ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 2004 bottle. Pours a dark maroon-brownish tan. Big tan head, thick and aromatic. Lots of plums, candi sugar, alcohol, earthy hops and yeast. Big aroma that is fruity, estery and fills your nose. Though I couldnt get past the over-the-top nature of The Czar, I could handle this stuff. Drinking it warmed proved to let out the alcohol, but it seemed almost controlled by the huge malt, but also the big yeasty flavor and well-timed bitter hops balance. Palate, while being hugely bitter, alcoholic and sweet, is just superbly smooth and washes down with a soft, slow burn. Hints of banana and bubble gum on the finish, warm and vinous with tons of sugar. Hey, you canít fault the flavor, and I even think this one is going to improve after a year. I never thought it possible with the Czar, but it proved me wrong, so why canít this one?
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Just had the new 18.1% Beast. Awesome. Pours a deep ruby/copper. Complex and intense aroma of fruit and syrups and hops. Just a power-packed nose. Feels warm and smooth and slightly syrupy in the mouth. Gives that esophogeal warmth as it heads down to the stomach. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with the heat of distilled spirits. This is excellent and something to cellar and age.
15.7% VERSION: The Beast. My first car was a 1957 Ford Failrlane 500 with a big T-Bird engine. On the front fender, just back of the headlight, I applied the name The Beast. It was forever known as that among my cronies. And now, Avery The Beast. This poured a cherrywood color with a beige head. The aroma was fruity and spicy and, hmm, gingerbread. Syrupy, rich, and creamy feel in the mouth. The flavor was also fruity and spicy and that touch of gingerbread. Molasses. Rich and full. Worthy of the name The Beast. Thanks, Chris (belgianhomebrew), for this trade. Much enjoyed.
Kinz (3622) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to squidget for sending this my way! I tend to enjoy Avery offerings, and was happy to have the chance to sample this unique beer. Dark copper red color, decent head that faded fast. Aroma was molasses touched with jet fuel. In the mouth, thick, syrupy molasses competed with a strong woodsy note. But the predominant flavor was a fusel alcohol note. This was a nitro burning funny-car of a beer. I donít mind big alcohol, but this wasnít smooth. It flamed like the beast it was named for. These arenít flavors that die back with age, these are flavors that grow more violent over time as the supporting aromatics fade. A fasicnating beer whose alcohol content was pumped up too far by brewing sugars versus malts. Would still like to try another bottle in about 10 years to see if my prediction about flavors holds true.
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderate, curiously off-white head on a clear red/amber body. The first cold aroma: vanilla cinnamon ice cream. But then there was lots more: cotton candy, blueberry, grape, raisin, cocoa, vanilla extract (made with vodka). Of the flavors, the burn at the back was the biggest thing. Rich and malty, for sure, but it was difficult to get flavors through the burn. Substantially carbonated, warming on the mouth with the alcohol, good coating effect but not truly syrupy--really nice palate effects. Overall: the alcohol loses a point on the flavor that was gained on the palate, making the high alcohol effects a wash.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Okay, look to your left. See the picture of the bottle? Anyone else think that the RateBeer sigil gives the Beast a funny-lookiní mustache? Smell: alcohol, mint, almonds, alcohol, wood. Taste: way too alcoholic, syrupy sweet, nutty, caramel biscuits, but over all this, lots and lots of BURN. For some reason this reminded me of amaretto and woodruff in the main, but there is a wierd mashing together of flavors that doesn't entirely thrill me. Thanks to Dave--now I know I need to cellar my bottle!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 07.23.04 Bottle thanks to MaiBockAddict. Itís damned big. BIG. Super unctuous, super sweet and full of candy sugars. So many crazy overripe fruits that itís near impossible to keep track. The beer is quite burning even after sampling a dozen other big beers. Burns from nose to swallow. Iím so glad to have sampled this, now I know to cellar my bottle for a couple years when it should be great. Thanks for breaking the Beast out of hiding, Dave!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 vintage. Orange and clear in color with no head. Little carbonation. Sweet candi aroma. Malty flavor. Sweet and ridiculous. Needs to age.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Broke this out for storage for the Bittings gathering. 2004 vintage. This was still young and looking forward to aging many years. Orange clear, no head, light carbonation. Sweet candi aroma. Burning malt flavor. Sweet and ridiculous. Almost like a herb liquor. This one is for burrying in the back yard and digging up in about 20 years!
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: Pours a ruby brown color with a medium thick and creamy beige head. Decent lacing. You know you are in trouble when you smell this one. Raisins, port wine, malt and chocolate abound. The body is very thick yet startlingly smooth, with flavors of dark fruit, malt, hops and dark chocolate. The alcohol is felt on the throat more than it is tasted. The finish is sweet with roasted malt and caramel. I was really suprised at how easy this beer is to drink, but taking on an entire bottle by myself might be a chore.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! What an incredible seductive. almost scarlet-brown color. Practiaclly no head...appears a little fizzy. Strikes me with the first sip with a boquet of complexity. There is everything from honey to spicy chutney covered grainy pancakes in the taste.
My deScription says something about the glorious alcohol content...which is masked by the most easy drinking soft palate ever.
Without a doubt more drinkable and morer accomodating than Chimay Blu
This is the best belgian I have tried...not as fruity as many. No banana taste. Just pure roasted malts and complex malts. I feel like I could sit and wonder at this one for years to come.
Almost as complex as a good scotch.