Best beer >15% ABV

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  1. Rothobinide

    Rothobinide Disciple (354) Jun 28, 2014 California

    Black Market's Black Hole Sun is a non-BA stout right at 15% and it is velvet brownie dough awesome. Also, it convincingly hides the booze and is way too easy to drink.
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  2. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (6,080) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Have not had too many that high, but 120 minute is my favorite.
  3. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    Grey monday, amazing. the bruery in general does some excellent high abv beers
  4. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (5,672) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    World Wide Stout is one of the best big-booze brews I've ever had. 120 minute is pretty excellent, as well.

    Big BA brews by the Bruery are also awesome (I'm thinking Black Tuesday and Mocha Wednesday, both of which were sublime).

    Utopias is pretty delicious.
  5. TankerSteve

    TankerSteve Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2014 Washington

    5 monks. I really like the spice high alcohol beers have for some reason.
  6. csustar001

    csustar001 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 New York

    Utopia being the highest abv beer I've had...still cherishing the last few ounces left in the bottle. After that I would vote tweak. Need to crack open Black Tuesday because I'm sure it's up there in my personal ratings.
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  7. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Devotee (465) Jul 31, 2013 California

    Fruet is so good. For some reason I'm sure Bois and Sucre are mimicked recipes but Fruet is just way smoother and complex.
  8. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,438) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    The only one I've had is 120 Minute. Even if I had regular access to it, I'm not sure I'd have it in my beverage fridge, except for very special occasions.
  9. Bsetz

    Bsetz Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 Missouri

    Another vote for Tweak here. Couldn't believe that beer was over 17%, very smooth for that high of abv. I also loved Prairie Pirate Bomb even though I think it may have been just a tad under 15%.
  10. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Oregon

    Bois, Black Tuesday, Grey Monday, Sucre. All Bruery Damn this Place make the Grade and More.
  11. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'd have to go with Tweak. I had Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain for the first time recently. Both were tasty, but there is something about them that prevents them from being as good as i thought they would be. They both have the same profile as WWS to me, which is not a bad thing. I thought maybe it was the super high ABV and all the barley that goes into them that gives them that profile. They were also not truly opaque and had almost a brownish hue to them. Then, I had Tweak. To me, Tweak has the classic stout profile. It is rich and has some creaminess to it and is completely black. I guess I was expecting something more along those lines from the Bruery's beers. Can someone enlighten me as to what makes Black Tuesday that way? I assume barley, as stated before, only because it reminds me so much of WWS (a beer that brags about excessive barley use).
  12. MykeJ

    MykeJ Aspirant (223) Oct 6, 2013 Minnesota

    DFH 120 minute
  13. beergorrilla

    beergorrilla Meyvn (1,355) Feb 21, 2012 Michigan

    I think black damnation v double black is up there for me. Such a easy drinker for 26%.
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  14. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (152) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    I've only had 120 and world wide stout. they're alright. It's just not my cup of tea to have such high ABV. i just don't like anything really over 15%, that's as high as i go.
  15. shelt11

    shelt11 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2015 Ohio

    I drank a DFH Fort (2009) in January, and it was fantastic.

    Good to know that A Deal with the Devil is solid...I have one sitting that I think I'll open soon.
  16. arizcards

    arizcards Poo-Bah (4,543) Jun 11, 2003 Arizona

    Drink it now, the coffee forward blend makes this brew!
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  17. arizcards

    arizcards Poo-Bah (4,543) Jun 11, 2003 Arizona

    Just had a relatively fresh (10-28-14 bottle date) Tweak today and given my limited experience in this genre it is tops in my rating book! The coffee forward blend with the barrel was well played! I enjoyed a 7 year old 120 minute IPA which was wonderful and enjoyed an aged Mephistopheles Stout that were runner-ups to Tweak. Raison D'Extra aged was much better than the fresh. DFH Olde School fresh was not great by any stretch. Will need to buy another to age for 5 years or so. Fort was a struggle from what I remember given the 750 ml format and will not purchase again. I do have a 2008 and 2013 WWS that I need to try soon! Cheers! Tommy Mac.
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  18. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (2,036) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Seriously are you really going to reconsider moving just because you can't get a 15% pus ABV beer?
    Personally if that's true I think you have major issues. I have family in NC and there are many fantastic brews you can get there on a regular basis we can't get up here in New England. Get real my brother.
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  19. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,754) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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  20. RJM1978

