With the first “Demon,” Mephistopheles’ Stout being a smashing (and I-got-smashed) A+ success for me, I thought it about time I try the other two ass-kicking and hard-to-photograph brews from the line, and luckily my friend DW hooked me up with a bottle of each last week.
The Beast Grand Cru
16.31% ABV bottled (Batch 6; 2008)
How does this beer get a B+ on Beer Advocate? That is mind-boggling to me. Just tells me that many BAers are ninnies that can’t handle a 16.31% asskicking. This is very much not a subtle beer. But, nor am I a subtle man and every day Avery gets closer and closer to being the official brewery of my life. The Beast is so, so fragrant, you can almost smell it through the glass bottle. Sugary and boozy, like a port or sherry. This is one tasty brew too. Drinking it, I had no clue what it was. A barley wine? Perhaps a quad? “Technically,” it’s considered a Belgian strong dark ale and goddamn is it muscular. Boozy, rummy, raisiny, with a syrupy mouthfeel full of yeast, bread, and pure deliciousness. Took me a couple of hours to put this beauty down and by then I had been humiliated. I was asleep mere seconds after finishing the bottle. There are weaker lethal injections fluids currently on the market. Instantly one of my new favorite beers. To quote George Bluth, Sr., “I am having a love affair” with The Beast.
Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale
16.45% ABV bottled (April 2009; batch 5)
Samael’s Ale–product copy alert: “…the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings…“–is easily the worst of the Demons of Ale line but that is just akin to being Playboy’s 12th hottest centerfold of the year. Pure maltiness, not a hint of hops, this sucker is bready and chewy. Full of a caramel and vanilla oaked sweetness, this one is very woody too. After Mephistopheles’ and The Beast this was a mild disappointment, but only compared to those lofty standards. This is another sublime beer that’ll take you two hours to drink and will have you walking funny afterwards.
Avery, bring on more Demons!!!