What’s up with the Scottish? Actually, I know what’s up with this Scottish: they’re raging alcoholics, because for years now, Scotland has regularly been home to the brewers of the world’s strongest beer.
The shocking recent development is that, with the introduction of their new 65% ABV monster called “Armageddon,” Brewmeister has upped the ante on previous record-holder BrewDog who went through a number of super-high alcohol brews before landing on their current ABV flagship, Sink the Bismarck! At a mere 41% alcohol, Sink the Bismarck! now feels downright quaint compared to Armageddon.
What’s a 65% ABV beer taste like? Brewmeister’s website describes it as having “a lot of flavour – malty, hoppy, slightly sweet and lots of yeast still in the beer” — not the most satisfying description since, with the exception of “lots of yeast,” those words could represent pretty much any beer. I’m guessing “alcohol” is a note they should add to the tasting notes as well.
So the jury is still out as to how the brew tastes. What’s not up for debate, however, is that 1) if you want to drink some of the strongest beers in the world, Scotland’s a great place to start, and 2) Armageddon would make for a super intense game of beer pong — like possibly a life-or-death one.