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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,206 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 71
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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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Photo of jayhawk73
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish color w/ a sliver of a cocoa head. Lots of carbonation, and minimal lacing. At 15.31% ABV, I don't expect much lacing so that's fine.

S- Very nice. Oak chips, vanilla, caramel, toffee, rum soaked fruit... Maybe some orange as well? Nothing is overpowering, and it's extremely well balanced. I don't smell any alcohol, which is amazing to me.

T- Oh yeah. Well done Avery. The tastes just explode in my mouth. The orange really is there, and comes more to the forefront in the taste. This is definitely a sipper, nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste. Big time malt flavors in there as well.

M- Very syrup like, but not too thin in feel. Goes down super easy. Almost too easy to drink. Nice.

O- Really like this brew. Very close to a 4.5 on the taste and overall. If you haven't tried this one, check it out- it will warm your insides.

jayhawk73, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - ruby red, good foamy head lingers several minutes and then keeps a solid lacing the whole 30 minutes of sipping it

smell - port, red wine, alcohol (image that at 15+%), cloves,

taste - caramel and port, oak, pretty damn sweet, but i like it

mouthfeel - a little too syrupy, but its not cough medicine syrupy, so thats good, more like a cherry syrup, good carbonation

claytong, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of wscaffe
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5 bottled April 2009. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tremens tulip.

A - Dark orange/ruby color. Almost no head.

S - Strong malt character. Some hints of bourbon as well. I get a lot of oak aroma along with dark fruit. Raisins and vanilla as well.

T - Taste like it smells. I get a strong malt flavor along with some dark fruit and raisins. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well for a beer clocking in at over 16% ABV. I also get some vanilla and oak flavors.

M - Medium body. You definitely get the warmth of the alcohol. Almost no carbonation whatsoever.

O - Alcohol is hidden pretty well for a beer with such a high ABV. Fairly sweet. I think it could be balanced a bit better. If you can get your hands on one put it in the cellar. I think it will mellow out nicely.

wscaffe, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. April 2011 Batch no. 7.

Appearance: Dark amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent one finger head quickly fades into a spotty layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of caramel, oak chips, and dark fruits. Also some hints of vanilla, raisin, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, apple, roasted malt, and a little booze. Very complex and enticing.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee malts with oak chips and vanilla up front. A moderate amount of maple, apple, raisins, and other dark fruits follow. Alcohol heat is subtle and very well hidden for such a high abv. Very good balance overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation. Very smooth and very little booze is noticeable.

Overall: A very tasty and well balanced brew. Very drinkable and smooth with that high of a abv.

MattyG85, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch 3, bottled April 2007). Pours cloudy brown, almost like melted caramel, with a minimal tan head. Carbonation is light with some floaties. Aroma has caramel, oak and dried pit fruit. Taste is sweeet, with more oak, caramel and vanilla. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is smooth and a bit boozy. This is a nice, flavorful sipper that woud be great in the winter months.

trappistlover, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, murky dark orangish brown, very thin light tan head , no retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, hints of alcohol and oak.

Taste was initially sweet with caramel, sugar, malt and vanilla, then the oak and alcohol slips in.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation, syrupy, smooth and very warming, you feel the 16%+ ABV.

Overall not my favorite Barleywine, a little too much sweetness and then overpowering alcohol. If I had to do over I would age this and let it settle down some. May buy a bottle or two for the cellar.

dtivp, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted June 22nd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la chouffe tulip

A - a clear blood red, one finger tan head and some lacing

S - alcohol, wine barrels, sweet dried fruits, earth, oak, French vanilla and more sweet and alcohol

T - alcohol, lots of sugar, sweet malts, tons of sweet dried fruit, black cherries, wine barrels, raisins, charred oak, molasses, carmelised brown sugar and vanilla. This beer is huge, holy crap. Also, a slight hop in the finish

M - syrup, full bodied, medium acidity, very long finish and seriously huge

D - unless you like beer and I mean any style of beer, you will not like this. Not for the faint of anything

Final thought - $8 and 15+ ABV. This is a beer for the ages. Wow.

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of AAxsom
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- dark amber color with a very small head. This beer looks very smooth and drinkable upon pour.

S- Oak and malt are very apparent upon smell. I get a bit of vanilla, which for me, makes it smell very good.

T- Since this is an '11, the alcohol taste is very present at first, and is a bit overwhelming. As I continue drinking and as it warms, the caramel flavor really comes out. But then again, the next sip really packs a punch. This is a bit unbalanced and unpredictable, not in a good way.

M- The amount of carbonation in this beer is a positive. For how syrupy this is, it finishes well. Fairly dry at the finish, so it is not too overwhelming.

O- I am not really sure what to think of this. I'd really like this beer much more if aged, as it's just too hot for me. Man, it smells awesome though!

AAxsom, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with nice creamy off-white head.

