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Brewmeister Brewery Releases Armageddon, World's Strongest Beer at 65% ABV

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Todd, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,685) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Is the end product "beer?" That's highly debatable given the methods used to achieve 65% ABV, and I'm sure many will say it's "cheating," but here's a repost with more information from the brewery.


    World's Strongest Beer Launched at Whopping 65%

    A brewery based in Scotland has just produced the world’s strongest beer at a whopping 65%. Brewmeister Brewery began production earlier this year with the a local Pale Ale but decided to become more adventurous by releasing the Brewmeister Armageddon. The 65% beer will be launched at the Inverness Beer Festival on 3rd November where it will sell for £5 a nip.

    Production Director John MacKenzie who runs the brewery said the beer has a 'viscous quality to it, due to the special freeze fermentation method we use to produce such a high alcoholic beer'. The beer, which is hoppy and slightly sweet in flavour is recommended to be served in brandy size measures due to the abnormally high ABV, which John says 'delivers a punch'. Lewis Shand, founder and fellow director said "The phrase 'delivers a punch' doesn't quite cut it. 'Delivers a supersonic charged explosion and conveys the taster to drunkville' is probably more appropriate....it really is a powerful beer!"

    The brewery which is set upon the hills of the Kincardine Estate are also set to release their stout named 'Black Cock' in the near future. Details of the beers can be found on the Brewmeister facebook page.




    It's currently being sold for £40.


    330ml : 65% (bottle in pic is 500ml for display purposes)

    The world's strongest beer at 65%. Ingredients include crystal malt, wheat, flaked oats and of course 100% Scottish spring water. We then freeze ferment the beer to bring up the ABV. Consume this like a fine whisky.

    Despite being 65%, the beer has a lot of flavour - malty, hoppy, slightly sweet and lots of yeast still in the beer. Be careful though, smelling it is probably enough to put you over the limit!


  2. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Champion (830) Pennsylvania Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

    Placed an order for my once in a lifetime bottle today... After having both of the booze bombs that Brew Dog released this one should be like drinking paint thinner! Can't wait!!
    beergurujr and zchall23 like this.
  3. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (400) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    A new contender for the worlds most obnoxious brewery crown currently held by Brewdog?
  4. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Champion (830) Pennsylvania Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

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  5. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    You just know this is going to go on until someone conjures a 99% ABV "beer" :)

    At what point does beer become hopped whiskey?
    beergurujr likes this.
  6. wordemupg

    wordemupg Champion (905) Alberta (Canada) Feb 11, 2009 Beer Trader

    When Sink The Bismark surpassed 40%

    I would like a hopped up Everclear, http://www.luxco.com/public/brands/brands.asp?brandid=21

    Even if you go blind at least you can still taste the hops!
  7. moefriedman

    moefriedman Savant (330) Illinois Feb 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Super curious and just went to buy one. It coincidentally ends up costing $65(ok $64.40 i rounded up). I'll have to pass. I can get a nice bottle of scotch for that much.
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  8. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    I can almost guarantee just from reading that press release that this will taste horrible.
    devlishdamsel likes this.
  9. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,080) California Jan 31, 2005 Beer Trader

    Yes. They're trying to broaden their market share. They're shooting for the high alcohol loving porn crowd.;)
    mixed_master7 likes this.
  10. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Champion (845) Ohio Sep 16, 2010 Beer Trader

    I bet it ages well and for decades ..
    RobertColianni likes this.
  11. Just for kicks I went to order one. Once you add shipping to the US, you are looking at $79.44 for a single 330ml bottle...NO THANKS!
  12. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Savant (280) Massachusetts May 19, 2011 Verified

    Did they say how long it takes to brew? As far as the price goes the retail for Sam Adams Utopia is about double ,so this seems like a bargain. I would never buy any of these so called "Beers" though they are best levee for being tried at festivals. The only beer I have enjoyed that was 20% or over was DFH 120 min at least at that point their is still carbonation and the mouthfeel still resembles beer
  13. Beerthrash

    Beerthrash Savant (265) California Dec 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Wouldnt 99% be lethal?
  14. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (440) Illinois Dec 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    At what point does beer become hopped whiskey?[/quote]

    Beer becomes whiskey when it is distilled.
    lilheb, beerophilia and kojevergas like this.
  15. No.

