Snake Venom

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Ranked #12
Ranked #26,596
3.24 | pDev: 23.46%
Nov 29, 2022
Nov 06, 2013
Snake Venom is the world’s strongest beer as of 24 October 2013, coming in at 67.5%. It is dark amber in colour with no carbonation due to the high ABV. Unlike the previous Armageddon, the alcohol is not masked in Snake Venom. It is highly present yet it still tastes like a beer with a good degree of hop profile. Each batch is tested by the brewery before bottling and random batches are tested externally.
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3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
No surprise that this beer is alcohol forward both in the nose and taste. Burns slightly on the way down and warms you up from the inside. Definitely meant to be sipped and enjoyed by the ounce with a one ounce limit.
Nov 29, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 3
In a world of "what-if", breweries are always curious about how unique that beer can be. Alcohol content is one of the largest follies of brewers as the race to the extreme wages on. ...until now.

To end that game, Brewmeister unleashes Snake Venom; a highly powerful elixir that exceeds anything else in the beer aisle at 67.5% in its alcohol content, pouring first still, legging's a plenty, and with a light tawny whisky appearance. For such power, the nose cautiously hovers over the snifter to pick up the spicy spirits scent laced with light caramelization, tea, peach, pepper and ether. Working to look past the spicy fortification of straight grain alcohol, there's a sweeter taste of floral honey, light caramel and toasted bread that lies underneath.

With a moderate level of bitterness, a glimpse of lemon pepper, light grapefruit, peach and peppery grasses tuck nicely underneath the booze and only add to the beer's spice. As tea and peppercorn persist in a long aftertaste, the beer shows tremendous finesse through its ethanol-laced heat.

But ultimately the beer is forced and nowhere near natural. Considered a barley liquor with strong alcohol flavor of white lightning, the alcohol content exceeds what's normal for even the firmest bourbons and other whiskeys on the market, the beer influenced concoction is inexcusably hot, numbing and tingling as it burns all the way through the stomach.
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Rated: 2.79 by RoyalKaiju from Kentucky

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Color was very similar to sweet tea or watered down cola. Nose is just like whiskey. Taste was sort of sweet at first then the alcohol hit and the burn began, washing away the flavors. Next taste was more of the same, slight sweetness and then burn. Glad I tried it...not for the faint of heart or stomach.
Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

Feb 04, 2022
Rated: 3 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by robotic_being from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
This is the most brash and abrasive spirit / beer hybrid you will ever taste. Its all barley and very earthy, excessive alcohol notes dominate the nose and it coats the mouth like a whiskey. Not sure how this is even in the beer category. By US law its category designation is a spirit.
Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 2.11 by pang from France

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 5 by claustration from Delaware

Aug 19, 2018
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Okay so this happened. Cheers to my buddy Austin for chipping into this with me...

It pours looking like a good whiskey. Thin, and with a nice amber color. No carbonation, no head, looks just like a shot of whiskey.

The aromas are overtaken by those of hard alcohol. Ethanol swallows up everything else that can be found on the nose for this beer. You do get a slight peatiness that does cut through the alcohol slightly. You get more positive characteristics as it warms.

The burn is real here. Very strong, no escaping it. However, it tastes much better than it smells. With familiar peaty, boozy notes that you can find in many whiskeys, it does in fact have some redeeming qualities. However, while it does have more character, I’m still really only getting strong peat and alcohol. Slight oak, and if you want to stretch it, maybe some dried fruit.

While the burn is intense, it does finish warm and smooth. Going into this, expect tasting an incredibly powerful whiskey rather than the world's strongest fortified beer. Cheers, I may or may not remember this tomorrow.
Aug 30, 2017
Rated: 1.6 by syl1984

Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 2.48 by Shawn_D

Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Luweezy from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2014
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Reviewed by Mobius570 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A few of us pitched in to purchase a bottle of this beer. First there is a warning label on the bottle that warns to not to exceed 35ml in one sitting. Not even sure where to start with reviewing this beer, except to say it smells, tastes, and feels like hard alcohol. Very ethanol and peat after-taste as well but that's expected of a beer this strong.
Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DarkLordPsycho from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to Luwezzy for opening this one. Was too sceptical to buy a bottle myself due to the open ended questions left on Armegedden... That being said this beer does I fact light on fire so the abv should be pretty high. The beer pours as a caramel brown color with a very thin fast fading white head. The beer hangs on the glass like whiskey. The smell of the beer is sweet and boozy, there is a subtle citrus note. The taste of the beer is a lot like a mild whiskey of some kind with a sharp hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel has a good amount of heat, far more than Armageddon. The beer finishes warm and smooth. Overall this beer is slightly more impressive than Armageddon. I think I liked it better overall but it's not the best Barleywine out there.
Nov 24, 2013
Snake Venom from Brewmeister
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 16 ratings