1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samael's Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Samael's AleSamael's Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,088 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 63
Gots: 262 | 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
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samael's Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,088 | Reviews: 579 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fartingdog
fartingdog

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucious amber color with thin-to-no head. Aroma is definitely sweet- hints of vanilla, light fruit. Taste is rich and sweet, faint vanilla and oak, a bit hot. Mouth is thick and viscous, alcohol burn on the finish. Reminds me more of an old ale in flavor, perhaps. Rich and complex. A fine sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 04:22:24 | More by fartingdog
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange-amber color, with interesting little particles suspended in the beer, neither floating nor rising. Not much head and little lacing. Noticible alcohol in the aroma, fruity and medicinal. Extremely fruity taste, cloyingly sweet overripe peach flavor. Alcohol very noticible. Bitterness undetectable. Big bodied, with a substantial mouthfeel.

Bleagh, I find myself unable to finish the last 2/3rds of this. Too sweet by half.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 03:16:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of DogFood11
DogFood11

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a 14.5% brew the head and retention are a treat to even exist. Lacing is admirable as well. A light shade of copper that is shiney and has some slow rolling carbonation. Just like the 2005 review except I will add that it has little visible carbonation and is cloudy.

Sweet up front and in the middle and in the finish. Anything interesting here? yes! It is admittedly on the syrupy side of the mouthfeel but there is so much goodness in there that I'll let that slide for now. A spicey, flowery boquet that gets burried some by the heavy malts but its there and contributes nicely. There is a rubbing alcohol edge to it and the warming is off the charts as a result. My body temperature felt like it went up a couple pops while drinking this pup. Aged kendling that is so dry that it would burn in a flash, meaning there is an aged wood feeling more so than a freshly cut tree. As it warmed the syrupy feeling was more prominent and a bit annoying but really more of an afterthought.

Notes: I liked this almost exactly the same as the 2005 version as its identical to my palate. I put almost a year on this bottle of 2006 and that seems about perfect to me. It still has that spicey alcohol edge and the only difference is in the malt bill as it settled into a thicker more complex body.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 03:16:05 | More by DogFood11
Photo of stereosforgeeks
stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange-ish ruby which had a light tan head for a brief moment.

Smell - The alcohol and some caramel malts seem to be the backbone with berries, oak, and cognac notes present well.

Taste - The berries and some grapes hit the tongue first along with the biting alcohol notes. The caramel malts ride through the middle. There is an oily taste, toffee, oak, and cognac that finish.

Mouthfeel - An oily medium body glides on the tongue. There is a small bite of carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a sipper and the ABV will keep this from being something i return to time and time again. I feel like having more hops would help balance the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 06:19:27 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a clear dark amber color ale with a small foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Aroma of brown sugar is domination with some subtle alcohol signs. Taste is dominated by some very sweet malt with very little hops and also very little signs of oak. Alcohol was way too predominant and the beer was way too sweet for my personal taste. It seems that Avery big beers series are either hit or miss and this one would be a miss.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 19:27:57 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of khiasmus
khiasmus

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

A- Beautiful crystal clear honey color with mild white lace.

S- Honey, raisins, toast, biscuits, almonds, barley, alcohol, cane sugar, vanilla, fruit. Ultra-complex... and if they made a perfume like this I would jump the woman wearing it.

T- Wild. very spicy, very alcoholic. Peppery and sweet with fusel alcohols that kick and warm. Sweet lingering finish.

M- Slightly carbonated, but silky-smooth and slick on the tongue. A very slight lingering dryness due to the alcohol, which is overshadowed by the honey-sweet overall finish.

D- It's so complex, so sweet, and so alcoholic, that you can't drink much... unless you're a fan of beers such as EKU 28. if you get the chance, TRY THIS BEER. But share it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:09:39 | More by khiasmus
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This wasn’t “florescent orange” like I noticed last year but was not clear and had a small head. The ABV was unchanged from 2005 so I guess that makes sense.

