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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 1,274
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.56%
Wants: 72
Gots: 364 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  16.83% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004

Hop Variety: Bravo, Bullion, Sterling, Hersbrucker, Columbus, Styrian Goldings
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Honey malt, Dark Aromatic, Pale wheat, Roasted wheat, Special B
Sugars: Dates, Molasses, Dark Belgian Candy Sugar, Colorado Honey, Raisins, Turbinado
OG: 1.135 ABV: 15-17% IBUs: 63 Color: Burgundy

The Beast is a seducer – accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. With a deep burgundy color and aromas of honey, nutmeg, mandarin orange and pineapple, this massive and challenging brew has flavors akin to a beautiful Carribean rum. Dates, plums, raisins and molasses are dominant in a rich vinous texture. Cellarable for 10+ years.

The Beast is the first installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: Pineapple upside down cake pairs nicely with the sweet, rum-like flavors found in our Beast Grand Cru.

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): 16.00% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV
Batch 12 (2015): 17.2% ABV
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Photo of sterstar1
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I'm honestly not a fan of Avery's normal line-up. They are a bit too hoppy for my taste. But these big beers like The Reverand, Samaels and The Beast are in my opinion, world class. The Beast pours a beautiful color and just the right amount of head. The nose is fruity and provides a solid hint at how stong this ale is. The taste is astounding. Sweet but not too sweet. Very well balanced. It's a good thing it's so expensive because these things go down way to easy. -And at 14.9% ABV, you could get yourself into a heap of trouble if you're not careful. I highly recommend The Beast.

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Photo of BigDank
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name is most definitely not misleading on this one, it is a true beast. Batch 6 (2008) with ABV at a sweet 16.31%. Beautiful sweet smell from all of the sugaring agents and a taste that will blow most others out of the water. Somewhat strong alcohol burn but evened out by the smooth flavor and soft aftertaste. Reddish brown in color and medium to dark haziness. High alcohol content makes this a great candidate for aging. Wish I had a couple cases to get me through the year. Unfortunately I bought this out of town and can't get it here but I can't wait to get another chance to enjoy this beast once again.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer I've ever had. It's intensely sweet, but it makes up for it by having a malt character reminiscent of scotch and by tasting like many different dried fruits at once. The typical raisin/prune flavour still dominates, though. This is the ultimate sipping beer. I need to get another one to do a better review, but I needed to leave something here so I'd remember how amazing this was.

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Photo of wildvikes
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is not for everyone. Take some time drinking it, or share with a friend. The Beast contains a bit of alcohol. (My bottles from 2007 state 16.25% ABV)

Thick, warm and flavorful, my favorite from Avery.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange-amber with a nice half finger head that sticks around for the entire glass.

Aroma is very heavy with brown sugar sweetness. Brown sugar, dark candied fruits, alcohol. Some oak barrel notes as well

I love the rich flavor...very strong sweet brown sugar, sugared dark fruits like raisins and plums and prunes, and then alcohol. Little to remind you of beer here, but much to say for it as a desert or sipping beer.

Wonderful warming as it settles in and at 14% ABV, one settling in is enough
I wish it wasn't so, but I just opened another bottle that I was lucky enough to find at a local Bevmo.
March 19th, 2008
This stuff is still incredible and the best desert on the planet.
Well...close anyway and perfect for tonight.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The color is a deep, rich, brownish-orange that screams “Grand Cru.” The head was almost non-existent, probably due to the astronomical ABV, but it pitted beautifully and left a foamy ring around the glass.

I know that “appearance” doesn’t include the label, but next to The Ruination this is one of the coolest bottles that I’ve ever seen. There’s like a hologram of a beast (that won’t come out in a BA pic) with giant teeth that just seems to jump out at you.

Smell – This is an alcohol-soaked fruit-ridden darkish-ale paradise. As it is with many a Grand Cru, the fruits just jump out of the goblet.

Cherries, peaches, apricots, all overly ripe and squishy, falling off the trees. Browned bananas, with their sugary profile, and juicy melons ground together and plopped in a vodka martini. Royal grapes and dates, mixed with smashed raisins, covered in gin and flavored with tobacco leaves. All of this just begins the show.

