Review: Avery Brewing’s Samael Oak Aged Ale

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Another huge beer from Avery Brewing’s Demons of Ale series. Pours a copper and cloudy-opaque with a creamy and medium head. Boasts 16.9% alcohol in this 2013 offering. Smells malty and oaky, if not a bit strange in the nostrils. A heavy caramel/vanilla maltiness up front finished by a very oaky vanillin finish. Yes, I said vanillin and I meant it. The oak shines here in this ale reminiscent of a British Barleywine ale. What a brilliant explanation of an old world beer combined with modern processes. This is so smooth for the ABV. I know I’m drinking something at wine and even some liquor levels, but it is a pleasant expression of luxury ale all the way down. I will be buying more, as it can be cellared up to ten years according to the website. Simply fantastic!

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