Best beer >15% ABV

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  1. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (2,513) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    I had "A Deal with the Devil" tonight, and it's incredibly boozy. I love it, and it reminds me a lot of Samichlaus and Black Fist. The high ABV beers seem to be more common these days. Some of my favorites include the Bruery series (e.g. Grey Monday), most of the Avery series (e.g. Uncle Jacob's), and Pugachev's Cobra. What are some of your favorites up in the 17% to 18% range?
     
  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,678) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Uncle Jacobs is the biggest beer I've had, love it too.
     
  3. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 New York

  4. Donco

    Donco Devotee (455) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    World Wide Stout. Have had several bottles over the past couple of years. Consistently excellent.
     
  5. lemmy187

    lemmy187 Savant (935) Feb 7, 2015 Missouri
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    Totally agree....both uncle jacobs and tweak are big, boozy, delicious, and you have to plan your night around them :slight_smile:
     
  6. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,915) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Based on my ratings, A Deal With The Devil is #1. I actually found it surprisingly balanced (relatively speaking), considering it was 17%. #2 on my list is Black Tuesday, #3 is Fruet.
     
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  7. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Haven't had too beers in that range. (Hell, there really isn't that many). But the only one that stuck out as being fantastic to me was Avery Mephistopheles.
     
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  8. franzilla

    franzilla Initiate (0) May 8, 2013 Indiana

    Bruery makes the best big beers in my eyes, but only cause BCBS isn't over 15% most years.
     
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  9. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    I've had Uncle Jacobs and Pugachev's Cobra, both are really good, I have a few in the cellar and looking forward to tasting both in a few years. They are both really hot but I really enjoyed Pugachev's Cobra.
     
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  10. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California
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    Pugachev's Cobra

    Bois. Although Bois is 15%

    Black Tuesday is good, but well well over-rated IMHO. Just one man's opinion.

    Cheers!
     
  11. kjlcm

    kjlcm Aspirant (204) Jul 16, 2013 New Hampshire

    Tweak! Wanted to try Uncle Jacobs but missed it.
     
  12. irongator

    irongator Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Kansas

    bourbon county stout
     
  13. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Top 3 over 15% for me are Tweak, Chocolate Rain and Sucre. All very different and very excellent. Gotta try that Deal
     
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  14. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Poo-Bah (1,962) Jan 23, 2014 New York
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    120min and Bruery Bois
     
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  15. chrismattlin

    chrismattlin Champion (828) May 10, 2014 Ohio

    I'm a sucker for DFH Olde School Barleywine.
     
  16. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,092) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I always find that nice big beer episodes are shared with good friends. Such big beers are like port, and for the end of the night.
     
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  17. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Uncle Jacobs is good but in all honesty, I think Tweak is so much tastier. A lot of love for uncle Jacobs here, maybe I'm the only one...
     
  18. JimN8916

    JimN8916 Initiate (110) Jan 31, 2014 California
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    Avery 5 Monks
     
  19. KShophead

    KShophead Aspirant (259) Mar 17, 2013 Kansas

    Tweak. But Uncle Jacob's is right there with it
     
  20. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,136) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    I really enjoyed DFH Fort. But I'd say the one I've enjoyed the most often has been DFH World Wide Stout.
     
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  21. _RL_

    _RL_ Disciple (341) Oct 2, 2013 Maryland

  22. iTunesUpdates

    iTunesUpdates Initiate (0) May 7, 2014 Florida

    I still have my ADWTD so I hope I enjoy it! But so far my favorite would be World Wide Stout.
     
  23. Theniz

    Theniz Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Indiana

    I came here to say exactly this, brilliant beer. A lot of reviews I read said there was too much heat on theirs, but the few I had were spot on.
     
  24. rather

    rather Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 California

    greater than 15%
     
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  25. Bonsall_Phil

    Bonsall_Phil Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 California

  26. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    Tweak was nice. Nogne O Dark Horizon and Horizon Tokyo Black deserve mentions.
     
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  27. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2010 California

    120 minute

    When I find it on draft I drink it until I get the pass outs. delicious and refreshing
     
  28. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Zealot (576) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    It's unbelievable that people can't read the title of the thread. BCBS is not greater than 15%.

    Uncle Jacob's Stout and Mephistopholes are my favorite. I've never had tweak but I assume it's fucking amazing.

    DFH 120 is the best hoppy beer over 15% IMO.
     
  29. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I only had two beer over 15% abv. One was Mephistopheles, the other some eisbock from a brewpub/restaurant in Minneapolis (16% abv).
     
  30. M_chav

    M_chav Savant (963) Apr 15, 2014 New Mexico
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    Uncle Jacobs Stout really deserves all credit it's receiving from the above comments, absolutely one of my favorites. Avery does so well in their barrel aged series, Tweak is amazing and totally addicting for coffee lovers, Black Eye is awesome and 120 min is.so.good!
     
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  31. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,191) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Only one I tried was the World Wide Stout and it didn't blow me away. Hoping to try some of the Avery staples sometime.
     
  32. SeeingMeansMore

    SeeingMeansMore Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2014 Oregon

    Tweak is really good!
     
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  33. AndyEdgar

    AndyEdgar Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2014 Illinois

    Chocolate rain...chocolate rain... Sang to Prince
     
  34. Kuaff

    Kuaff Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Alaska

    A Deal with the Devil is the only one I've tried, and out of all the beers I've reviewed on this site, it got my highest rating.

    I don't have access to anything else above 15% ABV here except for Bruery Bois and Sucre, and ADWTD is the cheapest (yet still ridiculously expensive) of them, so that's the one I've indulged in. It was worth it!
     
  35. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Black Tuesday and Utopias jump to mind first for me
     
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  36. Mshea805

    Mshea805 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2014 California

    Loved Black Tuesday with 2 years on it. Ive had atleast half a dozen others with less than a years age on them and found them all to be too hot to fully enjoy the other flavors. I think 12-14% is the sweet spot for me to really enjoy something thats less than a year old.
     
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  37. RobinLee

    RobinLee Zealot (548) Feb 15, 2012 Wisconsin

    Raison D'Extra is quite good with a few years on it, too.
     
  38. Moose90

    Moose90 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    DFH owns this category, 120, WWS, yes please!
     
  39. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (8,776) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
    Mikkeller Black
    The Bruery Melange #3
    Old Stock Cellar Reserve- Brandy
    Avery Tweak
    Dogfish Head Fort with 5+ years on it
    Utopias
     
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  40. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    Too many to name :slight_smile:
     
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