The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by rxdrewthejew:
2.7/5 rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
I've had this beer sitting for quite a while-picked it up at Wally's back in December. Finally figured it had been long enough to give it a shot. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my snifter.
A: Not as dark as I had expected. This is a deep but clear burgundy with a fluffy 2 finger tan head. Most of the head is supported by tiny bubbles coming from the bottom, but the top bit looks pretty stable.
S: Huge fruity/sugary smell that is notable even with the beer no where near the nose. Closer inspection reveals a number of different flavors. Raisins and molasses are quite notable, but I get a good whiff of turbinado and candi sugar as well. Not much hop balance in the smell, but we'll see how it tastes.
T: Holy crap, talk about a malt bomb. Massive sweetness here. Again, raisins and molasses, and huge candi sugar. Deep down there's a bit of breadyness, but I don't note any hops at all.
MF: Full bodied, but not particulary syrupy. A bit of fizz but for the most part it goes down pretty smooth. Huge warming, even a few sips and you feel the alcohol. But the sweetness is pretty stunning, and it gives this a bit of an odd feel.
D: Nope, can't do this one. Kinda what I was expecting. This is just all sweetness. This makes a barleywine look like an amber ale. If you're into malt bombs, I suppose this is worth a try, but I need a little more balance than this. I couldn't finish it...I couldn't even begin to drink it. I took a few sips but the sweetness is just too much. Ah well...an expensive experiment.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2008 04:08:54 | More by rxdrewthejew
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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.