Avery Samael’s Oak-aged Ale
From Avery Brewing – 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. Notes for 2007 – With the addition of an additional roasted malt, Samael’s now delivers subtle bitterness to add balance to the natural sweetness.
Avery Brewing – Samael’s Oak-aged Ale – 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 14.5% abv. Purchased at Whole Foods Market – Arroyo – Pasadena, CA.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a small gathering of froth at the top. Fairly translucent with visible rising bubbles in the body.
Aroma: Whifs of banana creme pie, vanilla, tobacco, raisin and other dark dried fruits, and fruity children’s cough medicine. I find a little freshly split oak as I get my nose closer to the beer.
Taste: Dark cherry, banana, turbinado sugar syrup, astringent woodiness, alcohol warmth (dark rum or bourbon), and a spicy hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Really warm and sticky. Almost like biting into a sticky bun soaked in rum or something.
Overall: An amazing first class sipper. This beer is way to complex and strong to drink any faster than that. Whoooo!