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A Swedish brewery has concocted a tipple that packs an impressive 18.5 per cent alcohol content, giving the country's citizens something to conclusively celebrate in the wake of an a depressingly inconclusive election. The recipe for Sigtuna Brygghus' Ace of Spades Imperial Stout includes fresh figs, raisins, honey and almost …

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see here

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/835859-worlds-strongest-ale-comes-in-dead-animal-bottles

who needs a friggin porter?, make mine a half with a lemonade top please.

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what about...

Tokyo is all well and good but what about Sink the Bismark! also from Brewdog at 41% http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/16/sink_the_bismark/

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Brewdog dog better than 18%

Tactical Nuclear Penguin: 32%

Sink The Bismark: 41%

End of Days: 48%

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Nothing clever about those

They are presumably fortified, probably with something close to pure ethanol to get it up to 48%.

Any fool can pour spirits into beer to make strong beer. Why ruin two perfectly good drinks by mixing them together?

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Nothing added, just taken away

They don't add ethanol, they simply freeze the beer and remove the ice, so it's basically a beer cordial...

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I remember

I remember trying the freezing technique, back in my home brewing days. Works OK, if you decrease the hops (otherwise it is very bitter). And a lot safer than using a pressure cooker and a length of plastic tubing to ... well that's another story. (Don't try that at home)

Ultimately I didn't see the point. You can get to 12%+ using ordinary wine yeast. If you enjor beer, why would you want to drink a brew so strong that you are unconscious before you have finished your first pint?

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our survey said......

uh-huurrrr!

thanks for playing here's your blanety-blank checkbook and pen and busfare home.

from personal experience - bismark is proper no shit brewed beer, i thinkthere is something that sounds like freeze drying involved in the process.

more a nod in the direction of applejack i suspect than say bunging antifreeze in cheap hock :-)

btw it tastes revolting, hangs around on the palette for ever.

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why

"would you want to drink a brew so strong that you are unconscious before you have finished your first pint?"

The answer's in the question...

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Strongest Beer.

I thought BrewDogs "Sink the Bismarck" was the strongest?

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You want overkill...

Ask the Boston Brewing Company, makers of Samuel Adams beers (their standard-bearer is a lager, but as a craft brewery, they make all sorts). Where the overkill comes in is a rare little gem from them called Utopias. Last I checked, it is the strongest (in terms of alcohol % by volume) all-naturally-fermented beverage in the world. Figures vary (since it's different each time they make a batch), but it hovers at around 25% alcohol by volume (stronger than your typical fortified wine at <20%, but not as strong as the average liquor at ~40%).

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New world brews

This side of the pond also has the Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, where they brew their 120-minute IPA, Fort ale, and World Wide Stout, all of which hover around 18% ABV. They also brew Chateau Jiahu, the world's oldest beer recipe still in use, based on residue from a 7th millenium archaeological site in China.

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Dunno about Tokyo....

....but Brewdog's "Punk IPA" is very very nice beer. Even with the "you're not worthy to drink this" stuff on the bottle; they're probably right anyway :)

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Brewdog

What is the point of this article? Don't get my wrong, it sounds like scrummy beer, but nothing revolutionary. Also, how does one miss out "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" (32%), "Sink the Bismark!" (41%) and "The End of History" (55%) when mentioning BrewDog's beer strength records?!

</brewdog shareholder>

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I just had one beer officer

Honesshht

falls over

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I don't understand

what all the fush is about!

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End of History?

18.5% pales in comparison to some of Brewdog's more extreme efforts:

Tactical Nuclear Penguin 32% ABV

Sink The Bismark 41% ABV

and the limited edition, and now sadly sold out The End of History a with 55% ABV (Be sure to check out the packaging: http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article.php?id=341)

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Not done with normal beer yeasts surely!

Or is it the freezing stages - removing water and thereby up the alcohol content?

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*drool*

That sounds gorgeous, hopefully I'll be able to source some from one of my 'dealers' ;-)

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Mine's a Kaliber

My favourite Brewdog beer name is "Nanny State", which weighs in at a puny 1.1% ABV.

http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article.php?id=153

Dunno what it tastes like, though.

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@Nanny state

It is actually quite good, and not the chilled horse-piss one expects of a weak (in alcohol terms) beer.

The Tactical Nuclear Penguin is also good, but in a 'dont drink too much' sort of way, slightly fizzy (due to the freezing process removing CO2) and a strong but not too sweet flavour.

The Brew Dog promotion videos for TNP and Sink The Bismark are well worth watching!

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Is it naturally brewed to that strength?

It's all very well naming stronger Brewdog beers but they're freeze-distilled, which always seemed like cheating to me.

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Sort of

Traditional yeasts naturally die off as the alcohol content approaches 15% - traditional drinks such as port and sherry that are stronger than this have been 'fortified' by the addition of distilled grape spirit. This brew has had a secondary fermentation using a 'super-high gravity yeast' from the US which can go as high as 25%. What this does to the taste, I'm not sure I want to find out ...

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Sounds like the same yeast...

...used for Samuel Adams Utopias. They mentioned breeding a yeast specifically to survive the higher alcohol content. Oh, and for good measure, Utopias is aged in barrels.

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Pah, water

in comparison the stuff my reflux still can turn out!!!

My best is 94% spirit...

www.amazingstill.com

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3Kg of dark chocolate?

Not relevant unless you also give the brew batch size!

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3Kg

Per Bottle, obviously! ;-)

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DogFish Head

And let's not forget....

Dogfish Head 120:

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/120-minute-ipa.htm

and World Wide Stout:

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occassional-rarities/world-wide-stout.htm

Both around 18% ABV. And there are just a few hops in there too.

Great beer!

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Nanny State

My local beer festival, Engineer Arms (Henlow), had some of this last year. Think it was the only one they didn't run out of.

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Fractional distillation

has been used by the Germans for a long time, without complaint - it's called eisbock. The difference is that the reason behind it has traditionally been to concentrate the flavour rather than to create distillate strength beers, hence eisbock is usually 10 - 12%.

I haven't tried any of Brewdog's top end strength beers, so I can't comment on the flavours, but personally I would rather have a good single malt if I was going for a beer based drink at that strength.

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What a waste..

...of chocolate.

Mine's the one with the bar of galaxy in the pocket.

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Reg writers are prats

Can you explain what the fcuk this has to do with the Swedish elections?

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Seroulsly, you ARE

having a laugh aren't you???

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Ick

"The recipe for Sigtuna Brygghus' Ace of Spades Imperial Stout includes fresh figs, raisins, honey and almost three kilos of dark chocolate"

Pre-brewed puke

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