The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.83%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Crosling on 01-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
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Avg:
3.83
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of blackie
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of peabody
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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!

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Photo of mattpetti
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jabocu
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of briman
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of ThirdCoast
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of maniac
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of xymyl
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of WonderWoman
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful dark cherry with a thin ring of slightly tan head.

Smells of gooey sweet barley with just a dash of hoisin sauce, accompanied by a dry, oaky alcohol.

Tastes of the same barley with a touch of blueberries and a great dry snap of coriander and juniper. Finishes fortunately clean and oaky.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with only a trace of carbonation.

The dynamic between sweet and coriander oak makes this beer a superb sipper. Also, this beer does a phenomenal job of masking its sizable ABV.

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Photo of bigman147
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark Amber/copper in color, with a small, sticky, persistent off-white head, and good lacing. No/Slight carbonation was noted. Minimal head retention. Very syrupy in the glass

Aroma: Incredibly rich dark fruit (prune, raisin) aroma, similar to Sam Adams's Triple Bock. The aroma also has a fermented bean/soy note. Alcohol notes are overly present

Taste: Opens with prominent notes of prune and raisin, and a rather sweet vinous note.. Soon after the start of the taste, a rich earthy molasses note appears, then a sweet, warming alcohol note. The finish is fairly dry. Considering the ABV of 14.9% ABV, the alcohol notes are quite gracefully presented. However, the sweet notes are way too pronounced to balance the high alcohol and I had a hard time finishing it.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, syrupy. Overall mouthcoating, Cloying.

Drinkability/notes: For $7.95 per bottle, I would say I am mildly disappointed. They tried to hard to hide the alcohol or they really had problems with the yeast not fully attenuating. My guess is the RDF was very low and that the intention was for this to ferment to approx. 16-18 ABV%. Although, it is an interesting style and beer, I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again. I am sure that this beer would be excellent if cellared properly for 4-6 years.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown. Crown is red foil wrapped.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Deep copper body, ruby highlights. Very little foam.

Sm: Apples, leather and alcohol. A good wiff reminds my of a Highland scotch with a healthy sherry finish.

Ta/Mf: Caramel apple with an alcoholic punch. Alot like Gale's Prize Old, or one of those awesome classic big ales. Well carbonated, but a little syrupy despite the fact. Sticky finish with bitter-sweet apple skin bite.

Da: Medium. If you are getting mixed signals about this ale - join the club. It has a mix of really good, and some less so, points. Well worth a try if you are into the big ales.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a snifter and aged about a year:

Appearance: Produces a dull blood red to vague brownish tint with a head that stacked up quite nicely and disapated at about the same pace. As I look through this beer I see many floating particles suspended within. This beer has a sticky laceing with some monsterous legs.

Smell: Ohh my god, Wheres the beef? This smells like a backyard barbeque smoked with mesquite and hickory. Has spices galore and a sweetness that is in a word, "nausiating." An alcohol aroma is also present.

Taste: The flavors are actually much better than I had anticipated, but not lagging far from the aromas. A sweet alcoholic and even cloying maltiness with a over abundance of smoke and wood. As I try more and more new beers, I seem to be getting the ability to foresee a cloying beer as it warms, and this one of them. So with that being said I recommend that this beer be served cold to cool unless you preferr this mouthfeel/flavor.

Mouthfeel: The feel is syrupy thick with a sugary assault that seems to be as said before, cloying. Thick body with a medium level of carbonation. Not bad just seems to be way too sweet for my taste buds.

Drinkability: Most likely this beer is a one hit quit type of beer. Meaning after one beer you will not be compelled to have another but you will enjoy the time you had with it,in it's short life span.Overall: I would definitely have this again ,but not too often.


Cheers2Beers

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper to ruddy red with effervesnce & a 2 fingers deep tan head. Head falls off to healthy film & had good lacing

Smell: Leather and fruitcake

Taste: Alcohol up frunt, leather, cherry & sherry cask (oak) notes. Christmas pudding like flavor. finishes sweet & dry. I'm sure the profile changes immensly with time. Dry & sweet finish

MF: Syruppy with light carbonation

A little to much alcohol up front for the kid! But a very nice beer that would hold its own in Belgium, just doubt it would sell to well @$6,25 ,er 5 euro a bottle. My only real gripe, the price! Having said that, i wish more brewers would go this route versus the $20-30 bomber or 750ML bottles

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with an tan and low head which lasted enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply fruity and malty which could be detected from a mile away. The aroma contained a strong spicy alcoholic presence coupled with a dark caramel and candy character. The aroma was biscuity and bready.

The flavor was deeply malty with a strong caramel, make that dark caramel aspect and a very deep bready and biscuity malt flavor. The flavor was not sweet as had been the case with the 18% incantation, but was mightily alcoholic. The beer contained a strong dark fruit character of raisins and prunes and a ton of candy character.

The finish was nowhere near dry, but not overly sweet either. The dark caramel and fruit characters lasted long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was full and viscous. This beer was a beast (hey, a pun) to drink due to the alcohol presence. It was hot in the aroma, the flavor and in the warming that happened post consumption. Tread lightly, this one will bite ya in the bum!

12 ounce bottle. 14.9% ABV version.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,393 ratings.
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