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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 69
Gots: 314 | FT: 18
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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

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
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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that was bottled in 2006

A - Poured a ruby brown color with a light brown head that leaves all sorts of lacing

S - Is of dark fruits thats a little sweet finishes with some alcohol scents

T - For a strong ale the taste is pretty good I think the dark fruits come out with their sweetness and for the abv the alcohol taste is pretty minimal

M - This is one full bodied beer with almost no carbonation to it

D - You need to take your time with this beer its a good beer that you have to enjoy slowly worth trying sometime

Photo of Drewcifer
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a muddy, murky orange-brown, very apple cider-like. Capped off with a finger of tan head. Slight bit of lacing.

A heavy nose of sour cherries, musty apple, raisins, plums, toasted malts, a sweet tang to it, but finishes with a nosefull of alcohol.

Disgustingly sweet. Raisins, orange peel, sugar, black cherry, and plenty of alcohol. Really no detectable malt or hop notes.

Full body, syrupy, warming alcohol, a little too much carbonation.

Not very drinkable. They seem to have sacrificed taste for brutal alcohol content. Just way too syrupy sweet. Would not try this again.

Edit - An hour+ later, the remaining 3/4 of the bottle got the drain treatment. I just couldn't stomach it. Unfortunate, and a waste of 5 bucks I could've spent on something I would've enjoy. C'est la vie.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 2007 with 16.42% ABV. Pours a clear ruby/brown color with a large head that hangs around forever. Heavy amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a vinous and alcohol aroma. It smells sweet of caramelized sugar.

I taste hot alcohol. But there are fruity undertones combined with a very sweet malt base. Hard to get a true sense on what flavors are there as the alcohol numbed my tongue almost immediately.

Full bodied with a nice carbonation.

Too much alcohol. If ageing will cut the heat down then this should of stayed on the shelf for 5 more years.

Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally caved in to the temptation and grabbed The Beast, long looming menacingly on the shelves of the Neil St. Piccadilly. It was well worth it. A patch of slightly tan head caps a muddy brown, cider-orange body. A little lacing appears; nicely presented. The nose is rather dense with caramel malt, molasses, and citrus hops--a bit like good brandy. Fantastic taste, flush with fruit and malt--orange peel, berry, apple, grape, raisin, fig, and apricot. Yet the second half is more hopped than the first half, blending very well with the somewhat creamy texture. I'm very impressed with the complexity of The Beast, truly one of the best from a terrific brewery, and one of the most unique BSDAs around.

I rate the drinkability high simply because while this is a sipper, it's not so punch-in-the-face strong that one cannot have a few gulps. More importantly, it's a beer well worth savoring, really the main and more positive consideration instead of the very high ABV (14.9%). It's strong, and it certainly catches up, but it isn't painfully strong. Very delicious, and one I'll gladly have again. Excellent.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 2006

A: Deep mahogany under a small off white head. Great retention, no lace.

S: Wow! Sweet and sour, some chocolate, caramel, toasted malt and tangy dark fruit. Really excellent smell, complex.

T: Good taste as well. Bit of chocolate, sweet, dark fruitiness, a bit tangy, lingering warm alcohol on it's way down. Boozy in the finish. Too sweet, but it's still a good tasting beer.

M/D: A little slick, carbonation is slightly high, alcohol isn't felt on the tongue but on the way down. A sipper for sure. This one could catch up quick and the sweetness slightly takes away from the drinkability.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one has been locked up in the cellar for over a year, waiting to be unleashed. Red-eyed creature glares menacingly, fangs bared, from the depths of the label's blackness. Vaguely recall picking this up in mid-2007 at Beaumont Market (Portland, OR).

12 oz. (Bottled in 2006), poured to a snifter.
14.6% ABV.

A: Glowing ruby/garnet, perfectly clear when held to light. Plenty of tiny bubbling streams cut through this thick pour. It's capped by a creamy, dusty tan head; it never rises above a half-finger, nor does it ever fade away. Dimpled by many tiny pits where carbonation breaks through. Very attractive sheets of light lace.

