Avery Samael’s Ale

Wow, more like wine than beer. It is a barleywine. It pours a deep orange with very little head. It smells like bananas, coconut and some cherries thrown in. There’s maybe a hint of toffee in there as well. A tad sweet for my taste, but not so much that it turned me off. The body is thick and tends toward being a little syrupy. You can and should drink this one slow. The flavor is like a twist of banana and coconut with some caramel, cherry and vanilla all mixed in. When I say it is like a twist, I mean to say there are alternating waves of banana and coconut. There is a strong coconut flavor in the finish. As it warms the banana and coconut flavors fade and are replaced with more caramel and strawberry or raspberry. This would probably go nicely with a dessert of creme brulee or a fruit tart. Barleywine is not my favorite style of beer, but this was a good one. I give it four out of five proper pints.

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