Location: Boulder, CO
Style: Grand Cru Ale
A.B.V. – 16.42% (not a typo)
Price: – $9.69/ bottle (Also not a typo)
This is perhaps one of the most appropriately named beers I’ve ever tried in my entire life. Drinking this thing is an event. It’s not something you enjoy. It’s not something you experience. It’s not something you casually drink. No.
You survive this beer.
I wasn’t ready for this one when I tasted it and let me tell you, this is a beer you have to be ready for. I don’t recall if I’ve ever tasted a beer this sweet before. It’s almost overly sweet, even syrup like, and the alcohol isn’t far behind. At almost 17%, this tastes more like a dessert liqueur than a beer. Its over the top sweetness is matched and almost even exceeded by the booze. It’s very slow to get through, and not a beer you can even take a moderate mouthful of. This one you sip, and pray you make it through the whole thing because you dropped $10 on it and you’re not going to waste that.
Once I was able to shake the sweetness and the burn and come back to my senses a little, I was able to taste a few other flavors. The sweetness definitely has a caramel aspect to it, and there’s a lot of doughiness, like bread or biscuits. If you try hard and pay attention to the flavors as they begin to subside you’re left with that heavier burnt flavor of a stout or a porter, but in all honesty, to me it wasn’t worth the pain of the front end.
Because of it’s super high alcohol content, this beer would age well, and I’d imagine it would be a little less intense after a year or two in the cellar… but even that thought might not get me to buy this one again. It was an ordeal trying to finish it – partly because it was like drinking liquid sugar and partly because I was a little unsteady on my seat. It’s a beastly brew, no doubt about that. Well played, Beast. Well played.