RATINGS: 1145   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, 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 couldnt tell with all the other flavors. This one made me sick, after several other big beers in the organized tasting with Adam Avery. Cant say he didnt warn us...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Cant believe I drank this as a night cap on Superbowl Sunday, on top of 5 or 6 other big brews and some jagerbombs. Ouch!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2400) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EKGoldings (659) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (733) - 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.

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