Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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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
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
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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