Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
1,482 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
1,482
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
3.39
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
422
Trade:
21
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,482 |  Reviews: 650
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Bottle.

Oaky, intense malts, alcohol astringency, pretty sweet. The booz was initially intense but it mellowed to a silent roar. I'd highly recommend this beer. Avery certainly knows how to execute a massive beer with grace.

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Photo of earljones199
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Tons of caramel and oak. First time having this and I wonder how much of the great flavors are from the extended aging. Too bad it's not in Avery's production lineup anymore

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006

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

Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a striking copper with just about a half finger of head. The nose has soft bourbon notes. The overwhelming flavor note is sweetness but there is an accompanying mediciney quality that is off-putting.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A different barley wine with an odd color, probably unfiltered, but with a nice light aroma, tasty and very strong on the alcohol. Another retired Avery. Respect Beer!
Batch #12.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,482 ratings