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Posted: 3/25/2006 2:22:35 PM EDT
just wondering - whats the highest youve seen here in the states?
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:24:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:25:27 PM EDT
depends on the state, I think nevada is like 7.5 and wy where i grew up is like 6.5
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:26:59 PM EDT
its good, some russian shit i had was 11 or 12
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:27:08 PM EDT
your typical american brew, is under 6%
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:28:16 PM EDT
EKU 28

Memories of my youth.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:29:05 PM EDT
I make a Barley wine that is around 12%
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:29:31 PM EDT
EKU 28 is some crazy shit--if you can stomach 2, your wrecked.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:30:11 PM EDT
the highest legal limit for regular beer is 15% or so IIRC. Anything else higher is considered to be fortifed and subject to a higher tax like a liquer.

Your typical lite beer is about 3.5-5%

Your typical microbrew is around 6-9%

And specialty micros are 9-14% (
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:37:38 PM EDT
3-4% are mainstream brews like Bud made for states that restrict beer with stronger content, like Utah.

5% or so is normal lager beer.

6% is either "ice" beer, or a microbrew

7% is getting up there, few styles normally have that content. That like malt liquor, and some micros.

8% ok, at this point, this style was intentionally crafted for high alcohol content. Steel Reserve and such, for poor people who want to get wasted on a shoestring.

9-12% now it changes and becomes exclusively micro brew territory, presumably because for beers this strong, it takes a lot of ingredients and knowledge, and the market for beers of this strength is small. These are expensive brews, styles are mainly barleywines, winter seasonal beers, and Russian imperial stouts.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:55:33 PM EDT
WELL RIGHT NOW IM WORKING on my 3rd a/b hurricane high gravity @ 8.1% and im definatley feeling it. FYI i weigh in at 250 lbs.....
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:00:39 PM EDT
I drink 7% but I have to buy it in canada, NY is 3.5 % only
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:04:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 97guns:
WELL RIGHT NOW IM WORKING on my 3rd a/b hurricane high gravity @ 8.1% and im definatley feeling it. FYI i weigh in at 250 lbs.....



mmm...hurricanes. i had a stressful friday that was remedied with a few hurrcane quarts.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:08:39 PM EDT
ive seen 12-14% in GA.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:10:52 PM EDT
Used to be any beer over 3.9% in CA had to be called malt liquor. Also in Colorado it may still be that 3.2% is the only kind you can buy on Sunday. It still was like that in 2002 IIRC.

Now I'm thirsty!
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:14:36 PM EDT
Sam Adams 3x bock is 18%
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:15:20 PM EDT
Well with a little crarfting I can get 10-12% .
With wine I can get 20 % .
But at the Alocohol I lose flavor.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:16:51 PM EDT
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:27:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DPRO556:
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.



Yes it is.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:37:53 PM EDT
This thread has made me realize that it is 7:30 Saturday night and I have yet to have a beer. Going to the fridge now. Mmmmmm Yuengling.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:52:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DPRO556:
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.



hows the taste of that stuff, i love s/n pale ale but barley wine just sounds like it tastes awefull.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:54:24 PM EDT


Sam Adams Utopias. 25% alcohol by volume.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 3:55:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Anteverius:

Originally Posted By 97guns:
WELL RIGHT NOW IM WORKING on my 3rd a/b hurricane high gravity @ 8.1% and im definatley feeling it. FYI i weigh in at 250 lbs.....



mmm...hurricanes. i had a stressful friday that was remedied with a few hurrcane quarts.



i had a stressfull WEEK and i had to grab 6 hurricanes asap after work on friday. believe it or not i deliver beer for a living and when i break a case open and smell the brew it drives me CRAZY.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:01:53 PM EDT
i'm d rinking 8.1% steel reserve taste good to me and i'm not poor and this is utah where the norm is 3.2% so to me this is like a luxury and i'm starting to get a little fucked up and just dipatched a sober person for more beer so i can get a lot fucked up and have enough left to get through the bristol race on sunday when the state liquer stores are closed

go rousch racing
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:10:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tony101664:
i'm d rinking 8.1% steel reserve taste good to me and i'm not poor and this is utah where the norm is 3.2% so to me this is like a luxury and i'm starting to get a little fucked up and just dipatched a sober person for more beer so i can get a lot fucked up and have enough left to get through the bristol race on sunday when the state liquer stores are closed

go rousch racing



i tried steel reserve but didnt like it, give hurricane a shot, its much better.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:10:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/ibdmentd/samadams_utopiasmm.jpg

Sam Adams Utopias. 25% alcohol by volume.




Hmmm that's a new one on me.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:02:37 PM EDT
One of my favorites is 8.5%:

Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:20:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
3-4% are mainstream brews like Bud made for states that restrict beer with stronger content, like Utah.

5% or so is normal lager beer.

