Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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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
4.21/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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
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
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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