55 Beers That Will Knock You Flat On Your Ass

January 14, 2009 by David  

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We’ve all heard the myth that American beer is weak and not for “Real” men but I am here to tell you that that is COMPLETE crap. Yes, there is still plenty of Bud Light available for weak-ass, beer-water drinkers, but if you are looking for a strong manly beer then stop right here.

We’ve compiled a list of over 50 Extra-Strong Beers that will knock you flat on your ass. Each beer on this list was specially chosen for one reason, and one reason only, a minimum of 10% alcohol by volume (ABV).

No mamby-pamby light beer here. With names like Korruptor, Devil’s Milk and Double Bastard Ale you can bet these bad-boys will deliver a swift kick and leave you crawling to bed on the bathroom floor.

Best part of the list is, that you can actually buy most of these mouth-watering beers without having to fly to Europe and other cities around the world, finally putting to rest the idea that American beer is for lightweights.

Beer ABV Country Brewery
Sam Adams Triple Bock 17.50% USA Sam Adams
Critical Mass 17.00% Canada Trafalgar Brewing Co.
Korruptor 16.00% Canada Trafalgar Brewing Co.
Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon (1.edition) 16.00% Norway Nøgne Ø - det kompromissløse bryggeri
The Black Bullet 15.00% Canada Trafalgar Brewing Co.
The Beast Grand Cru 14.90% USA Avery Brewing Company
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine 14.50% USA Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock 13.50% USA Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Ølfabrikken Sinful Brother 13.50% Denmark Ølfabrikken
Black Albert 13.00% Belgium De Struise Brouwers
Parabola 13.00% USA Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Oak Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout 13.00% USA Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
Dark Lord Imperial Stout 13.00% USA Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub
Decadence 13.00% USA Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Bourbon County Stout 13.00% USA Goose Island
Older Viscosity 12.10% USA Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port
Tokyo 12.00% Scotland BrewDog
The Angel’s Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged 12.00% USA The Lost Abbey
The Angel’s Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged 12.00% USA The Lost Abbey
Cuvee De Tomme 12.00% USA The Lost Abbey
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Barrel Aged 12.00% USA AleSmith Brewing Company
Lees Harvest Ale 11.50% England JW Lees & Co Ltd
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 11.50% England JW Lees & Co Ltd
Trappistes Rochefort 10 11.30% Belgium Brasserie de l`Abbaye Notre-Dame de St. Remy A.s.
Gouden Carolus Carolus D’Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer 11.00% Belgium Gouden Carolus Carolus D’Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer
The Abyss 11.00% USA Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Pliny The Younger 11.00% USA Russian River Brewing Company
Imperial Stout 11.00% USA Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay
Devil’s Milk 11.00% USA DuClaw Brewing Company
Choklat (Imperial Stout) 11.00% USA Southern Tier Brewing Company
Stone Imperial Russian Stout 10.80% USA Stone Brewing Company
St. Bernardus Abt 12 10.50% Belgium Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Piraat (Amber Triple IPA) 10.50% Belgium Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Kryptonite 10.50% USA Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Exponential Hoppiness 10.50% USA Alpine Beer Company
Darkness 10.30% USA Surly Brewing Company
Trappist Westvleteren 12 10.20% Belgium Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Third Coast Old Ale 10.20% USA Bell’s/Kalamazoo
Old Ruffian Barley Wine 10.20% USA Great Divide Brewing Company
Pannepot - Old Fisherman’s Ale 10.00% Belgium De Struise Brouwers
Koningshoeven Quadrupel 10.00% Netherlands Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Widdershins 10.00% USA Left Hand Brewing Company
Vermonster 10.00% USA Rock Art Brewery
Ten FIDY 10.00% USA Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery
Sexual Chocolate 10.00% USA Foothills Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 10.00% USA Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Hop 15 10.00% USA Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port
He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. 10.00% USA Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 10.00% USA Founders Brewing Company
Founders Imperial Stout 10.00% USA Founders Brewing Company
Expedition Stout 10.00% USA Bell’s/Kalamazoo
Double Bastard Ale 10.00% USA Stone Brewing Company
Devil Dog 10.00% USA Laughing Dog Brewing
Collaborative Evil 10.00% USA Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Bell’s HopSlam Ale 10.00% USA Bell’s Brewery, Inc

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109 Responses to “55 Beers That Will Knock You Flat On Your Ass”

  1. Marco on January 14th, 2009 4:31 pm

    How could EKU have been missed?


