The Beast
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.89 | pDev: 14.91%
Oct 19, 2021
Jan 29, 2004
Very Good
The BeastThe Beast
Notes: 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
Batch 13 (2016): 16.8% ABV
Batch 14 (July 2016): 16.8% ABV
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3.79 by DOCRW from Washington on Oct 19, 2021
4.02 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Aug 15, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of oranges, caramel, honey, toasted malts, and mulling spices. It almost smelled wood aged up front but those notes have disappeared
T: Taste is oranges, honey, oily faded hops, caramel, toasted malts, some mulling spices, and a slight roastyness with a touch of bitter dark chocolate. On the swallow there's a little heat from the alcohol, but the oranges, honey, hops, caramel, toasted malts, and spices all come back around for another go.
M: This beer has a very full body with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low side but it isn't super low given the style and ABV. The hefty ABV also ensures that this beer has a drying finish despite the sweetness.
O: Honestly at this stage it tastes more like a well aged barleywine than it does a Belgian Strong Dark. Either way the complexity and flavors are very nice. The beer has also held up well to age too as I recall buying this bottle in 2014.

Jun 08, 2021
4.16 by Gemini6 from Michigan on May 30, 2021
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3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to gunnar. Batch 6 2008, 16,31% ABV. Hazy dark brown colour, moderate beige head. Intense aroma and flavour of malts, molasses and alcohol. Simply too much of the good stuff - there’s no way I could have finished a bottle of this beer on my own.

Apr 23, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

2009 Avery The Beast - was afraid this may be over the hill, but drinking like a champ.

A little bit of khaki head that fades. Dark caramel hued brown.

Plums, raisins, molasses, caramel, figs, honey, walnut, toffee. A very strong Belgian style ale that drinks fairly smooth for 15%. Sweet cherries as it warms with a bit of chocolate as well.

2014 consumed 11/21. At 16.1%, this one shows a bit more heat. Molasses, plumsC black licorice, caramel, raisins, figs all stand out. Boozey.

Mar 03, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

2015 bottle. Dark amber with a tiny beige ring of head. Sweet aroma, raisins, malty, toffee, tobacco, boozy. Taste follows with the same sweet blend plus plenty of warmth. A bit sticky and dry at the finish. This has held up very well.

Feb 01, 2021
4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa on Jan 04, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Looks like I have a bottle of 2016 cru brew at $10. It’s late 2020 now. Poured out caramel colored at first then slowly darkening to a rich deeply dark gold. Flakes of yeast get poured out of the bottle and float around in my glass before settling at the bottom. Scents are of raisins and dates and dark cherries, with a deep sweet smelling pineapple alcohol honey. Very rich smelling. Taste is unlike anything I’ve had. Very strongly resembles the fruits present in the smell but add in a little toffee and caramel into the mix. Very heavy on alcoholic aftertaste almost like a rum, and quite bitter wash afterward. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, bubbles along with light effervescence. Overall this is a challenging and unique brew. I’ve had grand cru before but they were always sweeter than this. Deep dark flavorful and quite bitter, this is a sipper not a swigger and def not for the average beer drinker. Bonus points for being so unique.

Oct 25, 2020
4.08 by dubnation from Kansas on May 17, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

2009 vintage, been sitting in the cellar for a while, but using the quarantine as an excuse to start drinking the cellar beers

Pours with no head, and no sound when opening the cap so prob flat, nice long legs, very dark molasses brown color no real light coming through

Nose super fruity, tons of brandy soaked raisins and candied figs, oxidized port wine but no cardboard, touch of chocolate and bread crust, very low alcohol, lots of molasses and candied caramel like sugar daddee candy, little candied cherry

Taste starts quite sweet, lots of candy everything, smooth rich candy malt, loads of caramel and candied burnt caramel, touch of dark malts and chocolate notes, toffee, caramel, molasses, thick rich molasses, fair oxidation characters as well with a little paper but also sherry and port notes adding to the fruit, again the layers of fruit, Turkish fig, candied date, some boozy raisin, little cookie dough, mild ashy notes probably from the oxidation, little bitterness, and very low alcohol, mild sticky finish, more cardboard oxidation notes

Mouth is fuller bod, rich velvety like chewing on caramel or molasses, no carbonation but also pretty much no alcohol burn

Overall this aged very well, great fruits and mostly good oxidation (aside from the paper and cardboard notes), but the fruits, and port/sherry was nice, loads of sweet characters and overall a bit too sweet, but lack of alcohol is crazy. Think I got a couple other bottles stashed away for a party.

May 13, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a muddy brown orange with a small tan brown head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Lots of caramel and molasses, mix with a touch of pineapple, a strong note of booze.

T:. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, notes of caramel, a touch of pineapple, the alcohol is very noticeable in this beer.

F:. Very big body, slick carbonation.

O:. Solid beer that is very boozy.

Apr 27, 2020
3.45 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Dec 08, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by darktronica from Indiana

Batch 12, from 2015. Fair bit of oxidation at this point, despite decent cellaring conditions. Pours a bit hazy, brown/amber with minimal head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle to be avoided. Still rich and fruity, with complementary yeast and malt notes. Grilled pineapple is the closest fruit to the profile. Moderately strong ethyl alcohol notes from the high ABV.

