Almost exactly one year ago, we told you about the brand new world’s strongest beer created by Scotland’s Brewmeister Brewery. It was called “Armageddon” and the company boasted the brew’s 65 percent alcohol content, compared to the typical 5-10 percent found in the United States.
Well, folks, “Armageddon” is no longer the world’s strong beer. Brewmeister’s creation has been beaten out by… another Brewmeister creation. Hey, our mom always told us to stick with what we’re good at and we guess the same goes for the guys who run Brewmeister.
The new king of strong beer is called “Snake Venom” and it clocks in at 67.5 percent alcohol content. Why did brewers Lewis Shand and John McKenzie decide to make something even stronger than “Armageddon”? Apparently some customers told them they thought “Armageddon” was too weak and that they didn’t believe it was 65 percent ABV. Never one to turn down a challenge, Lewis said “This time we thought we’d go full out. We were too nice last time.”
Brewmeister says “Snake Venom,” which is made with a “plethora of malts, including peat smoked malt, acid malt, and chocolate malt,” is dark brown in color with a nose of alcohol, whisky and hops. It’s fermented using ale yeast and champagne yeast and then it is freeze concentrated to make it as strong as possible.
“Snake Venom” is not cheap at $82 a bottle. “Armageddon” wasn’t either, costing $52, but that’s a $30 increase for the extra 2.5% ABV. Yes, it’s expensive, but you’re not supposed to chug it like you might do with a “normal” beer. It’s meant to be sipped and with that price tag, we’re a lot more likely to follow those instructions. There’s also a scary yellow tag around the bottle neck that reminds you to sip and not chug; it even has an intense exclamation point on the tag, so you know they mean business.
Ready to try “Snake Venom”? It’s not available in the United States, so you’ll need to order online. Once you try it, let us know what you think and if you’re impressed with how strong it is.