Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,218 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 295 | 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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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samael Avery

A: It has a muted brown town that yellows into a mild amber at the edges. Good light lacing, the carbonation comes from the bottom of the glass infrequently like it is harboring resentment. Nice coating on the edges with a honey drip to it on the glass.

S: Lots of wood and oak with a sugary sticky sweetness to the nose, I don’t want to insult it with confectioner’s sugar, but I would say there’s certainly some schemes afoot with the smell of this beer. Otherwise I get some boozy heat, for obvious reasons, and melted chick-o-stick candy.

T: The brown sugar jumps of the high ropes in a big way with its inept partner muted raisin coming in for a submission hold. Wow, the sweet notes are really doing a front forward job on those taste buds until OH NO IT IS THE ALCOHOL PROFILE. He is just murdering people pell mell. The alcohol profile has run amock, overriding anything the sweet notes have accomplished. The heat remains, sip two is a rematch and the results are the same. The alcoholic heat always dominates, especially in this closed system.

M: This has a Trojan horse quality to it wherein you are expecting a pleasant Belgian Tripel character to it and then, again the heat from the alcohol just takes a Sherman’s march towards your gullet, with scorched earth tactics. The sweet and dark fruit tones are so satisfying but the alcohol has no balance, it runs free without its supervision. The chains are vestigial and do not bind, in sum, the goggles do nothing, as they say.

D: This is strangely drinkable, depending on your life situation. I mean, I can physically drink this all day long due to the thin nature, light fruit notes and abundant fire emanating from my mouth. The verb dichotomy between can and want cleaves in clean lines when “should” enters the fray. I could drink this, I don’t necessary want to drink this in excess, and with the patient hand of the schoolmaster “should” the answer is a resounding “no.” You should not drink this often. As a retro-caveat, I don’t exceptionally enjoy this style and therefore all of my barley wine reviews will have this “wah wah, didn’t make weight for the football team,” sort of outside panache to them.

Narrative: “PLEASE STACY, that is my grandmother’s Faberge egg collection you just NO! NO!” Anthony could only watch in horror as his girlfriend gorged herself on whiskey and plums, destroying their possession with careless abandon. “OK NO, now you are taking things too far, do not push my Body By Jake off of the balcon- NO!” Things weren’t going so well for the couple, she drank more, ate more dark fruits, and broke his things as a byproduct. What was Anthony to do? The sex was amazing and she was his special Persephone, delving each night to savor the succor of sour mash and destruction. “Please, I have all of my FINAL FANTASY SAVE GAMES ON THOSE! HOURS OF! NO!” Somehow, it all evened out, she was sweet while sober and a complete monster when unleashed, but he liked it that way, secretly. “EARTHBOUND IN THE ORIGINAL BOX! NOOO!”

Photo of Aguirre
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying I'm not the biggest barleywine fan, English or otherwise. However, I ordered a snifter of this at the Long Room in Chicago and enjoyed the heck of out it. The oak is pronounced and helps smooth out the sweet, caramel smells and flavors. Lots of quirks and subtleties, and a slow sipper for sure. Not all of the alcohol is hidden, (and how could it be?) but the slight burn is a plus, not a detraction. Very glad I had one of these, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an Avery offering so much!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-garnet color with a very thin tan head and no retention or lacing. The nose brings forward a lot of sweet malt plus some caramel and brown sugar. A bit of dark fruit and a lot of booze there as well. The flavor brings forward much of the same, though it's not as integrated, likely due to the fact that the alcohol is really taking over. Plus, there's a bit too much sweetness. Both of these characteristics pervade throughout the feel and finish. Pretty good, but needed more time or it needs to be toned down a bit.

Photo of DangerDawg
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After being a BA for years, finally doing a review!

Bottled April 2007

A-Pours heavy into my Corsendonk glass with little head that disappears quickly. Brownish-red in color.

S-Smells like maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal. Very oaky, as expected. Little hints of raisins.

T-Again maple syrup and brown sugar. Not as boozy as I thought it would be with the high ABV. A lot of oak and a little dark fruit. Very sweet, yet somewhat dry finish. I'm surprised at how easy it is to drink for being so thick, flavorful, and high in alcohol. I'm taking small sips, but keep reaching over for more as soon as I set my glass down.

