With beers now apparently reaching 45% ABV this post should ideally be read with the theme from ‘Rocky’ playing in the background, so get those trumpets out… pa paa papa paa papa paa papa pop… The battle for the strongest beer in the world rages on!
I’ve previously written about the Brewdog brewery in the north of Scotland. In the past they courted controversy by brewing ‘Tokyo Extra Stout‘, brewed to a scary 18.2% ABV. Despite this extreme potency, I gave it 5 stars, describing it as “a truly awesome, yet well balanced beer experience”.
Well, while the controversy over the Tokyo Stout was raging, Brewdog were working on an even more audacious and potent brew – ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’ – brewed using an ‘Ice Lagering’ process – not unlike how (I am led to believe) ‘Applejack’ and ‘Jersey Lightning’ is made.
‘Penguin’ was certified in November 2009 as having an ABV of 32%, beating the previous record of 31% held by German brewer Schorschbräu.
Schorschbräu responded with Schorschbock at 40%, regaining their world record – for just two weeks. Brewdog have recently launched ‘Sink the Bismarck‘ brewed an eye watering 41% ABV!
Check out what Google translator does when it mutates Dutch into English!
“OBILIX is a special beer from 45% alc obtained by a cold beer to ship a special way to edit the obtained alc. rate amber beer with a beer a very distinct taste.”
Makes sense, right?
I have a bottle of ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’ lined up for a beer review, but I have to confess that at the equivalent of sixty dollars a bottle (or ninety dollars a US pint) I think I’ll pass on ‘Sink the Bismarck’. To me, this is too much to spend on a beer. I have no idea how much Oblix might cost.
Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the flavour of the 18.2% ABV Tokyo Stout, but I’m wondering what are your views on this race for the strongest beer in the world? Is it simply marketing and bragging rights, or is there more to it?
-Bob the Brit