Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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Samael's AleSamael's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.90%

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.

2006: 14.50% (Batch #2)
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)
2014: 14.20% (Batch #10)
2015: 14.60% (Batch #11)

Added by ommegangpbr on 06-24-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
1,482
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
3.39
 
 
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422
Trade:
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Photo of darktronica
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sabtos
2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A veritable sandstorm in a glass, the body is a dark burnt amber behind the millions of specks of sediment, topped by a khaki blanket that disperses to a few separate areas, leaving craggy walls of lace.

Smell is toasted ginger snaps, bourbon, toffee, and pine wood.

Taste is toffee, oak, Belgian candi, sweet applesauce and a mix of fiery pine and bourbon. It's overly hot and coming off like cough syrup.

Moderate body, crisp froth, with a semi-dry tangy burn.

While somewhat better than the Beast I cracked just before this, I can see why Avery discontinued many of these. They must have been really expensive to make, and the market for people that want to regularly down beers that drink like hydrochloric acid must be pretty small, considering there's plenty of actual spirits in people's cabinets already.

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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from TW Arrowhead 10-22-2011 for $7.99. Batch #3 was bottled in April 2007 - 14.9% abv. Did not realize i had a shelf turd LOL!

Beer poured a burgundy brown with an okay off white head that dissipated quickly. Lots of sediment which i would expect from a ten year old beer.

Nose is malty with lots of dark fruits.

Taste is plums and prunes over a large malt base. Not overly sweet but no overt hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied and smooth.

Overall this brew was very drinkable after ten+ years. I have never had a fresh version and with this brew being retired i doubt i will ever get that opportunity.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Total Wine for around $10. Needs more Barrel

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Batch 2015

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Photo of Mindsculptor
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottle in 2016, really puts the wine is Barleywine. Ignore the Bros review, they drank it fresh, which was silly.

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Photo of Nunya
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass bottled in 2010.

A: head is non existent body is a caramel light brown with just a touch of haze. A few floaties but as a 7 year old bottle I think that is acceptable.

S: it smells of prunes, figs, raisins, lots of alcohol,

T: lots of prune figs and soft toffee a good bit of oxidation.

M: Soft mouthfeel carbonation is still there but it is light. Syrupy.

O: it drinks like an oxided old ale would. Light carbonation syrupy lots of prunes and dates. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the taste.

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Photo of Fabin61
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

All time favorite. Have vertical of 2007-2016

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Photo of jmasher85
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage, cellared for 2 years. Pours a clear copper with almost no carbonation or lacing.

I'll second the Alstrom Bros' review that the combination of strong alcohol, sugary, fruity sweetness, and earthy oak does give a almost cooking wine/masala-like aroma. Not in a bad way, but know what you're getting into. You know that wet, malty smell you get on brewery tours? That's kind of what I'm smelling here.

Flavor is like an amped-up English barleywine, where subtlety and complexity is exchanged for power and thickness. It's very sweet in a sugary syrup and dried fruit way. Again, wet and musty malts, apricots, red grapes, and toffee lead the way. If there's any oak influence at all, it may have either faded away, or it was only ever there as a hint of earthy dryness in the finish. It's the candy sweetness that stays in your gums though. After-belch comes up like Dr. Pepper, a bit.

Mouthfeel is thick, with only a little prickle of carbonation, and the finish lasts quite a while. Overall, sweeter than any beer if like to go back to considering how little else is going on. That said, there was nothing offensive about this beer and it was quite enjoyable, again, provided you knew what you were getting into.

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Photo of sjrider
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozy n sweet.

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

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml 2013 bottle poured into tulip 1/4/17 thanks Beersnake1 for the want

a amber liquid the looks like a slow moving snow globe from all the sediment, two fingers of tan foam makes a little noise as it fizzles leaving no lace, long legs remind you shes big

S soft caramel galore, burnt brown sugar, virgin oak, sugar coated raisins, boozy but nowhere near what I expected, some canned plums perhaps?

T fruity booze and caramel is all over this one, intense compared too the nose, apple sauce spiked with brandy

M syrupy and hot, has enough bubbles to soften it up, hits your head but definitely makes some noise going down lots of oak on the finish

O lots of good things happening here but shes over the top boozy and might never calm down

This one has enough sugar and booze that I might regret cracking it as a nightcap tomorrow when I wake up.....

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,482 ratings