  2. Tyler on January 14th, 2009 5:05 pm

    Hm. Your list is garbage as far as refuting the idea that Americans drink pisswater - how many of these beers you gonna find on tap ANYWHERE?

    Sorry, but this Canadian sez youse is all wussies still. Hi alchohol bews from teeny tiny assed microbreweries or niche market specialty beers do not a nation of real men make.

    I’d ALSO like to point out that 3 out of your 5 top beers are Canadian :evil grin:

  3. hunter on January 14th, 2009 5:44 pm

    Good list with some truly great beers. I’m surprised that a couple of Dogfish Head beers didn’t make it though. The Worldwide Stout and 120 Minute IPA both are over 20%.

  4. name on January 15th, 2009 1:18 am

    Actually Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon first edition is out of production, but they have produced a second edition which is 17,50% and are planning a third edition for release in 2010

  5. Kimmo_ on January 15th, 2009 4:57 am

    mmmmm.. beer

  6. Russell on January 15th, 2009 8:21 pm

    Avery Czar - 11.1%

    The Beast is over 16%

    and it’s pretty pathetic that you missed out on one of the greatest beers in the world.
    @ 20-22% (varying from year to year) - Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA

  7. Rob on January 16th, 2009 5:17 am

    I agree with Russell and above. When I first started reading the list I was sure Dogfish Head’s 120 min IPA was going to make the list.

    This beer is one of the best strong beers out there.

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  9. Danner on January 16th, 2009 6:49 am

    Not nearly a complete list. But one of my favorites is semi-local and great tasting. Good place to stop when dirt-biking or hunting too. :)


    Lobotomy Bock
    Alcohol by Volume: 10.8%

  10. Budro on January 16th, 2009 8:31 am

    Wow, lots of San Diego beers on here: Stone, Lost Abbey, AleSmith, Pizza Port and Alpine (that I recognized just skimming through the list). Most pubs/bars/restaurants down here have at least one local microbrew on tap, and it’s not uncommon for bars to not have Coors/Miller/Bud on tap… “Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies”

    …and btw, Sam Adams Triple Bock taste like soy sauce, but it’s still cool to see a major brewer doing experimental brews.

  11. Neil Harner on January 16th, 2009 2:15 pm

    You forgot about the world’s strongest beer… Sam Adams Utopias.


    27% ABV - Released every 2 Years - Easily $300-$400 per bottle on Ebay. Now that there sir is American ingenuity at its finest. And did I mention, it tastes like heaven.

  12. Leechmo on January 16th, 2009 2:33 pm

    the main problem with this list is that strong != good (aside from the fact that you totally undermine your point by including so many foreign beers.) Most of these beers taste like they’ve been mixed with corn syrup (I’m sorry to say that I’ve had several on the list). By and large, the myth around weak american beer comes from laws requiring beer above 5% to be called ‘Malt Liquor’, which the rest of the world doesn’t understand just means ’strong beer’ - when they hear ‘malt liquor’ they all just picture a redneck straight out of Deliverance with his hooch of choice, so the only ‘beer’ in the US is weak.

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  15. Jason on January 16th, 2009 4:42 pm

    How you could have missed a bunch!! EKU, and about 3 Sam Adams beers. Hell the strongest beer in the world is a Sam Adams!!! Utopias–27..thats right 27% alcohol!!!!! Drinks more like a cognac than a beer!! It is sold every 3 yrs..and yes 2009 is one of those years!!! It is $100 for 24 ozs though..and bottle is pure copper made to look like the copper kettle it is cooked in…Man I think a little more research is needed here!

