alcohol, pale hops, heavy caramel, toffee, and clean malts. Heavy oak. A strong aroma.
T: Clean malts with some light indistinct pale hops. Some alcohol heat, but it's rather understated for how high the ABV truly is. Caramelized malts. A muddy oak tone. There's little going on here considering the style and oak aging. It doesn't seem worth the effort to age. Some layering. Not particularly complex or subtle. No yeast comes through. A bit boring - especially for the style.
Mf: Smooth and wet - thankfully, because the flavours would do worse if brought out by the mouthfeel. Adequately carbonated. Far too thick and syrupy (its biggest problem by far). Fairly heavy on the palate.
Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but you wouldn't want to quaff it. Not quite a sipper. I don't much care for it. I certainly wouldn't get it again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends either. A disappointing brew from Avery. They should free up the aging space for a better beer. A very poor example of a barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2012 03:25:53 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2008 batch 4, thanks to someone for sharing.
A - Poured into a tulip cloudy copper hue with a thin had that fades quickly.
S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, alcohol, malts, faint cardboard.
T - Taste is light almost quiet malt heavy, very sweet and caramel. nicer toffee.
M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not syrupy.
O - Overall this beer was pretty good considering that age. Very glad to try!
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 02:51:37 | More by rudzud
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.