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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 243 | FT: 13
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:
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

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 edition. Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with ruby highlights. Perfectly clear, with russet bubbles streaming upward to a thin but lasting taupe head. Very pretty. Huge, flowery sweet aromas hit the nose first off, along with very sweet-smelling caramel-and-figs. On the tongue, this beer is almost astringently sweet at first, before a dark, honeyed sweetness, coupled with pears and dates, breaks in. Hop bitterness and raw alcohol come in toward the finish; both are felt distinctly, with the alcohol being both distinct and a bit overdone. The finish is quite long and sticks to the tongue tenaciously, with lots of buzzy activity all over the palate. This is one thick beer, with little carbonation and much alcoholic burn. Overall, lots of complexity, some real depth, and definitely need of some aging and a creamy, funky cheese pairing. This could be great in a few years.

geexploitation, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle. Either 2005 or 2006. I'm not sure which, so I'll just post in the regular listing.

A: The ale is a a deep muddy brown color with reddish highlights. There was a significant amount of sediment that poured into my glass.

S: The ale is sugary sweet, so sweet that it almost makes you cringe. The sweetness is malty and almost doppelbock-like. I don't pick up many spices.

T: Malt Bomb! The first flavors to hit the palate are cloyingly sweet malt notes. If you didn't tell me this is a BSDA, I'd swear I was drinking a Samiclaus bottle, it is that sweet and malty. The sweetness has honey and raisin fruity notes. There are no hops to be found in the beer.

M: The sweetness is overpowering, almost shutting down the taste buds. Drinker beware!

D: The drinkability is severely limited by the sweetness and the intense abv (14.9% for this version, per the bottle). Treat this beer as a nightcap.

akorsak, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- 1/4-1/2" tan head on a cloudy amber brown color. Thing head that covers pretty much all the top.
S-Big alcohol and dark fruits. Some piney hops that linger in the back. Plums and alcohol are the main aromas in this one.
T- Big alcohol taste and warming. Almost tastes like darker fruits that have been drenched in alcohol. Bit of a spicey flavor too. There is some other kind of flavor coming out that I can't pick out. I'm wanting to say some other kind of fruit but can't put my finger on what it is. Sweet big flavors.
M- Cloggy almost. Big body and low carbonation.
D- It is alright nothing good. It is drinkable but a BIG sipper. Kind of sickly also. Avery lets me down once again.

BlindPig, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of duncan9idaho
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Right from the pour I knew I was in for another large beer from Avery. An amber almost burgundy hue on the halo, with a very slight head to it. I actually poured this beer into a reisling wine glass to get a better look at what I was drinking. Nose was of molasses, honey, sweet roast malt, with some alcohol burn but not as much as expected with a 14.6% abv. First taste was of strong honey, malt, raisins, almost tawny port mouthfeel as well. Half a bottle of this stuff almost did me in for the evening because of its commanding way. Only drink this if it is the ONLY thing you drink that night. I opened a Stone IPA afterwards and couldn't taste very much at all. Excellent for a one and done evening.

duncan9idaho, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogony some yeast sediment and a large tan foamy head. The head leaves good lacing,but disappears a little quickly. The smell is very pungent with alcohol,dark fruit, and brown sugar or mollasses. The taste is very fruity,dark fruit, with alcohol, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, and mollasses. This is very sweet, a real sipper with the high alcohol. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing OK, but the harsh high alcohol content make this a perfect beer for cellaring and sipping. Not a bad brew,but it could use some cellar mellowing. This is a real sipper like an after dinner drink. Cheers.

jmz62565, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a highly viscous body that presents practically no head at all. Only a thin ring of tan foam surrounds the glass. The body is a cloudy, ruddy brown color with deep garnet and purple hues.

Wow, what a powerful beer on the nose. This beer leads off with a deep fruit smell composed of prunes, raisins and dried apricots. There's no getting past the high ABV of this beer as it is well represented by a medicinal smell. The strong alcohol is followed by a surprisingly mellow, pleasant malty smell characterized by brown sugar aromas similar to a Marzen.

