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St.Kitts Doug
06-17-2008, 09:05 PM
What is the strongest (alcohol %wise) alcoholic beers (bitter & lager included) that you have drunk?

I think mine was THEAKSTONS Old Peculier 5.6% ABV

I'll check the others (that I can recall), there may have a been a guest bitter or two that I tried that were in the high 5's to low 6's but my memory fails me as to their names. :D

My all time favourite is Timothy Taylors Landlord 4.3% ABV

06-17-2008, 09:23 PM
Oh, I can easily beat that.

Russian Imperial Stout is 9.0% ABV, so is Dogfish Head 90 mins Imperial IPA.

For a while I was quite a fan of Moretti Rosso, an Italian (!) beer, 7.2% ABV.

Belgian and Belgian-like Tripels are generally in the 8-9% ABV area. Belgian "strong ales" (e.g. Chimay Bleue) are usually above 9%.

I definitely remember drinking a beer that was more than 10% -- 11% or 13%, I don't remember -- and I don't remember the name.

Anyway, if you're curious about what's out there -- http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/TopAlcohol.asp


06-17-2008, 09:26 PM
Haffenreffer Private Stock, aka "The Green Death". It seems to be a New England phenomonon, as I haven't seen it elsewhere. Technically not a beer, it is a malt liquor and IIRC 6 to8 % EtOH. Oh, and it tastes like watered down Miller lite, and comes in these nice big pint-and-a-half bottles, for not much money. Really easy to have that sneak up on you, esp. when playing the guessing game printed on the inside of the caps!:D. That, alternated with Guinness Stout was my first legal drunk. The Guinness got to everybody else, lotsa hurling that evening.

06-17-2008, 09:32 PM
My all time favorite is San Migual and I have drank Red Horse (both from the Phillippines). These beers are rated around 6.5 ABV but I do believe the stuff that I had overseas was the non-import version and it was a bit stronger. Not real sure though, but Red Horse was one of those that could kick you in the pants if not cafeful.


George Jung
06-17-2008, 09:34 PM
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout IBU's 60-High Color - Midnight Was 11%, the 2007 is listed at 13%

Read some reviews on this one; interesting, but almost overpowering - too intense (they talk about it being a beer to drink while smoking a cigar - a long smoke, at that).

06-17-2008, 09:36 PM
Here's two of my favorites
The golden ale is 11% ABV
Bière du Boucanier - Imported from Belgium (http://www.biereduboucanier.be/Fran%C3%A7ais/evolution/index.htm)
Dogfish head 90 minute is 9% ABV
Dogfish Head - 90 Minute IPA (http://www.dogfish.com/brewings/Year_Round_Beers/90_Minute_IPA/11/index.htm)

The Bigfella
06-17-2008, 09:37 PM
Yeah - I've tried some in the 9% range. Wouldn't put them in the fridge as a staple though. I've got Coopers Best Extra Stout in there at the moment, better than Guiness and 6.3%.


06-17-2008, 09:55 PM
There's a place here in Seattle called the Stumbling Monk ... I'd guess that 75 percent of their Belgian style ales are over 10 percent, and some closer to 14 percent.

For me, most trips to the Stumbling Monk end badly.

06-17-2008, 10:01 PM
5.9% AB Natural ICE

George Jung
06-17-2008, 10:03 PM
I think you've pegged it, Yeadon. Less is more, eh?

06-17-2008, 10:04 PM
I think that's a fair statement, George.

Captain Blight
06-17-2008, 10:05 PM
I. LOVE . Dogfish Head 90.

Can't have more than a couple but the DFH 60 is pretty damn drinkable.

SaltyD from BC
06-17-2008, 10:08 PM
High alcohol content is why they makes rum :D

I am a beer guy. But I like it around 5 to 6% normally. .

06-17-2008, 10:21 PM
Speaking of beer...

Dublin, Ireland.







Captain Blight
06-17-2008, 11:34 PM
Summit Maibock 7.1% ABV

Summit Oktoberfest 7.7%

LaTrappe Quadruppel 10.0%

All enjoyed. Lots of good times I'll never forget (and some I'll never remember).

Three Cedars
06-17-2008, 11:35 PM
A strange brew to be sure


Paul G.
06-18-2008, 06:03 AM
Chimay blue 13%

06-18-2008, 06:12 AM
Googled Haffenreffer last night, it's 6.87% ABV. Some of the comments on the beer rating forums were priceless, with the mention of industrial chemicals and skunks being prominent, and consumption (preferably from a paper bag to help keep it cold and therefore drinkable) being denoted in terms of"swills"

Joe (SoCal)
06-18-2008, 06:14 AM
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States


Quadrupel / 9.80% ABV

But here is the kicker when I drank three large at a summer BBQ I didn't know it was almost 10%, it just tasted like a tasty beer on a hot day :eek::eek::eek:

Rational Root
06-18-2008, 06:23 AM
I thought that Chimay Blue was 9%


Duvel is about 8.5%

Sorry - but they both taste like ditch water until you have had trhee or four, then suddenly they taste fine. Go Figure.


Chimay blue 13%

06-18-2008, 06:25 AM
I've had some 13's and 14's, but they are generally refered to as "Barley Wine" in this state.

Funny story about Shed Mountain ale which is 8 or 9%. We got a keg of it back in college and the guy at the beverage store bet us $20 that we wouldn't be able to finish the thing (It's a pretty strong beer). Well we stumbled in the next day with an empty keg, but not looking any to pretty. It ended up being a pretty wild party, cept non of the girls wanted to drink the beer.

martin schulz
06-18-2008, 06:26 AM
What is the strongest (alcohol %wise) alcoholic beers (bitter & lager included) that you have drunk?

The classic "Bock" or "Doppel-Bock" is brewed with about 20% alcohol.
Standard Doppelbocks may have as much as 7% alcohol by volume. In the strongest versions (around 10 to 13%), you can actually taste the alcohol.


The Danes sell Christmas beer in December which has about 5-7% alcohol (probably because they usually get drunk during their annual "Jule frokost" (Christmas breakfast))


Paul G.
06-18-2008, 06:31 AM
I thought that Chimay Blue was 9%


Duvel is about 8.5%

Sorry - but they both taste like ditch water until you have had trhee or four, then suddenly they taste fine. Go Figure.


could be wrong often am, but it sure felt like 13% the next day

The Bigfella
06-18-2008, 07:06 AM
An Aussie company brought this out a few years back:

Can't recall the alcohol content - but do recal that 20th C Fox sued to get it off the market.

Taylor Tarvin
06-18-2008, 07:06 AM
Delerium Tremens (10% ABV) served in a bar by the same name in Brussels.

06-18-2008, 07:33 AM

Samichlaus - a Bock style Christmas beer at 14% ABV. Brewed only once a year on St. Nicholas day. Don't plan on doing anything after you've had one!

Low Tide
06-18-2008, 08:34 PM
The strongest I've tried would have to be Elephant Beer & Bishop's Tipple, two pints of either and yer gone!

cathouse willy
06-18-2008, 09:29 PM
Okanagan Spring Brewery's "Old English Porter" Sweetish ,dark and deadly at 8.5%.I'm enjoying one as I type.

David G
06-18-2008, 09:37 PM
I've had a number of Northwest microbrews that were quite high in alcohol. There was... er... well, I once had... ummmm... lessee... I think that... well, there were several

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