cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Bottle at home (jan 2010)... Dark copper ...thin tan head ... smokey woody fruit and caramel .... quite bitter up front... that one dimensional caramel vanilla thats so prevalent in these big sweet beers ... quite a lot of hop ... Not working that well for me
bottle at home 2014 (2012 vint) ....copper ... tan head ... roast malt .sweet toffe roast sweet toffee crystal malts .. sweet roast ... soft fruits ... toffee fruits 2, fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Dark amber color; small creamy head. Nice aroma, malt, very sweet, Barley Wine-like. Medium thickness, oily; malty taste, sweet in the beginning, balanced by a quite strong bitterness later. Too warming alcohol, light metallic aftertaste and not much complex. Good anyway. And powerful, of course. Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 04/11/12. Batch 10 - 2012 @ 16% ABV.
Clear chestnut brown with reddish hues, good sized off white head that retains well.
Malt forward nose, dark toffee, caramelised dark sugars, raisens, prunes and booze.
Taste follows from nose, Xmas pudding meets malt loaf in taste, fairly complex and whilst booze is more than evident it is well disguised for 16% !
Full bodied with very soft carbonation leading to a sweet boozy finish. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Amber/reddish, offwhite head. Vinous okay aroma, sourish, some vinegars. Oily sweet flavor, some cognac notes. Finish is both sweet and bitter. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden. Oily body. saxo (18302) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is ruby amber. Aroma is rich with fruits and slcohol. Taste is extremely powerful with lots of fruits, molasses and alcohol.
mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 12 oz. bottle, pours dark ruby red with a small beige head. Aroma of strong alcohol, sherry/brandy, sweet caramel, dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavour of brandy, sweet caramel, dried fruits (figs, dates, prunes) and a massive alcohol kick, even more than expected from the 16.21% tag on this bottle. Extreme sweetness, certainly in the cloying realm, along with the harsh booziness detracts this from being one of the more enjoyable really high ABV beers. Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Vanilla aroma accents. Big alcohol and lots of caramel, with some molasses. Big chewy body...but way too boozy. Fairly strong vanilla throughout. Dry, alcholic finish is about right - it’s a rough beer. TBone (17542) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 14.9% = vintage 2005yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
Ruby, copper brown, small mocha head. Aroma of glue, brandy and whiskey. Bourbon whiskey, sweet sugary flavor. Very similar to Samael’s Oak Aged Ale. Too sugary and too much glue in the aroma.
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 Bottled. 14.9% ABV, 2005 vintage. Almost clear, copper-colored with an off-white head. Hops, hops, sweet malt, raisins and some alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is quite hoppy also, with alcohol, dried fruits, beef-stock and lots of sweetness. Oily, light astringent in the mouth. A very long finish with lots of hops. Even though it is very hoppy, the sugar-level in it makes The Beast a quite balanced beer. Definately not a session beer, but lovely as a winter-warmer I guess. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.8. 060704jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle. 14.6% ABV, 2006 vintage. It pours a clear, copper colored body and a dense, off-white to beige head. The aroma is rather intense, sweet and sugar, fruity and alcoholic, but in a really pleasant way, making me wonder if it deserves an 8 on aroma. The flavor has the same sugary sweetness, fruityness and alcohol, making me think it’s a quite simple beer, but I really love swirling it around in my mouth before slowly swallowing it, enjoying the warming and sweet finish. By the way, the fruityness is of both the fresh and the dried kind. It’s full-bodied, sweet and warming on the palate, and overall a really nice beer even though it’s pushing the envelope a bit too far. 110311
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 2005 vintage. Pours black. Nose is molasses, strong brown sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, tar and burnt caramelized apples. Taste is velvety chocolate, intensely sweet caramel and dark fruits and a very long alcohol burn in the finish.