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: Schorschbock 57
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.
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
Origin: The Netherlands
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
What it tastes like: Wooden and chocolatey finish from three years aging in genuine North Pole oak barrels.
Name: Tactical Nuclear Penguin
Origin: United Kingdom
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
What it tastes like: This stout sees the inside of 10 different bourbon barrels, so basically it tastes like Kentucky.