Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i can tell this is going to be a special brew one day. its aroma and taste are both delicious, but its so damn strong its close to the point of being considered undrinkable. very enticed by the thoughts of what wil happen to bottle #2 after it gets some time to age in the cellar. but until then the beast is a bit too hot for this drinker.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light head diminishes quickly to itís mahogany red color. Aroma is sweet malt, dates, raisins, dates, dark fruits. A full bodied ale, syrupy and thick. Malts are heavy and sweet. Hops are spicy and floral. Nicely balanced. Thick and syrupy like a sherry or a port. Very smooth despite the alcohol SLAM. Lots of sherry like qualities. Tastes of dark fruit, wood and smoke. Gives a very full mouthfeel. At 22 oz this is one thatís best shared ícause if you take this guy one-on-one youíll lose every time---ha. Finish is smooth and a touch dry with a slightly sweet aftertaste. An excellent ale.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is aptly named. It paws at you with itís scruffy dirty claws, grunting and growling.
It pours ruby red and thick. Minimal head. Smell it and you know you are in for an experience to remember. Expect a beer with distinct alcohol characteristics. My mouth almost felt numb after tasting it. Itís got some fruity flavors - raisins and thick sweet flavors. Donít you dare gulp this beer down. I highly recommend finding a place you plan to be for a long while. Sit down, open it up, pour a glass and sip it for an hour or two. This beer is meant to be enjoyed slowly. If you get a chance, take it. Donít pass up the beast. It will chase you down and demand you try it.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is fruity, sweet, and alcoholic, specifically grapes and caramel sweetness. Appearance is good - deep amber in color with a rather thin light tan head and some lacing. The flavor is fantastic and covers up the overriding taste of alcohol very well. Sweet fruit up front with a roasted malt finish with all of the chocolate overtones that youíd expect. Thereís a slight hint of banana as well. The alcohol creates a burning sensation on the way down but my mouth is so preoccupied with everything else that I hardly notice the burn. A very nice brew.
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím the Beast. So thatís what you call me. That, or Beaster, His Beastness. Or El Beasterino, if, you know, youíre not into the whole brevity thing. (with apologies to the Cohen Bothers and the Dude) Aroma of fresh fruit, alcohol (brandy specifically), dark copper appearance with a thin off-white head with a tad bit of lacing, Alcohol is hidden extremely well considering it is 18.1% - for that I am giving it a 5 for palate. (I have yet to stand up though). Flavor of rum-soaked raisins, baked brown bread, and alcohol. Would make a good winter sipper/warmer - donít know why they put this in a bomber though! Expect a helluva hangover tomorrow!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15.7% bottling. A tight, tan-colored head with funky orange highlights on top of a rich hued red liquid. Aroma is intense. You can smell it as it is poured even if you are not close to it. Aroma has some balsamic vinegar, sweet toasted caramel, cream and grain alcohol. Flavor is the same as the aroma but the alcohol takes over and overwhelms the rest of the flavors. This one needs even more time.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep red with a medium cream colored head. The aroma is filled with raisins, alcohol and a slight pineapple scent. Flavor has that Belgian horsehair taste with a big raisin/date flavor. Alcohol warmth in the aftertaste is lasting. Drinking this on a Wednesday night may have been a mistake. This is enjoyable in limited quantities, so why does Avery put this in a 22 oz. bottle. 10-12 would be more appropriate. This beer needs to be aged to tame some of the overwhelming flavors.
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lucid mahogany body with a moderate, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of citrusy hops and a barleywine-like maltiness with little alcohol. Right off, the flavor is oaky, with tastes of fig, sugar, and burnt chocolate. Wow, the alcohol really burns, but it isnít unpleasant. The finish is dry and sweet, with some leftover bitterness. Truly a beast of a beer. My 400th!!
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 I love BIG beers. I have no prob killing more than a couple 10% Imperial Stouts or 10-12% Quads. If Storm King was a person it could be a 50ish intrigueing scholar. A strong Belgian quad would be a portly jolly monk filled with wisdom. The Beast on the otherhand is the loud obnoxious 350# lardass at the local bar that gets on your nerves,blasts farts,loves to moon people and slap you in the nuts as you walk by.
2004 bottle. Served at fridge temp in a wine glass and slowly warmed over 40 mins or so.
Poured strong tea color with orange hues in light. No head and barely any carbonation. Nose was of alcohol,almonds,perhaps amoretto,tainted syrup,not sure what else. Mouthfeel initially was a not bad oily but quickly turned not so good bitter dryness.
It basically tasted like sucking liquid almonds,alcohol,bad dark fruit concentrate and hints of mol(asses) off of a dry chunk of wood. I could only finish half the bottle and am glad I had Bass and Fullers ESB as a back up.
IMO,The Beast needs to be kept in the dark and forgotten for a looong time.
This stuff makes EKU 28 seem like Miller lite.
2005 edition. F$$$ what a change. I REALLY enjoyed the 2005. Alky burn,subdued molasses,brown sugar sweet and sticky and reall FULL mouthfeel. Tis 2005 rates a 4.4.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Garnet body with minimal head. First thing you taste is prune, alcohol, and wood. There are also notes of molasses and candy sugar. There is a good amount of sweetness here that isnít overbearing. The alcohol is a bit overpowering and burns going down. This tastes a little green, and you can tell that some time in the cellar would do this some good.