Samael's Ale | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,463 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:
1,463
Reviews:
645
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
421
For Trade:
22
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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle is marked as batch 11, released in May, 2015

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, bright copper red with an off-white, finger width head. Fair carbonation, then dissipates to thin, consistent layer of suds with a fair ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Notes of caramel, raisin and a bit of sweetness and tartness, like sugary lemon cake.

Taste - Caramel and an overload of honey and cane sugar. A bit of fig and wooden oaky notes come through in the finish, but are muted by the domineering sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and sticky as hell, coating the mouth and leaving syrupy residue on the lips.

Overall - Overtly sweet; cloyingly so. Not my preference. Tastes like drinking a blend of vodka, honey and cane sugar. Ugh. Sorry Avery, this is horrible.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of En29356
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cultclassic89
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Way too sweet. Similar to Rumpkin but not as good, which is also too sweet.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pink tinted pale amber with a large, fluffy head. The aroma is redolent of walnuts, dates, raisins, plum, candied apple, overripe peach, and fresh cut flowers. The flavor provides and integrated taste of cherry, plum, fig, date, nutmeg, walnut, cinnamon candy, overripe peach, mellow vanilla, and clementine oranges. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and creamy. Overall I found this beer completely incredible - so complex, with so much variety in terms of fruit and nut, and spice flavors, both sweet and a touch sour, rich without being overwhelming - just a perfect tipple.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in May-2016 with ABV==16.3%. This poured a burnt copper with a thick head. It has a really syrupy mouth-feel and thick tastes of malt, burnt molasses, toffee and oakyness. I'm totally OK with the "boozy" high alcohol; but wow, just hate the sweetness.

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Photo of AdamSteve
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MacMalt
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a coppery orange color with a thick, foamy, ecru-colored head and lacing. The smell is predominately oak, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The taste is very hot and boozy with burnt oak, burnt sugar, molasses, malt, and maybe a hint of apricot. It is also extremely sweet - even for an English Barleywine - and extremely potent. It has a chewy, syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. I'm not a shrinking violet when it comes to high ABV but I think this would be a lot more enjoyable at around 10.5%. Overall, it is definitely a drinking experience. Just not one I'd have on a regular basis.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of madelf66
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of do_ob
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Dark, rustic apricot in color and topped off with about 1/2 a finger of vanilla-colored foam. Sweet caramel, red licorice, charred oak, and candied sugar on the nose. The aroma seems more complex than those few characteristics, but it's tough for my to describe. Overall, very sweet and candy-like with a big, boozy backdrop. The taste is about the same, only intensified. Incredibly sweet, with gigantic notes of sweetened caramel, red & black licorice, oak sap, sweet booze, and tons of sugar. Probably the sweetest tasting beer I've ever had. The mouthfeel is very syrupy and dense with little carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit medicine-like, aikin to a cough syrup of some kind.

Overall, not a bad beer but way too sweet for my liking. Well balanced enough, and the flavors are nice, but the ABV coupled with a cloyingly sugary taste makes this one tough to drink on your own.

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Photo of rarigney
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of my favorite beers, ever. I wasn't expecting to be as impressed based on the community average rating. It looks great in the glass, light mahogany with a thin head. It's somewhat sweet with some fruity notes and a definite alcohol presence. As an earlier review stated, "Think caramel covered apricot soaked in rum."

I am putting this one back on my shopping list to cellar a couple for later.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hopcat. Smell is strong oak. Taste follows suit with the oak being so strong it almost completely overpowers the base beer. I'm not usually a fan of oak aging because it seldom seems to mesh well; this beer seems to avoid that problem by having such a strong oak character that there isn't much left to mesh with. Drinking this is like giving an oak tree a bj.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brew & Meatball Company on 04/28/16.

I assume this is the 2016 vintage, as it is labeled as 16.3% ABV.
Heavy caramel malt and sweet, vague fruit accents with noticeable alcohol presence. Think caramel covered apricot soaked in rum.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with a thin white tightly packed head that leaves no lacing but has heavy alcohol legs. Aroma is sweet caramel, wet oak, and alcohol. Flavor is sugary sweet booze, brown sugar, and barrel. Mouth is heavy and coating. At first this beer was very inviting, and seemed like a treat, but it became difficult to handle as I tried to get through it. It's like drinking a piece of oak soaked in sugar.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of brayton
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has been hanging in the cellar a while, 2014 vintage. Gorgeous burnished body, small head and modest lacing but retains a thin sheet of white head throughout the glass. Aroma and taste are both a bit rudimentary but just spot on at the two year mark; lots of brown sugar, caramel, burnt sugar and molasses, a subtle woody oaky note and a faint hop character but basically zero bitterness. After two years any booziness has been tamped down and the overall effect is well rounded, sweet and smooth, a little sticky but not cloying. Medium body and carbonation, maybe slightly thin, but that contributes to the drinkability.

I will be buying more of these this year; would love to see what this is like fresh, but it's a terrific drinking experience at the two year mark for fans of the English barleywine.

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Photo of adamranders
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason1221
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,463 ratings.
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