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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Photo of fatmcb1
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a light copper, amberish color with a khaki head that does not linger and leaves no lacing.

Very sweet with tons of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla. Alcohol is apparent throughout.

Malt, sugar, more malt, caramel, and alcohol. Not much complexity. Alcohol and malt overpowers any oak aging aspects that this beer is supposed to have.

Medium body with low carbonation.

I was really disappointed with this beer, as I really enjoyed the others in the Avery Demons of Ale series.

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Photo of bef126
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of legalpete19340
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear caramel color with no head.

S: Lots of booze blowing out of the glass. Very sweet: vanilla, butterscotch, caramel. The oak is present for sure and loads of grain and barley.

T: Its a butterscotch sundae. Loads of vanilla and caramel with hints of dark fruit and oak. The booze are very present but dont burn, they are hidden and mellowed. Throughout the drink the grains are present.

M: Very syrupy and firm. Sticky.

O: Interesting beer. Tough to rate.. It was a sweet flame thrower that kept me interested and drinking but i only had to finish half a bottle. I can see it being a great night cap or dessert beer. One (or half) will always be enough. Strangely drinkable for the ABV.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7, 740 cases.
April 2011
ABV: 15.31%

Pours a nice spiced rum color with a fleeting finger of light caramel foam. Has good color. Nose is warm (alcohol warm) and mixes with caramel, some vanilla, alcohol and bits of nougat. The combination is oddly reminiscent of a dubbel for me (but on 'roids)

The flavor is robustly alcoholic up front and sweet on the finish. I much like this. I would guess with a few years, this beer would be outstanding. There is a certain sharpness to it at this time that is a bit detrimental. A good, solid sweet caramel and woody flavor. I don't think this is particularly oxidized, but it tastes slightly so (in a good way). The body is medium with low, smooth carb and a slick finish. the mouthfeel is really spot on for me.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a thin, creamy beige mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, oak, and alcohol are present on the nose.

T: Notes of plums, raisins, figs, Medjool dates, sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, and mellow, warming alcohol wash across the palate. The finish is long and rich with a combination of chocolate, oak, coconut, vanilla, and caramel flavors asserting themselves before the alcohol takes over completely.

M: Full-bodied and syrupy. Carbonation is prickly, which is surprising since this beer was bottled in 2007. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced, but not particularly distracting.

O: This is a nice oak-aged barleywine, and will likely be welcomed by those who are accustomed to having a rich, strong ale after dinner. On its own, Samael is a bit difficult to drink, but still very likeable in its way. I wasn't expecting to like this ale as much as I did, and would have no difficulty recommending it to fans of barleywines in general.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Poured into a snifter this ale pours brilliantly clear amber-red with orange/golden hue. The moderate off-white head diminishes to a skim after a couple minutes. A good looking glass of beer. The aroma is highly malty, toffee and caramel as well as a lot of dark fruits, an oaky port-like character is also evident. A very inviting nose. The flavor is a bit sherry-like, cherry and plum fruits, lots of toffee, abundant oak, pleasant flavor and warmth of alcohol. The finish is slightly dry, a prick of alcohol, oaky and warms the belly. The body is medium-full and carbonation also moderate. Overall a delicious, complex beer that was very enjoyable to slowly sip. At $8 / 12oz bottle, it was a great gift, certainly worth a try, but not something that fits into even a semi-routine budget.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jkanavel
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy. Light brown with amber edges. Light tan head, very tight bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Carmel. Dried cranberries and raisins. Alcohol. Raw malt.

T: Heavy dose of buttery carmel, a bit salty, bittersweet chocolate, raisinets. Deep port-like richness. Fruity undertones that remind me of an over extracted Syrah. VERY spicy. As the flavor mellows on your tongue the hops begin to come into effect. Mild bitterness. Really curbs the hot alcohol after taste.

M: Viscous, but well carbonated. Makes for a much lighter feeling beer than it really is.

O: I wish I had five of these. I would drink one every year and take tasting notes to see how it progressed. Intriguing like the best dessert wines. Almost has a sense of origin about it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jethrodium
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from 2005 generously shared by colonelforbin. Pours a deep reddish copper with no head. The aroma is oak, sweet plum, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. You can definitely tell that this is a sweet, boozy beer. The initial taste is quite sweet with plum and raisin. Then comes oak, some light oxidation, rum, brown sugar, and caramel. The finish is quite boozy with a bit of bitterness. Medium-full body. Close to no carbonation. This beer is quite sweet and boozy, which is certainly not my favorite type of beer, but it is pretty decent for what it is.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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