The flavors start somewhat mild with light fruit flavors that are immediately trounced with a deluge of sugary sweetness. Honey, molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar best describe the dominating sweetness. There is some alochol tingle in the mouth midway through each sip. The finish, like the rest of this beer, is very powerful. A short burst of very faint hops hits before another sweet rush of sugary flavors with touches of mint and vanilla. I would like to rate this higher for its complexity but the overload of sugary flavors is just too much.

Mouthfeel is highly visous and buttery. The liquid leaves a slightly oily coating in the mouth after each sip that becomes rather annoying.

Drinkability for the intended style of this beer isn't too bad but it is most definitely a slow-sipping brew. One of these in a sitting is an accomplishment given the strength of flavors and huge ABV. A Victory Stormking would be an ideal choice to cleanse the pallet after one of these. Yes, it is that bold.

Put the big boy pants on for this one.

I only wish I had purchased two of these to age one for about four years. I could see this beer being regarded very highly after some time to mellow out.

Budlum, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, "Bottled in 2006." Labeled "O.G. 1.147, Alcohol 14.6% by volume."

Deep amber in color with a fluffy, light tan head. Strong, strong aroma of raisins, dates, molasses, and rum. Sweet, sticky, strong brew with a big, round mouthfeel and layer upon layer of big, chewy rum-raisin biscuity malts. Complex matrix of hop characters poke through the syrupy sweetness at the most opportune times. A light top-level of honey caps off the deep, dense flavor experience.

Bottle lists two-row malted barley, honey malt, Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker hops, and brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast, and "another hellian of a yeast strain."

A magnificent, warm, complex Winter sipper. Superb all around.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a deep clear burgundy color ale with a small slightly-off white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with some plums and dry fruits is quite pleasing. Taste is mostly dominated by the sweet (maybe too sweet) cookie dough malt and plums, which are quite pleasant, but also a strong shot of alcohol which I couldn’t cared for and kind of ruin it for me. This beer remind me of a 50/50 mix between a sweet barleywine and a strong Belgian ale but really lacking in balance. Body is too light and less filtration would have benefited this beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $7 for a 12-ounce bottle, this is a beer for a special occasion. At almost 16 percent ABV, it's aptly named.

It's a nice ruby, brown color without much head at all, except for a thin ring around the edge of my glass.

The smell of alcohol is very strong, overpowering the other notes of fruit, not that that's a bad thing. The smell is very complex.

The taste is equally complex, with a strong flavor of sweet orange mixing with other fruit notes. This is a serious beer. The taste is a bit too sweet to make this an outstanding beer.

The body is light and slick from the alcohol.

Overall, this is a beer to have once. It's not good enough to pay such a high price for regularly. But if you are a fan of extreme beers, I'd give it a try.

Shaw, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.- bottled in 2005 - 14.9 ABV - reviewed 9/06

bottle poured into a huge dogfish snifter.

A: deep deep body with a beautiful off white head. foamy goodness doesnt last long, lite splotches left. body color looks like blood and earth mixed up, fitting for the beast.

S: hits the nose syrupy sweet, malty, and hot. booze abounds, warming, but not harshly burning. loaded with fruit, which battles with the fusels for attention. apples, peaches, cream, molasses, honey, and raisons everywhere. even a light nut quality under the booze. nose is reminiscent of a meaty scotch, like lowlands or some of the isles. extremely busy but sometimes not that focused and a little tough to deal with under the alcohol.

M/T: Mouthfeel is damn near exceptional. so rich, so creamy, so chewy, so awesome. first waves are molasses, honey, and more sugary goodness. mid palate a more distinct malt character comes through followed by many of the fruits in the nose. apples, some orange and peach, very juicy, and more cream. raisons everywhere making this extremely port like. full bodied to say the least and decadent as all hell. finally some grainy nutty qualities arise which are quickly chased away by lingering sugaring and warming alcohol. teeth are coated with sugar, throat is tingling with vapor, head is struggling with booze, and belly is warm and impatient for more.

