Samael's Ale
Avery Brewing Company

Samael's AleSamael's Ale
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
English Barleywine
3.89 | pDev: 14.4%
Aug 19, 2023
Jun 24, 2005
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)
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 Vintage

Pours brown in color with a one-finger off-white head that reduces to a ring. Smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, fig, booze and light oak. Taste is malty caramel and brown sugar, followed by dark fruit notes of raisin and figs. The finish gives light oak, vanilla & a hint of cherry. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel turns slightly creamy into a warming finish
Aug 19, 2023
Rated: 2.65 by jbeerd from Antarctica

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by cozmo from New York

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep orange beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel and dark fruits with a touch of raisins along with a hint of oak
T: Taste is caramel and dark fruits up front with some woody oak notes. There's a little vanilla and a touch of spice along with some faded hops. On the finish there's more caramel, dark fruits, spice, and wood.
M: This beer is full bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate. Carbonation is surprisingly effervescent and slightly prickly while the ABV gives this one a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty nice beer that has held up well to time since it was bottled in 2016. Really nice complexity and flavors and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.
Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Got a bottle from May 2015, batch 11.

Pours a turbid reddish brown with a small head and some lacing.

Smells of malt and dark fruit. Tastes of really sweet malt, cherries and plums with a warm boozy finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouth feel.

This 5+ year old bottle is like sipping very strong port wine!

Too bad the brew is retired!
Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: 12 oz bottle ("March 2016, Batch No. 12, 31.25 P, 16.3%") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Hazy copper with a brief, fizzy head of off white bubbles.

Smell: Malt-forward aroma of toffee and burnt sugar, candied fruit, vanilla and a hint of boozy barrel.

Taste: Malt focused flavor continues from the nose with rich sweet caramel, dark dried fruit, vanilla, and hints of oak and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to fully body, boozy warmth and slightly viscous, and gently carbonated.

Overall: A big, potent malt bomb.
Dec 11, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by chossboss from Oregon

Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 23, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Another one I have no idea how I haven't reviewed, batch 5, 2009. Pulled from the cellar, excited for this one.
No sound when I pop the cap, limited rust, very small head flashes away in almost an instant, legs basically just coat the glass, dark mahogany brown color

Nose brings loads of big sweet candy malt, caramel, toffee, etc, a bit of vanilla oak notes, a bit of papery oxidation with some earthy dirt like characters, some dark fruits with a bit of raisin, date, a little chocolate, and some cedar like spicy oaky character, a bit nutty as well

Taste brings loads of sweet malts and sweeteners again, big caramel heavy with molasses, candy syrup, toffee, etc, more big dark fruit with raisin, date, candied fig, more molasses and earthy sugars, some oxidation but not too much bringing a little papery note but more on the winey port wine character, a bit of a BBQ sauce but not a ton, touch of oak and cedar spice notes, getting a little like prune and Glogg, some warming tingly alcohol but doesn't feel like almost 17%, mild sticky finish but semi sweet, earthy dark fruits and mild paper oxidation lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, syrupy, almost no carb, some warming tingly alcohol

Overall interesting for sure, really nice aged barleywine, wish it had more carbonation and oak characters, but aged quite well otherwise.
Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 15, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Feb 16, 2020
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Rated by addiwilliams from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A little cloying
Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled in 2005 (14.5% abv). Opened 12-10-19.
14 years in the bottle this pours a clean, clear dark brown/mahogany colored beer with no head at all.
Dark fruit, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and booze in the nose. Port or brandy like sweetness.
Fig, prune, plum, brown sugar -- intense flavors remain at 14 years old. Still some oak aromas and flavors lingering.
Boozy but not hot.
Smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation left at all. Rich flavors and a medium finish.
Pretty cool to finally open this, it made it through 4 moves and 14 years with me.
Dec 11, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Sep 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Nutty caramel-colored brown ale, thick in the glass. Excellent head production for the style, despite the sky-high ABV. Similarly good retention and lacing. Nearly a blonde barleywine.

Nose is swimming with tones of dark fruit, bananas, toffee, brown sugar, coffee beans, grass, earthy hops, and absolutely no sign of oxidation (despite being more than 2 years old).

Intensely sweet on the palate, but somehow not particularly boozy. Bubblegum, brown sugar, banana, fig, grape, pear, apple, vanilla, caramel; it's all sweet tones, with almost nothing else, save touches of oak around the edges.

Unbelievably smooth. It's a full bodied sipper, but is far less boozy and harsh than beers that clock in 3-6% lower.
Jun 11, 2019
Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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