5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Bottle: (Batch 1) Dark amber with a minor off-white head. Little lacing, very little carbonation. Heavy aroma of alcohol, along with some vanilla and figs. Taste is much the same, perhaps some molasses & cherries thrown in. Unfortunately the alcohol seems to dominate this one. While not overpowering, it seems too overbearing. Some fig/prune/date flavor on the finish, but the alcohol is too noticable. Don’t get me wrong, it is still fairly smooth, but aging this one may produce better results. Right now its too much like a heavy alcoholic cherry flavored cough syrup. 7/3/7/3/16 (3.6)
Bottle: (Batch 3) Burnt amber, lovely head, large and light beige, fine bubbles, sticky lacing. Looks much better than before. Heavy molasses and raisin on nose, slight evergreen. No real vanilla as noticed with Batch 1. Whoa, sugary sweet raisin and molasses on the tongue, with an alcoholic evergreen tree like background. The previous cherry aspect is not there either. This one seems like quite the different Beast. Alcohol is noticeable, but manageable, and VERY warming. Body and mouthfeel are quite full, slightly syrupy even. Lingering sweetened evergreen and pine on the finish.   Aftertaste seems to be a bit citric even, like highly alcoholic orange rind. Hot, but fairly smooth. Definitely different. Thanks Ernest for the bottle!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Ringo for this one. This pours clear reddish brown with a minimal head. the color is like brandy. The flavor is thick, sticky w/ no hints of alcohol. It's extremely well done. Thanks
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Beast poured copper with deep red highlights. It had a creamy, light brown head that quickly went to a thin layer and later disappeared completely.
The aroma was rather subdued. It smelled of figgy malt and molasses along with some sherry-like alcohol.
The taste was very complex. Initially it was malty with fig/raisin, bananas and cloves. Then came grassy hops with some acidic alcohol that warmed quite a bit as it went down. The alcohol became more pronounced as the beer warmed. It was a bit too treacly for me and had a somewhat unpleasant charcoal finish.
The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and sticky.
Overall, I can appreciate the Beast as quite the complex brew. It's just not my bag...too sweet, too much alcohol and I didn't personally care for some of the flavors. It kind of reminded me of a too far over the top version of New Belgium's Abbey. It would be interesting to see what aging does for this beer...I think it could mellow out nicely.
boto (1797) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bomber: WOW! Coppery dark amber color. There was about no head at all. The nose contains alcohol, clove, caramel, fruits, god knows what else: there is a lot in there. Sweet taste with smokiness, fruits, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Very warming. I'm sure there a lot of hops in here, but their flavor is masked by everything else. This is really exceptional. Thanks to slob for the great trade!
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber color with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, smoke and some dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, malty, raisons, dates... The alcohol is pretty well hidden except for the warming effect. Has a hoppy finish.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Truly a great beer; I was skeptical that 15.7% ABV was a bit extreme but my fears were put to rest after a few sips of The Beast. Poured ruddy clear red-brown with a thin-medium light tan head. Very bready aroma with sweet fruit notes and alcohol. The very creamy, full body opened up with caramel, vanilla, woody tanginess, and sweet dark fruit (especially cherries) which became tart after a few sips. Alcohol was notable at first but became less noticeable as I progressed through my glass, never becoming a hindrance to enjoying the amazing flavor complexity and rich body of this beer. Incredibly drinkable and rich, and a must-try.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What an amazing beer, I don't feel bad about spending 10$ on a bottle now. Pours a murky brown color with very little head. Alcohol is preasant in the nose, with some sweet maltiness as well. Flavor hits your tongue in waves of pleasure and complexity. It would take me many of these to discern all that is hidden in it's depths. I would put in in the category of the greats. It's a BEAST!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark red-garnet color, it is very clear and is topped by a reasonably persistent amber-tan head. The aroma is strong, sweet, fruity, malty, hint of alcohol, and a hint of smokiness to it. The taste is thick and sweetish. The alcohol is still hot, but it should mellow with age. This beer is definitely fruit, there are notes of plum, banana, and raisin. There is some serious malty action going on here as well, almost approaches the soy-sauce factor. This is most certainly a sipping beer. How can one person finish a bottle, very slowly over the course of an evening, is my answer. This beer is interesting, but I am not sure if I really like it. The beast is certainly an apt description for this beer, perhaps this beer is just a bit too much.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex? Inadequate description! I have an insufficient vocabulary to truly describe this remarkable brew. It pours a rich deep amber with a light creamy beige head. A subtle aromatic assault begins with sweet alcohol followed by a mix of fruit and spices. The palate detects immediately a solid malt sweetness with the flavors of prunes and cherries. Hints of orange with lemon zest. And at some points, Southern Comfort?? Egads, the assailed senses are overwhelmed. The finish drys and leaves behind a light lingering hop bite. This is one truly named brew which I look forward to tasting 2, 3, several years from now!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep cherry color with a small tan head with nice lacing. Nice aroma of Dark fruits, spice, toffee, and a slight bit of alcohol. this beer starts off with some candy like malt sweetness, which leads to a giant melding of flavors on the tongue. dark fruits, caramel, toffee, raisins, maple syrup. Herbal hops are quite present throughout and balance the sweetness nicely, slight pleasant warming alcohol burn toward the finish, but considering that this is almost 16%, alcohol is well concealed. Well done, and a beast of a beer indeed!