Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: a reddish dark brown with a fingers worth of fine off white head that leaves no lacing and fades to a film as I drink it.

Smells: a heavy cherry note with a well established oak presence. There is a vanilla hint but mostly a caramel backbone.

Tastes: like the nose insists. there is a heavy dark fruit taste that merges with the sweet oak notes. the high alcohol content does clash with the taste, but after a few sips it fades and it wasn't a huge complaint for me.

Mouthfeel: there is actually a nice carbonation to this ale and I enjoyed how the sweetness balances the 16% is such drinkable way.

Overall: I really enjoyed this brew. The big oak flavor is super sweet and layers this ale with a lot of flavors to enjoy. Probably my favorite so far from Avery followed by their IPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Hangar Room.

Served in a tulip, deep amberish copper color with a thin layer of sticky foam.

Huge sweet caramel nose with boozy bourbon, fruit and toffee notes.

The flavor is much like the smell. Loads of caramel and toffee sweetness. Nice bourbony alcohol presence. Some fruity notes along with vanilla, oak, caramelized sugar and alcohol. Surprisingly, not real hot despite the abv.

Sticky, but very smooth. All of full bodied.

Really enjoyed this sipper of a beer. I will have to grab a bottle or two of this the next time I see it. A spendy, but well worth it once in your life beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this. Purchased at Chambers Wine and liquor.

A-- Poured a bright strawberry red jam color. No head at first and a nice, reverse cascading head, bright white head/ film that was at best a half a finger. Minimal carbonation and good head retention. Finally died off at the very end of drinking.

S-- Strawberry jam, slight bits of oak, perfume, pepper, dark fruits and Carmel. Quite a nice smell. until it warmed up and became a booze bomb.

T-- Strawberry jam, bread, dark fruits, Carmel, oak, spices, and spices that changed to alcohol. Once warm the alcohol came in massive waves and destroyed the strawberry jam flavors.

M-- Thick, rich, decadent, and nearly perfect carbonation for the style and the ABV of the beer. Once it warmed up and opened it this changed into a total monster.

O-- Long term cellaring will pay massive rewards. Cold this is a really good beer as the alcohol is really muted. Once warm this is a beast. Lots of alcohol but this beer has serious potential. Easy to drink and a lot of jam notes even with the alcohol at times. Hard to do a 12 oz bottle on my own or even shared but still quite good.

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A- Pours a cranberry red with little to no head. No head b/c of the huge amounts of alcohol.

S- Vanilla, Bourbon, and dark fruits.

T- Sweet sweet sweet caramel malts, plums and dates and some vanilla bean as well. Full Body and sticky too. I can see many people liking this if you like barley wines or even belgian darks but it's just too much alcohol for me.

Food Pairing- Sticky toffee pudding.

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A - Poured out a hazy, light burgundy color with little to no head. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very malty sweet with vanilla and oak notes. A touch of bourbon aromas, too.

T - Good sweet bread maltiness with bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors. There are hints of butterscotch and toffee flavors.

M - It was soft and creamy with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This was really good with about a year and a half of aging. Curious about a fresh bottle.

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,489 ratings