M-Seems like it maintains good carbonation for being so syrupy. Definately leaves a tingle on the tongue, possibly from the alcohol.

Again, very drinkable for being such a big beer. Glad I picked up 2 bottles, can't wait to have the other one in a few months or so. It's so flavorful at 4 years old, a new bottle would probably be too much for me. I imagine the aging helped this out.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 from 2008.

The beer pours a deep red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the oaked notes with some toffee mixed in. I also get some alcohol and dark fruit notes.

The flavor is once again very heavy on the oak. The background flavors include toffee and caramel malt as well as some cherries and plums. There is also a brown sugar and molasses sweetness that adds to the beer. Finally, the alcohol is quite present, as you would expect from a beer that is nearly 15 percent.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of emmasdad
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver. Poured a translucent amber color, with a bit of thin whitish head. Aromas of booze, oak, alcohol, figs, liquor and assorted dark fruits. Nice oaky flavors, along with brown sugar, sweet malt, caramel and lots of alcohol.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper like amber in appearance with a very nice head.

Smell: Oak like smell along with a sweet undertone of bourbon with light scent of carmel.

Taste: Very intense oak taste, with the oak combines with the high ABV and barley wine style that it is you could really relate this in taste to a red wine barrel aged beer even though it is just oak. Similar to a Spaten Optimator with an oak and slight cherry twist to it.

Mouthfeel: Cool and smooth, though this packs a walloping punch of 16.45% it is not a "hot" beer.

Overall: A must try!!

Photo of drumminbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 07' (4 years old) Batch 3 - 14.9 ABV
Big thanks to denimdemon for this one!

Pours a deep sienna/burnt mahogany. Well laced head, short retention that dissipated into a creamy froth.

The nose is a toffee bomb. A bit of the expected and usual; caramel, apricot, but there's a richness to the flavor that's strongly apparent from the nose. Dried fruit notes enhance as it warms.

First sip reveals the nose characteristics (apricot and toffee in particular), with a lovely raisin touch. Acidity is still present but has dramatically lessened with age - no wonder this beer has such long cellaring potentional.

The mouth-feel/body of this beer is enormous. At 14.9 abv in 07 (I'm sure it's lessened a touch), I can't imagine how massive and possibly syrupy this ale is fresh.

The finish is long and reminiscent of a dry Riesling, highlighting a pleasant mineral quality (almost a "slate" taste followed by a bit of earth and a touch of candy corn sweetness followed by some peach notes).

I love this beer. I imagine it could stand up to at least another year or two before being poured, but for being 4 years old I was amazed how gracefully it's mellowed and developed secondary flavors. Sit on the newest batch for a few years and you'll be rewarded as much as I was.

Photo of Offa
1.98/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy deep red with a medium-small tan head soon thinning to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is fermented toffee, very meaty with hint of old steak sauce, very strong but simple and one-dimensional. It has a faint woody hint hiding underneath.

Taste is strong, bad fermented toffee with a hint of woody whisky quality. It is soon evident that it is sickly sweet yet with a hot, strong alcoholic boozy character, rough, sharp, one-dimensional, and unpleasant. This has a couple traits that are really intense, without anything else, and goes for sheer strength over any semblance of quality, complexity, or the like. I know the ABV is high, but I've had several that are very close to this and are far smoother, less obviously boozy, and have complexixty and character, rather than simply hot, sweet, rough alcohol. It is a total dud.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky copper with a very short head that settles to a thin ring. I'm not overly concerned about this given that the bottle I'm drinking is two years old and that the abv is so high. Smells extremely sweet, like malt candy. I don't mind some sweetness, but this is ridiculous! The taste is also quite sweet, but there is, fortunately, some zingy citrus and apple as well a bit of spice, and some creamy custard . Really, the taste is quite nice if you can deal with a sweeter beer. The mouthfeel is silky, and after two years in the bottle, the only heat I felt was from the first sip I had after the pour. After it opens and warms it is actually quite mellow and drinkable. Also, I'm pleased to note that no sherry notes have crept in. After cellaring for years, I've come to dislike that particular flavor and had thought of giving it up- except that with the right beer, like this one and innumerable sours the result is quite pleasant.