S: Luscious aroma of fruity sweetness, like sugared wedges of orange and dry spiced apple. Toffee and a grassy/earthy aroma of aged hops. Singed molasses and reduced caramel.

T: An impressive burst of flavor: sticky sweet caramel apple, with a slight tartness and even slighter woody mustiness. Vinous grapes, raisins perhaps, that are plump and extremely sugary. Notes of powdered cocoa. Zesty spices and the remnants of some more serious grassy/herbal hops, which have mellowed in the last 18-24 months. The more it warms, the more 'cherry cough syrup' comes forth. The blend is rich and worthy of contemplation, though not exactly what I'd call 'delicious'.

M: Warm, rather seductive, mouthfeel that celebrates its booziness. Carbonation is soft and feel is generally creamy, but this is nowhere near being flat. Body is heavy, and is fairly syrupy, though not terribly coating/sticky.

D: A huge beer, massive flavors and an intensely alcoholic experience. This is definitely one you have just one of and one I struggled to finish 12 oz. of. One to sip on and while away the time, but not really as captivating as I'd hoped for. Worth the experience and one I'm glad to have tried, but perhaps not one I'd need to have again.

Photo of aforbes10
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has one of the coolest and darkest labels out there. This label depicts an unearthly monster grinning all of his 17 big, white, and shark sharp teeth. Besides the teeth, you can also see his small read beady eyes. You can tell it's the look you're going to get right before he eats you. In front of the monster is the words "The Beast" in big bold blood red letters. It's actually quite fitting for the label. In the lower left hand corner is a vintage year. Mine was the 2006 vintage. In the lower right hand corner is the beer's specifications of O.G. of 1.147 and 14.6% ABV. Wrapped around the side is all the manadory US information, long paragraph that describes the name of the beer, and all the ingredients that went into the beer. There are far too many to list. One last thing. Wrapped around the cap is a bright red colored foil with a big white letter "A" in the middle.

Appearance: Since this is a big beer, I decided to pour this one into a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. While the beast on the label is evil looking, the beast in the glass is a rather beautiful dark crimson/cherry red color. The head of foam on "the beast" was a light beige color and was a good 1 1/2 to 2 inches in height. That was poured into a small glass too. The head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind some beige islands of bubbles and quite a few foamy beige rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave behind that much lace. There were more rings than spots of lace. It doesn't matter that much because I just loved the color of this beer!

Smell: To be honest, I thought this aroma was going to be nothing but alcohol with some malted grains behind it. That wasn't the case with this beer. The aroma was dark and sweet with molasses, a pinch of honey, roasted malts, black cherries, a hint of roasted wheat, subtle yeast, dry roasted hops, and then it finished up with berry infused alcohol. Somehow the berries got mixed in with the alcohol. Nice and sweet!

Taste: In the beginning, it tastes like the beast was unleashed on me tastebuds. Whatever chain it was on, it broke it. That means the taste starts off with a big burst of burning alcohol with a touch of molasses, roasted malts, and black cherries behind it. After the big burst of alcohol, it calms down greatly with a drop of honey, roasted wheat, a hint of candy sugar, and a few raisins in the back. Surprisingly, I could taste any hops in here. I thinking they could have been lost in the initial alcohol burst. In the end, the beast is a strong creature, but he is also a sweet creature after you get to know him.

Mouthfeel: There's no mistake, this is a full bodied beer! The aftertaste to this one was sweet with honey, molasses, and roasted wheat. For some reason, this aftertaste doesn't last long on your tongue. I'm more surprised that it masked the high ABV% so well. The only time that it should its strength was in the inital alcohol burst and that was it. It was more sweet than alcoholic.