Taste – Here come the fruits, as pleasing to the palate as The Ring of Mordor is to Golum. “They are juicy – must eats them raw,” or should I say, “The forbidden Cru, is nice and cool . . . AND JUICY SWEET!” Alcohol has never tasted so good as it baths the luscious flavors described in the aroma notes.

But, this is not an overly-aged broken down BSDA limping to Grand Crudome dilapidated and disturbed. No, this is the final iteration of an ale-child found in adulthood, fully developed and arriving at its course.

Some Grand Crus taste spent to me, but this one is just getting started. The malt base is still strong, and there’s even a hop balance to give this one complexity. The extra strong tobacco notes provide the finish here. This is no bullshit. The tobacco is strong at the end and makes a powerful statement – this one is serious.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and so filled with flavors that your cheeks and salivary glands will be going bonkers. Your mouth won’t know what to do with this Grand Cru, but the heart will swallow and thank later.

Drinkability – You’ve got to be kidding me. Liver concern is the only thing keeping me from drinking a bottle of this nightly.

Comments – I initially tasted this cold then let it set for an hour. The change in flavor is amazing. You have to drink this warm, warm, warm – literally at room temperature – to get the full effect of this ale.

PS: I think TheLongBeachBum is following my review with one of his own, and he is an excellent descriptor of Belgian Ales.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up form City Wide in South Bend. Its always been something they have in stock, but ive never gone for it. Poured red to crimson and very dark. nice quick, short head. big ol' rangy legs. Little floatie flecks. vinous rummy odor...dates, prunes, ethanol. taste is ... whoa...a taste explosion. dates, raisins, sweet toffee and malt. notes of chocolate. sweetness works well with the huge alcohol presence. hot, but also smooth. roasted malt and alcohol on the finish. leaves the impression of a tasty, well aged old ale. velvety and full bodied. my second of these massive avery brews, and ive been blown away by both. time to go for that big stout of theirs.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy, tan color with an effervescent head after an aggressive pour. Cap settles to a thin layer and spots of lacing cling along the glass. Aroma is of vanilla and honey. Caramel and toffee flavors mix well with the vanilla honey. Booze is hot and lingers a while burning while coating the palate. Very thick, smooth, and goes down way too easily for 17.2%! I really enjoyed this Grand Cru; though, it is quite the sipper and after half the glass I can feel it! If you know what I mean... Second strongest beer I've ever indulged upon!

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Photo of weeare138
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage...
Appears a dark mahogany toned amber with a small, off white cap that retains nicely considering the abv of 14.6%. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is hugely complex mimicking a fine cognac, or port wine. Lots of malty brown sugar, molasses, raisins, prunes, dates, honey, doughy bread, tropical fruit. I could smell this stuff all night long.
Taste is of the enticing aromas. Great mix of raisins, dark sugar, molasses, honey, and date sugar. I mean...there's nothing I could say that's bad about it. It's just one to be savored and enjoyed as a digestif.
Mouthfeel is sugary, doughy, chewy, boozy, and warming. Despite the high abv, it's actually quite delightful and enjoyable. I could see how some would be turned off due to the amount of residual sweetness but I'm perfectly fine with it. To me, it's not cloying. It's just a sipper that's been smoothed out with a countering of hops and age. Lay it down for 3+ years and you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of kamoosekazi
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You really need a good palette to enjoy the full flavor of "The Beast". There is a ton of ingredients that go into this strong ale, and at 16%, this 12oz monster is not for the faint of heart as it will be your only beer for the night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed with 2-row malted barley, honey malt, imported Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfafa honey, turbinado sugar, and dark Belgian candy sugar, and two different yeast strains. Hopped with Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker. 15.7% ABV on the bottle (18% on the website). Bottled in 2004.

