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, itís 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 itís great that Avery made this audacious stuff. To my tastes, it isnít 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.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red Coloring with White Ring. Iíd Be Lying if I Said the Immense Alcohol Wasnít Noticeable, But in Actuality, Itís Much More Balanced Then one Would Think. Fruity, Alcohol Aroma.. Some Bread Dough. The Alcohol is the Domineering Character... Very Enjoyable Beast!!
Gachupines (1231) - USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is quite interesting. Aroma and appearance are excellent. Taste begins fairly malty, but the alcohol takes over at that point. Ultimately, I see potential for this beer, and this is probably one to let mellow for a year or two. Itís powerful, and not bad but the alcohol tends to overpower the other tastes, making this a beer with great potential but less payoff than hoped for.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Awesome appearance. Perhaps the best looking beer Iíve ever seen. The color is simply entrancing. Large off white head disapates into a thin layer on the surface. The carbonation dances to the top of the glass. Aroma is fantastic. Fruity and barleywine-like. Almost no alcohol detectable. However, it is noticeable while in your mouth and going down. Warming, but it doesnít burn. I really donít know how to explain the flavor. Completely unique brew. I canít wait to try it in about 5 years.
Iím writing this portion of the review the day after drinking this beer. A word of warning, donít drink a whole bottle by yourself! I really wish this was in 12oz bottles instead of 22oz.
JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage, 18.1% abv. Pours a clear, dark ruby red with tints of brown. Head is initially very large and off-white, but quickly dissipates to this thinnest of rings. Very sweet and thick aroma: plums, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee, green grapes, raisins, licorice, and quite a bit of alcohol. Moderately sweet flavor, with thick molasses notes nicely accompanied by subdued, spicy hops, dates and candied fruits. Mildly, yet sharply carbonated underneath the syrupyness - as I savor it in my mouth, I am unsure if it is the bubbles tingling my tongue, or the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter and alcoholic. It tastes as strong as it sounds, and the alcohol is anything but well-hidden when tasted this young, though it is not too overpowering or astringent. A very warming beer for those cold winter months, or for sharing with the family on a Christmas Eve.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle was acquired about 10 months ago from Aubrey, out in Colorado.
Rating # 650
First Release: Early 2004Ö.. 15.7% abv
The Beast pours out a crimson body with a fluffy 2 finger off white head, this slowly dissipates and leaves a wispy cream collared ring and lacing in the glass. The aroma is sweet and has very little trace of that burly 15.7% alcohol level. I easily trace down the sweet fruity hints of dates, brown sugar, toffee malt, plums, figs, and big notes of raisins. From my many tasting, I do not remember the newer 18% Beast having this flavorÖ. Iron? Itís a very pronounced flavor in this vintage. Very bloody tasting, tangy and tart; like licking an open lesion. Adam had mentioned to me that there was an Iron note in this vintageÖ I just donít remember what it was that he said caused itÖ. maybe the yeastÖ I donít recall exactly, but it was something rather odd. Anyway, other than Iron, the 2 flavors that standout most for me are the syrupy, smoky, full flavor of Molasses, and the fruity, lightly tart but masked with sugar notes of Raisins.
Iíve gotta sayÖ this beer is a sipper! Halfway through the bottle I was feeling the buzzing effects and by the end, 2 Ĺ hours later.. I was under the influence of The Beast!
No doubt that this is a complex brew! I must admit that Iíve never had anything like it, nothing that even closely resembles this animal! As a friend recently mentionedÖ and Iíll attest, ďThis resembles a Fruiter Fizzy Scotch!Ē
Iíll tell yeah, Iím really looking forward to aging out a few bottles of the late 2004 - 18% vintage.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite clear and orange in color.Very thick as evidenced by the bubbles struggling to rise to the surface. Creamy head. Pungent, floral, spicy, yeasty and alcoholic aroma. Bubblegum and candi sugar also. It burns of alcohol in the throat. The sweetness and body nearly balance the rubbing alcohol quality out but not quite. Beneath that is some malt, fruit and a hint of hops. Maybe this will mellow with age, but as is, it is too much for me.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow 18% this year, this baby really has some punch to it, pours way more clear than what I expected, a clear dark red with a pretty good veige head, wow, sweet and strong smelling, fruity, smells like a barleywine, the taste is very smooth, fruity, and very hoppy as well, this is strong and very impressive, the alcohol is noticeable but covered up well for the amount, great stuff, go for 20% next year, that would be awesome!
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is cherries, dried fruit, caramel, alcohol sweetness. Body is a gorgeous ruby with a thin head that dissapates. Taste is sweet, like fruit, and candy, burn is moderate for a 18% beer, not as well covered as WWS, but for the style I think it is done very well. Grapes, dry mouthfeel.