Drinkability: This is another one of those once in a great while brews because of the price, ABV%, and the overall sweetness of the beer. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these after it's been aged for another year or two.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.
Burgundy red pour with no head into a DFH snifter. Small ring around the glass.
Big whiff of candied fruit, prunes, dates, not much in the way of hops.
My God this is sweet! Sugars are really prominent in the flavor which makes a lot of sense once you look at the label. Turbinado sugar, molasses etc. figure very prominently in the ingredients along with raisins, dates and all sorts of other things. This has a lot in common with some of the really strong barley wines like Lees Harvest Ale and even an aged DFH 120 IPA. A little hop bite, but not much. If you like sweet beers, you'll love this one. I think that at a certain point high alcohol beers have to have so much fermentable malt in them that they start to have similar characteristics.
Syrupy mouthfeel. Sugars stay on the tongue for a long time. Alcohol gets hotter as the beer warms.
Kind of hard to give this one high marks for drinkability, but I guess this beer needs to be sipped for a very long time.
Not an everyday beer, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of Kraken
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Firm pour results in a 2 finger Ochre head. Smell may be the best characteristic of this beer. Smells of dates cherries , dark molasses and of the kick-ass quantities of both sugar sweetness and booze. First sip is a punch in mouth. Cherries dates raisins booze and enough sugary sweetness to push anyone over the age of 20 in glycemic shock. The over the top booze and sugars really take away from the this beer. Drinkability is greatly impacted by both of these . Over all this is worth a try however I doubt that I will revisit any time soon.
This bad boy was bottled in 06 and could still take paint off of the w wall.

Photo of shbobdb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was bottled in '06 and drank in May of '08.

The beer pours a nice tawny, the a surprisingly large head for a beer this potent. The beer is initially nice and bubbly, but the carbonation exhausts itself fairly quickly.

The beer is incredibly sweet, with heafty does of raisins and prunes. The beer has a nice clove-honey finish and a faint whiff of chocolate comes and goes as I drink it.

It isn't bad, but I thought the oak balanced out Samael, whereas this beer is just sweet and boozy. Not bad, there is a good deal of complexity to it, but I can't say it is my bag.

Photo of Floydster
2.17/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at Wally's Wine in Los Angeles for eight dollars, I believe this was the 2006 vintage, I probably should have looked at the bottle, it did say 14.6% alcohol though, split with three friends last night, poured into a small wine glass

A-Color was closest to mahoghany, brown but orange at the same time, hazy and murky, surprised to see a 3/4 inch head that was pretty creamy, stuck around for close to ten minutes, great retention, no lacing

S-Tons of raisins, booze conisting of both brandy and cognac, dark fruits galore, vanilla, oak, piercing alcohol scent really affected me, chocolate, toffee, caramel, burned malts, sweet malts, candy, brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey

T-First sip just about knoecked me out of my chair, one of the booziest beers I have ever tasted, really overpowered a lot of the tastes but plums were present, the finish was full of caramel and milk chocolate, taste did not change much except for the fact that the alcohol tamed down just a little bit once it warmed, there was no balance whatsover and it seemed like somebody poured in a couple shots of liquor into the fermenting tank while this was being brewed, too much for me, I siimply could not handle the beast

M-Very boozy, sweet, and pungent mouthfeel, this was one in despeate need of carbonation, thick, taste lasted way too long, wow this was a serious sipper, body was close to being full which is odd for a beer of this style and age

D-Could not even finish my three ounces, sad but true, this is so strong and you taste every drop of alcohol in each sip, about as far from smooth as physically possible, the syrupy texture did not help it go down any easier

Not a huge fan of Avery's big beers and this was no exception, too strong for my palate and would never be able to finish a bottle of this by myself, have heard some people say they really enjoyed it, the four of us did not so much last night, would not drink again, might be worth trying maybe once

Photo of jayrod20
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a good, hazy brown with a 1" head and good lace as well.
Smell is rich, malty, with maple & oak notes as well as caramel, dark fruits and smoke. Taste is all of the same, like drinking a rum-soaked fruitcake. Smooth, rich and creamy, a very good beer with great complexity and good balance.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this bottle in a recent trade with "Turbine2475"

