I’d like to see this at somebody’s tailgate.

Sam Adams sells a beer with a 28 percent ABV that costs a mere $199 a bottle.

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Oh, yeah — it’s illegal to purchase in eleven states, including Georgia.

If any of you have indulged, please share the experience in the comments.

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30 responses to “I’d like to see this at somebody’s tailgate.

  1. Saltwater Dawg

    Haven’t seen that one yet.

    I have had the Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA, which is also hard to find, and illegal in GA. It is like 18-20%.

    As far as taste, wasn’t really that good. I like the 90 minute IPA, and this one tasted like that with a shot of whiskey poured in; it was that strong.

    I was warned ahead of time, but I drank one bottle at home watching a game, and immediately knew it when I first stood up after finishing.

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    • UGA '13

      Have to disagree on the Dogfish 120. Variations between batches are common (including the ABV, which I’ve seen range from 18-24%) since they only make it twice a year and it’s a specialty item rather than a mainline product (e.g. the 60 and 90). I’ve had it three times, and only once did I think, “damn that tastes like gasoline”. The other two were liquid gold, sipped slowly over 2 hours and thoroughly worth the price.

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    • Must have recently become illegal because I used to by 120 minute(and 60 and 90) IPA at a package store near Piedmont Park.

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      • Saltwater Dawg

        Georgia’s ABV limit changed from 6% to 14% in 2004. It is still 14%.

        Section 3-1-2 of Georgia Code states “(13) “Malt beverage” means any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of any infusion or decoction of barley, malt, hops, or any other similar product, or any combination of such products in water, containing not more than 14 percent alcohol by volume and including ale, porter, brown, stout, lager beer, small beer, and strong beer. The term does not include sake, known as Japanese rice wine.”

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    Damn – WhistlePig 12 year is as high as I’ll go price wise, though their cheaper but still expensive 10 year has been my go to as of late. FWIW, if you’ve never tried it, I’d highly recommend picking up a bottle.

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  3. 92 grad

    Is it similar to Chimay? I used to treat myself to Trappist varieties on occasion. I’m in SC so I dunno if we can get it but if anyone wants I’d be happy to buy it and ship it/deliver to meet up with anyone. I’m 90 miles east of Athens.

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    • Cojones

      Yeah, the Trappist Monk brews aren’t even expensive and are probably the tastiest I ever laid a lip to in Belgium (only tried 2 out of 5 available). Of course, a large goblet of it will smash your ass since it’s equivalent to sippin’ a like volume of wine.

      There is no beer worth $199/ bottle, but some with more money than brains will buy it. Wonder how much they would want after it stays on the shelf and ages? 🙂

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      • JasonC

        It’s not a normal size bottle. I think I saw this or a similar one by Sam Adams during the past year and it’s probably close to 1L. That doesn’t justify the price, but it’s not a normal 330 or pint.

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    • Dolly Llama

      Oh, dude, I was thinking about Chimay when I read this. I’ve never had the Dogfish Head 120 (though I want to) but Chimay Blue is the gold standard for beers as far as I’m concerned. I don’t remember its ABV, but it’s not 14 percent, I’m pretty sure.

      And I’m also a ’92 grad, from the Grady School.

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  4. PTC DAWG

    That’s seems a little HIGH for a brew…

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  5. Will (The Other One)

    Still less strong and significantly cheaper than Brew Dog’s The End of History: https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/ypeb97/this-dead-squirrel-filled-with-55-abv-beer-only-costs-20k

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  6. Cojones

    Why not wait around for flakes of gold to be mixed in to put more idiocy into beer, a fine brew gone expensively wrong.

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  7. addr

    Save yourself the $200 and just mix a Belgian quad with some port and you’ll achieve the same thing. Blech.

    I haven’t had this, but I’ve sampled beers of similar ABV, and they were all disgustingly sweet, like drinking cough syrup mixed with pure sugar. There’s a reason no one makes beers at this ABV – it’s a terrible idea.

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  8. MurphDawg

    When I lived on the East Coast of Florida, one of my friends made sure he got a bottle from every release (they only sell it every two years). The last one I tried was the 2013 version and although each is unique they all have similar qualities. They are a beer in name only, the flavor is much more like a barleywine or maybe even a sweeter port. It is like tasting wine in that you can get fruit notes and even a little smokiness from the barrel aging. The couple of releases that I tried paired well with a robust cigar.

    If someone else were buying, I’d try it just because it is so unique for a beer but if it were my money, I’d spend it on great bourbon or a single malt.

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  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    I used to buy beer by the ABV. With a little more experience, beers with very high alcohol tend toward sweetness and liquery taste. Exception: really heavy Russian Imperials can hold their flavor against 12% or so. The best all around beer flavors come in the 7-8% range.

    YMMV. That’s just one Hogbody’s opinion.

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  10. DC Weez

    Don’t let the smooth taste fool ya.

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  11. Boz

    Chalk another one up in the disappointed in the Dogfish Head 120.

    If we’re gonna talk about limited release beer in this site, I’ve got to mention Creature Comforts. Our hometown boys continue to blow the doors off the craft beer scene. If you’re in town for the game, the tasting room is a fine place to spend a minute.

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    • Faulkner

      Boz-
      Besides Tropicalia which is very difficult to find in ATL. What else do you recommend that I can get my hands on. Thanks.

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  12. Dudemankind

    As a homebrewer I can say that there is no way in hell you can get that ABV with a traditional beer yeast. Guys struggle to get above 12 on a barley wine. Alternate methods must be used, and at that point it isn’t really beer amymore.

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    • David K

      You are correct. Also a homebrewer and there’s no ale yeast that will get remotely that high. This isn’t beer.

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  13. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Liquor that tastes like beer? I’ll pass.

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    • Cojones

      Just tried a taste test on one brewed and stored in Scotch barrels. I didn’t like the scotch aftertaste to beer at all, but a couple others in the place thought it was great.

      The Trappist Monks tease the alcohol up by slowly adding sugar over a period of time to get to 18-21% therefore it is a true brew. Not quite sure how they get specialized yeast to tolerate that much alcohol and to continue the brew, but that’s why they call it a secret process.

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  14. Dave

    Damn it all gang, live a little and get this….these have been around for a while. Sam brews them every year or two. And yes, it requires special yeast to survive the alcohol. They nickname it their “ninja yeast”. This does not taste like beer in the traditional sense. It drinks much more like a cognac…..sounds like a gift is in order for the good Senator at some point for all his efforts.

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  15. waterloodawg

    It’s cheaper if you man up and buy it by the case. One case per game day is usually enough for us.

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  16. Opelikadawg

    If I came home with a $200 bottle of beer, my wife would apply it to me as a soppository.

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  17. Thatguy

    This, and a lot of the other very high gravity (+14%) beers, do occasionally show up on local shelves. Whether it’s because the cases ‘fell off a truck’ and ended up in that store, or, if the store is going through a distributor who is listing it as a liquor, and taxing it as such.

    That said, i’ve had several of the very high gravity offerings in the past, and, yeah, the sweetness is a thing. Anything over about 7% ABV is going to have some residual sweetness, anything over 10% is going to have a lot.

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