67% ABV - DAMN.
Yes, it’s true. There’s a beer out there that contains a shocking 67.5% ABV, which is higher than most liquors (with an average ABV of 40%). Snake Venom is declared the strongest beer known to mankind.
Brewed in Scotland, this Amber Ale is made from smoked peat malt, champagne yeast and ale yeast. It is then frozen using the Eisbock technique, which removes water crystals allowing the ABV of the beer to increase. It maintains an intense black appearance and displays no head.
So what does Snake Venom taste like?
The nose is fruity, focused much on the yeast. The palate will experience its complex flavors of lemon, apple and cherry, followed by a strong, bitter finish.
But hold up – this beer is meant to be sipped like a spirit. The brewery recommends drinking it in 35 ml measures at a time, which is equivalent to a shot glass.
A single bottle costs about $80 and is unfortunately unavailable in the US. It can only be purchased online (that is, if you can find it).
Not everyone’s so lucky to try Snake Venom or its sister, Amargeddon, so we’ve put together our favorite beers containing a high ABV so you can get a taste of it at home.
This 2015 Anniversary Old Ale celebrates The Bruery’s 7th year and it is 100% ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Cuivre translates to “Copper” and this beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles. 16.2% ABV
Dogfish Higher Math
American Golden Ale. Brewed with chocolate and sour cherry juice, complete with a lingering sweetness. 17% ABV
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
Illinois. Aged for two years in American oak barrels that contained whiskey for nearly 30 years. Includes chocolate, caramel, and roasted barely malts. 14.5% ABV