Smell – The orange and especially the cherry are very strong at the nose. They drown out any sense of hoppiness. The aroma though is excellent without a hint of alcohol or cheap ingredients.

Taste – The raunchy wine flavors are almost moldy and the wood is soaked and soggy, The alcohol is much more noticeable at the taste. The flavors work well together but lack any hint of hops that is presumed from the style classification.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with no boozy mouth sting.

Drinkability – This is one of the more drinkable samples from the Avery booze dungeon. It didn’t get a stellar rating but I will buy occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:28:10 | More by RoyalT
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like batch 2, pours an effervescent caramel with 4+ fingers of fluffed up white head. A little lacing & just a hint a head ring on the side of the glass

S: Smokey & cakey & boozey

T: Breadyness, inrense plummy & apricot flavors & along with some strong oak char. Raisins, rum & sweetbread follow. Finishes dry, with hints of vanilla, maple syrup candy, bourbon & pralines along some warming booze. I feel there's a little too much taste-wise colliding to rate a higher score

MF: Medum bodied/chewy, vinous with low carbonation

Drinks alright, the dryness & smokeyness detract some. I'll take this over the beast or the devil stout Mestophiles any day

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 04:39:03 | More by russpowell
Photo of ZAP
ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in May 2006-

Pours a slightly hazed orange....oak and sweet berries on the nose along with some vanilla...

Very rich and sweet flavored...vanilla bean, oak, nougat, and sweet berries at the beginning....a mild alcohol spiciness on the finish.

Big body on this...creamy texture....carbonation is about perfect.

I'm surprised at how little I taste the booze in this beer. At 14.5%, I expected it to be prevelant but this is highly drinkable. Certainly a sipper but a highly drinkable sipper....

This is a special big hitter in my book...I'd certainly purchase this again if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 07:07:05 | More by ZAP
Photo of hammer09
hammer09

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have to admit that I expected a lot from this beer, having previously tried Avery's the Beast Grand Cru. However, Samael's Oak Aged Ale left something to be desired. This is not a bad beer; it just didn't live up to my expectations.

Samael poured a medium, cloudy amber with a thick and foamy head. The cloudiness tends to detract from this beer's appeal and visible carbonation appeared lazy. Lacing was thick and clinging. Smell is sweet and very alcoholic with vanilla and acetone aromas. In fact, the aroma of this beer is much like that from a bottle of scotch. Hop character, if any, was overpowered by the aromatics wafting from my pint glass. Taste was (grimace) very, very sweet and alcoholic. Almost bourbon-like, which makes sense given this beer's style. Definitely overpowering for a first quaff, but not bad if the beer is sipped. Mouthfeel is warming and alcoholic with a smooth, creamy character. Carbonation is minimal.

It's not that I wasn't impressed with Samael's drinkability, but there's simply too much going on in this beer. The alcohol and aromatics overpower the aroma and flavor of the beer. Was it worth the $7.95 that I paid? I don't believe so. Is it a bad beer? No. But next time, I think I'll reach for a bottle of scotch instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 12:51:16 | More by hammer09
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, this one has a very cool label. Avery has some of the best labels.
Pours a deep copper color, with dense white head. The oak aroma smacks you right off the bat.
Oak and alcohol is all I smell.
Taste is vanilla, oak, alcohol and some malt. Hops seem to be there, but can't get past the oak and vanilla.
A slight burn and this brew slides down to a 'worth a try' beer. Interesting, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 22:52:11 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of mmcave
mmcave

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy at Sams. 12oz bottle, brewed may 2006, batch 2, O.G.1.135.
Poured straight down the center of the glass into a nonic the head is rather tight, sits an inch thick with good retention and slight lacing. The body is a deep slightly hazy reddish orange. Smells of sweet malt, lots of esters (tropical fruity) some banana, candies pear, plum, port like scents, sugar, and little cinnamon. Alcohol is present, but not over powering. The hops are a little over overwhelmed in the nose. The taste, sweet rich body with nice carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy, the hops come out in the middle with a little bitterness and some alcohol warmth to finish. The oak can be experience much more as it worms up, very slight but nice nuance. This is a tasty barley wine, approachable, but definitely not for the faint of heart. A Syrupy sweet, yet complex punch in the face. Try it for crap sake.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 21:04:36 | More by mmcave
Photo of Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Indiana

2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled in May of 2006, Batch 2. Pours with decent head, no lacing, color is orangeish red, or reddish orange if you prefer. Aroma of cherries and strawberries soaked in rum.