D: um...come on. this is the definition of an every once in a while sipper. i dont like the idea of reserving beers for "special occasions" so I wont say that. but not one most any one is likely to crack more than seldomly.

overall an incredible accomplishment considering the ingredients and strength of this beer. that being said, I think Avery should do us all a favor and put a few years of age on this beast before release. so complex it seems the beer is fighting itself to come together. not sure when in 2005 this was bottled but considering we are already into mid september of 2006 and its still a little chaotic, I would prefer another year or so on this. wish I had several of these to lay down myself. cheers to avery!

kaimcm, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As I swirl this beer in my glass, I expect to see legs!

appearance: The pour gives a thin head that soon disappears. The beer is a reddish medium-amber in color. Very lacking head, but I won't take off because that is the norm with such a massive beer.

smell: Dark fruit sugars, honey, toasted and pale malts, and booze upfront. I won't hold the overly obvious ethanol presence against it because it seems appropriate given the ridiculousness of this beer. Maybe some bourbon hints. Navel Orange. Some spicy, Belgian or noble type hops add some spice. Pulpy fruits, like peaches, plums, and apricots, that have fallen off the tree and begun to overripen. Waterlogged, aged, dark hardwood. Flowers releasing clouds of pollen. A waterside cabin that carries with it the aromas of generations of use. Very very subtle alderwood smoke? Good smell, but a little subtlety in the sweetness would be nice and would easily knock the score up a notch or two. Smells like a delicious, overly sweet, dark liquor...and for that, I give a 4.5 instead of a 4.0.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is between light and medium, and the body heavy and slick.

taste: Sugar everywhere...not malt sugars, but added brewing sugars. Cloyingly sweet. Flavors of honey and sugar syrup. The dominant flavors seem to be of a malts and sugars, and booze. Sugar. Low, spicy hop flavor, considerable ethanol presence, and a light bitterness that can't even begin to balance out the finish. Sweet. Sugars. After the swallow, more of the soft fruits I found on the nose, especially peach. Vanilla ice cream and coconut after the swallow. The sweetness is much more intrusive on the palate than the nose; so, in reference to the score, I can't give the same consideration as I did above.

drinkability: I mean, I don't know what they were going for with this one...it's, uh, interesting? A sipper if there ever was one. Drinkability lessened by both cloying sweetness and ethanol presence. This review is probably a little higher than most, as I respect utter craziness in brewing.

received from BeerBeing on the return leg of No BS BiF...the other bottle I have, purchased just about a year ago, is going to be sitting for at least two more years. If it ages as I think it may, it should easily break the 4.0 barrier. Can't wait to try it...later; and thanks to BB for making that possible.

blackie, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of peabody
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

cb12 turned me on to this one. I didn't know that the abv was 15.7.
dang!
pours out dark amber with very little head leaving just a little lacing.
It has a wonderful smell fruity and yeasty. I smell cherries and apples and alcohol, lots of alcohol.
The taste is way too sweet for my taste buds. It is like Vicks cough syrup with dark tastes of maple and cherry and sugar and alcohol.
Don't light a match after sippin on this one.
Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Doesn't remind me of beer at all.
One of these will do me a very long time.

peabody, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a: The label design is incredible with a freaky alien monster on the cover in metallic ink and foiled in red. The beer poured a slightly hazy ruby color with a ncie tan head.

s: This smelled like alcohol and cherries like a belgian on crack. It was really malty also.

t: This was insanely sweet and malty like the nose. Incredibly complex due to the dark fruity flavor and malt but the alcohol was just way too overpowering. Unfortunately It cut right through all the flavor as nice as it was.

mf/d: The feel was thick and syrupy. This was fun to drink but i can't say it is drinkable. It is definately a sipping brew but it is wacked out of blanace by the insane amount alcohol.

kbnooshay, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of cbl2
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$7.99 12 oz. 14.90% ABV Bottled in 2005.