  16. Mary Hopalujah on January 17th, 2009 9:52 am

    Manly yes, But I drink them too.

  17. hippster on January 19th, 2009 9:36 am

    There are over 200 breweries in British Columbia, Canada. How can you even pretend you tried them all?

  18. David on January 19th, 2009 10:02 am

    Thanks for all the great info guys. I could probably re-do the piece and get close to 75 now.

  19. doug m on January 19th, 2009 11:13 am

    what about dogfish head world wide stout

    one year it was said to be 27% but they’ve since dropped it to ~18%

  20. nda on January 19th, 2009 12:13 pm

    This list is missing Samiclaus (http://www.internetwines.com/rws28827.html), which is delicious and also hits like a cement truck. Hard to find, but grab one if you see em, it’s well worth a taste.

  21. Chris on January 19th, 2009 1:56 pm

    Yeah man, you completely missed some great Dogfish beers that are stronger than anything you have listed.

  22. Jason Bartholme on January 19th, 2009 2:13 pm

    It’s a shame that Sam Adam’s Triple Bock tastes absolutely horrible. We have a local brewpub around here that makes a blueberry bourbon ale that will knock you for a loop. I’m pretty sure it’s over 10%.

  23. Walker on January 19th, 2009 2:14 pm

    Boulevard Sixth Glass - 11.5%

  24. nobeerhere on January 19th, 2009 2:31 pm

    I have never really found a need for beer. 90% of them taste awful to me, and they are all weak. That is, in comparison to a good liquor.

  25. airon on January 19th, 2009 2:37 pm

    Devil Dancer???? your list is nice but incomplete!

  26. Yom on January 19th, 2009 2:49 pm

    You’re all pansies. To a straight whiskey drinker, proclamations of manliness among beer drinkers sound like the buzzing of flies around a trash can. Try some Old Grandad’s 114 or Booker’s, and don’t be afraid if your chest should start to itch; that’s hair spouting out.

  27. Radam on January 19th, 2009 4:12 pm

    Good list David, always going to be a few omissions such as Samiclaus…but, to reiterate what others have said, Dogfish Head is a GLARING omission (and I’m not just saying that because I was a bartender there). Dogfish is the best beer made in the US of A; strong, well balanced and flavorful and always pushing the envelope (ok, maybe I am a tiny bit impartial).


  28. tim on January 19th, 2009 4:23 pm

    they are forgetting bush beer from belguim the highest mainstream beer 12%

  29. john on January 19th, 2009 4:57 pm

    What’s the big deal - over 10% doesn’t taste that great in a beer = That’s when I switch to scotch. Sorry Tyler - are you big studs in Canada limited to Beer?

  30. Philly on January 19th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Victory Golden Monkey. Try it.


  31. G00dB33r on January 19th, 2009 5:02 pm

    Since you’re trying to make a point about American beers, I’d suggest you remove the 16 non-American beers and replace them with the Sam Adams and Dogfish Head options mentioned above, and others that are missing.

  32. Seymour Totti on January 19th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Alcohol content alone does not equal great beer. It needs body, flavour, finnish and, if possible, a hot barmaid.

    They are generally terrible session beers since they reduce you to incomprehensible babbling too early into the session (and the hot barmaid tends to stay down the other end of the bar out of arms reach).

    Strong beers are good when you just have the one to accompany a good steak; my favourite session beers rarely get above 7-8% ABV.

    As for your list; sadly I can’t get any of them in this part of the world so I can’t comment

  33. Ted on January 19th, 2009 5:15 pm

    “Best part of the list is, that you can actually buy most of these mouth-watering beers”

    The first beer on your list has only been brewed 3 times, and not in the past 10 years.

    Some of the others I’ve tried looking up don’t seem to exist any more, either.

    The idea is good, but it would be nice if there was a “this beer actually exists” column.

