As we start wrapping up pre-Halloween weekend, I’m checking in today with another demonic brew I had lurking in my closet for a few years.
Beer Name: Samael’s
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, CO)
Style: Oak Aged Ale
Description: Another entry in the brewery’s Demons of Ale series, this one was named for the noted Angel of Death. My bottle for this review was dated May 2015 and part of Batch 11 and you can read more about the specs here.
Appearance: Reddish light-brown body with a topping of off-white foam.
Smell: Sweet caramel and sugar sweetness
Taste: It started out on the sweet side with an inviting blend of caramel/toffee malt sweetness that gradually took on some honey notes as well. A light oak influence came through on the end combined, combined with a soft candy-like sweetness and a bit of heat.
Mouthfeel: Full, smooth body with minimal carbonation.
Hype: I was excited by this one considering how much I enjoyed the other beer I had from this series.
Overall: Fantastic! Another beer that my wife and I both loved, I also nominate it as one of my favorite brews from the past year. Great blend of sweetness, malt, heat, and barrel influence, pretty much everything about this turned out top notch.