Appearance:

Pours an orange/ruby red that is very dark, but crystal clear. Fine carbonation leads to a fluffy quarter inch of tight tan head, that has some decent staying power and leaves behind a nice lace.

Aroma:

Sweet, burnt caramel, sour sweat socks, alcohol, a hint of cocoa.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sickly sweet sherry flavors are cut by a hot burning alcohol sensation. This is a thick viscous syrupy mess with notes of cherries and raisins, but it burns the whole way down.

From the Bottle:

Brewed with two-row malted barley, honey malt, and imported Belgian speciality grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), hops (Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain.

Notes:

I've never seen so many ingredients in a beer before, and they all get lost beneath the oppressive sweetness and hot alcohol. There are hops in this? I for one cannot tell.

cbl2, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting...the date on this bottle says 'bottled in 2004' just like the 18.10% version does. Doesn't really make it any easier to drink. It still comes across like Vicks 44, but with more knock-out power. A serious punch to the taste buds. So much going on with beautiful fruity, sweet, nutty, alcoholic aromas. But once it goes into the mouth, play-time is over. Seriously alcoholic for any style. Very hot and fusal, with timid counter-acting sweetness, hoppiness, and character. The emense alcohols thin the what-would-be thick brew. Add in the abundance of carbonation and this beer kicks my ass. Seductive sweet flavors, but with a difficult-to-drink attitude. The beer seems a bit darker and richer than the 18+%er, but it still needs a thousand years to mellow out. Kick me in the Jimmy!

BEERchitect, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005

*caution drink this beer slowly*

Pours a hazed dark amber inot my wine glass with very little head that quickly turns to film in my glass. This beer pours heavy. The smell is of sweet, dried, sugary, raisins, honey, and a decent wiff of alcohol and a subtle hop bitterness. The hops is the only thing that would deter me from thinking this was a dessert wine with my eyes closed. The taste is the same way. The initial hit is of sweetness which is followed by a sharp alcohol hit. Next the flavors progress and separate into raisin, caramel, maybe a overripe apple, and finally some bitternign hops. Finally alcohol hits. This beer is very warming. This is a chewey beer. It is thick and rich and very coating. There is a very long lingering alcohol astringency that makes drinking this beer alittle harder. I dont know if i'd call this as a belgian strong dark ale, but i think i'm learning that belgian strong dark ales have a large variety of flavors. Great for a winter night and especially great as an after dinner drink this beer is def worth a try.

mattpetti, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a med-dark copper with burnt orange hues. Almost no cap at all... very light lacings on the surface right after pour. Pours very thick and syrupy. Aroma is lots of molasses, plum and raisin esters. Touch of bubblegum. Flavor is... hang on still chewing... very syrupy sweet. They have boiled a little too much water out of this one. Very strong sweet honey and molasses right up front, followed closely by vinous and raisiny fruit. There is some bitterness from hops and a bite from the alcohol, but not enough to balance the sweetness. Very dry finish from the high alcohol content and warmth that hangs in the back of the throat. Carbonation is med but hidden from the thickness. Overall a decent beer to get relaxed on a cold night... and for a dessert.

jabocu, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark murky brown with a decent dense tan head.

Smell. Dark smelling aged(?) plum and raisons that give this beer a fruitiness. There is an interesting peppery spiciness to it with a bit of a yeast character. There is also a sweetness that i think isnt too far off from a plum wine. alcohol is present.

Taste. There is a thick yeast flavor that i see as characteristic to this style, but much more potent.. Warm and sweet tastes of the fruit. This beer is quite sweet! Alcohol is definitely leaving its presence on my palate. Aftertaste is still warming with a sweetness as well, but there is also a small bit of roasted malts that i would expect from a porter or stout, but not this beer. quite nice

Mouthfeel is interesting. the carbonation is lower than others, but appropriate (with the alcohol). Body is full with a bit of a syrupy texture that leaves my lips sticky.