  34. Beer Glosher on January 19th, 2009 5:52 pm

    This list is missing some VERY important beers by Unibroue, available in the US through QFC markets typically. Some of the beers

    La 11 - 11%
    La Terrible - 10.5%
    Fringante - 10%

    Unibroue is known for hard-hitting beers. Even their lesser Maudite or Fin Du Monde are enough.

  35. frankdawg on January 19th, 2009 6:08 pm

    So f’ing what - you can’t find any of these to decide if they are any good or just ABC.

  36. Mike on January 19th, 2009 6:08 pm

    Yea, I would say there are many different beers missed and you listing some foreign beers doesn’t really help either. Let’s face it there are many different micro-brews out there and many of them produce a beer that is 10% plus. Anyone, saying that American’s beers are weak just has been drinking piss-water for the past few years and needs to be educated :).

    On another note I find it funny that the picture you used for this post has very few (if any) beers that are actually on the list.

  37. sinus on January 19th, 2009 6:22 pm

    what?! no red horse beer??? http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/red-horse/

  38. G00dB33r on January 19th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Over half of the top-rated 200 beers on BeerPal are American made (112). Many of the top-rated beers have a high alcohol content (67 of 200 >/= 10%). There are some beers with high abv that do not rate well, so not counting those, there are 44 American made beers with abv >/= 10% in the BeerPal top 200. I am sure you can easily find 16 to replace the non-US beers on your list.

  39. Peter on January 19th, 2009 7:54 pm

    I’m fairly sure that you are speaking of Pliny The Elder… I’m at Russian River fairly frequently. Gotta love Pliny

  40. dave on January 19th, 2009 8:05 pm

    so, yea, im canadian, and ive never heard of most of these beers, and really, only alcoholics and underage kids drink this sort of crap, and as tyler sayd, your not going to find them on tap.

  41. hugh on January 19th, 2009 8:20 pm

    not one Aussie beer!!? im sure we make something over 10%

    We do!

    Grand Ridge Supershine

    This silky smooth, multiple gold medal winning, scoth ale/barley wine, is believed to be the strongest bottled beer made in Australia. Rich and syrupy, the nose offers notes of treacle, molasses and herb with distinctive cashew nut and toast characters. Best sipped after dinner to compliment a rich fruit dessert or vintage cheeses. It is best enjoyed as a finale after tasting the full range of Grand Ridge beers.

    Alcohol %: 11%
    Brewery: Grand Ridge Brewery
    Country: Australia
    Type: Barley Wine

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    The American beer list does have a pretty strong geographical bias, not that I mind. They are almost entirely from the MichiganChicago stretch or the CaliforniaOregon stretch with the exception of the headliner.

    I’m partial to Founder’s and Bell’s myself.

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  48. jfh on January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm

    We never said Ameican beer is weak, it’s about average with most lager. We we say about american beer is that is tastes like shit.

  49. tom on January 19th, 2009 10:25 pm


  50. Charles on January 19th, 2009 10:56 pm

    @ Tyler: I work at the Judge’s Bench in Ellicott City, Maryland and we’ve had quite a few of these beers on tap (we have seventeen taps). Those we couldn’t put on tap, we got in bottles. Down the street is the Phoenix Emporium with no taps, but around 100 bottles. Also, about ten miles away in Baltimore you can find Max’s on Broadway with somewhere in the neighborhood of 40+ constantly rotating taps and a selection of hundreds of bottles. So, before you go badmouthing the states, put down your Moosehead, pull your hockey stick out of your ass and try a visit.

  51. X on January 19th, 2009 11:56 pm

    I dont care, i dont drink.

  52. Tommie on January 20th, 2009 6:48 am

    The problem with american beer is NOT alcohol strength. The problem is that the beer that is commonly associated with america (Budweiser) is crap in taste, color and everything. There are good american beers and the correlation between alcohol strength and manliness just simply does not exist. Real men, in my humble opinion, drink whatever they like, even if that means drinks with umbrellas, and tell people who tell them otherwise to simply f**k off.

