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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)
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Domvan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-12-2014 02:14:28 | More by Domvan
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monketeeth

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-11-2014 04:10:24 | More by monketeeth
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spoony

Colorado

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
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-11-2014 02:40:19 | More by sneaks2210
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LakerLeith

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-09-2014 05:14:12 | More by LakerLeith
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tclipse

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-08-2014 23:45:51 | More by tclipse
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2014 01:27:13 | More by kylehay2004
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-07-2014 14:55:37 | More by randylangford
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ChugMan

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-06-2014 07:55:17 | More by ChugMan
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-06-2014 02:36:36 | More by wrightst
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superfriend

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-05-2014 14:42:05 | More by superfriend
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-05-2014 02:08:10 | More by krome
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 0z bottle poure into plastic cup because I'm still at work

Appearance: pure copper color with white head.

Aroma: fruity with a little of oak

Taste: really fruity and woody

Mouthfeel: really sticky and cloying.

Overall: I am glad it's only a 12 oz. it too sweet to drink too much. I enjoyed it though.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:21:45 | More by maDUECEgunner
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sia478

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-04-2014 19:34:19 | More by sia478
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cmbeddoe7997

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-04-2014 17:51:26 | More by cmbeddoe7997
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-04-2014 17:21:11 | More by bleedsblu
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

Appearance: a golden reddish color. two fingers of a tan head that fade slowly and leave a strong lacing. very strong bright clarity

Smell: lots of sweetness, toffee, caramel, hints at maple or molasses. serious oak component. boozy alcohol.

Taste: strong super sweet caramel, lots of toffee, slightly astringent maple and harsh molasses. oak plays in nicely along with some strong booze.

Mouthfeel: thick, syrupy, hot, lots of sweet but balanced with some bitterness and astringency. slight creaminess to it. possibly the biggest sipper I have had in a while if not ever.

Overall: very strong and flavorful beer, on the edge of being harsh and astringent. would love to see this with some age on it. definitely plan on taking a while on this one. it is a big intense beer

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 17:24:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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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
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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