I've had a beard for most of my adult life. Had various versions over the years. Now I keep it high and tight.
I go back and forth. Incan grow a good six inches of beard in about as many months. I love having a massive amount of beard. When I let it get long, I tend to keep it semi-groomed along the top and sideburns so it looks more ZZ Top and less boxcar hobo.
That said, I work a very visible office job in a massive corporation, so I do have to keep it reasonable...which hurts me.
Once my color starts to go, I'll let it grow out more. Grey and white beards are full of wisdom. Black beards just look like piracy and vagrancy.
I wish I could grow one, but I literally can not grow any hair in the mustache area and the rest of the face is patchy or neck beard only. It's a pain in the ass shaving all the time, and I tend to put it off much longer then I really ought to. I wish I could grow a nice stash. I think I would look good with one.
I used to always have a beard 'cause it takes me like 3 days to grow something respectable.. but then I let it go for a bit and it got to a point where it just looked bad, kinda like a tree-root system on my face.. so I've been clean shaven since then, but I'll go back eventually because facial hair is awesome
Pretty much since I could grow reasonable facial hair I've had facial hair. It grows pretty fast so I can't be arsed to shave everyday especially since I don't need to for a job, I just keep it sort of like stubble.
I did let it grow one summer without any trimming or style and it managed to get long enough to stick in my mouth, I looked fucking terrible though.
I change between a van dyke most of the time, a stupid mountain man neckbeard, and clean shaven. What people say about shaving stupid shit before going clean is totally true, I had a handlebar for about ten minutes before I decided that was the worst idea ever. I looked like James Hetfield if he had a weird tan and was about a half a foot shorter.
Right now I'm Grizzly Adams'ing it up, so I'll go with A.
I haven't ever let it grow out long enough to see, so the answer is "no, I keep it shaved". Gotta shave like every other day, which isn't too bad I guess. Come to think of it, I guess I'd rock a beard if I could, but it's not really something I lament over.
Besides, I always feel good after a shave.