Dubbed a Belgian Grand Cru, bottled with an attractive label of some snarling animal with red eyes. Red foil neck. 22oz, paid $10.59. Pours out to a brilliantly clear ruby, forming a sticky cinnamon-tinged yellow head. Excellent retention and clouds of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, barely able to escape the dense body. Aroma of fairly typical barley-wine with tons of piney, oily and resinous hops, lots of sticky malts with dark fruit sugar, clearly evident sugars including detectable molasses. Honestly, at 15.7% ABV, I'm not picking up on much alcohol. Reminds me in aroma of a Double Bastard. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, coating the mouth with a very dense body. Taste is top-notch...starts with stinging pine resin and crushed pine needles, quickly offset by a rich syrupy amber malt sweetness...tons of raisins, figs, dates, prunes. A creeping warming sensation fills the gullet and alcohol is evident as a sensation, but it doesn't go beyond adding a very peppery spritz towards the finish. No fusels or isopropyl, which is to be applauded. The pine bitterness is rather mild, offset by the absurd amount of malt. Halfway through my New Belgium "Worthy" glass and I'm feeling it. Aftertaste of raisins, molasses, hot sawdust, freshly caramalized turbinado sugar, and Tipsy Cake. As it warms, the molasses becomes strongly evident and the alcohol opens up, but never becoming obtrusive, contrary to popular opinion (and this is coming from a guy who absolutely abhores spirits). 3/4 through my first glass and I'm sweating. Where am I, and how did I get in front of the computer? Now I finally understand the wisdom of Trek Haiku...(http://www.weaselbreweries.com/trek.html)

(The Corbomite Manuever)
After the midget bluff,
Chromatic trademark monster
Revealed in the end.

Definitely a love-it or hate-it brew, as any intense beer will do. I found this very enjoyable, and I would gladly purchase it again, if it wasn't so dang expensive in Michigan. Fortunately, I am leaving for a month of Estes Park in a week. Needless to say, my trunk will be jam-packed with cases upon cases of Avery and New Belgium's wares.

Throw a Stone silk-screen on this bad boy and all the BA's here would be eating it up, giving it 5's, and hording it in droves. Seriously.
/end rant

In my opinion, this sucker is an absolute treat, worthy of continuous sipping throughout the night. Absolutely yummy.

The beast numbs the vault
Locking this worm in solace,
Disciples beckon.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Beast draught...OMG, was this crazy good!!! Enjoyed this one in KC at the Flying Saucer last week.

Poured a cloudy red hued caramel color with a frothy stiff head that dissipated slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing...unusual from an ale with this weight..in my experience anyway. The smell is full on sweet, a rich aroma of dark fruit, Belgian malt, butterscotch vanilla from the alcohol and balanced spicy pepper notes (4.75). The mouth feel is perfect; tangy bright, crazy smooth, full bodied with outstanding coating character without being syrupy at all. Full flavored, rich sweet figs, butterscotch vanilla caramel matches up nicely with the nose. Drinkability..after I note that there's a nice soft warmth from the alcohol..I will repeat the words of a very wise man "...this WILL KICK YOUR A$$ IN 5 MINUTES". Seriously!! Nothing like it.

I'm a big fan of this series from Avery.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Amazingly sweet and delicous desert beer.

Pour leaves a dark copper beer, hazy and the head fades immediately. Lacing is ok.

The aroma has sour notes of vinegar with a big malty molasis and brown sugar background.

The taste has no sour notes. Full of toffee, brown sugar, molasis, dark fruits. Dates and rum soaked raisins. Big honey domination with sugary notes througout. Woody notes and some earthy hops in the back. Very sweet and complex.

Thick and vicious with boozy burn, but nice balance for such a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that indicates that it was bottled in 2006. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has excellent retention, and it leaves excellent lacing. Body is a beautiful tobacco highlighted garnet.

Smell - Spicy and medicinal alcohol reach the nose upon the pouring - this is very potent ! After airing out for a second or two, and then bringing the glass up to the nose, the rich aromas of raisins, candi sugar, molasses, plums, dates, cherries, and maltbread blend nicely with the alcohol and fill the nose. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as richly rewarding as the nose promises. Like a rich, rum-soaked maltbread sweetroll swirled with a rich paste made from raisins, plums, dates, cherries, molasses, candi sugar, and both spicy and medicinal alcohol. A very rich, hearty, potent, and delicous ale.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and very dry.