Smell: Mild aroma, just some malt sweetness and a hint of rice.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet with grains, and the flavor only intensifies over time. Definite sweet alcohol taste at the finish. Very strong/intense flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very dense, but not as heavy as I imagined. Generally smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Obviously one to slowly sip, but still tough with the very strong alcohol, and the flavor.

Still drinkable for the strongest ABV beer I've had. Definitely one to try if you're adventurous with your beers. I'm glad I tried it, but I can't imagine picking it up again - a bit too much alcohol and associated sweetness in there.

mithrascruor, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Swillbur
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 07 batch 3 poured into Chimay chalice

A- This beer pours a murky brown with a slightly orange tint. alot of yeast floating around with slow steady pour. Almost no head.

S. Caramel, rasions, brown sugar, booze and oak. This brew smells heavenly.

T. Taste goes right along with smell. This is a great tasting beer. Wood earthyness, booze soaked fruit, brown sugar is there. Taste is amazing.

O. This was a very slow drinker for me but well worth the price. For such a high ABV it is very drinkable and i will be picking up a few more to cellar.

Swillbur, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of 05Harley
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/06, batch 2

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors Chicago, Illinois

Price - $8.99/12oz bottle

"Samael is the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings".

The appearance is a beautifull shade of ruby red with astonishing clarity. Pours with a healthy dose of white foam that's short lived and disappointing. No lacing present.

Aroma of vanilla, caramel, alcohol, maple and wood. The sweetness is unmistakable and addicting.

The flavor is much the same as the nose vanilla, caramel and lots of it followed by maple. Unfortunately the alcohol takes over and reminds you of the high octane this beer packs.

The palate is thick and syrupy with little carbonation. Starts off very sweet but ends slitely hot and dry.

Overall this was a decent beer which had a considerable amount of age on it. The aroma was without question it's strong point.

05Harley, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have only tried a couple offerings from Avery. 12oz bottle, bottled April 2009, batch 5...

A: A nice murky autumn brown with a hazy red blended in. A 1 inch white head that fades very quickly to tiny bubbles atop the brew.

S: I get some raisins and apple upfront immediately. Some faint caramel and toffee in the middle with a mild roasty scent on the backend. A very nice oak character mixes in. Good.

T: Upfront I get very sweet malt with a strong oak. In the middle there is some toffee. The oak carries through the entire taste, from the beginning to the end. Get a light apple with a booze burn on the backend. The booze is definitely evident, but not unpleasant. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A dry oaky finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good brew. Definitely hot, but what do you expect from the ABV percentage. Hard to brew beers this big without evident alcohol. Very few breweries have managed to do it. Give it a dry if you like big boozy brews.

steve8robin, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of feylure
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my way to trying all the Avery demons!. Bottled April 2009, Batch 5.

Looks like a cloudy, deep + dark amber.

Smells like deep, sweet malt and oak. The alcohol pokes out slightly in the smell, but not too much.

Taste is a dark, rustic sweetness that pairs well with the oak overtones. Midway thru the taste, the wood characteristic really comes out nicely. The tail leaves with notes of oak and spice. There's also a toffee note through the taste. From start to finish, this is a full bodied beer. It also does a great job of masking the 16.42% ABV.

Overall, this is a good brew, and I definitely see myself having it again and recommending it to friends.

feylure, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samael Avery

A: It has a muted brown town that yellows into a mild amber at the edges. Good light lacing, the carbonation comes from the bottom of the glass infrequently like it is harboring resentment. Nice coating on the edges with a honey drip to it on the glass.

S: Lots of wood and oak with a sugary sticky sweetness to the nose, I don’t want to insult it with confectioner’s sugar, but I would say there’s certainly some schemes afoot with the smell of this beer. Otherwise I get some boozy heat, for obvious reasons, and melted chick-o-stick candy.

T: The brown sugar jumps of the high ropes in a big way with its inept partner muted raisin coming in for a submission hold. Wow, the sweet notes are really doing a front forward job on those taste buds until OH NO IT IS THE ALCOHOL PROFILE. He is just murdering people pell mell. The alcohol profile has run amock, overriding anything the sweet notes have accomplished. The heat remains, sip two is a rematch and the results are the same. The alcoholic heat always dominates, especially in this closed system.

M: This has a Trojan horse quality to it wherein you are expecting a pleasant Belgian Tripel character to it and then, again the heat from the alcohol just takes a Sherman’s march towards your gullet, with scorched earth tactics. The sweet and dark fruit tones are so satisfying but the alcohol has no balance, it runs free without its supervision. The chains are vestigial and do not bind, in sum, the goggles do nothing, as they say.

