Best beer >15% ABV

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  1. rather

    rather Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 California

    clearly not everyone else was able to name at least one.... pugachevs cobra has been
    my fav 18.9%
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  2. swarthybrews

    swarthybrews Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2014 Kentucky

    From what I've tried, in no particular order:
    honorable mentions: Olde School, Mephistopheles, Raison D'extra, and Tweak
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  3. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    Who are you, the hall monitor? Don't worry about me, just worry about yourself, you'll be happier that way.
  4. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey Eisbock esp. first batch.
  5. stealth

    stealth Zealot (544) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota

    fucking love rum barrel black tuesday
  6. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (946) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Double Black - soooooo good. Think I tried it 3+ years ago and would love to have it again. Haven't had DWTD (yet).
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  7. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,075) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    In no order, but boy does Avery represent in the big beer category, eh? :stuck_out_tongue:

    Avery 5 Monks
    Bruery Fruet
    Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout
    Avery Rumpkin
    Avery Pump[KY]n
    Evil Twin Bozo Beer
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  8. briandaube

    briandaube Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2012 Delaware

    World wide stout hands down. I just hope they still have it at the pub from time to time while its out of the bottle rotation. I still have a 13 left but may hang on to it till they bottle again.
  9. PatsBlueRibbon1

    PatsBlueRibbon1 Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 New Jersey

    Avery Tweak immediately comes to mind immediately, just had Uncle Jacob for the first time. Delicious, but I give Tweak the edge.
  10. okie1941

    okie1941 Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2015 Oklahoma

    New to this sight so not sure this would be the place to ask this question but here goes.

    Have heard that high ABV beers will taste better if held back. Bought some Devils Dancer about a year ago. After tasting the first bottle I felt it might taste better if I put it back for a while. That was a year ago. How long should I hold a beer like this and what criteria do you use in what should or should not be held for a later day?
  11. LordCrabapple

    LordCrabapple Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2006 England

    I've never seen a beer over 15%.
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  12. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Mephistopheles so far. I have several of the other big Avery beers but haven't drank them yet.
  13. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,956) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico


    As a coffee fan, I will take the original unbarrel-aged, more coffee forward version. BA Tweak still gets my vote over any of the other 15%+ beers I have tried.
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  14. BradStokley

    BradStokley Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Maryland

  15. shnsajax

    shnsajax Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    The 2013 that was over 18.5% was hot as hell fresh, but after 1 year mellowed so much and was awesome.
  16. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,160) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    D'Extra has been my favorite so far. WWS is close 2nd. Had Sucre or Bois (maybe both?) and thought they were solid but just didn't have the flavors of the DFH that I preferred. Can't wait to try Fort when its available again.
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  17. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan

    BCBS has been >15%, 2012 is the year that comes to mind. Big beers like thesr should never be consistent given what is needed from the yeast to achieve these abvs.
  18. AdmiralOzone

    AdmiralOzone Poo-Bah (2,155) Jun 26, 2014 Minnesota
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    I had this on tap during my beer run into Wisconsin and I have to agree this is my new favorite "big" beer.
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  19. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Crusader (787) Oct 18, 2009 New York

    Grey Monday
    BB World Wide Stout
    Uncle Jacob's
    Cuir 100%
    Black Tuesday
    Chocolate Rain
    Old Stock Cellar - Brandy
    Rasberry Eisbock
    Melange 3
    Kuhnhenn BB Solar
    Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
    Smokey & The Bois
    WWS (only 4+ years old)
    120 Minute
  20. HopSynonymous

    HopSynonymous Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2013 Massachusetts

    Tweak is so damn good.

    I want to do a big beer tasting night with my ADwTD, Raison D'extra, 120, WWS, BT, Lager Ness Monster, Tweak, Uncle Jacobs and a couple others.

    But I'm worried I'll die.

    Would love to hear success stories of giant beer tasting nights.
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  21. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,069) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Tweak at 17+ is my #2 beer overall next to FBS.
  22. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    this is strongest beer I ever had

    its 14%

    so I have no idea...not many I would pay for in that range.
  23. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (5,491) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    Tweak and Mephistopheles are the 2 best I have had. WWS is way to boozy. I also really liked Founder's Bolt Cutter.
  24. smogfood

    smogfood Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 Wisconsin

    The only beers I've had at 15% + are Founders bolt cutter, and DFH 120. Both are excellent, but prefer the 120. Steel Toe Lunker at 14.5 is also wonderful.
  25. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    oh wow I forgot DFH 120 was over 15, thanks for reminding me, I had that 4 or 5 times.
  26. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (7,996) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
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  27. Eziel

    Eziel Meyvn (1,010) Jan 31, 2013 Ohio

    For me it's DFH Fort. Had a 2009 the night OSU won the national championship and was impressed. Haven't been fortunate enough to land any of the Bruery/Avery/Cobra bottles yet. Got a couple bottles of ADWTD at home though!
  28. Tylertut

    Tylertut Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Ohio

    Mine is 120 Minute by default, as it's the only one I've had.

    Damn Ohio's 12% ABV cap.
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  29. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Crusader (735) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

  30. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,347) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    From my scores, it looks like Avery's Samael's Ale is the winner. I remember loving it but, it's been so long since I last had it, I don't know if I would still love it as much since my palate is definitely very different these days. More recently, I got to try Founders Bolt Cutter at a bottle share and was blown away. Also a bit more recently, I had The Bruery's Fruet and it too was incredible. I specifically remember the intense raisin notes of that one being what I found so enjoyable but the other two I just remember that they tasted good. So I can't dial in a favorite but at least I presented my top 3.
  31. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,347) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    For real. NC's 15% cap is annoying enough. If it was any lower, I honestly wouldn't have moved here.
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  32. Tylertut

    Tylertut Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Ohio

    I was actually looking at houses there, now I think I may need to reconsider. I had to drive over 2 hours to get 120 Minute and for the BCBS release and I don't really want to have to do it still when I move.
  33. Donco

    Donco Devotee (455) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'm afraid this thread is going to cause me to finally open that bottle of Tweak that I've had since last year:rolling_eyes:
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  34. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,347) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    We see BCBS here because, as a few have already stated in this thread, it's under 15% but yeah, no 120. It's not very often that a beer above 15% gets released that I'm absolutely dying to try but, when Bozo Beer came out, it upset me that I didn't even have a shot to buy it. It's not so bad for me because I'm in Asheville so, if there is something above 15% I just gotta have, I can make the hour and a half drive south to Greenville, SC and likely find it at Greenville Beer Exchange. I guess what I'm trying to say is, move to Asheville! Everyone else is! :grinning:
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  35. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    Adwtd or Utopias.
  36. Bowers-Brew

    Bowers-Brew Disciple (390) Apr 21, 2013 Illinois

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  37. HopSynonymous

    HopSynonymous Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2013 Massachusetts

    Had Samael's for the first time the other day. Holy lord was it sweet, and I'm not one to shy away from sweetness. I can only imagine what would happen with some age on it.
  38. Keyser

    Keyser Initiate (86) Jan 27, 2015 California

    Tweak and Melage #3 are a couple of my favorites.
  39. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,401) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    2009 Black Tuesday, no batch will ever come close.
  40. SquarePeg22

    SquarePeg22 Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Worldwide stout for me!
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