Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay
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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
Ratings:
1,471
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
423
For Trade:
22
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Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey_L
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2015

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Photo of Mindsculptor
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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 -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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 +14.9%
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 -1.8%
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 +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozy n sweet.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Bottle.

Oaky, intense malts, alcohol astringency, pretty sweet. The booz was initially intense but it mellowed to a silent roar. I'd highly recommend this beer. Avery certainly knows how to execute a massive beer with grace.

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Photo of earljones199
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Tons of caramel and oak. First time having this and I wonder how much of the great flavors are from the extended aging. Too bad it's not in Avery's production lineup anymore

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a striking copper with just about a half finger of head. The nose has soft bourbon notes. The overwhelming flavor note is sweetness but there is an accompanying mediciney quality that is off-putting.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A different barley wine with an odd color, probably unfiltered, but with a nice light aroma, tasty and very strong on the alcohol. Another retired Avery. Respect Beer!
Batch #12.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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