Whoa. This is a big beer. There is a sharp sweetness that I don't care for. Various sugary flavors running rampant. This is simply not ready to drink. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. To say that it is coating doesn't come close to explaining it. Not drinkable by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 19:00:35 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of geexploitation
geexploitation

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed in May 2006. Pours clear and orange-amber, with a surprisingly large head for something this alcoholic. Big vanilla aromas (not surprising, considering it's flavored with American oak chips) but also a compelling mango aroma, some butter and spice. On the palate, initially just a touch acidic and fruity (the mango again comes to the fore, along with some apricots) before growing sweeter and sweeter through the finish, which stays sharply and cloyingly sweet. It's not my favorite part of this beer. There's a burst of fruit and raw alcohol at the end. Substantial carbonation throughout the palate, which is kind of surprising given the style. Overall, this is rather good. I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did... the vanilla oakiness wasn't too overbearing, as it was attenuated by some fruit. The carbonation also helped it from becoming too heavy. Not bad at all, and certainly original.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 04:03:19 | More by geexploitation
Photo of warmstorage
warmstorage

California

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, brought in from Colorado by a friend of a friend. I paid him $50 for a six pack. I'd had it twice before, and knew what I was in for, and it was worth every damn penny.

Bottle states "Bottled in May 2006 Batch 2"; states 14.5% ABV, OG 1.135. Yowza!

Pours a deep orange with a reddish hue, fairly hazy. A little bit of sparkly carbonation fizz and a white head that goes away quickly, leaving no lacing. It does leave almost a sheen in the sense of wine or liquer leaving "legs" on the glass. I'm using a wide-mouthed wine glass.

Aroma is fruity and spicy, hints at apricot. The alcohol is apparent even in the nose. As it warms, you can definitely get some wood out of it, and maybe a bit of leather.

Taste is a flavor explosion: apricot, wood, spice, and alcohol heat dominate, with a thick yet surprisingly carbonated mouth. Delicious, just like every time I've had it. It lingers long with spice, bitter orange, maybe hints of bergamot, and tangerine.

This beer manages to put down 14.5% alcohol in a warming, but definitely not hot way. It's a heavy beer, no doubt, and not for the uninitiated.

A note on my scores: the "5" for drinkability is both how I objectively feel about this beer, and relative to other huge, 'extreme' beers. The 5 for taste? I could drink this every single day for the rest of my life, until cirrhosis of the liver set in. I mean, this stuff is absolutely magical.

My rough plan is to drink a bottle a year for the next five years, but I have very serious doubts it'll last that long. (Ummm, anyone out there who wants to trade some truly unique, rare, big beer, like Dark Lord, Utopias, Millennium, etc., beermail me.) I LOVE this stuff. It might well be one of my five favorite beers in the world, out of well over a thousand I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 02:25:24 | More by warmstorage
Photo of biking4beer
biking4beer

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle bottled in May 06

Crystal clear copper with yellow around the edges. Very minimal, whispy head. A few bubbles

Slight Belgian yeast aroma. Very candy sweet smell.

Really sweet taste. Belgian candy sugar is the predominant flavor. Very prominant alcohol.

This beer is thick and oily. Not much carbonation. Not very drinkable. Too sweet. Too much of an alcohol burn. It's worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 20:35:33 | More by biking4beer
Photo of Metalmonk
Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2006, Batch 2

The fluffy off-white head retains longer than any 14.5% beer can be expected to. It eventually dies, of course. Color is a deep, cloudy, dark amber.

