Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Old Oak (A Samael Clone)

I first tried Avery Samaels a few years back at a Avery beer dinner hosted by Small Bar's Scott Blair  and Adam Avery. The beer was paired with the dessert course and it just totally blew me away. I had tried a numb rod Barleywines but most have a strong hop bite. Samaels is a barley wine without the hops. It is sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. It is aged on both raw oak and toasted oak, so I think that the oak balances out the sweetness really well. It is an amazing beer and that night when I tried it, I went home and built a home-brew recipe. I have wanted to brew this beer since that first taste, but I just haven't gotten around to doing it…until yesterday. I decided to make a 3 gallon batch because it is supposed to finish at around 14% abv. I plan on aging this beer on a combination  of raw oak chips and medium toasted oak cubes. I am also planning to bottle this beer instead of kegging it because a 14% beer is a little too big to be on tap. I also figure this beer will age really well. I named it Old Oak because it is simply an Old Ale aged on Oak.

Recipe: US-2 Row, Golden Promise, Crystal 120 and brown sugar. Fuggles @60 and @20, White labs British Ale Yeast.


  1. "I am also planning to bottle tho sheer instead of legging it because a 14% bee rid a little too big to be on tap."

    Put down the barley wine, I think you're drunk! lol

    1. Haha, I wish I could blame it on drinking barley wines. I was tired and didn't take the time to proof read. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. What proportions did you use? =) Starting up my all-grain system in a couple months and this is in the top ten beers to clone.

  3. What were your grain proportions? What was your mash temperature? I'd love to make this beer!!

    Thanks! :)