Drinkability - this is an excellent ale. This is more of a sipper than a session beer, due to its rich taste and also very high abv.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery The Beast Grand Cru 2006 purchased from Liquid Solutions.
appearance - Burgundy, pretty fat head for a 14.6'er that fades quickly. This is a pretty brew.
smell - Oh man. This has the promise of an aged Tawny Port. Honey and molasses with some citrus hiding behind.
taste - this is why I got into big beers. Decadent. Almost overwhelming. Some spice in there too. According to the Avery site, nutmeg.
This bad boy is a sipper. Probably best shared with a friend.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the extremely awesome Dunedin Brewery green (beer-snob) room.

G – Snifter

A – Brown-chestnut in hue, slightly hazy, with a viscous shine to it; very little ring of head that clings to the edges of the glass, save for the random breakaway .

S – Sweet malt, with a roasted peat element, like a Wee Heavy. Also present are notes of wood, Cognac, and vanilla.

T – This beer is ridiculous! Very boozy; Cognac and Grand Marnier impressions are immediate and exceptionally powerful, but that is the point of this beer; there is an understated raisin, currant, dark fruit element in the palate as well. It certainly doesn't drink ‘hot’, by any means, actually very smooth. There is also a huge amount of malt in this beer and little or no discernible hop impact, but the malt is tempered by the vinous alcohol, and it all is balanced quite nice. Best not to warm it, as the sweet malty Beast within it swells like the Incredible Hulk; so keep it cold. And despite an extremely boozy flavor, it actually has a well-hidden ABV, drinking more like an 8% Barleywine than a 16%+ skullcrusher!

M – This is lightly carbonated, somewhat viscous and slick, but it works very well for the style.

D – This is a rare treat. But I will order it on-tap anytime I see it. So, very drinkable.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003/4 release Poured into a Stone AB 22 Oz glass. Beautiful orange-hazy color with good carbonation. Appeared to be a beer you could eat with a spoon.

Smell was nearly overpowering - so many sents shooting up at once - sweet molasas, hoppy aromas, candy sugars. Very harmonious and inviting.

Taste was out-of-this-world. A truly unique style. For me, the malts and candy sugars domminated the brew, but there was some balance from the hops. This is not a session beer, but one meant to be enjoyed slowly. The ABV was very well concealed within the taste, but still, this is a brew that punches you in the mouth and then kisses you on the lips to make up.

Great mouthfeel as well. I almost hated to swollow the brew it was so refreshing on the palate. Very remarkable drinkability as well, especially considering all of the complex flavors and high abv.

I had a chance to try the 04/05 release version at a beer tasting in RFD. the brew was young, and randalized, and fantastic. Adam refined the recepie for the 2nd batch, and I can't wait to try the mature version!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small chalice from the Avery Brew Pub. (Beast '09)

a- Beautiful dark amber with semi-white head that retained for about a minute.

s- Sweet like honey with fruit and alcohol in the nose. Vanilla figs, and toffee maybe. Nothing off-putting, it makes my stomach and tongue quiver out of joyous anticipation.

t- Unbelievable. Best beer I've had in maybe ever. Sweet and syruppy, with notes of hazlenut and barleywine accents. Nothing bitter, like drinking adult candy, warming figs, raisins, light cinnamon and earthy sugar.

m- Thick and wet. full bodied to the point you think all beer should be like this, light carbonation does a tango with syrup and not too hot.

d- I would have to say "very" but I know the alc content is rediculous at 15% so I will say, sip and enjoy.

extra- I had this on tap from '09. Bottled is a different and sad story, I might rank the '09 bottle as a B- at best as the sweetness disappears and the alcohol dominates. I don't think one can really have the experience i've had unless they get it on tap.

The '10 on tap I've had as well, it is a little less sweet more hop and alc dominant as well.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber: WOW! Coppery dark amber color. There was about no head at all. The nose contains alcohol, clove, caramel, fruits, god knows what else: there is a lot in there. Sweet taste with smokiness, fruits, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Very warming. I'm sure there a lot of hops in here, but their flavor is masked by everything else. This is really exceptional.

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Photo of Osprey77
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what amazing beer is meant to be. Bottle was from 2007 and enjoyed Dec 2011. Amazing mouthfeel. Shared with a person who is new to "good" beer and they almost fainted. Dark beautiful and thick, it pours without much head but with good carb. Strong notes of dark candy and malt. This is the kind of beer I want to curl up with in the end of days.

