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What are some of the harshest beers you've had?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Derranged, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    Now I'll point the obvious that people probably have different ideas as to what "harsh" means. For me, I guess something that's boozy, has alcohol burn and as a result was not easy to drink/flavor was overwhelming. But just because something is boozy, it doesn't mean its harsh. For instance, Aventinus Eisbock and DFH WWS were boozy as hell but went down smooth for me. Of course this is all subjective.

    The harshest beers I've had to date were

    Smuttynose Wheatwine 2010 12.0abv.. That might have been the worst culprit, I felt the alcohol burning me stomach.

    Bezelbuth, 13.0abv.

    Samichlaus Bier bottled 2009 consumed in August 2011, 14.0abv.


    How the hell did I forget Hair of the Dog Adam? This was absolutely brutal but some argue that I may have had a bad bottle. You have to read my review for this one:

  2. 2011 bourbon barrel quad was a harsh boozy mess
  3. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    Double Bastard was also a bit hard to drink but mostly because of the hops and sweetness, not sure if I'd consider it harsh.
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  4. DrDoitchbig

    DrDoitchbig Savant (395) Michigan Jun 6, 2009

    Stack High Gravity Lager. Smelling it made me shudder like I was about to drink cheap vodka, it may have singed my nose hairs. It's the closest thing to rubbing alcohol you can consume without death following.
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  5. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/21678/54660 Yikes.. Beers that cheap and that strong are scary. I'd still have to try it if I saw it, just for the novelty.
  6. Sam Adams Imperial White. Harsh in a terrible way.
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  7. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Savant (315) Oregon Aug 8, 2010

    2012 SN Bigfoot. Great flavors but man is this thing hot! Alcohol is a little much, could use a year or three.
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  8. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I liked that beer, I didn't find it harsh. Although there was nothing to suggest it was a wit at all, definitely a fruit beer.
  9. Great call on this one. I had it once and couldn't wrap my head around it at all. Just a weird, hard to drink, confusing beer. I never understood why they tried an Imperial Witbier for that series over an Imperial IPA.
  10. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    The harshest beer I have ever had is Devil Dancer. Just absolutely awful in every manner. They turned the dial up to 11 on every aspect of that beer. Brutal. If you think Big Foot or Double Bastard are rough you ain't seen nothing yet. Those are tame by comparison (and delicious I might add!)
  11. Smuttynose gravitation - for a quad, just unbalanced and tough to drink or enjoy

    Primator dopplebock - flavors just didnt mesh, leading to a harsh beverage
  12. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (460) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006 Subscriber

    Avery's Mephistapheles, when fresh. I understtand that it's good with a couple years on it, but I've never tried it.
  13. abraxel

    abraxel Savant (395) Michigan Aug 28, 2009

    I'll second Samichlaus, I could barely drink it! Of course, that was pretty early in my craft beer odyssey, so I might have a very different impression now that I'm a bigger fan of (well-crafted) big, boozy, and malty-sweet.
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  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    Harsh, huh? But it says "Smooth" (twice!) right on the can!

  15. muletrane

    muletrane Savant (420) Pennsylvania Oct 26, 2006

    Lost Abbey Angel Share (Bourbon Barrel Aged) Draft

    Horribly unbalanced. Watered down bourbon flavor dominated the palate. Where's the beer???
  16. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (470) Texas Dec 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    Left coast asylum tripel
  17. DrDoitchbig

    DrDoitchbig Savant (395) Michigan Jun 6, 2009

    Yeah and Popov is a smooth premium vodka.
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  18. I'm glad you liked it. Wish I had. I just found it combination of tart and boozy that didn't agree with my likes.
  19. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    Different tastes for different mates I reckon. For something like one might as well have a strong vodka and cranberry/sprite mixed drink.
  20. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Savant (315) Oregon Aug 8, 2010

    I am actually currently sipping on this. What a boozy mess this beer is.
  21. bugdoc

    bugdoc Savant (300) California Apr 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Coffee is for amateurs, right? ;)

    I'd put in a vote for one or both of those Brewdog monstrosities, Tactical Nuclear Penguin or Sink the Bismarck. Just yikes.
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  22. djs467

    djs467 Savant (270) Colorado Mar 1, 2011

    DFH Olde School Barylewine is waaay to hot for me.
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  23. Those damned harsh, oaky Innus & Gunn beers are an absolute mess IMO.

