Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Samael's AleSamael's Ale
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Samael's AleSamael's Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish amber with a small amount of foamy off white head that dissipates quickly and does not leave any lacing.

On the nose its a bit boozy, there is a sickly sweet molasses smell and I can pick up on and some dark fruit there is a licorice smell that comes in at the end.

Flavor wise the dark fruits come in first and there is some sweet black licorice that lingers around towards the end. There are some other flavors like vanilla bean that are hard to discern in the middle along with a hint of alcohol.

The alcohol isn't really overpowering and its pretty thick and smooth but this is definitely a slow sipper.

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First had: on tap at their brewpub
2011 batch

Poured into a mini snifter, an oily crimson brown with a creamy off-white head that dissipated almost completely after a minute or so. Sweet nose, lots of fruits and caramel, a bit phenolic. Sweet taste of caramel and toffee candy, oak, dark fruits, mildly hopped for a sense of balance. Alcohol taste is pretty subdued actually, but it's definitely a strong one. "No," my lovely wife said, passing the glass to me. Full-bodied, left a film in the mouth, but nothing a sip of water can't cure. Tasty, but not something you'd spend your whole night drinking.

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Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, oaky, and small alcohol note. In the taste, bourbon like, oaky, vanilla, and a small alcohol burn. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a adry oak in the aftertaste. It is like drinking bourbon light, a good sipper.

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800th BA review
Batch 2, bottled May 2006

The devilish demon the label refers to has languished in the bottle for nearly three years, mercifully separated from the most fainthearted members of human-kind, crowned-and-brown-glass bound in the unholy purgatory of a dark, dank cellar corner. Exhumed from the void and lightly chilled, Samael's Oak-Aged Ale is unleashed with a vigorous pour into my glass....

Hmm. Well, no winged devils, Hell-fire, nor brimstone come shooting out of the bottle, but what does arrive in my Duvel tulip is quite clear, reddish-copper in color, and when held to the lamplight, the liquid glitters golden-amber with a glowing crimson-tinted heart that twinkles like the flickering fires of Hades. A thin cap of off-white foam crowns the brew briefly, retreating as if pursued by demons. Settling quickly, the timid bubbles huddle together in a creamy collar that rings the glass. No lacing sticks, but given the evil-edged ABV, that's no surprise and no problem for me.

The smell is quite fruity, with notes of fresh red apple, fermenting orange, and a splash of tart lemon zest with dark caramel. The aroma of oak languishes under the fruit, presenting itself as seasoned wood-- dry, solid, earthy, and cool.

The taste is sweet and fruity... a splash of apple, a spritz of lime... but just where in the Hell did the coconut come from??!?! Silky-smooth, creamy, sugary, rich Malibu-rum flavored coconut sticks onto my palate, and for the first few swigs I have a hard time noticing anything else. A fine juicy red-apple note cuts through the syrupy tropical fruit, accompanied by liquory caramel and a note of fermented canteloupe. The alcohol factor is pleasantly draped in fruit and poorly-hidden in the flavor profile, and the internal warming effect the drink has on my body feels like some techies pulled the control rods all the way out of an atomic reactor pile, leaving runaway critical mass chain reactions generating spikes of intense nuclear heat in my belly-- and on a chilly evening I'm spending inside, I like it.

The drink is silky, medium-bodied, and surprisingly drinkable-- meaning I think I'll be able to finish the whole 12-ouncer before the core degenerates into the China Syndrome from Hell. 3 years of aging did this beer a real service, and I wouldn't hesitate to throw another case in the cellar except for the arm/leg price point of this truly excellent brew. Worth trying, actually only a little evil, damned tasty and truly superb with a little age on it.

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.7% out of 100 with 1,471 ratings
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