    American beer is, due to Buds dominance in the global mind, underestimated. I like quite a few of the beers you guys have. But alcohol strength is not something I look for.


  53. Tyler @ Building Camelot on January 20th, 2009 8:17 am

    Now all I need to know is how the hell to get my hands on some of these! Great list - thanks for putting this together.

  54. VFerg on January 20th, 2009 9:15 am

    The list is great but you are not going to find over 90% of this list anywhere except for special events. It took me the last 3 years or so to try pretty much everything on this list and its been a great time. Beer is a great hobby and time waster.

    Also you forgot one of my favorites Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout!

  55. ashley watson on January 20th, 2009 9:25 am

    You missed out on one amazing beer - Mutzig (german but they sell it in Morzine). Had 2 pints of it up in the Alps and was absolutely pissed out of my mind. 15% - that’s kick ass!!

  56. Dave on January 20th, 2009 2:40 pm

    sad. American beer is leading a revolution in artisanal brewing, and all you can think to hype is how drunk you can get??? get a clue and learn to TASTE your beer (which is why BudMillCoors suck - the taste ranges between nonexistent and lousy).

  57. RatFink on January 20th, 2009 4:44 pm

    This list is quite old as the first on the list by Samuel Adams was last available in 1998 and has subsequently been surpassed by others such as millennium and Utopias.

  58. Quaker Orts on January 20th, 2009 5:19 pm

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is also 10%. It’s only brewed once a year in the winter.

  59. Aunt Fazima on January 20th, 2009 7:31 pm

    How could you leave out Moefugger Malt Liqoura. Oh… yeah, its not a real beer. Still, its got the best name. http://www.moefugger.com

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  61. Keith on January 20th, 2009 9:19 pm

    So few great beers over 10% ABV listed… and so many obscure ones!!!!

    There are many high-gravity beers available all over the country; most of these aren’t. While plenty of comments are telling you what you missed, more should be telling you the rare ones you listed.

    Weyerbacher, Southern Tier, Three Floyds, Stone… these are givens. But your international selections are way too obscure.

  62. jerome dickson on January 20th, 2009 9:27 pm

    you should put the mexican tecate that fucker is quiet strong its like a 20 ABV

  63. tal on January 21st, 2009 4:33 am

    How about Goldstar from israel? how can you miss it

  64. Dale on January 21st, 2009 5:27 am

    Really though - who the hell actually likes those beers? you can’t sit around with your mates and drink your way through 10 of those you’d be on your back!

  65. neal on January 21st, 2009 11:37 am

    im sorry but all you damn Americans think that you all have best and strongest beers but after living half way around the world for most of my life going through Asia Europe, i have tasted a lot of the beers and strength is nothing if it does not have the right taste and every thing your American beers taste like shit

  66. Tyler on January 21st, 2009 10:10 pm

    The Ayinger Brau-Weiss is in the picture at the top. Why not in the list? Also, of all the Trappist beers, Westmalle (dubbel) is far superior

  67. ummmm on January 21st, 2009 11:13 pm

    ummmmm Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 12.5 abv

    and no Chimay or Delirium????


  68. ben on January 22nd, 2009 1:34 am

    55 good beers that might knock you on your ass, but you you missed about 55 thousand more that are WAAYYYYY better

  69. m on January 22nd, 2009 2:41 am


    Sorry didn’t find a translation, baut the strongest beer ever brewed comes from Bavaria the land of beer. THE REAL MEN ;-)

  70. Martin Lewis on January 22nd, 2009 7:03 am

    Increasing the alcohol content is not going to change the crap taste of American beer!

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    yay bells!!!!!!

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  73. Beerman on January 23rd, 2009 4:23 pm

    It´s not all about the % of alcohol. It´s about the body, the color, the smell and of course the taste, that´s why american beers are really poor. If you want alcohol and get knocked down why don´t you just drink a bottle of tequila. Drinking a good beer must be a good experiencie and there´s a lot more things about drinking beer than just get wasted.

