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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2004
#666 and no other brew really seemed worthy of this mark. This is the most amazing winter warmer brew around. Tons of sweet malt, fig, dark fruit, raisin, and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very warming brew with a lot of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, normally this would not be all that good, but when its this cold outside, boooyah! This brew is going to be amazing once its aged for a year or two, let the alcohol settle a bit and the flavors mix and this could be perfect. Very thick body with a nice dry finish really make this brew excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2003 vintage sampled at O’Briens from a 1.5L Chimay challace. A year of aging does wonders for this beer. Dark mahogany in color, creates a HUGE offwhite head. Aromatics are rich and sweet of carmelized bananas, cherries and yeast. Flavor is loaded with dark dried fruits... figs, raisins, dates, prunes and lots of caramel and a tinge of alcohol. Very full bodied on the palate, with a thick syrupy quality. Excellent dry finish with a very minor alcoholic burn. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Holy Moses, what a beer. Great aroma, nice American/Belgian mix of flavors. Amazing how much the alcohol stands out compared to other high alcohol beers (DFH WWS?). I’m glad to hear this will be bottled in 12oz. soon. Dear Diary: It’s 1:30 in the morning and we’re cracking open a bottle of schnapps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
odddodd (2) - Superior, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
It truely is a beast. The alcohol is apparent at first but masked by a sweet prune like flavor. This is a beer I I would age. It calms down after a year or more in a cellar. Definitely buy to collect this bad boy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 I’ve had about four sips and I’m drunk. Initial sip was REALLY strong, but I’m starting to get used to it. It has a nice ruby-orange color with a slight bit of brown. No head at all. Aroma is alcahol, alcahol, alcahol, raisin, slight bit of dark red fruit and sweet malt, and alcahol. Taste has a lot of alcahol warmth with raisin and a slight roastiness. A little chocolate, caramel, molasses, and slightly acidic cherries also. Belgian yeastiness and spiciness in the aroma and flavor. I wish it was a little sweeter. Rerate: Much better at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Reddish amber out of the bottle with a short lived tan bubbly head. Candi sugar nose with a note of sour. Lots of dark, dry fruit in this beer along with burnt caramel sugars and molassass. Syrupy mouthfeel with a strong alcohol burn. Very strong beer, but tastey none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Strong belgian style yeast aroma, its like fruit punch thats been spiked to the point of being evil, tongue numbing pinapple feeling, the alcohol is obviously pretty noticeable, taking too big of a swig will make you think your taking a shot, beyond the insanity are delicate caramel notes and bold yeast flavors, an epic brew for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours beautiful deep mahagony color with light tan head. Nose if big of caramel, alcohol, plummy and figgy. Biscuity. Body is rich and strong. Belgian candi sugar is quite revealing. Alcohol is very present. Finishes strong, dry with a sting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle: Strong butter toffee and caramel aroma. Nice addition of banana bread to the nose. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with an off-white head with a yellow tint. Fair retention. Very sweet and malty. Has a little extra sweet barley wine flavor to it. Raisin, caramel, toffee, and banana bread. Light bitterness in the finish. Kind of a sweet, sticky, banana bread aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overbearing. Has a warming effect. A little sticy and syruppy. Really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
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.

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