Smells of sour pine, butterscotch, molasses, and, uh, paint thinner? A caustic heat ripples through the nostrils. Clearly a high-test beverage.

That wild aroma heat is surprisingly subdued in the flavor, a flavor of deep and super-satisfying complexity. The predominant impression is apples stewed in brandy, brown sugar and cinnamon. A velvety butterscotch smoothness tames all that alcohol, which only shows up as a warming glow. Robust fruit as it warms. Drinks like a liqueur without being as ridiculously sweet as most of them. Lays on the tongue like liquid silk. Thick but not sticky or intrusive. This is an absolute pleasure.

This is remarkably mellow, the sweet elements and huge alcohol thankfully don't dominate...no doubt helped by the 9 months in the bottle, and it would be probably still be quite drinkable at ten times that age. It's a pricey bastard ($8.49 per 12 oz. bottle) but because it's so damn good, and lasts as long as a 22 ouncer, I'd purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 20:01:28 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of dherling
dherling

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled May 2006. 4 months oldfor a barley wine is pretty young, but here we go. Medium brown with a light orange hue, semi-cloudy haze with an off white fizzy head that dissapears quickly. Lots of stuff going on in the nose, apple, orange, grapefruit, red wine, port, oak, raisin. The only down side of the nose is how faint it is. I had to cover the glass with my hand and inhale deeply to get all these nuances. Not a fill the room nose. The same cannot be said for the taste, which I can say right off the bat would benefit from some serious aging. This is huge, real big. Tremendous amount of malt and sweet raisins. Everything fromt he nose is here, along with some pine, a little smokyness, and cherry. As you drink this, the red wine notes in the nose fill your nose, and take center stage there. Truly amazing, wine inthe nose, beer int he mouth. Despite it's Schwartzenegger approach to attacking my palate, it actually finishes quite cleanly. The warmth is still there, but it's not cloying or distractive, it's pleasent. I can't believe how drinkable this is.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 07:37:49 | More by dherling
Photo of hero27
hero27

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Red foil draped over the cap & neck.
Bottled in May 2006.
14.5% abv.

Avery makes some big-ass beers, and this one is no exception..

Hazy brown..thin, unassuming head.
Abundantly sweet..smooth, oaky presence comes and goes as it sits on the tongue. Thick, coating mouthfeel..the sweet, slightly fruity array of malts are particularly interesting..this certainly ranks up there with some of the sweetest beers I've had.
A slight alcohol burn, but nothing overbearing considering it's sitting at nearly 15%. A sipper through-and-through..the warming effect is pretty evident right from the start of this one.

A barleywine that will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. Thanks to Quaffer for the chance to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:53:48 | More by hero27
Photo of cbl2
cbl2

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$6.49 12 oz. Bottled May 2006, Batch 2.

Appearance:

Amber brown, shining with bright spots of orange topped by a quarter inch of tight white foam that settles rather slowly.

Aroma:

Sharp notes of oak, a blend of chardonnay and sherry, coupled with a burnt caramel aroma and a shock of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Insanely sweet at first, with flavors of overripe fig and belgian candied sugar, gives way to hot alcohol, sherry-like in its nuttiness. Subtle oaked nuances are present throughout, lending the beer a vanilla aspect, though they never dominate. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, and as you let this warm in the mouth it takes on a distinct chardonnay oaked quality. A touch too sweet, but intriquing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:01:02 | More by cbl2
Photo of mentor
mentor

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A year and a half in my cellar...let's see how this one is developing. Cellar temperature. Pours a crystal clear red light-mahogeny. Thin layer of tan head. Smells estery, sherry oxidation, some alcohol, cherry and vanilla. Toasted grains and caramel. A little bit of vegetable.