  74. dick on January 24th, 2009 4:20 am

    Our tiny little country of Belgium (+/- 10 million population) seems to hold its’ own on this list!!!

  75. Rudi on January 24th, 2009 7:11 am

    To be honest, your list my show some of the strongest beers in the world, although Ecu28 ( http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulmbacher_Brauerei_AG (sorry, I could find a English-written link)

    But what you are totally missing, is the so called Nockherberg in Munich. It is the best known “Strong Beer Party” in the world. You might not get the strongest beer there, but one of the best in the very best atmosphere you can think of for enjoying your strong beer.

    Well, have a look yourself! http://www.nockherberg.com/en/index/index1.php

  76. hoot on January 24th, 2009 10:33 pm

    wat about delirium tremens!!!!!

  77. tom on January 25th, 2009 8:48 am

    this is all warm piss.

  78. Tomaz on January 25th, 2009 9:57 am

    Oh dear. It’s not just about strong beer - it’s the curry before and the kebab afterwards that makes the difference.

    Looks like you’re getting better with the beer in the States, now it’s time to introduce you to the Chicken Vindaloo and the Doner Kebab.

  79. Bigballs on January 25th, 2009 11:28 am

    I’m surprised that you included Pliny the Younger, but not Pliny the Elder…

  80. Mustafa Güven on January 25th, 2009 4:53 pm

    oh as you speak of good bear i think we shoud mention about the Efes brand in Turkıye.
    Most of us i mean Turkish guys adre regular Efes Beer in a botle. But they make a lot of differnt types in difference tastes. Most of the guys don like the other types but i do like the.

    For example Efes Dark whis has a caramelly taste, and now the new one Efes Dark with Coffee. it my sound weird to hear coffee and beer in the same sentence but it sure tastes good for me.

    and i do like the taste of ojuszko or something like that in Croatia.

  81. yxh on January 25th, 2009 7:46 pm

    It is not the alcohol content what makes “good beer”. And yes all American beer tastes like it has been recycled. That means like once run through the kidneys.
    Have you ever heard of Czech Krusovice or Litovel?

  82. Tijl on January 25th, 2009 10:21 pm

    Haha, you guys are talking about beer. Funny.
    Look here: http://www.belgian-beer.net/fullindex.php?type=bybeer
    A list of belgian beers, almost 1500. Salivate!

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  85. Kulani on January 26th, 2009 10:54 am

    Victory Golden Moneky is under 10% but the Victory 12 and Old Horizontal are both above 10% and great tasting. Should be on the list. My question is what are foreign beers doing on the list?

  86. vernon marsh on January 26th, 2009 11:58 am

    Beer make me smart.

  87. Jim on January 26th, 2009 1:14 pm

    I have to try some of those. Usually I just stick with the local microbrews.

  88. FUGU on January 26th, 2009 3:56 pm

    COME ON!!!! I get together sometimes with a friend and we do this cool beer nights, the least we drink is maybe 12%, in Praha a friend has drunk one with 21%


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  89. Nandu Nair on January 27th, 2009 1:16 am

    Sam Adams rocks

  90. Alan on January 27th, 2009 3:23 am

    What i fail to understand is the whole competition. Sure there is huge differences…but the idea is the same. To call someone a wuss because they drink a different beer…is well..stupid and asinine. I drink a beer from time to time…and generally its never the same beer. i drink for the experience of trying a new brew, not to find the most alchohol content in a bottle and slam it. Beer shouldve always been held in the same quality as the fine wines of the world. Those who dont…are pathetic. A beer can be bold, yet smooth, bitter yet have a sweet aftertaste…much like our fine wines. why hold it in any other respect? The rest of the world holds beer in a higher respect, yet us americans still hold to our “get plastered as fast as possible and do stupid crap” ideals. Until that changes…i dont see us drinking anything but formaldehyde flavored hops.

  91. Jon on January 27th, 2009 6:22 am

    I’d add Momba, from the Ivory Coast. Tasty and strong.