Photo of BigE90
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6

A: a sediment layer had formed in the bottom of the bottle prior to pouring. Upon pouring it was a cloudy amber color, after sitting for 10 it became a clear deep amber in color.

S: Was strong oak and alcohol smell upon swirling.

T: Definetly taste the oak within along with a sweetness like honey taste. The alcohol warms the mouth but not to over powering. Clean finish afterwards, no hops tasted.

M: Clean sweet aftertaste, no lingering bad aftertaste but can definelty feel the prolonging alcohol warming effect.

O: Not bad for a what I would classify as a strong ale. The sweetness of it is just a bit too much for me. Other than that a good strong ale.

Photo of bamadog
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one -- he came across quite the deal (like, 1/2 price!), so it was tough to pass up. Review is from notes taken on 4/16/2011 and poured from the bottle (batch 2, bottled in 2006) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy coppery/tea-like color and starts with a short 1/2 finger fizzy head (like when you pour a Coke) and it immediately fades to absolutely nothing, not even the ubiquitous ring around the surface; body is a little dark and murky, but it still shows some minute strands of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom; a bit of an oily residue clings to the sides of the glass... Meh... I like at least a little bit of head and the prospect of some carbonation, but I feel that this one is going to come across as very flat.

Smell: Quite potent -- smells of apples, raisins, figs; bit of sweet spiciness to it as well and it reminds me a bit of cinnamon; big caramel maltiness, and combined with the fruit, it reminds me a little bit of the county fair; slight presence of alcohol blends with the malts, but for being over 14%, I would have expected more of a fusel blast, so this could get interesting...

Taste: Sweet baby Jesus. I'm not sure if I just sipped some beer or drank molten caramel -- HUGE malt that is sweet, cloyingly so... The apple and darker fruits mentioned in the nose are there as well with the cinnamon-like spiciness to it; definite presence of alcohol, and it's a little fusel-like, but really, for being this big, I thought it would be more present, so it's actually fairly well blended and masked (considering it's been sitting for 5 years, that's probably helped a little bit).

Mouthfeel: Body is nearly flat, which adds to the massively thick and syrupy nature of the beer, and it could really use a little something to liven it up a little bit; body is syrupy as mentioned; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth and it really holds the sickly sweetness well into the aftertaste; belly is left especially warm -- the ABV really makes its appearance here as opposed to the smell and taste.

Overall: It's alright, and I'm glad I got to try it, but it's not something I'll likely be seeking out again. The sweetness is a bit much and I'll be challenged to finish the bottle on my own. This is definitely one to share.

Photo of beerman207
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer...yep this one sounds like a keeper

May 2006 Vintage

A: Wow - this thing looks like apple cider pouring out. Cloudy isn't the right word - murky - orange/brown - no head left to speak of but still carbonated and bubbling coming up

S: Wow - the nose still rocks on this thing - candy apple, malt, lots of sugar - going to be sweet for sure

T: Unbelievable - this barleywine is so smooth and so good. I am in heaven - wait hell - what's this guy an angel of? Anyways - this thing rocks my socks. Same as the nose and then some. Booze warms as it goes down. This is what Barleywines should aspire to be.

M: Perfect balance of carbonation and mild alcohol burn.

O: This beer is just fabulous. I'm sure the fresh version is hot as hell. If that's your thing- great. Me - yeah I'm sipping a 5 year old vintage. That's a little smoother.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3. Bottled April 2007. 14.9% ABV. Let's see what four years in the bottle did for this.

A- Pours a deep rich murky mahogany with a good amount of floaties in there. Surprised by the creamy 2-finger head., but it doesn't last for too long, but falls to a decent thin cap that remains. Small amount of lace going on.

S- Rich caramal, toffee, and sweet dark fruits that come right out and get you. A slight alchoholic whiff in the back end of the aroma, but not enough to tip off the big ABV. Very sweet.

T- Very, very sweet. A lot of the caramel and toffee flavors up front, but then the dark fruits pop up, and a little metallic flavor towards the end. I'm suprised how well they keep the ABV hidden. Nice job, now only if they could cut back the sweetness a little.

MF- Big and creamy. This is a very rich and flavorful beer that's only big downfall is how out of balance it is with the sweetness, but on the other hand, with this big of an ABV, it's almost understandable...Almost.

