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Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 259 | 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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Sound_Explorer

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-31-2014 01:46:32 | More by Sound_Explorer
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Birmz

California

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-29-2014 19:26:12 | More by Birmz
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-28-2014 23:47:41 | More by GJ40
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The_Drunken_Sniper

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-28-2014 22:03:57 | More by The_Drunken_Sniper
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-27-2014 09:01:29 | More by kdahnke123
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Reggie1982

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-26-2014 18:40:08 | More by Reggie1982
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-26-2014 01:25:55 | More by derkfromwi
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The 2014 version, on tap at... the Avery tap-room! ABV is 14.2%. A 5 oz. pour served in a cute little mini-snifter.

The color is a bit on the lighter side for a barleywine... like a clear, bright red. A miniscule off-white head doesn't last long.

Aroma-wise, it's all about booze-soaked dark fruits. Raisins come out more as it warms up. I can't detect a whole lot else.

It tastes like sweet, boozy sherry or bourbon in beer form. As it warms up I get more complexities, like red apple, cherry, and caramel flavors. It's kind of like maple syrup, too. The finish is of leathury oak.

The feel is pretty thick, but not as much as I'd expect from such a beastly barleywine.

Quite boozy, and exceptionally sweet, I can see why there's a relatively small amount of beer drinkers this appeals to. I do think it's pretty good, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2014 04:00:36 | More by Kuaff
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-24-2014 16:22:47 | More by PappyVans
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jlg79fe

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-23-2014 16:31:04 | More by jlg79fe
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mcdsports

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

05-23-2014 04:02:06 | More by mcdsports
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-20-2014 16:41:07 | More by Whiskeydeez
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-19-2014 03:56:04 | More by dmorgan310
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-18-2014 04:00:35 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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HoppyToday

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-17-2014 21:39:43 | More by HoppyToday
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Beejay

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle

A: Ruby and brown in color, with a low amount of head.

S: Cherry and caramel with oak. Something almost a little acidic in there in the background.

T: Caramel and cherry all the way with some slight tartness. Earthy, sweet, and bold. As it warms the oak and the vanilla really comes out.

M: Syrupy with fairly light carbonation. The finish is molasses and booze.

O: An interesting beer for sure. Complex and something you can keep tasting and finding new flavors in.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 00:03:53 | More by Beejay
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Seanem44

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rarely do I come across a beer I can't finish, but this was one of them. Maybe I just am not accustomed to this, but I couldn't do it. There were hints of Oak in the taste and smell, but sadly, the turbinado sugar is what I tasted mostly. In fact, the whole thing tasted like sugar. too much sugar. this could have been good if they would just have toned down the sugar. I finished maybe a quarter of it and could not go one further. In fairness, I am sure some will really like this. For me, no. Still, in fairness, I couldn't give a flat out horrible rating. This beer is better than that. But for my taste, it just didn't cut it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 02:23:07 | More by Seanem44
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-12-2014 15:21:22 | More by SocalKicks
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deNerval

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-12-2014 03:17:07 | More by deNerval
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-09-2014 22:06:11 | More by muskiesman
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-09-2014 16:57:31 | More by BGsWo22
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

05-09-2014 15:57:13 | More by mendvicdog
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-08-2014 00:32:18 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-06-2014 20:02:29 | More by Kenai4
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.