Most people these days consume beer solely for the health benefits, but for those who want to be intoxicated by more than just the lure of immune system boosts, there's a whole group of experimental brewers pushing the ABV of beer to ludicrous new heights.
A new champion was just crowned -- here's what you need to know about that one, plus six other mutant brews, and links to the wonderfully shady international online shops that sell them.
Name: Snake Venom Brewer: Brewmeister Origin: Scotland ABV: 67.5% Price:$80 What it tastes like: It has a nose of alcohol, whiskey, and hops, but mostly just alcohol. Read more here.
Name: Schorschbock 57 Brewer: Schorschbräu Origin: Germany ABV: 57% Cost:$273 What it tastes like: Reportedly does a serious throat-burn number on the way down, despite conforming to the water/barley/hops equation of the German Beer Purity Law.
Name: Armageddon Brewer: Brewmeister Origin: Scotland ABV: 65% Price:$96 What it tastes like: Much like the relationship between Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler, the crystal malt and flaked oats give Armageddon a touch of sweetness.
Name: Start the Future Brewer: Koelschip Origin: The Netherlands ABV: 60% Price: $48 What it tastes like: Little English language literature exists on the flavors of the Future, but Google Translate calls it "the worst beer in the world."
Name: Esprit de Noel Brewer: Baladin Origin: Italy ABV: 40% Price:$38 What it tastes like: Wooden and chocolatey finish from three years aging in genuine North Pole oak barrels.
Name: Tactical Nuclear Penguin Brewer: BrewDog Origin: United Kingdom ABV: 32% Price:$64 What it tastes like: This Imperial Stout ages in two different types of whiskey casks to give it a serious taste of barrel char.
Name: Black Fist Brewer: Mikkeller Origin: Denmark ABV: 26.1% Cost: $42 What it tastes like: This stout sees the inside of 10 different bourbon barrels, so basically it tastes like Kentucky.