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Samael's (Oak-Aged Ale) by Avery Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
14.50 % ABV

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Avery's 2012 Samael's
Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 7 16 4 7 2009
Orange tinted crimson with a soft, unlasting capping of dulled, light tan foam. Keeps a decent skim and collar always present. Lacing coats softly and drippy leaving deposits of thick stringy fingers and some big blots.

Aroma is light and berry-like with a tinge of cognac warmth and some malty fruityness. Not any where near what I partake to be an American style BW. As it warms, it becomes more heated and ethonal linked.

Taste is mild and tender with a gripping warmth of alcohol amidst a malty fruityness of berries, dark orange oils, light toffee, white grape, and a well rounded malt loaded oakyness as it glides into the finish. Nice warmth, nothing overbearing, quite big and bold in the regards to its flavor structure from front to back. Just not overly complex and missing a hop profile other then some oilyness and a small spike of bittering bite within its caronation and textured, rounded crispness.

Feel is moderately placed within a medium body with alot of solid warming effects and a small snappy texture of carbonation, yet lacking a bit of bigger body. Smooth and malty. The finish is hugely built and warming. By far the best part of the entire beers' character. Well handled yet dominately forward.

A slow sipper for sure. The slippery front is just that. Making for a seemingly innocent session at first, but then it begins to sink its teeth into you and the 14.5% makes its way through for a slower session. It has good character, but somehow lacks the power, complexity, and the beefy hops I tend to like out of a Barleywine. Especially if its to be of the American style.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2009
Do you think his friends call him Sam? Poured a semi clear most mostly cloudy darker amber color with good head for a oak aged beer and decent lacing. When swirled there is some stickiness but nothing like a wine.

The smell was big with complexity in the malt and a port like feel. Some fruity and somewhat musty notes of purple grapes, plums and raisins. A smoky and somewhat peaty aroma are detectable as well.

The taste is very good especially noting it sits at 14.5%. A thick taste but not too syrupy. The malt is the strongest character with some sweetness. Some rather warming flavors and a lighter toasted oak presence. A good alcoholic taste but without the really negative ester flavors. Fruit notes are apparent throughout. Cherry and plums mix with lighter notes of apples and a touch of vanilla at the end.

The body is rich and done well. Very impressive for such a large alcohol and this easy to drink. A velvety taste and limited esters. I guess I am a Sam I am drinker.

Served In: Bottle

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