heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to MilkManDan for providing this treat. Deep, dark brown. Surprisingly non alcoholic aroma. Rich and sweet smelling, with loads of noble hops. Flavor is rich, quite sweet, with some serious alcohol flavor, but its not too much. Glorious swirling noble hop flavors. Iíve never tasted a beer that has such a full, rich noble hop flavor, theyíre quite sexy. I really like this.
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 6, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 I think this is only my second perfect beer in rating them for over 2 years now. (I was keeping notes long before I joined this site.)
22 oz. brown bomber bottle, with a red foil seal over the crown.
No freshness date seen, but none needed either at 15.7% ABV.
WOW ! What a whopper of a beer! Poured out a deep burgundy / mahogany color into my Chimay chalice. (What else would you serve a Grand Cru in?!!!?) Extremely red in color around the edges.
The head was a dark tan color, and lasted until the bottom of the glass. Itís a miracle they even got a head out of a beer this big.
Aromas are of rum soaked dark fruits, prunes, raisins, dates and the like. Big hop aromas along with fresh malts. It smells like fresh ground malt in here. Molasses, dark brown sugar, and Belgian candi sugars round out the aromas. And, they are only the beginning of the flavors. Big, chewy malts here, along with the rum soaked fruits and the big hops make for an interesting combination.
Iíve only had 2 or 3 sips, and I can already feel the alcohol kicking in. Funny thing is, thereís none in the flavors or tastes. It sneaks up on you, and literally takes your breath away. Iíve never had a beer do that until now. Thick, rich, chewy even in mouthfeel. This is most certainly a meal in a glass. Finishes rich and caramelly.
One whizz bang of a beer here gang! Get some, IF YOU CAN. Does this beer deserve such a high score? Damn right it does. Itís THAT good.
2004 Batch Update (18.1% ABV)
Well, let's see what this monster of a beer is all about, ok? Poured out a deep garnet color, with a huge head, once I used my beer engine on it. Aromas are mostly of alcohol, some macerated cherries & dark dried fruit as well. Tastes are of pipe tobacco, damp earthy basement, aged sweet potatoes, higher alcohols, lots of fusels, slightly dry oak barrelled brandy, some vanilla notes, lots of sugars, but not regular or Belgian Candi sugars, more like demera or palm sugars, and a slight smokiness to it as well. Very warming to the stomach, almost too much so. This beast is meant to be sipped slowly and savored, not gulped down for a fast buzz. It does need to be aged until Christmas. Christmas 2015, that is.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel, malt, ripe apples, bananas and grapes, alcohol, and mild phenols. Ruby amber color, thin tan head. Smooth and malty, sweet, complex alcohol flavors. Full bodied, syrupy, low carbonation. This is a sippiní beer, very full, rich, and alcoholic. Would be good with a cigar. I had one 22 oz bottle and it hurt me in the morning.
ClarkVV (5686) - 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 (3737) - 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 (4056) - 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.