erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep clear amber with a very quickly dissipating head. Aromas of soy sauce and alcohol. First sip brings flavors of dates and alcohol. Finish is downright burning. Powerful? Yes. Enjoyable? Not really. Tha alcohol is just way too apparent and there just isnít much else going on. And yes even at the end, with a finishing gravity around 1.000, there was a cloying sweetness. Alas I feel some of us have been seduced by a sloppy 400lb. chick that looks like she could beat the shit out of us in bed!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage: Poured deep ruby/mahogany color with thin but lasting khaki head...smell was earth fruits, raisins, prunes, dirt, and STRONG alcohol...the smell made me nervous...at first, vanilla and molasses...then raisins and prunes...then ALCOHOL burn...for 18% it really was not as overwhelming as Iíd thought...finish sweet and bitter...definately laying down several bottles...
igneous1 (1533) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very deep copper color quite clear, head is tan, surprisingly lasting for a while. aroma has alcohol burn and is heavy on burnt sugar. flavor has significantly less alcohol, but is still quite tongue-numbing. mouthfeel is quite thick with resin notes. the alcohol is just too apparent in this for me to be able to call it great. it is good though. this may be the most overwhelmingly alcoholic beer iíve had to date (especially in the nose).
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
mmmmm. on tap @ blind tiger ale house.
very brown sugar.shit will fuck you up.shit is sweet but once u rock it its fine.I will drink this again if its still there.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a dark amber with a minimal head. sweet candy yeasty aroma. strong upfront alcohol taste that takes a bit to get past. wheaty banana taste is lying in wait beneath the teeth of this monster. finish is very dry with a lingering syrup/molasses flavor. this is a very chewy thick brew. another plus, is that the alcohol in this has helped make my recently (possibly broken) injured hand stop hurting. so if you have recently put you fist through every wall in your apartment(and made contact with a few too many studs in the process), this is the beer for you.
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of molasses, leather, mustiness, leaves, raisins, and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor of black licorice, alcohol, and candy sugar. Flavor is similar to Jšgermeister. Nice marketing. Thanks Tad!
thegreenrooster (4034) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours is a nice deep red with a smallish white head. Aroma is suprisingly very hoppy. Flavor is complex. Lots going on here. First thing you notice is the sweetness. Then you get some molasses, raisins and fruity goodness. Finally you get the alcohol burn as it goes down. In the end a very tasty brew that will leave you with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. I think I am going to take a nap now.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 Bottle, Batch 2
Holy Cheech and Chong this stuff is potent! I had a full lunch at Babinís (a local Cajun seafood restaurant, for those of you not from this area) beforehand and this STILL had a kick. However, unlike cheap liquor, this kick had a purpose. This is an extraordinary beer; one that deserves attention by all serious beer afficianados. The first contact with the tongue provides a sweet begining, but like the eye of a hurricane, itís only the calm before the (next) storm. Once the alcohol kicks in, hold onto your seat and enjoy the ride (on your couch, not on the four-wheeled variety). Take your time with this one, but enjoy every last sip. Cheers!
Bottle, Batch 3
Pours thick and syrupy with little had. Cognac and raisin are evident in the nose. Flavor is a rush of molasses, raisin, and fermented grape. Slight hint of peach in there as well. Very chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol really doesnít come into play as much as last year, but the flavor and feel is still awesome.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 18.1% Version, rereview. Bottle bought last night and consumed with a friend. The Beast still has a lovely color and shows good head retention considering its size. I also think that the aroma is still pretty appealing with a nice sugary, fruity, malty (butter toffee, dough), raisins smell. But the taste is horrible. An eventual drainpour and I even tried this with a few friends. Just way too hot and the alcohol takes over everything. Disgusting to me. The 15.7% version which I rated fairly high, but it was over 10 months ago, tasted much better than this. Perhaps my palate has changed since then and I donít automatically give high alcoholic beers high scores.
Batch # 3. Wow, a huge improvement. I would provide some notes, but its getting me to drunk to think.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the first time I was actually burnt by a beer. Poured a dark amber/red in the glass with a dissolving head. Very sweet and spicy on the palate. I found there to be a distinct hop kick towards the end as well. I enjoyed it and have another one Iíll age until next year. This onewas born in 2004.