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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,091 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 63
Gots: 263 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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diehl07

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-06-2014 14:27:53 | More by diehl07
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JavaNoire

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-06-2014 03:56:04 | More by JavaNoire
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WckdVbz

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-04-2014 18:22:57 | More by WckdVbz
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby mahogany snifter pour, lively bubbles, fairly clear, minimal head. Body appears thinner in appearance than I'd have expected.
Smells like oaky burn, and alcohol soaked cherries and plums.
Tastes sweet sweet sweet! Dark fruit dipped, or soaked I should say, in sugar. While the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, I do enjoy the way the caramel and oak work together. The alcohol stays more well hidden than I figured it would, as each sip brings mostly the sweet plummy oak flavors, while the hops are less prominent. Syrupy. You may enjoy this to a point, as an after dinner sipper, if you can get past the cloying aspect.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 22:46:06 | More by TBoneJones
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PassMeAZima

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-02-2014 01:00:33 | More by PassMeAZima
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Photchkiss

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-01-2014 02:11:24 | More by Photchkiss
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-30-2014 15:28:05 | More by SHerninko
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-30-2014 13:07:36 | More by erialbill
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dseanv

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-29-2014 01:21:35 | More by dseanv
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Kevinpitts

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-29-2014 00:37:16 | More by Kevinpitts
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Rocketman2013

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-28-2014 03:19:15 | More by Rocketman2013
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-27-2014 13:36:37 | More by spoonhawk
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-27-2014 00:24:11 | More by reitzbrewing
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

06-26-2014 22:01:52 | More by sammyg832
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burninggoat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-26-2014 18:45:14 | More by burninggoat
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-26-2014 03:26:41 | More by SuperHop18
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-24-2014 22:12:15 | More by pjbfromkc
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-22-2014 03:28:02 | More by Jcarter1221
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Small 12oz bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney. March 2014 release date.

Pours a wonderfully clear amber colour, with a lovely fine crest of white that looks overtly bright compared to the body. Specks of lace, but not much persistence. Body is thick and fine, and although there's not a lot of carbonation, it's quite fine and static when tilted. Looks really very good.

Nose is wonderful. Big porty sweetness laced with huge tropical fruit notes. Fragrant overripe banana, pineapple and mango, all linked wonderfully with a rich spice that connects somewhat to a suggestion of pepper and booze. I really love it a lot.

Taste is just sublime. Lovely sweet, luscious toffee character, laced with fragrant tropical fruits again: here mango is strong along with a clean vinous note of port or botrytis semillon. Beautiful finish with the wine characters gliding to a fragrant, fruity finish laced with crisp toffee aromatics. Aftertaste has remnants of banana, and a lilting residual pepper spice. Booze is there somewhere but never affects the flavour, which is balances throughout. It's phenomenal, gorgeous stuff.

Feel is thick and rich. Beautifully done.

This is a truly phenomenal beer. The complexity is there, and there's so much to explore. More: there's some really interesting characters that you don't expect even for this style of beer. Even more still: it manages to be phenomenally well balanced, meaning it's supremely drinkable despite the weight. I genuinely love this beer—it's at the very peak of the craft.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 04:49:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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mgr78704

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-20-2014 14:06:15 | More by mgr78704
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Phigg1102

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-19-2014 23:35:23 | More by Phigg1102
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NehocFish


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2014 16:14:47 | More by NehocFish
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random846

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

06-15-2014 00:55:39 | More by random846
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jakea

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-14-2014 04:41:20 | More by jakea
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-12-2014 04:12:25 | More by kingjohnh
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.