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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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in May 2006, Batch #2.

Served at cellar temp in a goblet.

Samael's has a beautiful gem-like amber color with great clarity. The head is fizzy and short-lived which is unsurprising given the high alcohol content.

Aroma is strong and boozy, even from arm's length away. Rich and sweet with almost a whiskey quality of oak and vanilla.

Flavor is alo very intense with caramel, cherries, and vanilla. There is a winey taste, possibly from slight oxidation, but it's a pleasant quality. Tannins also lead to a resemblance of wine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy with lowish carbonation. The alcohol is not hidden by any means but it isn't totally overpowering either. I'm sure it has mellowed over the past 5+ years.

Overall a really nice strong barelywine but rare, expensive, and special. One is a nice experience but I doubt I will buy another.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated May 2006 obtained from local shop
Poured into snifter

Aroma: Deep, sweet, rich maltiness, butterscotch, caramel, and a touch of booze. I can tell this one's going to be a sweet, boozy sipper.

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish-copper body. Head pours 1/4 finger thick, but goes away almost immediately. No lacing, but this brew leaves a nice clear coating on the inside of the glass after each sip.

Flavor: Rich caramel, sweet tea, sweet, sugary dried dark raisin. Carmelized baked pineapple. Alcohol comes through a bit at the end, but not anywhere close to what one might expect from a 16%+ ABV brew. Alcohol is very well-integrated with the sweetness, which remains on the lips after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, slick mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Alcohol is warming, but not hot.

Overall: A tasty, enjoyable sipper. Definitely not a beer that I'd feel like having more than one of in a sitting, but highly enjoyable nonetheless. Avery did a great job with this one!

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4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: April 2011 Release, Batch No. 7

Serving Type: 12 fl oz into brandy snifter

Appearance: Pours dark amber with thin light brown head. Very gorgeous color.

Smell: Very sweet with hints of raisins. I can definitely smell the oak cask in this.

Taste: Sweet and smooth with a whiskey taste that lingers. Each drink warms the soul.

Mouth: Very medium bodied that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This is probably my favorite in the Avery Demons Series. This is a phenomenal beer that should age really well. A vertical of this in 3 or 4 years should be amazing.

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2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, bottled in April 2009 Batch 5, poured into a Snifter.

A: Poured a one fingered Rusty Auburn, which is a nice rarity. This is beyond cloudy and the color that it makes is just beautiful especially with its nicely rising carbonation.

S: That nice strong alcohol hits the nose and this definitely makes me want to drink this. It feels as if a cherry jam has stuck to an oaken barrel. Avoid swirling though because if you do a strong rubbing alcohol smell arises after this drink has warmed.

T: A high alcohol beer such as this one always make me think of cherry cough syrup. This is quite sad for me. That oaken taste reminds me of a bourbon though. High alcoholic beers just have a taste that just never seems that pleasant for me.

M: That mouthfeel is super-sticky and it feels thick as well.

O: This is something that I feel as if needs to be stored for a couple of years for the alcohol to calm down. Every time I take a sip I am just like wow, that's an insane amount of alcohol. This is something that should be passed on especially with it's high price tag of roughly $10 for a single bottle.

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