The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweemzander:
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Just says that it was bottled in 2009.
(A)- Pours a hazy copper to red amber color that produced a 1+ finger tan to white bubbly head with great retention. Is leaving tiny specks of lacing here and there as it is consumed.
(S)- Tons of toffee and caramel sweetness with a twist of lemon lime citrus with a finish of piney oak. This smells incredible but rather odd and unique at the same time. Rather unlike what I was expecting due to its style. Its like a aged barleywine and an IPA mixed together at this point.
(T)- A big sweetness of caramelish toffee nuttiness with a subdued lemon & lime citrus twist in the middle. Finishes in a dry piney warmth. Tastes strongly like a christmas fruitcake with some cherries, figs, raisins, and sweet bread.
(M)- What really surprises me me about this beer is how well the ridiculously massive 15.07% abv integrates into this beer. I was expecting a monster! There is a strong warming feel going down the throat, but in no way massive or overpowering like I was expecting. Has a big sweetness that compliments the dry finish well. Reminds me of a fruity tawny port! Suprisingly smooth. Its almost like they bottled a barleywine, an IPA, and a scoth ale together.
(D)- What a fantastic yet unique beer! Very much not what I was expecting, but I really respect this beer for throwing me off guard like that. The incredible alcohol integration is really impressive. It still hits you really hard about 1/2 way through the bottle. This is a definite sipper that is a good after dinner beverage on its own for dessert, or it might even pair well with a light to medium bodied cigar! I would love to see how this ages after a year or two. This really separates itself in uniqueness from any other strong ale I have had to date!
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2009 23:43:08 | More by sweemzander
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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.