Bottled in 2007

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color with a bright head that settle fairly slowly. Aroma is a very malty, somewhat woodsy, with just faint hints of the alcohol to come. Taste is very sweet, hints of cane sugar, apricots, oak, and surprisingly, the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and sticky, almost syrupy. A beer that seems to get stronger as it goes along. Great flavor. I'd love to try this again in the future, but it'd be hard to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of drperm
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 2006 release.
This beer is worth having once, just so you can brag that you've had it. It's hard to fork out that much moolah for a single 12 oz. bottle, though, when the Thomas Hardy's is sitting right across the way.
This beer isn't named and labeled with a nod towards Satan for nothing -- it is sinister and evil enough for the best of us, with the necessary amount of enticing temptation to make us waver.
This brew is definitely for sipping and respecting -- otherwise it's liable to knock you right onto the floor.
As can be expected from something with that many different brewing sugars (turbinado, raisin, dates, molasses, honey, and dark Belgian candi), there is a pervading sweetness that certainly isn't for everyone. I'm intrigued to cellear this one for the recommended 10 years and see how it matures/mellows. If I can convince myself to get past the sticker shock again.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one laying around for a while. I would give it a couple of looks and usually decided it was not the right time. Decided to crack this one for opening day baseball on a Sunday night. The Beast is truly an intimidating beer and a force to be reckoned with.

***Bottled in 2006***

12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A- A maroon, ruby, brown color. Decent sized cream colored head. Yeast and sediment remained a long the top lining of the beer for the duration of the drink.

S- EXTREMELY fruity and sugary with nothing else going on. All I can say is that the smell is actually "sticky" and quite thick.

T- Very candylike. Think candy apples, brown sugar, figs, caramel coated fruits, honey, molasses, maple syrup and a nice belgian yeast all rolled into one. With such a HIGH abv I was shocked at the lack of alcohol taste in each sip. Huge raison and prune finish totally dominating the tongue. Wow. Quite a whirlwind of flavors. This is the "candy" of extreme beer.

M- Mouthfeel was syrupy and thick. Totally sticky. Lips sticking together right now as I type. Sugar also leaving a thick layer of sweets a long my lips. Some burning in the throat.

D- This is a beer that is a strong force. I am baffled at this one. This one is way over the top. But I like it =) I am so glad I got to taste this one.


Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, The Beast is a tawny amber with a creamy ivory head that is long lasting and leaves thick foam.

Smell is very strong and malty, with big fruity esters and spicy alcohol.

Taste is also very big and malty, sugary but not as thick as you might fear from a 14.6% ABV beer. Tons of belgian esters, rum soaked raisens, sherry, a prickly spice from the booze, but it's remarkably clean, devoid of fusels and phenols. This an excellant BSDA. The fact that they were able to make it so big without any off tastes is incredibly impressive.

Mouthfeel is a bit liquer like, but lighter then you might expect, and with an impressive amount of carbonation (it took a few pours to get the whole bottle into the snifter).

Drinkability is dangerously good for size of this 'beast' , the ABV is really well hidden, save for the tingle on the tongue. Obviously one for the cellar, pushing two years old right now, I'd say this bottle is still on the young side. This is the first bottle I've aged, but it will not be the last. The Beast is on my short list of beers that I'd like to try to age 20+ years.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 2007 batch, this is from a 12oz bottle that states 16.42% ABV. Holy Christ!!!

The pour is amber orange in color and its not cloudy but also not clear, with a quick to form tan head.

Smell is of caramel, malts and fruits. There is a light roasted sugar scent but not in a good way. It almost has a chemical or artificial sugar scent to it that could be the heavy alcohol content.

Taste is powerful. Very sweet and fruity (not citrus fruits, more apple or pear flavors.) Too sweet for my taste. I feel like they have over sweetened this beer to mask the alcohol flavors. The dark malts come through in the aftertaste but they are minimal as are the hops.

Update 07/14/11. Wow what an update, 4 years has totally changed this beer. Now the sweet taste has mellowed and blended with a symphonic blend of grain, chocolate, carmamel and candied fruits. Outstanding all around beer that is now in my top five all time. I wish I had more aged beast... this was well worth the wait!

This is almost to candylike to drink. I have some more in the cellar, I hope it mellows out. If it wasn't $6 a bottle I would pour it down the drain.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange, tending toward the red side. thin head.

Smells oddly burnt, slightly fruity.

Apple, fruit, super sweet, big sugar, molasses and honey.

Starts nicely, but the sweetness is almost cloying, and definately coating.

This is a big big beer, and gets kind of brutal after a while. Almost becomes a bit of a chore to drink.