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  24. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    I have to go with Nogne O Red Horizon. It was a different sort of boozy burn... That beer taught me that Sake yeast belongs in Sake.
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  25. I had the first batch of Avery Samaels last year and it really just tasted and smelled like raisins, not overly alcoholic but my god it was an intensely harsh raisin flavor, its like extracting pure raisins to a 15% alcohol tincture. The first time I had Dogfish Head Raisin d'Extra and a 4 year old 2007 Fort I thought they were pretty harsh in both alcohol and flavors.
  26. Hessian257

    Hessian257 Advocate (625) New Jersey Mar 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    Had this early in my beer drinking career but i thought fresh stone IRS was pretty rough, had another with some age on it and thought it was much better. Also, fresh DFH Old school barleywine was pretty hot.
  27. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout and Beerlao Dark came to mind. Both tasted like they were made with some kind of harsh chemical.
    Nogne 0's Sweet Horizon was sweet to the point of being torture to drink, but I'm not sure I'd call it "harsh."
  28. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Savant (315) Oregon Aug 8, 2010

    I work graveyard, so I just got off work. Is it abnormal to have a beer after a days worth of work?

    /didn't think so.
  29. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    New Holland Charkoota Rye. Tried to employ the Schlenkerla prescription and drink the equivalent of 3 pints to see if it would mellow, but it was more or less 100% Band-Aid phenols 100% of the time. Had a major headache after that session...not from the alcohol, but from the stress and muscle tension sustained with every sip.
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  30. nrs207

    nrs207 Advocate (715) Pennsylvania Sep 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    I tasted the alcohol, but didn't think it was out of control. I got 4, and I'll be keeping my last 3 for a much later date. I'm interested to see how it ages. Thought it was good fresh though.

    Double Bastard fresh was hard to drink for me. I have another bomber I'm going to save for at least a year. So much alcohol. Hopefully it ages like Old Guardian. 2008 is drinking great and I have a 2009 yet.
  31. More pain than pleasure in that bastard.
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  32. teorn88

    teorn88 Aficionado (230) United Kingdom (England) Jun 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot was a sweet boozy mess drain pour to me.

    And t'Smisje Catherine the Great Imperial Stout was nothing like a RIS. Once again a sweet boozy mess. My friend and I had both to dump it.

    Lastly, Tuverbol tasted like lambic mixed with cheap vodka. It was full of chemicals and boozy. My third and last drain pour.
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  33. I know Sam Adams Triple Bock gets a lot of shit talking around these parts but when I tried my bottle of the 1997 it was the only time I have ever started to feel my stomach turn while drinking beer.
  34. SageO

    SageO Savant (455) California Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    I don't consider most high-ABV beers "harsh", but for some reason when you mix high ABV with bourbon barrels they sometimes come across as harsh to me. No idea why, and I haven't run across the same issue with other barrel-aged beers yet. A few of the Lost Abbey beers have come across as harsh to me.
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  35. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) Alaska May 30, 2011

    I'm not sure if this is the harshest, but that Amstel Light from what I remember of it was pretty hard on my tongue.
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  36. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 28, 2011


    Instant hiccups. Tastes like carbonated HOT sauce. Had this at the Better Beer Authority (off camera). Thanks to Bogforce for sharing it, it was definitely an experience!
  37. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (685) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Double Bastard was a bit harsh but I still liked it. For whatever reason it got me way more drunk than any other 12% beer I've ever had though.
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  38. wcintula

    wcintula Savant (345) New York May 2, 2010

    I hope this beer gets dropped from the Imperial Series.