Paging the Guinness World Records. A Scottish brewery claims it has produced the world's strongest beer, Brewmeister's Armageddon, with an ABV of 65 percent.
For some perspective, most beers have an alcohol content of between 3 to 7 percent.
The brewery, Brewmeister, says on its official web site that the beer's ingredients include crystal malt, wheat, flaked oats and 100 percent Scottish spring water. The beer then undergoes a process called freeze fermenting, which involves cooling the beer to freezing. The water freezes, but the alcohol does not -- when the ice is removed a very strong beer remains.
Drinkers are advised to "consume this like a fine whisky":
Despite being 65%, the beer has a lot of flavour - malty, hoppy, slightly sweet and lots of yeast still in the beer. Be careful though, smelling it is probably enough to put you over the limit!
Brewmeister's production director John MacKenzie told the Donside Piper and Herald that the beer "has a viscous quality to it." Brewery founder and co-director Lewis Shand added: “The phrase 'delivers a punch' doesn’t quite cut it -- delivers a supersonic charged explosion is probably more appropriate!”
It seems turbo-charged beers are a trend for Scottish breweries. BrewDog, which hails from Fraserburgh on the North coast of Scotland, previously introduced a 41 percent ABV beer called Sink The Bismarck! At the time, it was the strongest beer ever brewed.
CORRECTION: In 2010, BrewDog also released a 55 percent ABV called The End Of History.