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2013-04-17 04:25:30 PM
I dunno, once you get past a certain percentage it doesn't even taste like beer anymore.
 
2013-04-17 04:28:38 PM
A bunch of folks got 1 oz pours of the Utopia at a Fark party in Brooklyn so I was able to try it.  Quite tasty, but it tasted more like a cognac than a beer.

As for many of the other high-octane brews, I REALLY don't like barley wines.
 
2013-04-17 04:36:36 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: I dunno, once you get past a certain percentage it doesn't even taste like beer anymore.


Seriously.  I once had a Samuel Adams Triple Bock and thought I was drinking port.
 
2013-04-17 04:43:02 PM
most beers are shiatfaced.
 
2013-04-17 04:52:47 PM
Hair of the Dog is some damn fine beer.  I don't envy Portlanders much -- excepting they can buy the stuff.

/used to find it in Fort Collins every now and again...alas
 
2013-04-17 05:05:05 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: I dunno, once you get past a certain percentage it doesn't even taste like beer anymore.


Not at all. What you have at the high extremes, I would imagine, is a spirit that is vaguely beer flavored.

6-12% is about proper for a good beer to be.
 
2013-04-17 05:08:48 PM
This is not a bookmark.
 
2013-04-17 05:22:29 PM
FTA: "the 120 Minute IPA finds the beer dry-hopped continuously for two hours during the boil, and then dry hopped every day for the next month"

Dry hopping beer during the boil? For fux sake... Does anyone know how to write a factual, proofed article these days?
 
2013-04-17 05:30:03 PM
CSBs:

1) I was able to pick up two bottles of the 120 Minute IPA at my local beer shop last week.

2) Thanks to a fellow Farker, I was able to acquire a bottle of Utopias back in 2008.
 
2013-04-17 05:58:17 PM
Didn't make the cut. Again.

thebottlecapman.com
 
2013-04-17 05:58:28 PM
My favorite higher ABV beers are Founders KBS and Goose Island BCBS.
 
2013-04-17 06:03:52 PM
I like my beer to taste like beer, at 20%+ abv doesn't sound very good.
 
2013-04-17 06:08:26 PM
We're not saying we'd kidnap family members to get one of the last bottles of this 29% ABV beer

Macypalm

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2013-04-17 06:08:53 PM
Just get a good bottle of scotch and be done with it.
 
2013-04-17 06:13:33 PM
Not strong enough to be on the list, but strong enough:

consumergoods.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-17 06:17:12 PM
The picture in #8 surprises me in a bit - IMHO a drink with this kind of alcohol content probably isn't something you'd want to drink in such large amounts at a time.
 
2013-04-17 06:17:52 PM
Chocolate Rain is so good you could get accidentally poisoned by it. Can't taste that ABV at all.
Brew Dog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin tastes like what I imagine a well-seasoned barbecue grill tastes like. Their Sink the Bismarck isn't much more palatable. But Chocolate Rain? Omg shut up and take my money.
 
2013-04-17 06:18:03 PM
I think Molson XXX is a tasty summer high alcohol beer.
 
2013-04-17 06:20:38 PM

KungFuJunkie: My favorite higher ABV beers are Founders KBS and Goose Island BCBS.



I have to agree... Grabbed all I could when I found some this year.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-17 06:20:41 PM

Explodo: I think Molson XXX is a tasty summer high alcohol beer.


GET OUT!!!!
 
2013-04-17 06:21:54 PM
I thought that, over a certain ABV, beer is called barley wine.

I never look at ABV.  Ultimately, taste and mouthfeel (I'm ashamed of typing that, but I don't know what else to call it) are what matters.
 
2013-04-17 06:22:28 PM
Chocolate Rain.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-04-17 06:26:21 PM
Once you start freezing out some of the water haven't you entered the distilled spirits realm? It's different method, but the results are the same.

What is the maximum alcohol level at which yeast can still survive? Has anyone been doing selective breeding to get that number up for beers like this?
 
2013-04-17 06:26:48 PM
I have  about 6 Dogfish Head WORLDWIDE STOUTs from their first bottling back in 2001 (I think)

This is my prized possession.  Best beer ever made

They survived being submerged 6 feet underwater in Hurricane Sandy (ground floor on Long Beach, LI.  1st floor of house destroyed).  Cracked one open in celebration the next day 'to life'
 
2013-04-17 06:28:26 PM
Not American, but Brewdog has done a 55% ABV beer which is pretty asinine.
 
2013-04-17 06:29:19 PM
I like how the article crossed out the word PISS right before Miller
 
2013-04-17 06:30:18 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-17 06:30:23 PM
gilgamesh23: Once you start freezing out some of the water haven't you entered the distilled spirits realm? It's different method, but the results are the same.

It's 'eisbock'ing and yes, it gets into shady legal definition.  Many brewers do it, but sell it under the table (at festivals, tastings, etc.) to avoid the legalities

What is the maximum alcohol level at which yeast can still survive? Has anyone been doing selective

breeding to get that number up for beers like this?

