Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hopped and Bothered: Avery Samael's Oak Aged Ale

Avery -- Samael's Oak Aged Ale
Alcohol content 16.9% This is a difficult beer to review. I'll explain. The pour is deep gold, with a trillion bubbles and a rush of caramel malt. So far so good. The alcohol is so strong I can smell it from a few feet away. Even better.

However, this is where things began to go a bit towards the bad end of France. The first sip is shockingly sweet. Like caramel and dark fruits and the tailpipe of the candy truck have just been unloaded into your mouth. Its super rich and super thin. The consistency is nothing like what you expect.

The finish is very odd. A friend described it as "cough syrup." I chalked it up to just more caramel and malt. The smell is supreme but the finish is dry and thin and doesn't do much to overcome the piercing sweetness of the first half. Like an M. Night movie.

Buy if: you are down with the sweet.

Overall: too sweet, too thin, not enough flavor to sustain itself.

2 out of 5.


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