D: This is strangely drinkable, depending on your life situation. I mean, I can physically drink this all day long due to the thin nature, light fruit notes and abundant fire emanating from my mouth. The verb dichotomy between can and want cleaves in clean lines when “should” enters the fray. I could drink this, I don’t necessary want to drink this in excess, and with the patient hand of the schoolmaster “should” the answer is a resounding “no.” You should not drink this often. As a retro-caveat, I don’t exceptionally enjoy this style and therefore all of my barley wine reviews will have this “wah wah, didn’t make weight for the football team,” sort of outside panache to them.

Narrative: “PLEASE STACY, that is my grandmother’s Faberge egg collection you just NO! NO!” Anthony could only watch in horror as his girlfriend gorged herself on whiskey and plums, destroying their possession with careless abandon. “OK NO, now you are taking things too far, do not push my Body By Jake off of the balcon- NO!” Things weren’t going so well for the couple, she drank more, ate more dark fruits, and broke his things as a byproduct. What was Anthony to do? The sex was amazing and she was his special Persephone, delving each night to savor the succor of sour mash and destruction. “Please, I have all of my FINAL FANTASY SAVE GAMES ON THOSE! HOURS OF! NO!” Somehow, it all evened out, she was sweet while sober and a complete monster when unleashed, but he liked it that way, secretly. “EARTHBOUND IN THE ORIGINAL BOX! NOOO!”

SubpoenaDeuces, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Aguirre
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying I'm not the biggest barleywine fan, English or otherwise. However, I ordered a snifter of this at the Long Room in Chicago and enjoyed the heck of out it. The oak is pronounced and helps smooth out the sweet, caramel smells and flavors. Lots of quirks and subtleties, and a slow sipper for sure. Not all of the alcohol is hidden, (and how could it be?) but the slight burn is a plus, not a detraction. Very glad I had one of these, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an Avery offering so much!

Aguirre, May 27, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-garnet color with a very thin tan head and no retention or lacing. The nose brings forward a lot of sweet malt plus some caramel and brown sugar. A bit of dark fruit and a lot of booze there as well. The flavor brings forward much of the same, though it's not as integrated, likely due to the fact that the alcohol is really taking over. Plus, there's a bit too much sweetness. Both of these characteristics pervade throughout the feel and finish. Pretty good, but needed more time or it needs to be toned down a bit.

Thorpe429, May 19, 2011
Photo of DangerDawg
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After being a BA for years, finally doing a review!

Bottled April 2007

A-Pours heavy into my Corsendonk glass with little head that disappears quickly. Brownish-red in color.

S-Smells like maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal. Very oaky, as expected. Little hints of raisins.

T-Again maple syrup and brown sugar. Not as boozy as I thought it would be with the high ABV. A lot of oak and a little dark fruit. Very sweet, yet somewhat dry finish. I'm surprised at how easy it is to drink for being so thick, flavorful, and high in alcohol. I'm taking small sips, but keep reaching over for more as soon as I set my glass down.

M-Seems like it maintains good carbonation for being so syrupy. Definately leaves a tingle on the tongue, possibly from the alcohol.

Again, very drinkable for being such a big beer. Glad I picked up 2 bottles, can't wait to have the other one in a few months or so. It's so flavorful at 4 years old, a new bottle would probably be too much for me. I imagine the aging helped this out.

DangerDawg, May 15, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 from 2008.

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the oaked notes with some toffee mixed in. I also get some alcohol and dark fruit notes.

The flavor is once again very heavy on the oak. The background flavors include toffee and caramel malt as well as some cherries and plums. There is also a brown sugar and molasses sweetness that adds to the beer. Finally, the alcohol is quite present, as you would expect from a beer that is nearly 15 percent.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver. Poured a translucent amber color, with a bit of thin whitish head. Aromas of booze, oak, alcohol, figs, liquor and assorted dark fruits. Nice oaky flavors, along with brown sugar, sweet malt, caramel and lots of alcohol.

emmasdad, May 07, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper like amber in appearance with a very nice head.

Smell: Oak like smell along with a sweet undertone of bourbon with light scent of carmel.

Taste: Very intense oak taste, with the oak combines with the high ABV and barley wine style that it is you could really relate this in taste to a red wine barrel aged beer even though it is just oak. Similar to a Spaten Optimator with an oak and slight cherry twist to it.

Mouthfeel: Cool and smooth, though this packs a walloping punch of 16.45% it is not a "hot" beer.

Overall: A must try!!

alexhahn82, May 02, 2011
Photo of drumminbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 07' (4 years old) Batch 3 - 14.9 ABV
Big thanks to denimdemon for this one!

Pours a deep sienna/burnt mahogany. Well laced head, short retention that dissipated into a creamy froth.

The nose is a toffee bomb. A bit of the expected and usual; caramel, apricot, but there's a richness to the flavor that's strongly apparent from the nose. Dried fruit notes enhance as it warms.

First sip reveals the nose characteristics (apricot and toffee in particular), with a lovely raisin touch. Acidity is still present but has dramatically lessened with age - no wonder this beer has such long cellaring potentional.

