lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2004
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 you’d expect. There’s 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 (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2004
I’m the Beast. So that’s what you call me. That, or Beaster, His Beastness. Or El Beasterino, if, you know, you’re 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 - don’t know why they put this in a bomber though! Expect a helluva hangover tomorrow! AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
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
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 (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2004
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 isn’t unpleasant. The finish is dry and sweet, with some leftover bitterness. Truly a beast of a beer. My 400th!!
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2004
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
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
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
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 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2004
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).