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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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The Beast is a seducer - accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. Beyond this, itís futile to attempt to describe Him. He will unveil Himself differently to each of His followers. The mark is in His constitution. Brewed with two-row malted barley, honey malt, and imported Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), hops (Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain.OG: 1.138
Batch 1 (2004): 15.7% ABV
Batch 2 (2004): 18.1% ABV
Batch 3 (2005): 14.9% ABV
Batch 4 (2006): 14.6% ABV
Batch 5 (2007): 16.42% ABV
Batch 6 (2008): 16.31% ABV
Batch 7 (2009): 15.07% ABV
Batch 8 (2010): 16.21% ABV
Batch 9 (2011): 16.83% ABV
Batch 10 (2012): 16.0% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18.0% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (837) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Batch 13 (2015) Aroma - honey, barley, spices, and some Belgian yeast. Appearance - body is an unfiltered auburn. The head is 1/2" off-white. Settles to a foam. And lacing drags. Taste - rich sweet caramelized sugar, dark fruit (raisins, plum, fig, and black cherry), some honey. There is also a bit of German hops. Even some vanilla. Alcohol of course. Palate - body is full, texture slick and sticky, carbonation is lively, the finish rich, sweet, and alcohol/roast astringency.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4032) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours almost clear brown with thin, fizzy beige head. Smells like oatmeal, dates, cookie and cereal malts, light caramel, and light woody notes. Tastes like sweet malt, dark fruits, floral hops, and light oak, and a hint of sour fruit. Medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (987) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Batch #13 (July 2015) into a mini Chimay glass. Pours brown with white head and lace. Aroma of malt and white wine with oak. Flavors of rich malts, toothpaste, liquor, dark candy sugar, molassas. Overall big, bold, bodacious...helps to warm up for awhile.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2015
Batch 6. Rich mahogany with a faint beige head that fades to a ring. Good lord this is a sweet and boozy snoof, lots of fruit, no hint of oxidization, cane sugar, date syrup, reduced balsamic glaze with some figs, low carbonation and full body, very sweet, smooth, alcohol well hidden until the end when you get a bit of a bite. Should be shared but worthwhile.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2265) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2015
2015: Their third strongest batch ever. Iím fine with that. Itís really strong, but actually not that offensive.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hype (38) - - NOV 20, 2015
I can't accurately rate this beer by taste because I am thrown by the calories. Seriously.... That's equivalent to half a day's food which is crazy! All the beers I like are big beers and to enjoy what I like means not eating! Ack! This is only helpful to carb and calorie conscious types. Of course the beer is good!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1038) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Aroma of dates, raisin, fig, molasses. Sweet almost sugary aroma. Taste is the same but amazingly does not have a sticky sugary palate. It has some great flavors and very malty but still doesnít taste sugary sweet. It is however very boozy. Alcohol heat is very noticeable, has almost vodka boozy feel or grain alcohol feel. The alcohol might help balance some of the sweetness but I think there are also some noticeable hops balancing. It is very strong and a sipping beer. At 17.2% for the 2015 version it borders on a whiskey/ beer hybrid almost. Palate not sticky but the boozy dry finish mix is a bit off, gin like almost? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3720) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
14 Nov 2015, bottle. Batch 13, July 2015, 17.2%. brown and murky. nose is huge alcohol, raisins, yeasty bread. med body and moderately fizzy. outstanding! lots of alcohol but sweet raisin malt cuts the burn so its mainly just a flavor contribution from the alcohol. sweet, raisins, hints of alcohol bite. great!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1298) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2015
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $9.99 Very good!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (710) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Took me a year to build up the courage to drink this. Dark ruby red. Clear. Thin off white ring. Aroma of booze and some yeasty spicy notes. Loads of sweetness. Some alcohol burn but less than expected. Some spiciness from the Belgian yeast and hops. Itís a big one. 1/3 of the way in and my cheeks are glowing. Big sticky body.


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