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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

AWMiller's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Definitely THE top dark Belgian strong ale in my book! After savoring the last of the Demons of Ale series from Avery Brewing, I can state for the record that I saved the best for last! This is a massive brew both in texture and taste; truly meant to be savored slowly and all by itself. The warming effects from the hefty ABV are truly wonderful. Definitely the PERFECT nightcap!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (563) - Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Scored an 8/2014 release at Friar Tuck. Strong cocoa aroma with candy sweetness, oak and booze. Odd medium brown color, tiny off white head. Taste follows the aroma - dark chocolate, oak and candy with a sweet and boozy aftertaste. Good thick low carb palate. This was great. Highly recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1894) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Sample of a 2004 vintage bottle at the Avery 23rd Anniversary Party. Cloudy reddish brown pour, with a small, light tan head. Nose of caramel, peanut, butterscotch, peat, a bit musty, and cloves. Very sweet, with light bitterness. Very heavy body, syrupy, grainy, and thick. This is a seriously intense and delicious beer. Strong and very deep, but smooth and focused.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2944) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Poured maroon, 2015 bottle. Smells of fruit, taste is complex. Wood, caramel, sawdust, yeast. A lot going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx (923) - Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2016
2014 Bottle - Poured red like a V-8 but settled into a nice rusty red. Nice aroma of plums, raisins and dried fruit. A sweet taste of caramel and dried fruits. Very smooth! I’m sorry that I only have access to one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1834) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Deep amber pour with small, white head. Big aroma of dried fruit, caramel, figs, dates, raisins oak and brown sugar. Quite sweet, but a little bit dusty, taste with caramel, raisin, figs, dates, oak, vanilla. Very light bready notes. Short, sweetish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6533) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle. Amber pour with pink head. Boozy, dark fruits, Belgian candy aromas. Burnt and roasted, cherries on the the after taste. Flavors are roasted, chocolate, dark fruit and Belgian sugar. Can’t drink a ton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3811) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2016
I’m not sure the batch, it said 17.2% ABV on the bottle. Gorgeous mahogany hue with a lush burnt caramel head. Thick vanilla yeast scent dominates the tightly wound nose, though flickers embers of Banana’s Foster’ dance off the glass at times. Bready banana liquor body. Sweet, with alcohol just under the breath, like a flutter of air beneath the door. Well-masked ABV considering the monster octane on this one. Drunken crusty bread finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2016
2014 bottle. Hazy deep amber pour. Grape, sweet candies sugar in the aroma. Strong taste, hot alcohol, then awash in sweet grains, cinnamon, ruby port, and baked apple. Lingering alcohol burn but in a welcome way. A year plus more would have been nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (751) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
Batch 13 17.2%abv. Poured into a tulip. The beer is a super murky light brown with an average khaki head that leaves very nice lacing. Aroma is figs, dates, plums, raisin, molasses, candi sugar, and oak. Taste is full of dark stone fruits. Figs, dates, raisin, sugar plums, brown sugar, oak, alcohol, and fruit cake. Somewhat thick and very sticky and lingering, with alcohol in the finish, but not overpowering. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (875) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Lightly clouded darker red brown with a light tan head. Heavy molasses and honey mixed with alcohol. Raisin, musty lightly funky fruitiness. Very sweet, maybe some bitterness somewhere in the background, maybe a hint of umami. Heavy, syrupy body, alcohol is definitely there but far from being unbalanced. Quite acidic. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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