Avery Samaels Ale

Avery Samaels Ale

Rated 3.684 by BeerPals
No Image Available

Brewed by Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, CO, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

14.5% Alcohol by Volume

Availability of this beer is unknown

Sign Up to Participate:

Samael is the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings. Samael’s Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. This potent ale is the second installment, along with The Beast, of our “Demons of Ale Series”. Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, turbinado sugar, hops, yeast, and American oak chips.

ID: 16869 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

Key Stats








0 Member Photos

No photos yet. Show us yours!

Sign up to share your photos


Most noted beer attributes

None to date - be the first! Beeributes help BeerPal predict what beers you'll love.

Sign up to participate


Overall Rank1182
Overall Percentile97.6
Style Rank31 of 357
Style Percentile91.3
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.757
Weighted Score3.684
Standard Deviation0.562

Rating Distribution

Beer vs Style

28 Member Reviews

Recent | Card View | Table View
  • CYBERCAT 11211 reviews
    rated 3.9 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours hazy, barely translucent chocolate brown. Didn’t get much head. Aroma fills the nostrils with caramel, woody, earthy and toasted malt notes. Sweet flavor features caramel, woody, oaken and earthy notes - this one could sneak up on you! Body is quite viscous, if fizz is none too strong. Dance with Death.

  • FISHINGFAST 681 reviews
    rated 4.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours out a extremely dark brown color just this side of black with a red edge. The aroma is intense mostly of malt, oak and plums. The mouthfeel is perfect and a joy to swill in my mouth. The taste is the best barley wine I've enjoyed.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    Had this for a while 2009 vintage (Batch#5)16.45%abv. Pours a rusty copper colour. Not surprisingly the thin two bubbled head is gone in a flash. No lacing. Aroma is fruity and alcohol. Love the taste. Very sweet, dark fruits but the oak and vanilla dominate. Full bodied and syrupy with wonderful warmth of alcohol. Great flavour but don’t think I should have had it for breakfast.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Dark golden yellow, amber with small off white foam, sticking to glass. Smells sweet also malty. Very rich explosion of flavors. There is sugar, but also wood and earth. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Oh oh the alcohol. (Galveston 201205)

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Clear gold……some haze I guess complete with a very thick skiff. Wacky laundry soup aroma, with massive clove, hippie incense and other spicy things. Man I do not dig this aroma, nothing bad but nothing yum yum. Smooth thick feeling brew. Huge soapy perfume flavor with a hint of malty banana. Wheat? Sure why not. Tons of the clove with only mild hints of the cinnamon . Thank for buying this one Jeff I don’t think there’s any way I could have drank the whole bottle.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Heavy oak among the wonderful rich malt layers. Dark fruit and raisins with a lush toffee content as well as vanilla, figs and toast. Impressive all around and a true winter sipper. Extraordinary smoothness and well rounded mouth feel. Fantastic offering.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    AMAZINGLY GREAT. Pours medium copper brown wit a low tan foam ring. The aroma is sweet, the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, the flavor is just downright outstanding. I'm loving it, just go ahead and get youself some.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    It pours a dark red-brown and copper with a thin light-tan head and some surrounding lacing. An aroma of caramel malts, cola, grapes and wine, orange and citrus notes, raisins, dark bread, vanilla, and light spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth and quite rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange and citrus, light cola, wine, raisins, bread, vanilla, alcohol and spices. Excellent and a sound brew..

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    INTENSE, best describes this one. A mahogany colored beer with a weak light tan soapy textured head starts this one out less than average. The nose is sweet malt and burnt oak. The alcohol is in the nose as it would be in the taste. This is a sipping drink. Reminds me of bourbon. Medium bodied and real smooth.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    bottled 4/08 batch 4. a day later, and i still don't know what to think. possibly the most extreme beer i've ever had (easily so for a barleywine). The vanilla oakiness hits your nose hard when poured, along with a unique quality that wasn't at first altogether pleasing, although it got better as it breathed. this added aspect of the aroma was labeled "what the hell is that?" "garbage" and "cabbage". The funny thing is, all 3 of those people liked the beer, although it was too much for a couple palates. while i prefer the hoppier, and relatively balanced, Hog Heaven, this was a unique brew, with a great body, and a heavy but smooth vanilla/caramel/oak, oak, oak and more oak flavor. it would make a great after dinner sipper on a cold night. For the BEST of the extreme beers, though, I have to want more, and after this one I was ready to move on. I may possibly revisit a future release, but i like the other 2 "demon" ales better.

Discuss This Beer