Metalhead (641) - 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 isn’t 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.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep clear amber with a very quickly dissipating head. Aromas of soy sauce and alcohol. First sip brings flavors of dates and alcohol. Finish is downright burning. Powerful? Yes. Enjoyable? Not really. Tha alcohol is just way too apparent and there just isn’t much else going on. And yes even at the end, with a finishing gravity around 1.000, there was a cloying sweetness. Alas I feel some of us have been seduced by a sloppy 400lb. chick that looks like she could beat the shit out of us in bed!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage: Poured deep ruby/mahogany color with thin but lasting khaki head...smell was earth fruits, raisins, prunes, dirt, and STRONG alcohol...the smell made me nervous...at first, vanilla and molasses...then raisins and prunes...then ALCOHOL burn...for 18% it really was not as overwhelming as I’d thought...finish sweet and bitter...definately laying down several bottles...
igneous1 (1524) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very deep copper color quite clear, head is tan, surprisingly lasting for a while. aroma has alcohol burn and is heavy on burnt sugar. flavor has significantly less alcohol, but is still quite tongue-numbing. mouthfeel is quite thick with resin notes. the alcohol is just too apparent in this for me to be able to call it great. it is good though. this may be the most overwhelmingly alcoholic beer i’ve had to date (especially in the nose).
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
mmmmm. on tap @ blind tiger ale house.
very brown sugar.shit will fuck you up.shit is sweet but once u rock it its fine.I will drink this again if its still there.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a dark amber with a minimal head. sweet candy yeasty aroma. strong upfront alcohol taste that takes a bit to get past. wheaty banana taste is lying in wait beneath the teeth of this monster. finish is very dry with a lingering syrup/molasses flavor. this is a very chewy thick brew. another plus, is that the alcohol in this has helped make my recently (possibly broken) injured hand stop hurting. so if you have recently put you fist through every wall in your apartment(and made contact with a few too many studs in the process), this is the beer for you.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of molasses, leather, mustiness, leaves, raisins, and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor of black licorice, alcohol, and candy sugar. Flavor is similar to Jägermeister. Nice marketing. Thanks Tad!
thegreenrooster (3640) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours is a nice deep red with a smallish white head. Aroma is suprisingly very hoppy. Flavor is complex. Lots going on here. First thing you notice is the sweetness. Then you get some molasses, raisins and fruity goodness. Finally you get the alcohol burn as it goes down. In the end a very tasty brew that will leave you with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. I think I am going to take a nap now.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 Bottle, Batch 2
Holy Cheech and Chong this stuff is potent! I had a full lunch at Babin’s (a local Cajun seafood restaurant, for those of you not from this area) beforehand and this STILL had a kick. However, unlike cheap liquor, this kick had a purpose. This is an extraordinary beer; one that deserves attention by all serious beer afficianados. The first contact with the tongue provides a sweet begining, but like the eye of a hurricane, it’s only the calm before the (next) storm. Once the alcohol kicks in, hold onto your seat and enjoy the ride (on your couch, not on the four-wheeled variety). Take your time with this one, but enjoy every last sip. Cheers!
Bottle, Batch 3
Pours thick and syrupy with little had. Cognac and raisin are evident in the nose. Flavor is a rush of molasses, raisin, and fermented grape. Slight hint of peach in there as well. Very chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol really doesn’t come into play as much as last year, but the flavor and feel is still awesome.