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Photo of donaldchapman
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery 15th Anniversary Vertical Tasting

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights. Dark head with good lacing.
S - Malty complexity with a spicy hop aroma, aromas reminiscent of plums, raisins, pear, etc.
T - Malty sweetness, with a complex spicy hop flavor, noticeable esters and phenolics. Dark fruit complexity.
M - Very full bodied, with an alcoholic warmth which is not offensive but not completely pleasant. Somewhat hot.

A - Same as 2008
S - Malt complexity is increasing and beginning to dominate. Slight hop aroma accompanied by some nice Belgian like esters and spice.
T - Sweet malt flavor accompanied by spicy earthy hops and a backing of bitterness that balances the flavor well.
M - Like the 2008 a very full body, but the heat from the alcohol has mellowed leaving a wonderful warmth without the harshness.

A - Same as other two beers.
S - Very malty, hops are subdued but noticeable, with a complex dark fruit, ester, spice aroma.
T - Very complex malt profile, slightly sour, with a good bitterness. Hop flavor is very low, but descent.
M - Full bodied with a pleasant warmth like that of 2005.

This beer is good new but just gets better as it ages.... The 2005 seemed to have the best balance, the 2004 was very malty and I prefer a bit more hop flavors.. Overall you can't go wrong with any of these.

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Photo of Dmann
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that truly knocked me on my ass! After a night out with xlperro and the gang, this was the final nail in the coffin. But what a good nail it was. This beer poured a dark amber color with a minimal head that did not last long at all. This is a beer that you could smell forever with it's great raison, plum and heavily sweet notes. The taste was so very complex, i'd have to really drink this one before drinking anything else next time to decipher all of the nuances in this brew. The abv is not even detectable due to the fact that the great fruit and hop taste along with the great dark sweetness of the malts cover it up so well. I will be on the lookout for this one again!

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Photo of zeff80
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 bottle

A - Poured out an opaque, deep, dark, brown with hints of ruby. It had a small, thin, tan head that left a soapy residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled amazing. Raisin and other dried fruits like plum and apple. It had a strong dose of caramel aroma with some vanilla and oak notes.

T - This was a sweet tasting beer. Great dried fruit flavors (raisin and plum) with a sweet caramel taste. Alcohol flavor was quite evident with some vanilla and bourbon-like taste.

M - It was soft and chewy. A full-bodied beer that wasn't overly heavy.

D - This is a great tasting beer when it has aged properly. The '05 is far better than an '08.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A formidable 12oz bottle, foil wrapped with evil eyes glaring out of the darkness at me.

Dark stickly looking red copper. Velvety tan foam.

Huge alcohol malt bomb in the nose right away. But after a few more sniffs, able to pick up some good fruitiness and complexity.

Taste is alcohol forward, but then a wave of juicy sweetness kicks in. After the sip my mouth salivates quite a bit. Delicious vienous and overripe fruit, honey sweetness, and a spicing that accomplanies the barrage of alcohol.

This ones ABV is incredibly high, but it fits the style and direction they wanted to go and they executed it perfectly.
As a side note, this 12oz bottle was like $8.50, making it one of my pricier beer purchases.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft, creamy head, thin but retaining from full to empty... impressive for a beer of this alcohol caliber. Ruddy and muddy brown, like a melted candy bar in the glass. Crazy cobwebs of lace form as the liquid slowly disappears.

Smells of figs, caramel, sherry, raisins, toffee...a big, gooey-sweet, dark-fruit monster of an aroma.

Flavor offers a multitude of highlights, showing depth in abundance. Thick unrefined honey, raisins, brown sugar, peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate "licorice". Hops show up in the stew of depth, but good luck picking out which ones you're tasting (6 different ones were used). A generous hit from the alcohol, but not in the cloying or boozy range. Same goes for the sweetness, which is balanced by the succulence and robustness of the sturdy dark fruits that form the foundation of this beast. Warming alcohol flare in the finish.

Mouthfeel is absolutely excellent. Creamy, gooey, and decadent. Appropriate considering the assertive flavors and huge depth.

Tremendous. Incredibly delicious and insanely drinkable for a 14% beer. But be warned: this is a total dessert beer, rich enough that pairing it with another dessert is pretty much unthinkable.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.