RATINGS: 1144   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - 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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20218) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18692) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binnys 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17952) - Hjbjerg, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (17047) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 14.9% = vintage 2005
Ruby, copper brown, small mocha head. Aroma of glue, brandy and whiskey. Bourbon whiskey, sweet sugary flavor. Very similar to Samaels Oak Aged Ale. Too sugary and too much glue in the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (16938) - 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 - its a rough beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16874) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
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. 060704

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 its 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. Its full-bodied, sweet and warming on the palate, and overall a really nice beer even though its pushing the envelope a bit too far. 110311

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (16595) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy amber/copper color with a finger or two worth of white head that has some pretty good retention. S: A pleasantly sweet nose that is quite reminiscent of an aged barleywine. Sweet caramel and vanilla as well as plenty of brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops or anything else. T: Very similar on the tongue as it opens up with a big caramel sweetness. Some brown sugar and toffee follow along with a fair amount of vanilla notes. A very subtle bitterness is present on the finish. M: The body is definitely full, but not syrupy due to a rather lively carbonation which is impressive for such a high alcohol beer. D: This beer is surprisingly easy to drink while its nice and cool. Normally for a beer like this, I like to let it come up to temperature a little bit, but I do not advise that with this particular beer (things get a little rough).

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