Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good
1,470 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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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:
1,470
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
422
For Trade:
22
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Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Minkybut
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a tumbler. Pretty bourbon looking color and a really good smell kind nutty/woody. Beer upon first hitting your palate taste kinda nutty oaky but when you swallow all thatgreat flavor is blown away by 14% alc.
Thats my opinion anyway, I think it would be much better about with half the heat. I will not purchase again.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for sending a beer I probably wouldn't have pulled the trigger on.

This beer pours a tawny amber color with an ecru foam covering the surface. The beer needs to be allowed to warm up before enjoying due to the fact that it's repugnant until at correct temperatures. The smell is strongly of figs, plums, butterscotch and rum. There is really no alcohol aroma behind the beer, but that doesn't mean that this beer isn't strong. The taste of this beer greatly follows the nose in almost every way except there is a residual vanilla taste that comes from the oak. The mouthfeel is sticky and cloying along with the buttery mouthfeel I could honestly do without. This beer I sipped and still got buzzed, so it's drinkability is highly questionable. A good beer overall, but for the love of God, let the thing warm up!

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Photo of msscott1973
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of c-rum
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Traquairlover
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a Shiraz-style Reidel glass. This was a May 2006 Batch 2 bottling.

A = Translucent amber, almost no head, lacing and medium sized bubbles rest on the surface, carbonation is steady made up of very tiny bubbles.

S = Deep malty smells of molasses, maple syrup, butter, with slight plastic or medicinal smells perhaps from the alcohol.

T = Wow, based on the smell I was worried there would be too much of a straight alcohol flavor mixed into the malt and floral hops flavors. That is not a problem. This is a really good ale (I'd call it a barleywine), the molasses tastes are there, there is also a tart floral taste, with a long finish, bitter on the middle of my tongue and back of my throat but sweet on the sides of the tongue.

M = Heavy bodied, thick with pleasantly tickling carbonation, very good mouthcoating.

D = I was a little worried about this one when I smelled it and there seemed to be somewhat of an alcohol kick in the nose, but the taste and mouthfeel was excellent. A very strong brew that you may only want occasionally but this is an excellent beer. Now I need to go get more for cellaring.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Oakhtar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mcdsports
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Absolut
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hot. Boozy. Raisin, dark chocolate. Espresso. Burns which is expected. Not much carb.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Batch

A: Deep amber/copper color with little to no head. The little head that is present stays strong and leaves good amount of lacing.

S: Heavy on the booze. If you did not know by looking at the bottle, the smell is your first warning this is not a beer to be taken lightly. Smells like a very sweet bourbon cocktail.

T: First wave is very smooth caramel. Shortly after than comes the strong wood and booze flavors.

F: Warms the body going down. Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: I like strong drinks, but this is a bit too heavy on the alcohol to enjoy a full bottle solo. I can imagine sharing this with a friend and enjoying it, but taking down a whole bottle at one sitting by oneself is a daunting task.

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Photo of Robyn
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red foiled 12oz bottled in '05, poured into a pint.

Clear copper with good carbonation that seems a bit slow on its way to a 2cm egg shell colored head That leaves thick lace along the inside of the glass.

Lots of alcohol and sweets in the nose. Has an almost brandy character. There's some yeast and wood in there too.

The alcohol doesn't burn, but it makes itself known. It jumps in after a sweet start and takes over. Oranges and sugar jump in for a fumey finish. Sticky sugary mouthfeel. Reminds me of DFH 120. The wood is present in the after taste.

This is a big ass beer, not session material, but a good sipper. It will be interesting to try this one after a year in the cellar.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a four once taster glass at Uber Tavern, 2010 vintage. Appearance was dark amber, almost ruby. Lot’s of white head, probably two to three if it was a full pour. Leaves a gentle lacing, pretty viscous. Aroma was boozy but seemed pretty balanced. Taste was a lot of oak, and a lot of booze. Very slight hints of vanilla, cherry, and spice. It seems like the booze gets weaker as it warms, but hits again on the way down. Palate was surprisingly lively for an aged barlywine style. Lots of carbonation for it. Leaves a lingering flavor, mostly oak and alcohol though. Overall I am glad I tried it, but it’s not one of my favorites. There’s a lot going on and I’m not a fan of all of it. I don’t feel there’s enough balance to pull it off. Still very flavorful and I can see the allure to it. They were smart to only pour this in four ounces, this one can be devastating.

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Photo of WCW
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rapidsequence
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This 12oz bottle has a $8.29 sticker on it. Dont remember where I bought it.

Appearance: A viscous looking pour of clear copper-orange into a snifter. Short lived white head and a little lacing, but it gets pulled back into the beer by the legs.

Smell: When you smell this after its been sitting for a few minutes, it smells like fusels/solvent. A little swirl though brings out huge sweet, fruity malt dominance. A deep whiff however, burns the nose a little. Not too different from cognac or brandy-- boozy.

Taste: Whoa. Damn. Lots of ethanol and solvent flavors. While it smells like an insane barley wine, it tastes like poison... at least up front. Once you get it down though, the aftertaste is that of an overly sweet, malty, and boozy barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy and slick.

Drinkability: Its not really that drinkable. Its not really meant to be. Its OK as a sipper, and its a fun thing to try. I would never buy it again, but I will buy their next experiment.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak and vanilla esters, very fruity, brown sugar, mild sweet spices and sweet alcohol brandy like aroma. Taste same as aroma. Palate is a full body, sweet spices and alcohol. The finish is sweet caramel, vanilla, yeast and fruity flavors, some oak and vanilla tones, a bit of brown sugar. The ending is mildly spiced with some sweet alcohol. This brew seems to have some a bit of bourbon and brandy notes. A bit rough at the beginning but drinkable

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,470 ratings.
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