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: British 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:
658
Ratings:
1,496
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
421
Trade:
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Photo of GlennWB
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This is poured from a batch #12 bottle dated March 2016, with a ABV of 16.30%.

With a murky amber color, the aroma is a rich, sharp, malt booze aroma, as the flavors contain overly rich raisins and biscuits, oddly balanced with hops in a nearly unpleasant way. The mouthfeel is in really good shape, as it supports the sweet sake raisin bread aftertaste. Overall, it is pretty good, but I’d rather have what Angel Michael is brewing. Also, in terms of the high alcoholic sippers, I highly recommend the barrel aged Numbskull and Olde Ale/Special Reserve from Alesmith Brewing Company, Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Company and Chanukah in Kentucky from Schmaltz Brewing Company!

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Cannot find a batch # but I assume it is from the last year it was released. Cloudy dark amber with yeast floating in the fluid. A large head forms and slowly settles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is full of caramel and oak. And boy is it super sweet. Bordering on cloying. Alcohol is strong and hot. Not balanced at all. Not sure age has helped this beer as I did not sample a bottle when it was fresh. Big body and nicely carbonated results in a full mouthfeel.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid Belgian Strong Ale. Wakes you up with every sip, nice boozy flavor. Definitely not for the faint of heart but boy do I love Avery.

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

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

Photo of 5EKF
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bath no. 10, btld March 2014, and cracked open four years later. That said, it should be pointed out this review is a bit unfair due to its age, which did nothing but good for this. Pours a deep, dark copper color with an inch of off-white head that falls slowly, which I didn’t expect from an old high-abv beer. Smell is huge! Dried fruit, figs, caramel, toffee, nutty, and you can smell the booze. Big nose, and equally big flavors. Malty is an understatement of course, but lots of toffee, oak character is present, and jeez is this sweet. It’s not quite cloying, but it’s cutting it close. As it warms, (and you really need to have this at cellar temp, like it’s really, really imperative that it not be too cold) It gets more layered and you can taste more and more under the sweetness. It’s full bodied, but not quite as thick as I’d expected based on Avery’s other big-ass beers. Overall, damn good stuff. Sweet, but expectedly so, and not without complexity and nuance.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange-brown with a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is biscuit and toasted malts with a hit of smooth oak, and alcohol. Flavor profile is toasted, nutted, caramel, and biscuit malts with robust notes of caramel, oak, and alcohol. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, large texture with a touch of fizz on the tongue. Overall, a huge beer, but it's smooth. Alcohol is present in both the aroma and flavor profile, so it isn't the smoothest of offerings. This is the 2015 version, aged for about 2 1/2 years.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in March 2016. Aged two years at time of consumption.

L: Hazy, dark amber with some small floaties. Topped with a surprisingly large rocky beige head. Long-lasting retention, with some lacing.

S: Huge cherry, fig, prune, and date. Brown sugar, caramel, port wine, and brandy. Toasted pumpernickel bread and fruitcake. Boozy warmth. Toasted oak.

T: Huge bread and dried dark fruits. Toasted pumpernickel bread, fruitcake, and brown sugar meet sour cherry, date, fig, and plum. Tastes like a huge brandy or port wine. There's some cooked apple and pear, and red wine. Mild oak tannins as well. Some black cherry. Quite sweet overall, with oak tannins and booze cutting through it, with some lingering warmth on the finish.

F: Full, but not thick or chewy. Smooth, slick, and oily. Moderately carbonated. Slick with residual sugars. Just barely dries out on the finish with oak tannins.

O: An excellent huge beer. Phenomenal. A monster.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bin 22. OMG! This really hit the spot right now. Tastes perfect. Medium to dark amber, small white fading head. Nice sweet malty aroma, very welcoming, caramel, toffee. Taste too favors sweet malts, some woody notes, caramel. Doesn’t present itself as boozy, but its apparent. Smooth, but ass-kicking. Good night.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings