Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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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
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 355 ml bottle (Batch 10, March 2014 Release) into a tulip.
A-The beer is a pretty, reddish-hued brown color. It is clear and still in the glass. The head is short, but the cap of tan foam has pretty good retention for a beer without any visible carbonation.
S-The aroma is hugely sweet. There is a bit of overripe fruit, like apples and cherries, but sugar is the main flavor I smell. Like maple syrup and caramel. The alcohol is solventy and warming like fortified wine or port. It is pleasant if you're ready for the sweetness.
T-The taste is similar, i.e., massive sugary sweetness. There is the same suggestion of overripe fruit and syrup sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat buried beneath the sugar, but it pokes through every other sip to warm the palate. Hops are pretty much an afterthought. The oak flavor is mild and comes through as just a faint vanilla.
M-The feel is medium to full in body with a syrupy, coating flavor and below average strength carbonation.
O-I like sweet beers and this is definitely a sweet beer, so it gets decent marks from me. It drinks more like a fortified wine or port than perhaps any other beer I have ever had. Thus, it makes for a good dessert drink if you are ready for the sweetness and are into sipping and sharing, but I don't know when else I would drink this.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 03:16:37 | More by spoony
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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