The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Batch 9 (Aug 2011) bottle poured into chalice.
A: Dark, cloudy amber with a surprisingly thick tan head. Perfect, sticky lacing. Looking good.
S: Smells of strong dark fruits, caramel, candy, and alcohol.
T: Hints of dark fruit and caramel are buried beneath a strong, yeasty, malt and alcohol base. The end gives off a bit of bitterness from hops I presume? Hints of oak throughout. The alcohol, surprisingly, isn't overpowering.
M: Pretty darn thick and syrupy. Carbonation bites a little bit at the mouth, but nothing too bad.
O: Complex, big, and very nice. This one is definitely a sipper. The 17% alcohol isn't bad at all. Just had a fresh 120 Min IPA the other night and the alcohol with that one was a lot more overpowering. So, kudos to Avery for keeping the high alcohol in check.
This one is a great beer at a great price. This is probably a great candidate for aging.
A HUGE BSDA that is truly a demonic gift.
12-23-2011 05:07:56 | More by TTAmod
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
12-23-2011 03:08:39 | More by Osprey77
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured into a snifter, this is a solid dark brown color with light head. The smell is incredibly sweet with some hints of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and heavy alcohol.
The taste is dominated by the alcohol here, and really that's what you'd come to expect with something around 17%ABV. Beneath the alcohol, it is very sweet and there are some raisins and brown sugar.
This is a hard beer to drink, the definitive slow sipper, and I didn't find it to have many of the complex and interesting flavors other beers of this nature do. Still it is worth trying, especially if you like your beers sweet.
12-23-2011 00:05:47 | More by webmanspidey
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Batch 9 (2011)
Pours a dark brown color with crimson highlights. For 16.83% ABV, I was surprised that there was a one finger cocoa head, and good lacing. The nose is raisin, fig, molasses, some grain, and a whiff of alcohol. Very nice, and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm. The taste is good, but it's obviously a young beer that should be aged more than I have. The nose profile comes through with a little bit of honey sweetness added. Nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. Feel is full, with a malty backbone and an alcohol bite on the backside. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer- definitely a sipper. I imagine the taste and feel score would go up with 3 or 4 years on it. Still, I would buy this again. Cheers.
12-18-2011 01:16:40 | More by jayhawk73
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
review from 10/10/2009
2004 bottle of batch ONE. Direct from Adam Avery’s cellar to my friend, to my glass, to my mouth. 22 oz bomber pours Dark brown with light bubbly off white head. Incredible rich caramel aroma, hints of chocolate and bread. Full bodied, super sweet. Rich and well balanced with a deep molasses finish. Almost LIke a rich English barley wine with a belgian yeast underneath. This has aged incredibly well and it feels like it could hold up for a few more years at least. Definitely appreciative to have tried this batch one.
12-09-2011 03:59:41 | More by ChrisPro
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.