AWISLguy (1341) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from the Art of Beer. Pours a reddish brown with bubbles and a tan head. Aroma has grain alcohol, grapes, plums and other dark fruits, and candied sugar with spices. Taste is of heavy alcohol, grapes, spices, fruits and rum. Light to medium bodied and effervescent. And alcohol. Not remembering from having this a ways back if it was this strong (even at 18%, this was strong, so perhaps the bottle aged at the store a bit). This was to be shared at the Spit Cup finals in Graham’s honor but didn’t get there.
Sledutah (4926) - Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle (2012) picked up at Supermarket liquors
Pours clear dark amber with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors of toasted malts, caramel, sugar, dark fruit, leather and some hot alcohols
Very nice and smooth
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 9, 649 cases; 16.83% ABV; Aug, 2011
Pours a nice chocolate cherry hued brown with a finger of light latte foam. This falls to a solid sheet of the same. Smells of alcohol, wood, raisin, hints of toffee.
Taste is sweet with a metallic flavor mixed with a hazelnut, raisin, tofee and bread pudding flavor. Does kinda remind me of the flavor of an aged (5+ years) Chimay Grand Reserve, but on ’roids with the burn of alcohol coming through on the finish. There is a nice moderate body and low, smooth carb. Semi dry finish.
I’ve often wondered what aging would do to the demon series, maybe I will give it a go with the latest release.
Serving type: bottle
BOSSbrewer (1695) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with some thin head. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Some malt and dark fruits also. But mainly alcohol. Some chocolate and sweet many with some figs for flavor. But still there is a lot is alcohol. This was the 2013 18% version. Split a bottle with mike and jake and still not a pleasant drink. Somewhat gimmicky just to jet a high alcohol beer.
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013.11.05 - Avery The Beast Grand Cru Ale - 12oz bottle in small goblet glass. July 2013 Batch Number 11 622 cases.
Aroma: not much to my nose. A bit odd, actually.
Appearance: Pours around 25 on SRM scale. A rich, down the middle orange brown. Little to no head, minimal carbonation forms a very thin ring.
Taste: Highly concentrated sweetness like candy sugar, candied fruits... barley wine type notes but concentrated and front loaded. Followed by alcohol burn. Not as much as you’d expect, it’s fairly mild, but it’s 18% and that’s difficult to hide. A bit of spice or bitterness on the tail end.
Palate/Mouthfeel: Pretty light despite being pretty sweet and high abv.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (469) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. Pours copper-brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is creamy malts & carob. Taste is full bodied with molasses up front, nice creamy "carob-esque" malts in the mid and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The 18% ABV makes itself known throughout in a heavy handed, but appropriate, way. Awesome! This one can only get better with age.
beerbaaron (1278) - Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby brownish amber. Medium creamy off-white head, partially lasting. Aroma is thick, rich malty, lots of dark fruits honey, brown sugar, balancing hops. Whew! A beast... Fullish body. Fairly sweet, quite bitter, booze. BIG! Creamy, slick. Powerful. Alcohol comes though.
MarinEvelyn (560) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, malt, balancing hops, dark fruit-raisins, lots of malts.
Taste is fairly sweet, good amount of malt, brown sugar, molasses,
This beer is me.
ajtrupp (273) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is way smoother than it has any right to be at 18%. I've had multiple delicious barley wines and other high content beers, but thus is way up here.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, from Beer Run in Virginia, purchased about a year ago for $8. July 2012 release, batch 10. Totally hazy darker amber color. Impressive thin off-white head. I poured this with some force thinking a 16% ABV beer wouldn’t foam up much but this filled up the 14oz snifter nicely, I even had to take an emergency foam sip. Soon fades to a reasonable thin amount, and leaves very impressive lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, sort of soft. More of sticky finish, but not too sticky. Some dryness, as you’d expect from the 16% ABV. A lot of brewers sugars, spice, caramel malt in the aroma, some toastiness, spiciness, little vinous notes, light woody and earthiness. Sweet yeah, not cloying. Warm, yeah, but not so much as to provide a burn, as I expected from a 16% ABV grand cru. At first, I was a little intimidated, but now that I cracked it open and dived in, I have to say, I’m reasonably impressed.