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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Samael's AleSamael's Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 73
Gots: 311 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ommegangpbr on 06-24-2005

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)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of hdofu
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a level of complexity one expects with a cognac. It pours deep brownish orange with a thin white head. It has an incredibly strong smell of honey. Taste is amazingly complicated, with hints of cherry, chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, and plumbs. This beer does nothing to hide it alcohol and why should it, at a whopping 33 proof it should say it loud and proud. It goes down quite smooth though. Drinkability is good, but at the strength this beer is I wouldn't recommend too many in one sitting.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of whatthehull
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beast of a brew. Great ollld oak flavors with hard liquor qualities, then a huge caramelly rush with a bit of candied sugar. This is my 3rd time having a 2-3 yr old vintage and the older it gets the better it seems to get so far. I highly recommend it.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated May 2006 obtained from local shop
Poured into snifter

Aroma: Deep, sweet, rich maltiness, butterscotch, caramel, and a touch of booze. I can tell this one's going to be a sweet, boozy sipper.

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish-copper body. Head pours 1/4 finger thick, but goes away almost immediately. No lacing, but this brew leaves a nice clear coating on the inside of the glass after each sip.

Flavor: Rich caramel, sweet tea, sweet, sugary dried dark raisin. Carmelized baked pineapple. Alcohol comes through a bit at the end, but not anywhere close to what one might expect from a 16%+ ABV brew. Alcohol is very well-integrated with the sweetness, which remains on the lips after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, slick mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Alcohol is warming, but not hot.

Overall: A tasty, enjoyable sipper. Definitely not a beer that I'd feel like having more than one of in a sitting, but highly enjoyable nonetheless. Avery did a great job with this one!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

P: Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with red foiling and freshness dating: Bottled in April 2007. Batch 3. Received from Masala Mama as part of a WI/MN trade. Poured, appropriately enough, into a 6 oz. highball glass.

Label depicts Samael - the angel of death. Imagine that: demonology used in beer branding! That's never been done before.

A: Pours a darkly hazed orange amber with a thin rimming of khaki-colored head.

S: Bourbon, oak, candied fruit, cherries and smoky peat.

T: Robust malt and sugar upfront. Cloyingly sweet with big notes of cherry, vanilla and bourbon. Alcohol moves in with a slow, warm burn. Hints of caramel and earthy peat. Finishes sweet with a lingering snap of oak.

M: Creamy, smooth and syrupy. Thick, slick and heavy on the palate.

D: Brewed to be sipped. Share a bottle and take your time.

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

This one pours a very dark orangish tint with a very thick, very long lived head that is off white and settles very slowly leaving a nice complex lacing down the glass.

The nose is buttery spice, alcohol with some earthy notes, pine, bread al floating on sweet fruity malt and apples.

The taste is very strong and dominated by the alcohol and a very strong malt base that has notes of bourbon. The flavors are rather overwhelming to the palate and not balanced. The finish is dirty and not that good. The flavors are a jumble of bourbon, hops, fructose and alcohol with a tinge of breadiness.

The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. There is a nice silky mouth coating experience to this beer.

Overall the texture is very rich and satisfying, just the fact that the flavors are a mess and a jumble detracts from the overall experience. This beer is not drinkable and very disappointing as I am a huge fan of Avery and love many of their beers immensely. I highly recommend avoiding this one.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Oklahoma in July 2008. Beer was bottled in April 2008. Pours an amber color with ruby hues. No head or lacing. Smell is sweet and somewhat fruity. Taste is much more complex than I thought it would be. Sweet candy/caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and booze. VERY alcoholic. Limits its drinkability. Good brew. Glad I picked it up.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.