    RJM1978 Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2014 Nevada

    World Wide Stout and Avery Tweak followed closely by 120 Minute.
  21. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,659) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I too am in love with most of the ones you mentioned...particularly the Black Tuesday variants.

    As for American Barleywines, Founder's Bolt Cutter. English Style Barleywine, Mother of All Storms and BCBBW.

    If you haven't had the pleasure, I recommend seeking out any variant of Alesmith's Speedway Stout (all of the BA coffee variants are stellar).
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  22. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (12,932) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Was Tweak over 15%? That was damn good.
  23. Casey3236

    Casey3236 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The DFH stuff 120 minute, world wide stout, olde school Barleywine. I'm a big fan of Fort, a 18% quad with raspberries from DFH. Also, the Mikkeller Foret series is very good at 19.3%. Don't know why it isn't rated much higher than it is.
  24. stuckeyj64

    stuckeyj64 Initiate (93) Mar 22, 2012 Indiana

    1) Bruery Black Tuesday, 2) DFH 120 Minute
  25. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (585) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    2003 Sam Adams Utopias
  26. dogbert617

    dogbert617 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2015 Illinois

    Wouldn't mind trying Utopias(as to what 2 mentioned above), but I've heard those are super expensive, if you even see one store selling it. Guess I'd have to go to something like a bottle share event, to EVER have a chance of trying it.

    I've had several of the Bourbon County beers, and while they are a hair short of 15% ABV, they were all awesome. I badly want to try the 19% Not Your Father's Root Beer(from Small Town Brewery based in Wauconda, IL), but only something like less than a dozen bars and restaurants in the Chicago area serve that on draft. There's also 5 and 10% versions of it, that are much more common.
  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (665) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Make that two
  28. Tylertut

    Tylertut Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Ohio

    I can't choose between a couple different locations so it's coming down to little things like that. I've got the whole country to choose from when it comes to location, why not move to a place that had everything I want? High ABV beers included.
  29. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (2,036) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Please do me a favor though you don't know me from a hole in the wall. Don't base your decision on this....
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  30. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Forgot about Bozo Beer! Amazing Brew. Definitely up there with Tweak
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  31. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Florida

    I had WWS and KBS on tap side by side last year and picked WWS for the second serving.....
  32. floridadrift

    floridadrift Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Florida

    Mikkeller French Oak Series 19.3% Barleywine
  33. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (4,633) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Horizon Tokyo Black was very good.
  34. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,971) Dec 25, 2003 California

    DFH Fort.
  35. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (786) Sep 15, 2010 Alaska
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    Ortmans Red Iron Tavern in Woodstock, IL has 19.5% NYFRB on tap every Tuesday!
  36. ipc2000

    ipc2000 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2012 New York

    Tweak...and the last time I had 120, I really enjoyed it. Man...Tweak!
  37. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (401) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina

    Black Tuesday, Uncle Jacobs Stout (blew Tweak away IMO), and ADWTD (batch 1)
  38. maxifunk777

    maxifunk777 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2015 California

    Thus Far

    North Coast Cellar's Reserve 2011
    Bruery Melange #3
    Bruery Mocha Wednesday
    Hand roll #3 PC
    Bruery Sucre
    Bruery Bois

    Just off the top of my head from the beers
    i've drank over the last month.
    I did not like a single Avery beer I've tried yet.
  39. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    My highest rated over 15% ABV is Black Tuesday.
  40. the_trystero

    the_trystero Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Really nice job on that one.
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