Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,470 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:
1,470
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
422
For Trade:
22
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Photo of cd34
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper to amber in color and very hazy from the bourbon barrel aging. There's a fingernail of beige around half of the rim. The aroma is comprised of a hefty dose of malt, sweet bourbon, and woodsy oak. The taste is very sweet light malt, bourbon, and earthy oak. The mouth is warm with alcohol and rather chewy.

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Photo of Muss42
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8, server in a snifter. Caramel brown pour. Scents of candi sugar, caramel, and toffee. Flavors are sweet and balanced. The aging has balanced this big beer well. Perfect for a chilly day.

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Photo of BlackYoda
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An oldie that has been waiting for awhile in the fridge from
the bottle in a snifter. This beast of a brew pours a deep lightly cloudy
brownish mahogany with a light head of off white foam that subsides to a
thick ring, light thin pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of raisins, toffee, brown sugars,
oak, strong grain booze, and vanilla. Flavors follow the nose to perfection with
toffee and brown sugars awash in caramel and booze soaked raisins with notes of
vanilla on the back and a medium oak note. VERY warm on the finish with a slick
and hot mouth feel with low (nearly non existent carbonation).

I think I just lost feeling my teeth.....this one is a warm simmer on the taste buds.

Nice but a touch too much on the booze factor. Could use a touch of balance and
THAT is after 5 years of maturing. Nice but over the top.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and well balanced 2015 16.3% ABV

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Photo of Rcaros
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured about .5 finger of off white creamy rocky mix head. Golden amber in the glass

A lot of oak, wet oak, heavy dark fruit, generic preserve jam smell.. very nice onnthe nose.

A lot of the same in the taste. Dark fruit forward, nice oakiness, the alcohol is there and you feel it evaporate on your palate. Getting cinnamon / spice for some reason. . Very good
Medium plus feel.. very good beer

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

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle that was cellared.

The color is a dark amber shade almost bronze with good clarity and thin beige head with fine bead. The smell is mostly malt with a a hint of alcohol and woodiness perhaps hop derived. The feel is good for the strength with a nice level of body with balance toward the malt.

The taste is very good better than I would expect with a nice English malt character that has a light toffee-like sweetness and there is a mild bitterness with a light toasted grain and some alcohol with gentle stone fruit from the yeast. This is a very good strong ale..I want to try a fresh bottle now since it seems they have lowered the alcohol slightly perhaps that will improve my overall enjoyment.

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

Photo of Shmizzen
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Prost76
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AppaZappa
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep amber color.

The aroma offers sweet caramel, sugary, oak, dark fruit, cherry, plum.

The flavor hits of cloying in sweet sugar, sugar water, plum, booze, light amounts of oak, but the sweetness is just overwhelming past a couple small sips.

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Photo of stortore
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled May, 2015, batch #11.

Pours an orange/amber color, a little hazy, with a half inch head and little lacing. Smells of figs, plums, malt, raisins, dates, some cherries, a light mustard aroma. The taste pretty much follows- figs. raisins, dates, malt, caramel, toffee, less plums than the nose, light cherries and oak. Some alcohol. It's pretty sweet. Very smooth for the ABV, medium bodied, appropriately carbonated.

Gotta say, I like sweet, but this is a little cloying, so I can see why others rate his lower. Good flavor and aroma, liked it, glad I tried it. The sweet thing and the price point make the purchase of batch #12 an iffy proposition.

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Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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