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RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Beast is a seducer - accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. Beyond this, its 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

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2394) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
Pineapple sweetness hits you right in the nose. Similar fruity sweetness up front in the flavor. Not too heavy bodied, but that seems to be because all the alcohol sort of floats it. Very high alcohol presence that is very hot at the mid to end of the palate. This is too much...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EKGoldings (649) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
This beer is brutal. Id amost say its a beast. A bit too much alcohol for my taste, overpowers pretty much everything else. Not balanced, kinda disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Had a long ass day at work and decided to enjoy a stiff drink.This is a clear reddish brown brew with a ring of cream head.Nose is swet like cotton candy,very batleywine-ish.Nice.I get some dark fruits also.Wow,this is very alcohol overbearing.The flavor actually gets better as I let this settle,Still,powerful boozy but I am starting to get some flavors.Nothing like a Belgian Strong Ale,a real one I mean.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Draft - at Gravity Head. Not a fan of this one. It was huge - and Im glad I tried it - but I dont think I care for it. A slight grape note finds its way through the alcohol. Just about all the I got was alcohol burn. Very one dimensional.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
No ignoring this wild animal of an ale from the label art to the moment you unleash it into your glass..... Dark hazy amber with a sizable off-white head and good lacing. Overwhelming alcohol presence in the aroma but plenty of sweet malty notes, vanilla & brown sugar as well. Bracing flavor of alcohol gets your attention right away. In fact, If I hadnt poured this myself, I would have suspected that someone spiked a good ale with vodka - bad vodka. After a few more sips, some additional depth came through including toasted malt, plums, raisins and other dark sugary flavors. As the brew warmed, the alcohol presence slid a bit further behind the more complex flavors and it became more drinkable. Finish was acidic and a bit unpleasant when the beer was first opened and colder but it improved to a satisfying, warm & slightly bitter experience later on. Despite the improving qualities of the beer as it warmed, I still had a hard time getting over the very aggressive and vodka-like character of the alcohol. I can appreciate the complexity and depth of this brew but, for me, a couple notches down on the abv scale would be a big improvement.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarleyWino (3) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
First sip was frightening: massive whisky-like alcohol burn over barleywine-lite flavors. As the brew warmed it became more complex, flowering into a full-fledged barleywine-type flavor. In fact, it more closely resembles other barleywines I have had than the (admittedly few) Belgians Ive quaffed. Very hoppy, but not in the "extreme hops" range, alcohol sensation acting as an intriguing stand-in for hop sting. Thinner than I thought it would be, head like an ESB. Not really any lacing to speak of. Oily, bubbly, zingy mouthfeel. Much better than others reviews had led me to expect. Kudos to Avery and a BIG thank-you to Avery prez Adam for helping me find this stuff a state away! Cheers!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Too much alcohol overpowers the obviously well done malt presense. some fruits soice and candy notes come through in the beginning but the alcohol kills them with sheer brute force.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Reddish orange in colour with a generous tan head diminishing to a sheet of lace. The nose is alcohol and caramel and anise. The flavour is intense spicy and malty with a strong belgian yeast character. The malt profile becomes more complex as the beer warms revealing honey, raisins and currants. The alcohol becomes a bit overwhelming in the end but overall this is among the finest belgian strong ales out there. Another great strong beer from Adam Avery.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
A little too much alcohol in this one. Its not even particularly well hidden. Almost like a bite on the finish, similar to that of a harsh whiskey. The aroma, however, was pretty enticing, with a little fruit, nut and malt. But, I just cant get over the finish,... like I said, a whiskey bite, not what I expected.


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