Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Samael's AleSamael's Ale

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very good

1,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 79
Gots: 340 | FT: 25
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)
2014: 14.20% (Batch #10)
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Ratings: 1,296 | Reviews: 619
Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Super sweet one and done

Photo of ruzzal
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super caramel sweet. not my thing but gave a good rating because its obviously a well crafted beer.

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky and chestnut brown. Wispy head and not much lace. Sweet caramel and alcohol nose. High octane booze and sugars. Cherries, figs, and raisins. Oaken dryness offers the hops up to be a firm signature on the finish. Fusel alcohol is mild and nowhere near commensurate with the abv. Feel is thick and chewy with a syrupy smoothness. Carbonation is mild and well done. This is a brew that goes down easier than you would think and I went through this faster than I should.

Photo of Radilius
2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

it smelled good but it's way too sweet tastes like a dessert wine.

Photo of jamesmk48
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the sweetest damn beer I've ever had. Its borderline undrinkable, but I refuse to abuse alcohol. All of that being said, It was very flat ( zero head), no alcohol flavor, super super sweet, and really thin like I was drinking cold spring water, but it wasnt the worst beer i've had. If you like meads or barley wines this might be up your alley. CHEERS

Photo of Tuckersmth
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Super sweet with a very lite mouthfeel and color.

Photo of sourwench429
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Flatish rum and coke is an apt description. Not necessarily a bad thing but it's a little thin and tremendously sweet. Doesn't have the mouth feel of a bourbon county BW. I would consider getting another to forget about it for probably at least 3 years. Don't drink this year's vintage it's just plain too hot.

Photo of marct13
2.43/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2015 12 oz bottle into a teku. It's a nice color in the glass and actually looks more like wine than beer. The nose is pretty much non existent which gives you no warning for the taste. We like English style barleywines, so sweet isn't generally a bad thing for us, but this was over the top. It almost reminds me of the syrup you would use to make a flavored soda. The alcohol is well hidden, but the sweetness makes it kinda hard to finish the glass. The mouth feel is thin for a barleywine as well. In this case, again, it's more like wine. Overall it just isn't something I'd go for if I wanted a beer. If you were looking for a dessert wine, this might be for you.

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thie beer was the 2015 & was very sweet, to the point that is was un-enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is really nice. It has a nice smell and subtle sweetness to it.

Photo of Elicoleman
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Is not good. Bad Barleywine. Avoid.

Photo of Stagga_Lee
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initial notes include peat, caramel, toffee, and hazelnut.
Tastes deeper in the glass develop into fig, raisin, and stronger barrel notes. Another fine addition to the Avery legend series.

Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage

Pours a hazy amber color with an almost one finger off white head. The aroma has caramel, toffee, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, and sugar. Smells very sweet.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Pleasantly sweet, no bitterness for balance, but I don't expect that with an English Barleywine. The amazing thing about this beer is that there is no alcohol taste for a 14.20 % abv beer.

full bodied with carbonation. A great sipping beer. I am glad I was able to try this beer, and I look forward to trying this years version too.

Photo of bgold86
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is a year old, purchased recently from a craft brew store. This is the problem, the beer has plenty of carbonation, great nose, and great taste, but the finish has a very clear and up-front sort of metallic/cardboard aftertaste. For a beer that's only a year old (and 14+%)to exhibit oxidation of this nature really doesn't bode well. Disappointing.

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank 2011 bottle, wine glass, 5/2/15. Really good

Photo of smith_s4765
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's way too freaking sweet.

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lacks the balance necessary for such high alcohol content, yet still a great idea/product

Photo of ELind77
4.76/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable beer. Like drinking honey.

Photo of Absolut
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hot. Boozy. Raisin, dark chocolate. Espresso. Burns which is expected. Not much carb.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2010 vintage. I consider myself lucky to have found this at a store only several months ago. I can imagine this being too hot when fresh, but nearly five years of aging have given this beer wow factor.

Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, 2013 version:
Pours amber with loads if tiny bubble carbonation, feeding a decent film on the surface. Edge head is fairly thick and lacing is pretty significant. Nose is very nicely sweet: coconut, vanilla, oak, raisin, caramel, a definite hint of booze, but not much for 16%.

Taste starts fruity and sweet, more the latter. Brown sugar (maybe even a tad burnt), caramel, vanilla, raisin, and raspberry-chocolate (light on the chocolate). The coconut mostly missing, but comes in a bit with a lime-coconut/oak/alcohol taste that leads to the end. This transition barely puts a dent in the sweetness. The end taste leaves hints of dark fruit, and still some dark sugar. Feel on a year is quite smooth, medium body but coating flavors make it seem heavier.

This seems like a fortified wine, which might work for some and du finitely not for others. I liked the complex flavors, but did grow weary of the sweetness eventually. A half pour or sharing may be the way to go. I assume a newer release would show its alcohol more, maybe a bit less sweet, also.

Photo of jpowelltheowl
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am currently drinking 2014 draught. Tastes like a flat rum and coca-cola...

Can't say I'm a huge fan.

Photo of floridadrift
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Booze bomb! Avery always does it right, toffee, caramels, sugar-sweetness and alcohol fire!

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, with a quarter of a finger of off-white or oatmeal-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of dried stone fruit aromas, such as prunes, raisins, dates and apricots. There are also some big aromas of candied sugar, some vanilla, oak and boozy alcohol. Smells great! Honestly, these are the aromas that I was expecting, but didn’t get, from The Beast.

Taste: Oh. My. God! What a spectacularly, exceptionally, fantastically, incredibly, awesome beer! Tons of toasted malt up front, followed immediately by tons of balanced brown sugar, caramel and maple syrup-like sweetness, and dried stone fruit, such as prunes, raisins, dates and apricots. I also get flavors of burnt-orange peel, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, a touch of woody oak, and some faint, piney, hoppy, bitterness. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, yet slightly viscous, and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 14.2%, there is quite a bit of pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Words like spectacular, exceptional, fantastic, incredible, awesome, outstanding, etc., don’t do this beer justice! It is quite simply, one of the best beers I’ve ever had! I definitely need to pick up a few more bottles to age.

Photo of Brob245
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm a big fan of barleywines but his beer is way too sweet. It completly overpowers any other flavors and makes the beer hard to enjoy. A couple of sips and you are done.

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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