WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- I can grow facial hair, but only to a certain extent. I often look at friends who have the ability to put together super thick, well-groomed beards in complete awe, admiring a talent that I simply do not possess.

In honor of this talent, I put together this gallery of photos, courtesy of Flickr several from user Chrontourage, of 23 of the most beautifully beastly beards ever grown.

Why call them beautifully beastly? Because these beards are a thing of beauty, but they also evoke an aura of strong, stereotypical manliness which is, probably not coincidentally, another ability I do not possess.

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