The mouth-feel/body of this beer is enormous. At 14.9 abv in 07 (I'm sure it's lessened a touch), I can't imagine how massive and possibly syrupy this ale is fresh.

The finish is long and reminiscent of a dry Riesling, highlighting a pleasant mineral quality (almost a "slate" taste followed by a bit of earth and a touch of candy corn sweetness followed by some peach notes).

I love this beer. I imagine it could stand up to at least another year or two before being poured, but for being 4 years old I was amazed how gracefully it's mellowed and developed secondary flavors. Sit on the newest batch for a few years and you'll be rewarded as much as I was.

drumminbrewer, May 02, 2011
Photo of Offa
1.98/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy deep red with a medium-small tan head soon thinning to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is fermented toffee, very meaty with hint of old steak sauce, very strong but simple and one-dimensional. It has a faint woody hint hiding underneath.

Taste is strong, bad fermented toffee with a hint of woody whisky quality. It is soon evident that it is sickly sweet yet with a hot, strong alcoholic boozy character, rough, sharp, one-dimensional, and unpleasant. This has a couple traits that are really intense, without anything else, and goes for sheer strength over any semblance of quality, complexity, or the like. I know the ABV is high, but I've had several that are very close to this and are far smoother, less obviously boozy, and have complexixty and character, rather than simply hot, sweet, rough alcohol. It is a total dud.

Offa, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky copper with a very short head that settles to a thin ring. I'm not overly concerned about this given that the bottle I'm drinking is two years old and that the abv is so high. Smells extremely sweet, like malt candy. I don't mind some sweetness, but this is ridiculous! The taste is also quite sweet, but there is, fortunately, some zingy citrus and apple as well a bit of spice, and some creamy custard . Really, the taste is quite nice if you can deal with a sweeter beer. The mouthfeel is silky, and after two years in the bottle, the only heat I felt was from the first sip I had after the pour. After it opens and warms it is actually quite mellow and drinkable. Also, I'm pleased to note that no sherry notes have crept in. After cellaring for years, I've come to dislike that particular flavor and had thought of giving it up- except that with the right beer, like this one and innumerable sours the result is quite pleasant.

Georgiabeer, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of BigE90
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6

A: a sediment layer had formed in the bottom of the bottle prior to pouring. Upon pouring it was a cloudy amber color, after sitting for 10 it became a clear deep amber in color.

S: Was strong oak and alcohol smell upon swirling.

T: Definetly taste the oak within along with a sweetness like honey taste. The alcohol warms the mouth but not to over powering. Clean finish afterwards, no hops tasted.

M: Clean sweet aftertaste, no lingering bad aftertaste but can definelty feel the prolonging alcohol warming effect.

O: Not bad for a what I would classify as a strong ale. The sweetness of it is just a bit too much for me. Other than that a good strong ale.

BigE90, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of bamadog
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one -- he came across quite the deal (like, 1/2 price!), so it was tough to pass up. Review is from notes taken on 4/16/2011 and poured from the bottle (batch 2, bottled in 2006) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy coppery/tea-like color and starts with a short 1/2 finger fizzy head (like when you pour a Coke) and it immediately fades to absolutely nothing, not even the ubiquitous ring around the surface; body is a little dark and murky, but it still shows some minute strands of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom; a bit of an oily residue clings to the sides of the glass... Meh... I like at least a little bit of head and the prospect of some carbonation, but I feel that this one is going to come across as very flat.

Smell: Quite potent -- smells of apples, raisins, figs; bit of sweet spiciness to it as well and it reminds me a bit of cinnamon; big caramel maltiness, and combined with the fruit, it reminds me a little bit of the county fair; slight presence of alcohol blends with the malts, but for being over 14%, I would have expected more of a fusel blast, so this could get interesting...

Taste: Sweet baby Jesus. I'm not sure if I just sipped some beer or drank molten caramel -- HUGE malt that is sweet, cloyingly so... The apple and darker fruits mentioned in the nose are there as well with the cinnamon-like spiciness to it; definite presence of alcohol, and it's a little fusel-like, but really, for being this big, I thought it would be more present, so it's actually fairly well blended and masked (considering it's been sitting for 5 years, that's probably helped a little bit).

Mouthfeel: Body is nearly flat, which adds to the massively thick and syrupy nature of the beer, and it could really use a little something to liven it up a little bit; body is syrupy as mentioned; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth and it really holds the sickly sweetness well into the aftertaste; belly is left especially warm -- the ABV really makes its appearance here as opposed to the smell and taste.

Overall: It's alright, and I'm glad I got to try it, but it's not something I'll likely be seeking out again. The sweetness is a bit much and I'll be challenged to finish the bottle on my own. This is definitely one to share.

bamadog, Apr 17, 2011
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.