Photo of Hemi
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer will definitely sneak up on you. I would say on an Avery scale it is oddly the drinkability is very low. This is a beer that looks much better then it tastes and smells. Samael's can use additional IBUs to balance the malty sweetness even for the style.

Photo of IronMickey
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank this one last night, going to age another a few years and re-review

A: dark copper like a faded penny, khaki head, heavy carbonation

S: only one way to describe it: hot. some nice malts, slight fruit, but very much alcohol

T: sweet, good malts, scorching alcohol finish that gives it an interesting taste but seems to drown the complexities-- definite caramel in the afterburn

M: good carbonation, smooth in the mouth. very hot.

D: delicious but the heat makes it an unlikely candidate for the daily drinker

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in to a Tulip glass

Batch 3 Apr 2007 at Cellar temperature so pretty warm.

A- Pours that muddy murky brown that old barley wines have with a thin off white head that dissipates immediately other than a thin ring around the glass with medium sized bubbles. Some sticky spotted lacing but leaves some beautiful legs on the side of the glass. The high ABV is showing.

S- Real strong caramel malts and barley up front with a nice wood sweet oak and vanilla to back it up. Tons and tons of dark fruits like black cherries, figs, raisins, and plums. Definitely get a slight alcohol in there as it warms up further but not bad.

T- Wow. Super creamy caramel malts with tons of burnt and brown sugars. Just like the smell you get a nice array of dark fruits and to top it off the strong barrel aged greatness comes through with tons of oak and vanilla flavors as well as some serious bourbon like heat.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a nice wet finish but some serious heat on the way down.

Overall all I can say is wow. I've had a lot of old barley wines in my day but this is absolutely great. A slow sipper for sure and I recommend drinking it at a warm temperature if you can stand the heat!

SkÅL!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Samael on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover" event.

Appearance: Served in an eight-ounce glass, comes with a beautiful one-finger head of a virginal white color. Lots of bubbles. Poor retention, though, as head dies and only those bubbles linger. Lacing is remarkably great, and color is classic barleywine, rusty copper like a high-quality pan or pot hanging in a classy kitchen.

Smell: Intense! Good indeed but too extreme, with lots of sweetness, mashed prunes, raisins and cherry. Booze, caramel, butterscotch.

Taste: The first sip delivers wood, then vanilla and lots of barrel! I like. Sugars, caramel, syrup. Extreme sweetness again. A lil' cloying. More dry-fruit puree, cream sherry, and even some smoke. This is like a meal! Booze in heat at the end.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth, compared to the extreme smell and taste. Not as boozy as the nose. Woodsy and dry at the end, feels like licking a barrel (but I love it!). Too boozy and hot at the end, though.

Overall: Good, but way too sweet. Sip, even the eight ounces I got (which, by the way, are just about the perfect serving for this crazy brew).

I am on the fence with Samael: I love it, but it is SO cloying. Hard to finish, but still enjoyable. In the old drinkability, it would be a "2.5". In the new overall, it is a 3.5 because it really is a good beer but the sweetness hurts it significantly.

Photo of keith712
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber, very little to no head. Thick pouring and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation. As in really low. Absolutely no lacing as the glass drains, and it takes a bit of time to finish one.

Nose: Spicy, hot, boozy, and sweet. Spicy roasted fruits, dark caramel, burnt brown sugars, and dark sweet cherries. Bourbonish in the nose and I smell no hops character at all, if it's there, it is overpowered by the rest!

Taste: Initially sweet and syrupy, followed by a warming all the way down into the chest. The oak barrel/bourbon tones immediately come out in the middle, and the finish is hot/spicy. Dark burnt spicy caramels and hot cherry flavors abound, and I swear it has some real bourbon in it, boozy. 15.8% abv is apparent as heat but not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Thick, hot, bready, and powerful presence, seriously warms everything it touches. Some sweet lingering in the tastebuds along with the heat.

Drinkability: A sipper ONLY. You could easily share one bottle of this with a friend, or three. The high abv is apparent but not abusive, but don't quaff this one, it would be wasted. I got a nice buzz off this single 12oz bottle. Nice conversation piece but not something I will buy very often. As a rare treat it's fun and interesting but not even a semi-often brew.

