Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Beers at 12% for 12-12-12

12 Beers at 12% for 12-12-12Are you into numerology and like big beers? Then today is the day for you. Fermentedly Challenged has come up with a list of 12 big beers that are each around 12% ABV just in time to celebrate December 12, 2012 (12-12-12). You can drink these during the 12 days of Christmas. But hurry, you just have 12 shopping days left til Christmas. These beers are bigger than most and are not easy to find. But if you do happen upon one of these grab it and savor it with a friend.

To find a beer above 12% you have to look for certain styles like Imperial Stouts, Belgian Quadrupels, and Barleywines. Some states in the USA even forbid the sales of beers above 12% (unlucky you). But since today is 12-12-12, these beers have to weigh in between 12.00% and 12.99% ABV. And please note, that certain beers end up weighing differently year to year, so to count, you'll need to find one in that exact weight range.

Ready? Here we go... (listed in no particular order)

12 Beers at 12% for 12-12-12

Smuttynose Gravitation1.  Smuttynose Gravitation (2010) - Style: Belgian Quadrupel - ABV: 12.5% - Brewery: Smuttynose Brewing Company - Portsmouth, NH. Description: "This big, dark ale is brewed using a variety of Belgian specialty malts along with 200 pounds of raisin puree per batch. The resulting flavor is a viscous mix of dark fruit, rum, toffee and raisins balanced with aromatic fruitiness of the Belgian yeast."

2. Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon - Style: Russian Imperial Stout - ABV: 12.5% - Brewery: Mercury Brewing Company - Ipswich, MA. Description: "Brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops, this beer is powerful and complex and designed to age. Smokiness is subtle but present and blends nicely with the rich, dark flavors." Proceed with caution with this power beer.

Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian3. Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian (2011) - Style: Barleywine - ABV: 12.7% - Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, CO. Description: This special release of our acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for over 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffian’s edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Each limited edition, individually-numbered bottle is special in its own right.

Port Brewing Older Viscosity4. Port Brewing Older Viscosity - Style: American Dark Strong Ale - ABV: 12.5% - Brewery: Port Brewing Company - San Marcos, CA. Description: An enormously rich but satisfying beer, Older Viscosity is 100% straight no chaser barrel-aged Old Viscosity — the beer we blend in the production of Old Viscosity. The color is black like asphalt and the aroma is an uncompromising malty nose with dark caramel and chocolate overtones. The barrel aging provides hints of vanilla and American oak. The flavor begins with a coating of rich malts and dark chocolate and finishes in a dry bitter-sweetness balanced by the firm bitterness of roasted dark malts.

Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine5. Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine (2011) - Style: Barleywine - ABV: 12.1% - Brewery: Stone Brewing Company - Escondido, CA - Description: "When our illustrious brewing team spiked a few barrels of the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine with our Belgian yeast strain last year, we absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that we knew we needed an excuse to make more. So, in our unending quest to constantly challenge the status quo (even our own), we came up with Odd Beers for Odd Years, a program to release odd beers – e.g. Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine – in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015…). It was met with a bit of resistance (to say the least) since we weren’t originally offering the traditional Old Guardian alongside it, but we’ve mended our ways and decided to make both."

Victory V-126. Victory V-12 - Style: Belgian Quadrupel - ABV: 12% - Brewery: Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, PA. Description: "Our vintage-dated, Belgian-style specialty ale, offered in corked 25.4 oz. bottles, is a sensation in subtlety. Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again. Be fore- warned, this ale is immense as it registers 12% abv."

Founders Devil Dancer7. Founders Devil Dancer - Style: Triple IPA, ABV: 12% - IBUs: 112 - Brewery: Founders Brewing Company - Grand Rapids, MI. Description: "When you dance with the Devil, the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBUs, it’s dry-hopped with ten hop varieties." - Available around June.

The Lost Abbey Deliverance8. The Lost Abbey Deliverance - Style: American Strong Ale - ABV: 12.5% - Brewery: The Lost Abbey - San Marcos, CA. Description: "A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass. A lively beer on the palette wrestling in a tug of war of sorts for your affection. At first there is booze. Then there are figgy notes with a rum edge that almost develops were it not for the bakers chocolate and bitterness that are somehow crushed by the long wave of ethanol numbing your receptors. Clearly this is not a beer for the faint of heart or weakened souls. This is fortuitous beer to accompany you on your journey to heaven or hell should you be delivered."

Three Floyds Behemoth9. Three Floyds Behemoth (2010) - Style: Barleywine - ABV: 12% - IBUs: 80 - Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing - Munster, IN. Description: "Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses." - Note more recent versions are lower in ABV.

10. AleSmith Speedway Stout - Style: Imperial Stout - ABV: 12% - Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company - San Diego, CA. Description: "A HUGE Imperial Stout that weighs in at an impressive 12% ABV! As if that’s not enough, we added pounds of coffee for a little extra kick. Our special-edition Brewer’s Reserve Speedway Stout, which is aged in Bourbon barrels, has been rated the #1 BEST BEER IN THE WORLD at It was also featured on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in a segment on the best dark beers in America. Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!"

The Lost Abbey Angel's Share Grand Cru11. The Lost Abbey Angel's Share Grand Cru (2010) - Style: Barleywine - ABV: 12% - Brewery: The Lost Abbey - San Marcos, CA. Description: "Nearly four years ago, we hired some Angels to work their magic on all manners of oak barrels and beers in our barrel program. As Angels go, they’re alright. Sometimes they misplace barrels. Other times, they’re selfish and hide the best barrels. And at least one of these Angels is mischievous from time to time adding grapes to the barrels to see what might happen. Recently, we found some of these "Angels Barrels" which we’d lost over time. After tasting them, we decided to marry some of the barrels together creating a time in a bottle snapshot of some of our favorite Angel’s Share barrels. This Grand Cru bottling has been thoughtfully blended to bridge the first batches with our most recent releases. We hope that you, like us and our Angels, find it worthy of the designation Angels Share Grand Cru."

12. Bell's Batch 9,000 Ale - Style: Imperial Stout - ABV: 12.5% - Brewery: Bells Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI. Description: "A commemorative brew. Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewer’s licorice. Batch 9,000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9,000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years."

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