Yes.  There is an 'eau de vie' strain that goes past 20% abv, but about 10 years ago, researchers at Harvard did genetic manipulation to strains to make a turbo strain.  I believe this is what Sam Adams uses for their (crappy) Utopias
 
2013-04-17 06:32:01 PM
Maybe if the beer's spouse was less frigid it'd drink less
 
2013-04-17 06:33:53 PM
When I was a kid I used to think this stuff was strong.

Now I brew stuff twice as strong in my kitchen.

Still, I generally lose interest above 12% since you don't get to drink as much, and drinking is the enjoyable part.
 
2013-04-17 06:34:06 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-17 06:34:36 PM
Well, that would have been a picture of Heffenreffer private stock, if it weren't too large.

/rough childhood
 
2013-04-17 06:36:12 PM

rocinante721: Yes.  There is an 'eau de vie' strain that goes past 20% abv, but about 10 years ago, researchers at Harvard did genetic manipulation to strains to make a turbo strain.  I believe this is what Sam Adams uses for their (crappy) Utopias


Ah, well thank you very much. Nice to see such cooperation between higher ed and industry in Massachusetts, anyway.
 
2013-04-17 06:36:42 PM
One of the worst hangovers I've ever had was from drinking an 16+ APV.   It's no man's land.   Just diluted enough that you drink a high volume, and just strong enough to make you feel like you drank a shiatty bottomshelf liquor.
 
2013-04-17 06:37:41 PM
I've tried a few of the higher alcohol content beers and they've all tasted yucky; I can't remember one that tasted good. It seems like if you're intent on getting buzzed, drink a distilled spirit for that. Drink beer because that beer tastes good (and will get you a bit buzzed).
 
2013-04-17 06:37:43 PM
Hrm. I'm a fan of a lot of beers that push the 8-9% mark, but past that...just doesn't seem like a pleasant drink to me. That said, I'd certainly try many/most of these just because I'll drink anything once.
 
2013-04-17 06:37:44 PM
No double 4loko XXX edition? This list is horrible.
 
2013-04-17 06:37:49 PM
I just pour a little moonshine in mine if I feel deprived of alcohol
 
2013-04-17 06:38:46 PM

nekom: Rev. Skarekroe: I dunno, once you get past a certain percentage it doesn't even taste like beer anymore.

Not at all. What you have at the high extremes, I would imagine, is a spirit that is vaguely beer flavored.

6-12% is about proper for a good beer to be.


There's no proper ABV for a good beer to be.

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is 5%
Guinness is 4.2%

Plenty of others all over the map. High ABU, ABV IPAs don't encompass all good beers.
 
2013-04-17 06:45:06 PM
I live half a mile (stumbling distance) from Hair of the Dog.  They name all of their beers after employees and not many of them are any good.  They do have a few, the Adam for example.  Most of the time you'll find me at Cascade a few blocks away.  It's the west coasts sour beer Mecca.  Amazing high percentage fruit beers and they rarely miss.  The Sang Noir being a good example of a cherry beer that is more like a wine than a beer and it is amazing.  If you're in PDX and you like beer you need to stop by.
 
2013-04-17 06:45:15 PM
American beer tastes like shiat.

/as if i'd ever tasted shiat
//because i haven't
///it's what i imagine shiat would taste like
//watery shiats
/santorum, even
 
2013-04-17 06:47:32 PM
I have a Victory V-12 in the fridge right now.  And it is tasty.
 
2013-04-17 06:48:49 PM

Tony_Pepperoni:


I'm keeping that picture.
 
2013-04-17 06:49:35 PM
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout is like drinking a loaf of bread.

/NTTAWWT
 
2013-04-17 06:50:00 PM

phillydrifter: American beer tastes like shiat.

/as if i'd ever tasted shiat
//because i haven't
///it's what i imagine shiat would taste like
//watery shiats
/santorum, even


Remember Ortleib?  Not to mention Schlitz.

/i was too young to know any better
//give me a pint of Yorkshire mild out the tap
 
zez
2013-04-17 06:58:34 PM
This is a fairly high alcohol beer (9%) that tastes pretty damn wonderful.

www.mezessf.com
 
2013-04-17 07:00:34 PM

Krymson Tyde: Tony_Pepperoni:

I'm keeping that picture.


:-)
 
2013-04-17 07:02:03 PM
And to think...on Monday, I fancied myself a bad arse for drinking a 7.5% beer on a work night. I feel inadequate now.

/Texas farkers, buy yourself some Rahr Bucking Bock!
//weak compared to these, but still amazing
 
2013-04-17 07:03:52 PM
I've had DFH's 120min. IPA (20% ABV) and Utopias. I actually still have my bottle of Utopias on my shelf with over half of it left. I have a little once in a while for special occasions; the stuff keeps like cognac and tastes farking amazing. And yes, it was expensive. Very worth it though.

120min. IPA tastes like hops and watermelon. It's neat to try but a bit jarring. Oh, and split it with friends because, yeah, 20% alcohol. And it's expensive too.
 
2013-04-17 07:07:19 PM

zez: This is a fairly high alcohol beer (9%) that tastes pretty damn wonderful.

[www.mezessf.com image 500x750]


That is indeed a very fine beer.
 
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