Tastes wicked sweet. Oxidation can't compete. Alcohol is present, but serves as the platter for malt sweet and esters. Vanilla is strong and overly sweet. Orange from hops with only a smidge of piney. I seem to recall loving this when fresh, but I'm finding it too sickly sweet. Cherry and berry. Sherry oxidation is much stronger in smell than flavor, in which it is just a hint under the caramel fruity sweet. Classified as an Am B-wine. Sorry hops are so buried they hardly count.

Super sticky thick and mild carbonation. I'm tempted to dilute this with water to make it more drinkable, because, as is, I'm having a hard time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 04:04:24 | More by mentor
Photo of jjayjaye
jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach amber color with a wispy light tan head that fades quickly. There is significant visible effervescence, steady streams of very tiny bubbles, that keep the head alive.

The aroma is a not so subtle prelude to the experience of alcohol that awaits.

The mouthfeel is smooth and heavy without being syrupy. I experience less of a flavor "coating" than i did with Beast.

This beverage is also quite sweet with the flavor of sugars and malt. Almost rum-like.

Definitely a sipper. I will reserve this for that quiet time at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 23:14:14 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that I purchased six months ago and paid an arm and a leg for (well, not really but $7 is a lot to me for one beer). The color is a really nice cloudy orange with a small 2 cm off-white head. The smell is of hi-octane alcohol and not much else; as Papa Burgundy would say “stings the nostrils”. The taste is very close to whiskey with a little sweetness. This is not quite as bad as Mephistopheles but it isn’t great. This really isn’t a beer to me but more an after-dinner liqueur like a cognac or bourbon. This is way too big for me and not recommended unless you like liquor-beers. The only reason I cracked this was because I spent four hours in traffic due to a blizzard and my belly needed warming. This beer is good for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 01:24:58 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of goodbyeohio
goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

i believe that during my last review of this beer, my palate was suffering from a severe lack of flavor reception, or perhaps i had an intense sinus cold. or maybe this beer has just turned foul.

fiery glowing orange, clear with slight blur haze. creamy ring and more head than i'd imagine on a 15% beer. lacing is preserved in sheets as the beer moves about the chalice.

aroma of sugary-ripe cherries soaked in everclear. brown sugar-infused vodka gives way to a mildly soapy character. smells rather off and extremely boozy.

holy sweetness! big malts and unfermented sugar greet me immediately, and some sickly sweet fruit puree shows up mid-swallow. the alcohol and intense fruit combine for the perfect grapey triaminic flavor that reviews clutch at so desperately. i actually cough every other sip due to the extreme aggressiveness of this brew. the finish isn't awful, as it leaves some red berry pulp and gingerbread notes behind.

also, on a positive note, the mouthfeel is perfect (slightly fizzy, yet thick- however not too sticky.. kinda creamy) and drinkability, for this abv, is decent.. although i think that's due to the sweetness here. not sure that heaps of turbinado sugar is a proper way to skillfully mask abv, but whatever. probably won't revisit a third time, twice was puh-lenty.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 14:53:43 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick reddish amber body with a small bubbled head that died quickly. You can tell how big this beer because when you swirl it around the glass it leaves huge streaks.

Nose is intense and yet very mellow. Big fruity caramel mixed with LME. Earth, molasses and a present but very soft alcohol. A very very mild wood note blends perfectly into the malt and makes it almost unnoticeable.

Full bodied and then some. Taste is essentially pure malt malt and more caramel malt with a big muted alcohol warmth. Very little in the way of hops or hop bitterness at first, although it picks up a bit more as it warms. Touches of sweet bread, vanilla and molasses dominate the malt taste. For a beer that is labeled as an oak aged beer the oak is surprisingly mellow. The oak is actually closer to a chardonnay type buttery oak as opposed to that smokey bourbon oak taste.

A sipping beer for sure. It sort of tastes like an english barley-wine reduction. It's just so syrupy sweet it's almost hard to drink, but it's still very good. Definitely a beer to share, even for 12-oz.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 02:36:23 | More by taez555
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.