AVERY SAMAEL’S ALE

NOTES: Bottle @ Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly

STYLE: Barleywine

ABV: 16.45%

APPEARANCE: Dark orange with ruby highlights. Gorgeous beer.

HEAD: Frothy off-white, but dissipates quickly.

LACING: Good, long-lasting

NOSE: Ripened stone fruits and vanilla. Candy apple shell, dark caramel malt, toffee…lots and lots of sugar. Before the diabetes sets in, the gigantic alcohol noseburn cuts through like a scalpel.

TASTE: One of the sweetest beers I’ve ever sipped. Pure, cloying, sugar with the very faintest hit of citrusy hops. Like the nose, the only thing that manages to cut through the overwhelming sweetness is the huge alcohol kick at the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Lush, thick, impossibly full-bodied

DRINKABILITY: Zero. 16.45% ABV and so sweet you’ll get cavities just by looking at it. Still, it’s an interesting beer and worth trying once.

RATING: 2.5 Hops

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