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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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Ratings: 1,477 |  Reviews: 648
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from April 2009 - cosumed on 11/15/11

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of bonkers
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle, april 2011, into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is a bright amber, very slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is full of caramel, vanilla, and hot alcohol. It has notes of vanilla, oak, caramel and lots of hot alcohol. It has a very hot finish, almost to the oint of burning. The body is medium, carbonation low, very alcoholic. This beer needs to be cellared to calm down the alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

A-Pours chestnut amber with a thin, bubbly off white head. No lacing.

S-Intense French oak aroma. Lots of vanilla extract and candi sugar sweetness, accompanied by the pale malt onslaught you'd expect from a 15% old ale. Hints of musty old wood permeates through the fog of sugary aromas.

T/M-Again, this is heavy on the French oak. Reminds me of the first batch of Damnation 23. Musty, woody sweetness is mostly what's happening here. Not a lot of dimension. But if you like French oak, this is for you. Rich and full bodied, with a moderately thin mouth feel and a lingering oaky finish. The alcohol is well disguised, but like the other beers in this series, I can't help but think it would work a little better at a lower ABV.

O-French oak bomb.

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Photo of uawildcat
2.54/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass. 2007 vintage.

Poured a clear dark color until I let a little bit too much into the glass and the yeast got decanted as well. Opps.

It smells pretty good like berries, booze, and brown sugar. Awesome smell.

Taste is overwhelmingly like nail polish remover, artificial strawberry, and fire. Not acceptable. Even after 4 years of aging it still is too hot.

The mouthfeel is unimpressive. Too thick, too hot, too sticky.

Overall, a poorly done big beer. I can barely tolerate sips. Drain pour.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These beers are crazy. The look of them isn't too out of the ordinary or anything. The color is a rich looking brownish amber color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of is quite strong, boozy, malty and sweet. The taste of the beer is also like the nose. It was very sweet with a kick of hops and booze in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and has a oily quality to it. Overall this beer neds to be sipped. It's big and very bold. Really should be enjoyed over the course of an hour or so, in my opinion anyway.

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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very enticing, sweet malts with light hints of fruit. Appearance is dark amber brown. Frothy tan head that sticks around and laces the glass. Taste is incredibly complex for how sweet it is. Notes of vanilla and oak with many malt backing and a sweet candy end. For a 15% beer this is dangerously drinkable. Palate is lively and fizzy carbonation.long sweet finish. Overall a fantastic addition to the cellar, I am super excited to try it after it is aged for a year or two.

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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an stemmed Avery glass. Batch 5 from 4/09.

A - Pours a hazy orange-brown with a creamy khaki-colored head that fades to a nice ring and slight haze.
S - HUGE malty aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, sherry, and oak sawdust. Smells very sweet, but the booze is surprisingly well hidden.
T - Lots of initial sweet flavors of caramel, toffee, and malt leads to a very woody, sherry-like finish. Alcohol is necessarily noticeable in the taste, but you can sure feel it's effects in the back of your throat!
M - Big and sticky, with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and lowish carbonation.
O - Definitely a big, boozy monster, but the flavors that are present are quite nice. Not really my thing, but I'm glad to have experienced it!

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Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,477 ratings
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