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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,144 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 276 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

2012 vintage consumed autumn 2012
Nose: sherry, sweet, some oxidation - slight wet cardboard
Pours copper to reddish amber, some haze and floaties, 1/2" off-white foam cap
Palate: Sherry, anise, coriander, very rich, rich malt.
Medium full body, medium low carbonation, warming with some hot to solventy fusel alcohols on the finish.

pat61, Wednesday at 05:09 PM
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz 2009 bottle.
First time trying this beer so I don't know if it is past it's peak but it is certainly a great beer. I gotta suspect it is near its rime.
Slightly sweet, slightly oaky, and fabulously rich, this brew has an excellent balance of flavors. High ABV is nicely hidden -- drinks like a 9-11% ale.

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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2.66/5  rDev -31.4%

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into a Bell's snifter 8/15/2014.

A- Medium caramel-brown body, half finger white head that is very short-lived. No lacing. Sort of looks like whiskey at this point.

S- Booze, caramel, brown sugar and more booze. No complexity to this at all.

F- Booze, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. The booze is very strong in this one, with a heavy burn on the back end. It's not particularly sweet, it just has a lot of fusel to it.

M- Thicker bodied, almost syrupy. Low in carbonation. If you couldn't tell from F, the booziness takes over almost completely from beginning to end, with a hot finish.

O- You might as well buy a fifth of spirits, because this is not a very interesting beer to try. Way too much booziness and not a whole lot else adding to any complexity. My guess is that this would improve with a LOT of time, so it may very well need to be cellared.

Stevedore, Aug 16, 2014
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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.