    It would be phenomenally expensive to break the azeotrope of 95.6% ethanol / 4.4% water in a safe manner. Almost all the industrial / lab grade stuff uses benzene or cyclohexane to break the azeotrope, and those are not good for you even in minuscule amounts. Not immediately fatal, of course.
  16. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (435) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    I'd rather drink a good bottled in bond straight bourbon.
    davey101 and Tom_Gilman like this.
  17. RenoZymurgist

    RenoZymurgist Savant (430) California May 4, 2003 Beer Trader

    I think I will try and import some of the Black Cock Stout and distribute it to the Cathouses outside of Carson City and Reno. I bet the working girls would get a kick out of getting their patrons to buy them a black cock before business.
  18. Damn I have problems justifying 40 and your telling me it's going to be 60+ dollars? Freak that shit!

    That's like a dollar a %. you can keep it...
  19. moefriedman

    moefriedman Savant (330) Illinois Feb 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yep. It's £40.00 (pounds). Conversion today is $64. Still a bit much for my pocketbook.
  20. Rutager

    Rutager Advocate (710) British Columbia (Canada) Oct 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    So the price on this has apparently been raised to £60.00. With shipping that's $110 usd. Granted, I paid almost that much /oz for Utopias, but I just can't imagine this one tasting very good. Has anyone tried it yet? Would like to know if I'm correct in thinking the only reason to drink it would be for the novelty.
  21. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,030) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Puts it into perspective.
  22. CyberMonk

    CyberMonk Savant (265) California May 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    In the interests of science (science!), I ordered a bottle, and it just arrived today. Took them a good while; I ordered it back in October. Not sure when I'll crack it open, but it will be with others for sure--I'm not expecting a particularly tasty experience, but it should be an interesting one ;)
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  23. Resuin

    Resuin Poobah (1,110) Massachusetts Jun 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Several people are saying that this beer isn't really 65%, but lower - is there any way for consumers to know whether it is, in fact, 65% ABV or are we forced to just take the brewery's word for it (I assume there is a way, I would just like to be sure)?
  24. sandbergandy

    sandbergandy Zealot (85) Minnesota Nov 21, 2012

    Many home brewers use a hydrometer, widely available.

    Better question is, who cares? This "product" is a pure publicity stunt, not actually conceived for enjoyment of the consumer.
    Tom_Gilman likes this.
  25. Resuin

    Resuin Poobah (1,110) Massachusetts Jun 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    I just saw lots of people saying there's "no way this is 65%" and it got me thinking about whether there were ways to objectively test for ABV. Thanks for answering - cheers.
  26. sandbergandy

    sandbergandy Zealot (85) Minnesota Nov 21, 2012

    I bet it is what it claims, otherwise they risk all kinds of backlash if people test it and its way off.

    There are many other more complex methods as well, just wanted to note something one of could readily use.

    The funny part is this stuff is a more ambitious version of "ice" beer that was so popular in the mid 90s for BMC.
    Resuin likes this.
  27. foobula

    foobula Savant (340) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    +1 for the Thomas Dolby reference. :D
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  28. IKR

    IKR Savant (470) California May 25, 2010

  29. JonnyBeers

    JonnyBeers Advocate (535) British Columbia (Canada) Oct 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Tried it at a tasting last week, and the overall consensus what that it was pretty bad - the guy who bought it actually poured out the last couple ounces even though he paid close to $100! And it honestly tastes like something closer to 20%. I would be shocked if the bottle we had was above %30
  30. Rutager

    Rutager Advocate (710) British Columbia (Canada) Oct 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad I'm not missing anything with this one.
  31. I forgot I even ordered this stuff. Let's see I ordered it on Oct 31st and it is now January 9th, and their website says don't bother contacting them because they are busy...
  32. That's some BS.
  33. Ridiculous. This is a marketing stunt and nothing more. Avoid.
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  34. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Gotta make just one thing clear
    Freeze distilling don't make beer
    Brew Dog jerks at least are funny
    These guys only want your money.

