The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Perhaps moreso than with any other brewery, my experiences with Avery have been hit or miss - either I enjoy their stuff, or I find it absolutely foul. I have yet to try the Beast in any form. My girlfriend tried it early on at the Stone 10th Anniversary fest and remembers to this day how horrible she found it to be, but my tastes are different, so I won't be convinced until I try it for myself.
At $7.29 for a 12 oz. bottle and 14.6% ABV, I expect this beer to make a statement, be it good or bad.
After entering my Stone IRS tulip glass, this brew's clear deep amber body and creamy off-white head reminded me of some IPA's I've tried recently. Nothing too intimidating here, although the head fought a long and desperate battle to hang on before eventually trickling down to a thick halo encircling a thin lace.
At first, the odor was a surprisingly soothing mix of malt, caramel, toffee, and cherries. However, after a second whiff, I could detect a sharpness to it. This is perhaps the first time I've thought I could actually smell the alcohol itself, and this is coming from someone whose sense of smell is the envy of no one.
High marks for odor despite the intimidation factor.
What have I gotten myself into? This is after drinking a bomber of Delirium Tremens, it's a weeknight, and it's already after midnight. I already have visions of calling in sick tomorrow.
[Edit] After rereading my review and realizing how uselessly massive it is, I've wiped out a lot of the original text from this point forward and am trimming it down to this:
Imagine the experience of taking down a spoonful of cherry cough syrup. If you're like me, it's all you can do to keep yourself from gagging. First you're hit with that cloyingly sweet artificial cherry flavor. Then the medicine kicks in and shocks your body with its horrendous potency. And the whole thing is thick and syrupy and coats your mouth and leaves behind a sweet medicine aftertaste that takes way too long to go away.
Subtract the medicine and replace it with a huge, burning alcohol presence. Add carbonation. Sneak in a pinch of caramel. That's more or less what drinking the Beast was like for me. Without the medicine, it doesn't make me wince the way cough syrup does, but the alcohol and the sweetness are both extreme and continuously battle for supremacy, making consumption a highly memorable experience that may not be worth repeating.
I wonder what aging would do. Hopefully it would make the alcohol quality less intense, but would that simply bring the sweetness to the forefront? I may have to find out...
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2007 09:05:45 | More by instrumentality
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Murky orange with a small brown ring of head.
S: Lots of dark and red fruits, plum, maybe some basic (as in, non acid) citrus, particularly orange, some grape, red wine, and a touch of alcohol in the nose.
T: Grapes, spices, plum, raisin, a whisky-like harshness, floral hops, amazing that any hop character comes through after so many years of aging.
M: Full bodied, harsh from alcohol and a touch flat.
O: Pretty good. The alcohol was a bit harsh, and the flatness as unplesant. I'd take Samael or Mephistopheles over this any time, but I'd still recommend this. Perhaps it's better fresh.
Note: Brewed in 2009 (batch 7), Imbibed Fall, 2012.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 21:48:11 | More by BierJager89
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.