Overall, an excellent one to try. A very unique beer that i think many would enjoy trying. But as a beer, i see it as a novelty beer for me. I wouldnt mind getting it again, but i wouldnt be in the mood much... i'd pretty much only buy it to let others try it. But still a nice beer to have.

acrawf6, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish amber, with a slight haze. Smallish tan head, dissipates rather quickly. Some, but not much lacing.

Smell is sweet, malty...with molasses, and dark fruity characteristics. Some alcohol comes through in the nose as well.

Taste is sweet, lots of dark fruits, black cherries, & molasses. Sweet pretty much all the way through. Alcohol bite comes through in the finish.

Medium-full body, low carbonation. Thick, rich, & chewy mouthfeel.
Alcohol warmth is pretty noticeable right away. Balance is ok, leaning towards malty...alcohol finish could be a little smoother. Definately not a session beer...as for a repeat performance, I wouldn't mind having another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

briman, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, seemingly reddish brown in color. Garnet to plum highlights when held to the light. There is a suprising amount of biege head considering the higher ABV. Head fades to a cap, which fades to a halo, with initial thick lacing.
Smell is bubblegum, molasses, freshly picked tart black cherries, spicy alcohol, and a subtle nuttiness.
Taste is black cherries dripping with alcohol, molasses and more alcohol. Whew! I never realized I was such a big fan of cherries dripping with alcohol, but apparently I am.
Wine-like mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Medium-heavy body, leaning to the heavy side.
Suprisingly drinkable for this high of an ABV.

As it warms the clarity improves greatly and the mouthfeel becomes more syrupy.

EvilKeith, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an '04 bottle that has beenproperly cellared. I had been looking forward to drinking after letting it mellow for two years. Unfortuanately, I don't think it has gotten anybetter. About all I could smell was dark cherry, almost like cough syrup. Virtually zero, light-brown head with a fair amount of lacing. The body was a bit hazy. Flavor was incredibly sweet that stayed a long time. I could definitely feel the alcohol as it went down. I was not impressed with this. It was tough to drink the whole bottle. I have a few more in the cellar, but I'm not sure what to do with them.

doubleipa, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice redish brown, with very little head at all.

S: Fruits, citrus odors. Great aroma, do they make this in an aftershave?

T: Slightly sweet at first, then has a tart finish.

M: Syurp. Smooth. Easy to drink dispite the 14.9%.

D: I would order this again, but one would set me right.

Note: Whoa, this will sneak up on you...make sure you have a DD.

ThirdCoast, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of maniac
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance was a clear dark amber color with a thin fully diminishing white head.
Aroma had dark malt, caramel and a hint of molassas.
Flavor was sweet, noticable fruit, with hints of caramel and light molassas.
A fairly syrupy consistency and some alcohol kick.

maniac, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of xymyl
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: The version of The Beast I'm reviewing is 18.1% Alc. Vol.

Color: Sparkling red

Nose: Spices, toast and smoke, bourbon, port, and vegetable notes.

Flavor: Huge, spicy, everything, too much to mention, hyper-sweet but balanced by the other intense flavors including alcohol and hop bitterness.

Body: Full, rich, syrupy with appropriate carbonation, not too little.

This was amazing with an old crusty chunk of stilton. The hop flavors actually combined with the ugly moldy dark brown rind to create a little miracle inside my face. Too much alcohol to drink it alone though.

xymyl, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of WonderWoman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany with a fine film of head around the rim.
Smells of sweet teriyaki mixed with drops of honey. Few hints of blueberry are also noted.
Tastes of sweet barley and fruit, which eventually sours while being swallowed. There is a bit of hazelnut with an oaky finish also.
The mouth feel is thick and slightly bubbly. It reminds me of a syrupy soda in texture.
Over all, I think of a nice barley wine when drinking this.

WonderWoman, May 20, 2006
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.