jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 2004 bottle(Batch 2). Clear, dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malt aroma with lots of fruit(oranges?) and some alcohol. Sweet malt flavor, but not nearly as sweet as I had thought it would be. Some hops come through on the end, along with a big alcohol bite.
Definitely a sipping beer.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Initial impression: Thin, quickly dissipating head. Smells like nuts and toffee. Beautiful red amber color. Round, full flavor. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but definitely warming afterwards as though you’d drank liquor. Flavor is nutty, and malty and hoppy, alternating. Very sweet. Impressive beer.
After about 6 oz: I couldn’t get past the alcohol flavor. It became hard to drink. I think this was due to it warming up as I drank it slowly.
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut; brown-creamy dense head. Woody, hoppy and liqueurish sweet aroma, dark brown candi sugar. Endlessly hoppy & malty beer, extremely liqueurish, sweet almond cake. Extremely well-bodied, slick & syrupy; burnt MF, getting more obvious warming up. Alcohol obvious. Great beer, incomparable balance - a masterpiece for maltheads. My bottle says "only" 15.7 % ABV. And why has the "Beast" bowling alley skittles for teeth? Thanks, Jeremy Gray!
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice red color, no head. Light malty and almond nose. Some alcohol too. Nice warming alcohol and nutty malt taste. Spicey and hoppy in changing intervalls. Meat aftertaste, long lasting. Great.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice solid red color and a thin head. Sticky thick smell to it, cherry, plum, fig, oak, clove, a bit of ginger and some alcohol. The flavor is odd, as it reminds me first of a wine (not to bitter or sweet) for the mouthfeel, then it switches over to some strong barley treatment. Im somewhat disappointed at first with the taste of the beer, because the alcohol takes over, but ther aftertaste is something to behold. It has the you-just-drank-lots-of-alcohol feel to it, but it has the belgian strong ale good sweeter side. This reminds me more of a liquor with the feeling that you taste a lot of alcohol first, then the flavors of the drink second. Alterantively, I find that if I hold it in my mouth longer than usual the hops are felt more, along with the candy-like sweetness. Afterwards the slight burn from the alcohol is felt. Quite an interesting beer, I just wish I could afford to buy a second to hang on to for a while.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 Original Rating, Dec 31, 2004: Dark red color with no head. Slightly cherry aroma. It is definitely unadulterated raw barley in the taste. Some little amounts of hops and yeast, but nothing else stands out other than malt and alcohol. 7/4/7/3/14
Re-rating, June 30, 2012. Batch 6 (2008). Murky brown color with no head. Aroma of molasses, honey and very sweet malt. Powerfully fruity and bready flavor. Upon warming, prune dominates. Very sweet. Still quite boozy, but certainly not jet fuel-esque. 8/4/7/4/17
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy nose, dark amber color, low tight head. Quick caramelly malt body with a slight yeast component that gets pushed aside by a fat, rich hoppy and spicy end. Huge pepper effect with some cinnamon too. Full body and a decent beer all around.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle opened for christmas eve.the beast poured a beautiful murky ruby red with a small head that did not stick around for long.the aroma gave off a complex mixture of bubblegum,candy,raisins,plums,belgian candy,and a bit of yeast.i figured due to the fact that the alcohol was well hidden in the aroma,it would be in the flavor too.I WAS WRONG!loads of alcohol all the way through with the flavors of candy,and sweet malts hidding in the background.i think im gonna need a chaser to drink this.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottled. this had so much nasty, european canned strong lager sugar and metho character to it that it was hard to discern much else. i dunno, some raisins, honey, burnt toast, plenty of bitterness and amazing stickiness. big and dumb
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seems almost silly rating appearance on this one. What is it supposed to look like? That said, it’s much lighter than I expected, and actually has a little bit of foam. Nice. Aroma of port and dates. Palate is not all that thick considering the 18% ABV. But in the taste, the alcohol is right there. Also very sweet port flavors. I feel like there are other things waiting to come through, but at this point it still seems pretty raw, and everything else is crowded out. I think it’s great that Avery made this audacious stuff. To my tastes, it isn’t great right now, but it probably will be in five years, and that is pretty cool. Thanks Alaskanwarren for the taste! Mighty generous of you.