Overall: As noted, this is good to sample and discuss. As a novelty craft beer (to me at least), it's quite an item and stands out as an extreme of the style. 6.5 of 10 in my book.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet caramel, toffee, oak, red wine, cinnamon, sugary, alcohol in the finish, especially as it warms

color- deep amber

clarity- clear but opaque in the glass

smell- lovely sweet oak, mesquite, cedar, toast

body- prickly hop bite at the front of the mouth transitioning into a long warming spicy finish, subtle bitterness

appearance- small white ring around the glass with no lace or carbonation half way through the drink

overall impression- tastes like it smells, strong aroma, this beer is holding up fine after three years although i wouldn't go much beyond it to be guaranteed a "fresh" experience. this is a high alcohol sipper, less enjoyable as it warms...alcohol is more present and a bit tougher to get down

notes and comments- bottled in 2008/batch 4, 15.53% abv, spent yeast in the bottle, beware. would characterize this beer as a strong ale, not a barleywine, smell and taste remind me of sonoma wine country...good times. drinkability and taste only receive "good" remarks because of the strong alcohol presence

glassware: tulip

Photo of greenmonstah
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2007, Batch 3.

A - Pours a cloudy brown with a wisp of head. Opaque. Head doesn't last, but there's a wisp that stays on the border for the entire experience. Looks good for such an extreme beer.

S - Picking up lots of various dark fruits. Plum. Dark Cherry. Very sweet with a hint of the oak.

T - Very strong flavor. Alcohol is extremely mellow. It has the dark fruits of the nose, the plum, the cherry, etc. There's a lot of chocolate coated cherry. I love it. Very very sweet. A heck of a lot more chocolate than I ever expected to be tasting, it's really a very impressive flavor profile.

M - Full bodied, somewhat sticky. Wet throughout. Finish remains wet and sticky.

D - So drinkable for ~15%. I can down it easily and I just love to drink it. Have yet to find an Avery beer that's not wonderful. At 4 years old this beer is amazing.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep ruby, almost black color. Not much head, just a thin layer of bubbles that fades quickly.

S - Aroma is all dark fruits, figs, raisins, brown sugar, plum, dark cherries, all of that. Not much else other than the dark fruits though.

T - Same as the aroma. The dark fruits absolutely dominate. There's some residual sweetness from the malt base. Chocolate seems to appear as well. There's a little bit of smokiness in there as well. This has a fantastic taste, everything blends really well.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation which is perfect. Small amounts of warmth from the alcohol. Finish is slightly drying with a lot of sweetness.

D - This is quite possibly the most drinkable beer I have ever had. It's nearly 15% and I can't taste a hint of alcohol other than the slight warmth from the finish. This is overall a fantastic beer. An absurd amount of aromas and flavors balance out perfectly. I had described this during the taste as "a quad that isn't restricted to 4 ingredients" and that gives it so much more to work with.

Batch 3 from April 2007.

Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark ruby red with a purple tint. Small head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Oak, vanilla, toffee and a hint of medicinal cherry.

T: Very heavy oak throughout (in danger of being over-oaked), vanilla, hot booze, sugar, cough syrup, cola, burnt toffee and charcoal with a hint of cherry.

M: Sticky and very warming.

D: Definite sipper because of booziness but has more drinkability than most 15%+ beers.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is boozy and rich with fruit, yeast, oak. A ring of lace otherwise almost no head on peachy coloured unfiltered body. Taste is coconut from the barrel ageing.
Pineapple, apricot, peach. Above average mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for such high alcohol. Bottle at Beerbistro with Todd B.

Photo of Fenris244
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours deep red, thin head, obviously low carbonation, great clarity in the beer, after the head quickly dissipated a thin lace ring stayed around the outside of the glass

Very powerfully aromatic beer, intense raisin sweetness, brown sugar notes as dates and an almost cake like aroma. Cherry aroma comes through as well almost port like.

Pleasant sweetness in the flavors, cherry, raisin and dates come through strongly. Slight bitterness follows the sweetness and a rich cake like flavor lingers into the finish. The sweetness in this beer almost makes it suitable for a dessert. A warming effect from alcohol lingers but the alcohol is masked by the flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, coats the palate, samael is certainly a sipping beer, the sweetness is great and keeps from becoming cloying. Great find and I'll be looking for more of it in the future.

Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.