Nov 06, 2019
4.03 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Oct 06, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Poured a deep amber/copper color at 57 degrees; ok cap retention which leaves an island of bubbles; good clarity; small spots of lace and heavy legs on swirl. Fruity, sweet caramel malt nose; alcohol on the retronasal exhale. Sweet caramel malt, boozy raisins, dates, dark fruit; honey as liquid warms. Medium body, moderate minus carbonation; slick feel with oaky dry finish; warming from 16.8% ABV. Overall, a tour de force; amazingly well balanced flavors take no back seat to the big alcohol presence; I like “big boozy beers” - if you do, and if you can still find it, buy it and enjoy!

Aug 24, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin foamy head. Half pour. Retention is mild and lacing is good. Malty, boozy, caramel aroma. Big time maltiness on the taste. A lot of brown sugar, sweet, caramel and dark fruits. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

Aug 13, 2019
3.75 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
4.16 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 23, 2019
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 11, 2019
4.44 by LarryMyers from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2019
3.77 by cd34 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2019
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 26, 2018
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 26, 2018
4.35 by snapp1422 from Ohio on Sep 16, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Avitra from Switzerland

Dates, honey, figs, red wine, and more dates. Great beer albeit a tad too sweet. An added hop in two would have created the world's greatest beer, as it is it's just very good

Sep 01, 2018
3 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts on Jun 06, 2018
4.2 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Jun 05, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark copper to brown with a lot of sediment and haze suspended within the body. There's a fingernail of beige on top. I smell Belgian malt and not much else. The flavor is packed with raisins, dates, dark malt, honey, and booze. The mouth is very thick, chewy, and warm with booziness.

Apr 29, 2018
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woemad from Washington

12oz bottle of the 2016 vintage (16.8% abv

Mar 30, 2018
3.99 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Mar 25, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from TW Arrowhead 12-27-2014 for $8.99. Batch # 012 released in August 2014. Stored in the wine fridge for aging since purchase.

Beer poured dark brown with a small bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is brown sugar, plums, figs, alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with the dark fruits, booze, that is sweet with a prickly finish.

Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer, full bodied, smooth, very satisfying.

Overall a pretty solid brewing job, beer is a bit better than i expected. I have not had this fresh but would suspect it is tamer. Glad i gave this one a try!

Mar 24, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by neenerzig from Ohio

A 12 oz bottle of Batch # 12 from 2014 at 16.1% ABV that I've been aging in my cellar until tonight. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer is a very dark/amber copper color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a tan head that's about 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/4 inch with excellent retention and nice lacing. Aromas of toasted bready malts with caramel notes along with some wheat and dark fruit notes of raisins and plums. Also some booze of course. What a complex flavor profile this beer has, with big roasted, bready caramel malt sweetness and dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Also some brown sugar and and honey notes. Also some spice and peppery notes and also some boozy notes. Not really any hop presence here at this point. Has a crisp, slightly syrupy and chewy, also smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a sweet, spicy aftertaste. An excellent beer.


Feb 24, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 2006 bottle in a snifter. This long held lurker in the doomsday beer closet
pours a dark murky brown with a light head of white foam that settles to a razor thin
ring. Nose of dark sweet rum, prunes, dates, booze, dark brown sugars, and subtle
orange zest. Flavors for this old well. Dark plum, rum raisin notes,
light chocolate, nutmeg and coriander, dark rich bread, and brandy flavors drenched in
a malt bomb of molasses. Nice mouth feel----full body, slick, sweet, low carbonation
although it did a good hiss with the pop of the top, and a rich warming boozy finish.
It mellowed out with age to be certain....less abrasive than when I had it many moons

A sleeping aid for insomniacs!

Heavy Duty Judy!

Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy!


Feb 20, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Batch 12 (2015).

Pours an opaque burgundy with a finger of buttery-khaki foam. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is dark and stone fruits, booze, oak, with roasted, and nutted malts. Flavor profile is stone and dark fruits, plum, oak, and roasted and nutted malts. There is a boozy presence, although it remains fairly well balanced and smooth. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a smooth texture. Overall, a hefty hitter, and despite the boozy characteristics, is well balanced for its 17%+ ABV. Booze and alcohol are certainly present though, which keeps it from sipping easy.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Feb 06, 2018
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 20, 2018
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2.22/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Sabtos from Ohio

Beautifully shimmering dark copper with a large, dense, creamy khaki froth settling to a persistent, dense film and bubbly, creamy collar, leaving some sporadic arms of lace.

Smell is spicy and bourbony with a touch of burnt orange peel, brown sugar, Belgian candi and stale, woody weedy hops.

Taste continues that sort of stale hop that brings some scorched pine, but that's quickly overcome by burnt caramel and hot new bourbon oak that slashes through everything like a hot iron. Hard licorice becomes apparent just before the swallow, which turns into lozenges in no time flat.

A medium, round frothy body seems like it could be soft, but that scorching heat brings a finish that is really hot, semi-dry and tingly, yet not numbing enough to deaden the senses for this excessively harsh brew.

Jan 14, 2018
3.79 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 01, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WesMantooth from Ohio

Batch 13 bottledin 2016

Dec 22, 2017
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