6% is either "ice" beer, or a microbrew

7% is getting up there, few styles normally have that content. That like malt liquor, and some micros.

8% ok, at this point, this style was intentionally crafted for high alcohol content. Steel Reserve and such, for poor people who want to get wasted on a shoestring.


Or people who like to taste their beer. Lots of malt makes lots of alcohol.
Stones Arrogant Bastard, many Micro brewed IPAs and APAs inhabit this area. Also many imports that taste good, think Chimay. $30 to 90 a case isn't a cheap buzz.


9-12% now it changes and becomes exclusively micro brew territory, presumably because for beers this strong, it takes a lot of ingredients and knowledge, and the market for beers of this strength is small. These are expensive brews, styles are mainly barleywines, winter seasonal beers, and Russian imperial stouts.

Also Imperial IPA's, some Belgian Trippels and Quadruppels.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:00:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Green_Canoe:
One of my favorites is 8.5%:

www.duvelusa.com/images/img_splash_beer.jpg



Belgian

most Belgians have some serious alcohol
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:17:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
i37.photobucket.com/albums/e86/ibdmentd/samadams_utopiasmm.jpg

Sam Adams Utopias. 25% alcohol by volume.



had one 3 years ago it tastes more like a cognac then beer.

pricey but damn it was good.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:27:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 97guns:

Originally Posted By DPRO556:
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.



hows the taste of that stuff, i love s/n pale ale but barley wine just sounds like it tastes awefull.



Try it. DAMN good stuff. If you weren't scared off by how strong their pale ale is, I think you'll be pleasently suprised by the Bigfoot. Albiet not in the same vien, it's still very drinkable.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:54:31 PM EDT
dogfish head 120 minute IPA has between 20 and 22% ABV. i haven't had it but a beer restaurant here in richmond has it and i've heard it's really good. they limit you to one though.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 7:01:27 PM EDT
Arrogant Bastard ale is 7.2% according to the bottle i got in my hand now.,
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:01:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DPRO556:
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.



Thank you for supporting California's economy.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:27:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2006 10:27:55 PM EDT by PromptCritical]
It appears that I can't get beer stronger than about 8% in Oregon. That's crap.

Go to the Samuel Adams website and check out how many states Millenium, Triple Bock and Utopia are banned in. Hell, I have to go at least 300 miles to get any of them. Goddamn OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commision) !
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:29:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:33:09 PM EDT
States that restrict alcohol levels in beer
States that restrict selling alcohol on Sunday
States that restrict selling alcohol during certain hours of the day
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:54:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cookhj:
dogfish head 120 minute IPA has between 20 and 22% ABV. i haven't had it but a beer restaurant here in richmond has it and i've heard it's really good. they limit you to one though.



I've had 4 of those, no not in one sitting. Got two from one friend and then two from another. It is very good if you like IIPA's. The funny thing is you can drink the first one quite fast, it doesn't have an overpowering alcohol taste. By the time you get into the middle of the second bottle, the first one is beginning to kick your ass.

A few of us have said we'd like to go in on a case and see how many we could drink before the conversation turned completely unintelligible and pointless.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 11:01:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
States that restrict alcohol levels in beer
States that restrict selling alcohol on Sunday
States that restrict selling alcohol during certain hours of the day



That's the deal with where I live, so I make my own beer. It is better and cheaper than any commercial beer that I have ever had.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 11:06:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ShamusMcOI:

Originally Posted By 97guns:

Originally Posted By DPRO556:
The strongest that I have found for sale in Maryland is Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barley wine ale, which weighs in at 9.6%, and is outstanding.



hows the taste of that stuff, i love s/n pale ale but barley wine just sounds like it tastes awefull.



Try it. DAMN good stuff. If you weren't scared off by how strong their pale ale is, I think you'll be pleasently suprised by the Bigfoot. Albiet not in the same vien, it's still very drinkable.



FWIW, Barley Wine is a beer that gets FAR better with age. I brewed some barley wine early this winter, and I won't drink it until Summer. If I were to wait a couple of years, it would be even better.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 11:18:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
EKU 28

Memories of my youth.




Pretty disgusting stuff. I would rather drink everclear straight.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:24:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BillofRights:

Originally Posted By mattja:
EKU 28

Memories of my youth.




Pretty disgusting stuff. I would rather drink everclear straight.



A little goes a long way, but it's not disgusting, IMO.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:33:53 AM EDT
At one point does the alcohol content in beer start to destroy the flavor?
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 8:49:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blacklisted:
At one point does the alcohol content in beer start to destroy the flavor?



Depends on the brewmaster, the way it's brewed, the ingredients, the yeast, the fermentation temp, etc.

It could be as low as 9%, as I said above I've had Dogfishhead 120 Minute IPA (20%ABV) and it was fantasic. I've had a few at half that that were terrible.
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