  92. Dan on January 27th, 2009 10:05 am

    Good list, but a lot of these aren’t American. It truly is a shame that we are viewed as a nation of “diet” beer drinkers. Beer is one of the most delicious, versatile and complex delights one can consume and should be celebrated and explored, not some half water concoction solely consumed to get frat boys drunk.

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  94. stinkpotfiend on January 27th, 2009 9:26 pm

    No Dogfish Head? Are you fucking kidding me? This list is garbage.

  95. Becky on January 27th, 2009 10:17 pm

    And there’s the Bluegrass Brewing Company’s Jefferson Reserve “Big Guy.” That one comes in at around 20% and tastes like bourbon.

    And my first thoughts were the two Dogfish Head brews, but the crowd seems to have jumped all over that omission already.

  96. Marnie on January 28th, 2009 10:08 am

    You MUST not be from the east coast since you missed out on ALL of the amazing Dogfish Head beers not just the oft-mentioned 120 IPA, which is over 20% when brewed (but is best when you let it sit for a year) but the dearly beloved and now hard-to-find Raison d’Extra (18%+), Fort (17%+), Palo Santo (12%) The Immort Ale (11% or 12%), Theobroma (10%), Black & Blue (10%), and the Red and White (10%).

  97. Jemmen on January 30th, 2009 11:53 am

    They forgot Vetter 33

  98. Kevin on January 30th, 2009 7:17 pm

    Firkin breweries in the UK used to do an called Dogbolter, at 14% it pissed over many of these beers.
    Also in Cornwall, there’s a brewery called Steam. They produce a cider at 12%, a bitter at 14%, and a lager at 22%.
    The good thing about living in Cornwall is that Steam Cider is served in schools, where at the age of 9, every pupil is expected to be able to down 6 pints of the lovely stuff whilst the register (roll call) is taken in the mornings. Those who continually fail the task have to lick the floors of the classroom clean every day for a week until they are able to down the 6 pints.

  99. Ryan on February 6th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Bells Represent! The best part of Kalamazoo MI, thanks for getting me through college.

  100. Tom on February 8th, 2009 3:36 pm

    In Poland we have beer called “Karpackie” which has 14.9 %

  101. Diesel Engines on February 9th, 2009 2:37 pm

    I have seen some of these on tap. Some states (Utah) have retarded laws that limit the alcohol content of beer on tap. I hate blue laws. Fuck blue laws! Fuck political correctness!

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  103. steve on March 18th, 2009 10:27 am

    almost all of the ones from USA on this list i have had ON TAP.
    Philadelphia is a massive and amazing beer city, and its sadly true to say that most Americans do drink fizzy light yellow piss beer.

  104. buzzup.com on April 2nd, 2009 8:59 pm

    55 Beers That Will Knock You Flat On Your Ass…

    We’ve all heard the myth that American beer is weak and not for “Real” men but I am here to tell you that that is COMPLETE crap….

  105. Jeremy on April 30th, 2009 8:30 pm

    Where is Stone’s Ruination IPA or Green flaw WC? Dogfish Heads 120 minute IPA is 20% ABV and one nice brew to boot. Whrre are they?

  106. samueL on May 18th, 2009 10:08 am

    big city grille boston, mass. over 100 diff. beers on tap and somewhere around 300 for their bottled selection. I mean the damn menu is like 30 pages long itself. (I kno, I stole me one last time I was there) by far best bar ever check it out if anyone ever can.

  107. Bruce on June 17th, 2009 10:27 pm

    I don’t get it, this list is to reassure the world that American beer is not what Europeans and the rest of the world finds weak and wussy like, but this list that you’ve created is filled with beer from other countries, not just America, and worth mentioning that 3 of your top 5 are Canadian Beer. What say you?

  108. Bob O on July 16th, 2009 4:31 pm

    I sayeth that Canada, in the words of Homer Simpson, “is USA Junior”.

  109. ozzie on September 14th, 2009 2:11 am

    i had a carlsberg beer in england tasted great and was %11

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