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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,091 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,091
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,091 | Reviews: 579 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by minterro:
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minterro

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A quick rating from a shared a 12oz with my buddy Brendan (I was feeling a little light headed after 6oz, so I would highly recommend splitting), poured into two snifters. Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart a few months ago. I believe it was from the May 2012 release, making it about 7/8 months aged.

A&S: I was surprised by the head on this beer considering the extremely high ABV. Murky dark orange colored beer. Initially oak was a major component of the aroma. Some other aromas as it develops are cherries, sugar candies, and maple syrup.

T&M: apple cider, dark rum alcohol tones (that aren't as strong as you would expect, very warming throughout your body), marshmallows like an old ale. Not much bitterness. Not very heavy on the palate in the finish. Heavy body and on the lower side of carbonation.

Overall: I was impressed and surprised to find that it was pretty low rated. It could be due to people not sitting on it for a little while causing it to be too hot. I think it could have benefited from another few months of aging. Hopefully there are some left somewhere from the May release because I would like to grab another, so I don't have to wait another 5 months and lose out on that aging time. Very unique. Brendan liked it more than me and would put it in his top 5, I would say its worth a try and would buy again, but not often due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 20:10:16 | More by minterro
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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.