    Brewmeister indeed. Brewshyster more likely.
  35. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poobah (1,030) California Jan 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I continue to be amazed at the bashing and judgment of things unknown. 36 posts above this one and only one person has actually tasted it - he/she is entitled to his/her opinion. But, how anyone can comment without tasting it is astounding! And the bashing.....for no reason....continues!

    Almost everything we purchase is so that the manufacturer/producer can make money! Why is Brewmeister criticized for it? You think Coca Cola is in business and spending hundreds of millions on ads because it's a non profit institution? Coke spends more on its ads than its product! The desire to make money holds true for the producer of milk, bread, eggs, bacon, beef, shirts, pants, cars, planes,......you name it. Hey, it even applies to beer! Ever hear of Budweiser or Miller? Talk about marketing! It's all marketing. I say good for Brewmeister! Capitalism at work. If you don't like it or don't want it......don't 'effing buy it! They're not putting a gun to anyone's head.

    You don't have to like the beer. But if you want to bash it....at least taste it first. I dumped out Tactical Nuclear Penquin and Sink the Bismark - I thought they were both absolutely awful but I paid for the priviledge of tasting them before I commented.

    I want to taste this one, just like I want to taste as many beers and styles as I can - that's part of the fun of it for me. I'll judge it after I taste it - not before.
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  36. What's with all the highschool kids in here making "black cock" jokes? Venture out of America, children. Cock is still a commonly used term for rooster in the UK.
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  37. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Please point out the equivalent examples of all the products you mention that try to top others with silly stunts that bring their products into a realm of existence that allows the criticism to be properly leveled that those products no longer are milk, bread, eggs, bacon, beef, shirts, pants, cars, planes. And yeah if Boeing made a huge penis shaped plane and called it the Flying Penis, or if Pepperidge Farm made a bread they advertised is made with 30 times as much yeast, baked at 900 degrees, and you couldn't make a sandwich from it I would level the same criticism of pure hucksterism as the basis for their doing it, call them ass clowns, and wouldn't enrich them one penny by holding back criticism, or buying their product. People defend ass clowns all the time with similar defenses to yours and I laugh at them for doing it, and I laugh at you now. Unless you are prepared to justify the naming of a beer Black Cock or the making of a freeze distilled, overproof spirit, and trying to foist it on beer drinkers, as anything other than a silly stunt that would make Barnum go, "Damn, even I would't have sunk that low", which you didn't do in your post, just some faux outrage, then I suggest your post is foolish and valueless and disingenuous.
    jbeezification likes this.
  38. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    It's not so much the freeze distilling that I have a problem with, since eisbocks are made in a similar fashion and that's still very much beer in my opinion, but there is a line to be drawn somewhere between 12% and 65%. Clearly they aren't very confident in their ability to make great beers so they are choosing the gimmicky road to gain some short-lived notoriety. I think they failed though, I forgot the name of their brewery already.
    tectactoe and cavedave like this.
  39. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (450) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    I call your actual intelligence into question when you drainpour Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink the Bismark. Are you the one person in the world who bought these thinking they were something other than novelty beers? Apparently so.
    cavedave likes this.
  40. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    If you're going to defend this beer just for the sake of exploration then I've got some homebrew to sell you, very rare, only found in my basement. I'll give you a discount cuz I like your style, 10 bucks a bottle! Credit card number please?