The Beast From The Wood | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Crosling on 09-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 6
Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery, Friday of GABF week. Being a huge fan of the regular version, I was very excited to try this one. Sadly, compared to the original, this one paled. Poured a muddy brown color, with a bit of ivory head. Sweet and boozy, with alcohol soaked dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. Thick, rich and filling. Good, but could have been better.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A barrel aged beast with some monster appeal. The appearance has a deep amber to brown color. Big legs with lots of viscosity. Not much for head retention and lacing to speak of but this is not a typical beer.

The nose is very complex. A big caramel and woody aroma. More of a kettle caramel but some noticeable sugar and Belgian quality malts. More of a port like aroma with complexity and some wine like notes. Some yeast and alcohol notes with some esters, plums, figs and sautéed raisin thing. There is an American wood like note that is similar to bourbon. The alcohol is there but not much on the fusel notes. Very complex.

The taste also has a complexity but differs from the nose. The caramel is still represented but more wood and port notes come out. A more melanodian like malt complexity with some caramelized sugar. There is a red wine like flavor that comes out in the finish and lingers but blends nicely throughout. Definite raisin notes with some minor fig and plum notes. The alcohol comes out but not overly fusel. The wood is noticeable but backs off versus the nose. Some earthy, woody notes that also enhances and just adds to the complexity. This comes out more as the beer warms up. Great complexity.

The body is big. Did I mention the complexity? The carbonation is light which helps emphasis the port quality of the beer. Some heat and warming effects. This is a sipping beer for sure. Overall I am a big fan of the beast but adding the wood notes really adds an another dimension that really is fantastic. Great beer.

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The Beast From The Wood from Avery Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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