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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 259 | 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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satowns

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, tasted and rated on 9/14/08

Deep amber with ruby tint. No head, but good carbonation.

Rummy alcohol and raisin in the aroma.

Flavor reminds me of spiced rum. Dried fruit, vanilla bean, a little pinot noir-ish fruit.

This beer is holding out really well! It has been cellared in my crawlspace since it was locally purchased. There was no signs of any problems with the beer upon opening. Nice psssst when I cracked the cap. I poured into a footed goblet. The aroma is pretty dominating at first, but then it fades relatively quickly. Excellent body and a vinous quality to the flavor. 14% abv, but where is it? You almost expect a beer to have a little hot-ness to the flavor, but I just cant find in Samael's. I'm glad I have a stash of this vintage!!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: None, but I could hear some coming from a party down the street.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 05:35:24 | More by satowns
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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.