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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. DanK4

    DanK4 Aficionado (240) Maine Jan 17, 2012

    St. Ambroise RIS, way too intense for me.
     
  2. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (500) New York Mar 7, 2010

    Since I've made this thread, I haven't had too many "harsh" beers. Although I did find The Vermonster to be a tad difficult to finish.
     
  3. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (540) Washington Dec 13, 2011

    Avery Uncle Jacobs was harsh in a good way.

    DFH 120 Minute (fresh) was harsh in a bad (bad) way.
     
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  4. I actually really liked Adam, not as much as Fred though, which was a surprise because I love old ales and don't usually dig the strong goldens. My entries for harshness are as follows:

    Orkney Skullsplitter (8.5%) was a gross hot mess. Drainpour.
    The Bruery White Oak (11.5%) was a huge disappointment since The Bruery are one of my top 5 breweries and I usually like wheatwines. Tasted like drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka.
    Sam Adams Griffin's Bow (11.5%) No surprise there. Wouldn't have even drank it if it wasn't free.
     
  5. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (500) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I actually really liked Adam, not as much as Fred though, which was a surprise because I love old ales and don't usually dig the strong goldens. My entries for harshness are as follows:

    Orkney Skullsplitter (8.5%) was a gross hot mess. Drainpour.
    The Bruery White Oak (11.5%) was a huge disappointment since The Bruery are one of my top 5 breweries and I usually like wheatwines. Tasted like drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka.
    Sam Adams Griffin's Bow (11.5%) No surprise there. Wouldn't have even drank it if it wasn't free.[/quote]

    As I mentioned I think I may have had a bad bottle. I don't think beer is supposed to make you sweat. :eek:
     
  6. 1000 IBU Ultramate is another one - brutally bitter and for the extreme hophead only.
     
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  7. dfhhead25

    dfhhead25 Savant (410) Pennsylvania Jul 18, 2011

    Mikkeller Black was very difficult for me to get through.
     
  8. DFH world wide stout. i think it comes in at 18% alcohol and it was not enjoyable. prob shouldve aged it for a loooong time. super boozey mess
     
  9. alexipa

    alexipa Savant (410) Colorado Oct 7, 2011

    All of the mentions for Avery are unsurprising, but I disagree. Mephistopheles, Czar, Samael's? Give me all of them! Amazing brews.

    The harshest beer I've had was Pumking. Tore my stomach to shreds.
     
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  10. jlenik

    jlenik Savant (435) New Jersey Jan 22, 2009

    I can't dig the Blithering Idiot but Insanity is amazing.
    I must be crazy for liking this...
     
  11. Give Sami a second go. I have a 2005 3L that I would love to split with you and a small army because it would change your mind. Splendid with some time on it.
     
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  12. godlessape

    godlessape Savant (300) Georgia Dec 12, 2010

    At first I thought Spaten Optimator was way too malty and boozy, but I got used to it soon enough and love it now.
     
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  13. I will probably be asked to change my screenname and/or publicly flogged for saying this but fresh Bigfoot is pretty damn abrasive to me.
     
  14. hardy008

    hardy008 Champion (760) Minnesota Jan 12, 2008

    Definitely a harsh beer. Boozy, and it tastes like grapefruit peelings mixed with burnt coffee.
     
  15. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Savant (385) California Dec 21, 2011

    The Avery Demon Series, Samael's , Beast, and Mephistopheles
     
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  16. Found Bell's Expedition Stout to be way too harsh, especially next to a lot of standard imperial stouts on the shelf.
     
  17. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Savant (490) Indiana Jan 4, 2012

    Mikkeller Black
    Evil Twin Even More Jesus
     
  18. emyers

    emyers Savant (255) Illinois Jan 11, 2009

    Age it a couple years and then bask in its glory.
     
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  19. ShameAndFailure

    ShameAndFailure Savant (305) Texas Mar 26, 2009

    Natty Ice. Harsh going down and squirting out the next morning.
     
  20. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Savant (370) Illinois Nov 4, 2008

    I find Regular Bastard extremely harsh to drink. Double bastard is much smoother.
     
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  21. Second this. Applause for the gruesome, all too familiar imagery :(
     
  22. I only got a single. :p But yeah, if any RIS needs aging to come out of its shell, this is it.
     
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  23. JoRado

    JoRado Savant (275) Minnesota Oct 26, 2010

    My barrel aged Imperial IPA homebrew. Worst mistake I ever made in homebrewing, was putting that IIPA into a whiskey barrel...
     
  24. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (500) New York Mar 7, 2010

    Trick is to drink AB a few days past its best by date. Fresher the hops are a bit much for me.
     
  25. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (400) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    I agree
     
  26. DanK4

    DanK4 Aficionado (240) Maine Jan 17, 2012

    I redact my last post, Mikkeller's Scotch Whiskey BA Black Hole was almost painful to finish.
     
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  27. tshaw

    tshaw Aspirant (25) Mar 20, 2012

    twisted pine's ghostface killah. brewed with jalapenos, habaneros, serrano & the ghost pepper, its fierce. tastes like a beer when it hits your tongue, then like carbonated hot sauce as MaxSpang said
     
  28. DFH World Wide Stout
     
  29. Hello. I still have an issue with Bell's Batch 9000. I'm very patient and hope for it to smooth out a bit. Still have 4 cases, so a have more than a few years for its time to shine. Thanks.
     
  30. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (365) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Anchor Christmas 2012 was pretty harsh to me.
     
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  31. Agree on the Vermonster, but St. Ambroise RIS is harsh in the absolute best of ways!
     
  32. Samiclaus and Scaldis Noel come to mind. Hoptimum is another because I'm a lightweight when it comes to extremly hopped beers. Also bourbon barrel aged Siberian Nights because well....I don't like bourbon.
     
  33. and i thought i had something special with my 2007...
     
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  34. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Initiate (0) Washington Dec 24, 2012

    Old Raspy
    All of Sam Adams Imperial brews
    SN Narwhal
    Shipyards barleywine, Imperial Porter & XXXX IPA
     
  35. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    BT '12. In all fairness we had just finished a tasting of all of the Bourbon County variants, but still, there is no way I could have gotten through a 6oz. pour.
     
  36. Arrogant Bastard, Lukcy Basartd, Double Bastard
     
  37. Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale- campfire taste in my mouth, first ever drain pour.

    Gouden Carolus Noel- liquid licorice, gross.
     
  38. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (460) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    Dfh olde school was harsh to say the least!
     
  39. Metastpholes by avery( too much molasses to my liking), arrogant bastard by stone, the pickly pear widmer put out. I also keep hearing bad things about the voodoo donut beer rogue put out( i usually will try any beer but I am too terrified to try it).
     
  40. Gose beers, can't do it
     

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