Photo of dogger6253
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a decent head - it's an orange-like color, slightly off-white. The body is a beautiful, bright ruby. Simply amazing.

The smell is heavily populated by raisins, plums and grapes. There are little wifts of alcohol that come in and out, bits of dates too. The aromas are very rich, but I'd say the alcohol overpowers them.

First thing that comes to mind when tasting this are ripe plums and fresh figs. The taste is of raisins and dates inside of a powerful malt character, like slightly roasted caramel. Very nice.

It's a little boozy, but sweet overall. The body is very heavy, but there is still a little carbonation. This is a sipper if I've ever had one. Delicious beer, but I don't think I'd have another one by myself. This is the sort of thing I'd like to share with a couple people.

Photo of JayQue
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very impressive experience. Pours a dark, clear reddish brown color with a medium size head. No lacing. Smell is incredible. You can open this beer, set it down and enjoy the aroma at arms length. Rich, dark fruit, port wine and astringent aroma.

Taste is more of the same. The alcohol is noticeable but not harsh like Mad Elf. The sweetness is cut down a bit by the alcohol. The flavors are strong: cherries, raisins, some maltiness and the typical astringency of a Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich with a little alcohol "burn".

Drinkability is good for a beer of this size. I had a 12 oz bottle. Couldn't imagine drinking a bomber of this by myself!!! I would definitely have another at some other date though.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: To call this beer dark would be the understatement of the year. It is nearly black in the glass. Unfortunately, I wonder if my bottle was flawed because even with an aggressive pour there was no head at all. So of course, there is no lacing either.

S: The smell of alcohol dominates the aroma of this brew. It smells as if it will be as strong as its color is dark. It makes you want to give it a try but it doesn't seem like anything extraordinary.

T: It starts off with a sugary sweet taste. It almost tastes like honey. Then a dark fruity taste takes over. It ends with a powerful warming effect. I cant say this matches my normal tastes, but it gets big points for complexity.

I'm not used to this level of alcohol in a brew. Partly due to the ABV limit in GA (picked this up on a trip to FL), and partly due to there not being many options out there in styles I like. With that said, I am surprised this one is not more dominated by the alcohol.

M: Unfortunately, this one once again loses points for having no carbonation. However, its viscosity is unmatched in any beers I have tried. I have to give it points for that. Even with the high ABV its enjoyable to roll around on the tongue.

D: The ABV keeps this one from being scored higher. The warming level is just too high to consider this one to be of high drinkability. However, the complex taste that seems to almost change with each sip makes you want to come back quickly for more.

Once again, Avery proved to me they really know what they are doing. Although not my favorite tasting brew, this one is a hell of an experience. I'm very glad I picked this one up. I'll have to try it again and hopefully get one that hasn't lost its carbonation.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 - 2007 bottle, consumed 01/09/08. 16.42% ABV.

Lovely clear caramel color with orange and gold highlights. Well carbonated: makes a nice head that reduces after a few minutes.

Aroma is BIG: I can catch whiffs of it from over a foot away as it sits on the table. A bit like solvent or glue , unfortunately, but that's just in the background. Sweet oranges or grapefruit and a honey/mead character are the strongest nose components.

Thick as it slides into the mouth. One sip and you know you're drinking something substantial.

There's more flavor here than in a whole 12 pack of macro swill. Hot spicy honey explodes in the mouth. Sharp sweet sugar appears. Alcohol vapors waft into the sinuses. Slight citrus bitterness appears and fades. The burn lasts a very long time after the beer has gone south, reminding you that it's going to do the same thing to your bloodstream.

Not an easy drinker by any means, but then it's not supposed to be a lawnmower beer, is it?

Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a kick ass burnt toffee and warm alcohol scent. It's sweet with some roasted malt aroma. You can really smell the raisins and molasses; not much yeast in yeast fruitiness, although the presence is noticeable. The taste is great also. This beer is so smooth and flavorful. It's sweet and sugary on the lips. It goes down slow and warm with a slight raisiny finish; very nice. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a truely great beer. I let it warm up before drinking. I'm glad I did. The complexity is off the charts.

The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.