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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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, it’s 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours a beautiful dark amber reddish color with a frothy tan head. Wanted to really like this but a little to sweet to enjoy. Still liked it but should have shared a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
milothedog (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
Way too much alcohol which ruins the experience. There is no reason to make a beer with this much alcohol except for bragging rights in my opinion. I tried to drink but just couldn’t get past the strong alcohol profile. I typically drink beers in the 10-12% range so am not new to high alcohol content beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AbbeyRoade (299) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Wow. Great raisin and spice. Fruity and very sweet and holds the 18% exceptionally well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sitzds (288) - - AUG 25, 2013
Pours clear dark amber with nice head. Aromas are raisin, alcohol heat, molasses, red fruit. Flavors are similar with the heat dissipating with time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1414) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
July 2012 Batch # 10: Aroma of dark fruit, mince meat, and sugared candy. Pours a cloudy dark-tea-brown with a thin tan ring and no lacing. The taste is SWEET with a strong alcohol "warmth" in the finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Round slick mouthfeel till the alcohol kicks in. Overall, while this is a well crafted beer, it is WAY too sweet for my tastes. Can you say C-L-O-Y-I-N-G? Whoa!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2013 batch on draft at the brewery. Garnet, glinting sunset red. Thin tan head, moderate rate of decay to ring. Aroma of light candy, grass, banana, hint of strawberry. Light aroma given the abv. Heavy body on the syrupy side, moderate-to-big prickly carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bit boozy, big grassy bitterness. Candy and sugar. Caramelized banana, brown sugar, raisins begin to come through as it warms. Hot, hint of metal. Not a hug fan; I find this very cloying. Maybe I should have saved it for dessert in the dead of winter instead of a packed tasting in August, but the methodology is consistent...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Draft of 2010. Pours hazy copper with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of raisin. The taste has a huge sweetness that is dominated by fig and brown sugar. Quad like and enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1947) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
Pours hazy brown amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of muscovado, dates, figs, butterscotch, very very sweet! Light oak and caramel. Taste is heavy alcohol sweet with port and bourbon, loads and loads of sugar. Finish is long and alcohol warming, quite boozy. Body is medium to full and creamy with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Batch 2 drank in 2013: I’m certainly glad that I waited 9 years to drink this, I’m sure that the time helped to mellow it out. Pours a cloudy dark orange with almost no head, aroma of brown sugar and molasses, starts and ends extremely sweet with a long alcohol burn. Totally over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (260) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle ’09 - Pours a dark, murky brown w/ reddish hue and tan head, little retention. Aroma contains malt, caramel, toffee, and honey. More caramel and toffee in the taste with dark malts, figs, and maple. Still a little harsh for a 5 year old bottle but still very good.

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