goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004. Poured a slightly hazy light cherry color and a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and thick. Fig, brown sugar, and the inside of a very plump raisin. Flavor is sweet, malty and fruity. Starts very sweet, moves to dark fruit, burns my esophagus and finishes with a mixture of fruit and some pepper from the alcohol. I think as this warms the alcohol will become more evident in the aroma and flavor. Full body. If it is hard to drink I can’t rate it high even if there are nice flavors. Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Sweet fruity aroma. Dark peach color with little to no lasting head. More flavorful than expected but does have the BIG alcohol bite that I anticipated. Actually this one had more flavors than the Reverand. Flavors are sweet raisony, brown sugar and of course, alcohol. Overall, I’m glad I tried it but I won’t drink it again. About 2/3 of it went down the drain which was very disappointing. It’s just too hot and undrinkable. I’ll never understand Avery’s infatuation with hot beers. To my knowledge, alcohol has never been an admired flavor. Oh, and I disagree with the 95 rating. cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Shared with mybrainhurts, and for good reason at over 18% you’d better. I have to agree with his review its good...but the alcohol will whip your ass....BAD mybrainhurts (397) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This monster poured blood red with a very small white head. Had a beastly aroma of strong alcohol (duh 18%), apples, grapes, candied malts, and raisins. The flavor was alcohol driven, indeed. Peppery spiciness, hard apples, fruits, figs, and ripe cherries. I like a strong ale, but this became a bit of a challenge to drink. My tip.... share with a friend and take your time with this beast! ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2005
18.1% bottle. this was something i had waited (and not long enough) to try. upon pouring and inspecting the beer, it resembles any other high abv beer - very little head, disappears quickly - dark red in color. flavor ..... this is where it was lacking (so to speak). flavor is almost entirely masked by alcohol. this beer was stronger tasting than the scotch i was drinking before i decided to delve into this. there is a nice sweetness that is apparently for the first 3 or 4 sips of this beer, then your palate is numb, and tasting the rest of it is virtually impossible. i wanted to like this beer, i really did, but in the end, i poured about 20% of it in the sink. this is certianly not a beer to drink by yourself, nor is it one to drink anywhere close of 5 years after you buy it. maybe ill get another one and let it sit for a long long time, but im not real sure. a clear disappointment for me.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
The beast is right. Alcohol aroma and alcohol kick for flavor. Busted out some Jack Daniels and man the Beast is like taking a shot of Jack. Powerfull beer. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
18.1% Bottle poured a nice amber with a good head.
STRONG alcohol and malt aroma with a overwhelming alcohol flavor along with sweet malt and over ripe fruit.
This beer kicked my ass! carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2005
The monster 18.1% version at a beer tasting. Pours copper, transparent, with no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, with obvious alcohol and some vinegar. Flavor is like medicine, esters, alcohol is evident. Finish is too sweet for me, many esters in the finish. Allegedly 100 IBUs but I couldn’t tell with all the other flavors. This one made me sick, after several other big beers in the organized tasting with Adam Avery. Can’t say he didn’t warn us... Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2005
18.1% version. Pours dark amber/ruby with no head. Aroma is heavy sweet malt/candy sugar with alcohol detectable. Flavor is sweet sugar with a big alcohol burn. Very little yeast character for a Belgian. Warmer it gets, the more the alcohol flavor comes through. Can’t believe I drank this as a night cap on Superbowl Sunday, on top of 5 or 6 other big brews and some jagerbombs. Ouch!! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
Bottle. Strong alcohol aroma but not 15.7% strong. Rich and sweet in the nose. Rick, thick, dark copper body with yellow/orange hues on the edges. Small head with a ring of off-white around the glass. Very sweet candi sugar flavor. Very nice. Good hop/malt balance. Nice salty mouthfeel at the back of the tongue. As high alcohol and sweet as it is, still pretty easily drinkable. Nice hop profile. Really good. Better than Avery the Czar. A rich, big bertha of a brew. Notes of raisins, dates, molasses and candi sugar all come out. Thanks Tar.