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10 Best Beers with Balls of 2007

Finally, Fall is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: Beer! Well, that shouldn't be your only concern, but with football season in full swing and the commencement of Oktoberfest, a lot of us out there have beer on the brain. With that in mind, we here at InventorSpot.com bring you 10 of the ballsiest beers we could find.

What makes them so noteworthy?

Well, the beers on this list push the limits of conventional brewing in a number of ways. Whether they are the stoutest of the stout, or the odd brainchild of a Japanese liquor store owner (milk beer anybody?), these ales definitely have some gusto that the rest of the beer world lacks.

 

10. Midas Touch Golden Elixir- The King's Beer

Besides the stout 9% ABV(alcohol by volume), Dogfish Head's Midas Touch Golden Elixir boasts a pretty interesting story behind it. Under a huge mound at the ancient Phrygian capital of Gordion in central Turkey, a University of Pennsylvania Museum expedition in 1957 excavated an intact burial chamber which likely belonged to King Midas himself. Also found inside was an ancient drinking set that, when examined, exhumed residue that revealed an ancient alcoholic beverage. Those determined brewers at Dogfish Head "recreated" this elixir--a mixture of wine, beer and honey--and got their very own Midas Touch Golden Elixir. The taste is rife with fruity notes and is served best in a clute or sniffer.

 

9. Mamma-Mia Pizza Beer- The Foodie's Beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon hearing the name of this beer, my immediate reaction is to cringe. Although I like to drink beer with my pizza, I'm not sure how I feel about having my pizza in my beer. However, Tom and Athena Seefurth of Campton Township, Illinois claim to have created the first "culinary beer," hinting at an air of sophistication. Created in 2006, the beer contains what you would expect: tomatoes, onions, garlic, oregano, basil—everything you would find on a pizza. Locals claim it tastes pretty much like those ingredients, but there is still the flavor of beer as well. A ballsy move to use such unconventional ingredients? I'd say so. But, who knows, maybe it will catch on?

 

8. La Terrible - The Purist's Beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Contrary to the name, there is nothing terrible about this French-Canadian ale crafted by Unibroue brewery. Well, the 10.5% ABV might be a little on the dangerous side for the average drinker, but, other than that, this beer performs well. Part of Unibroue's rare collection of beers brewed with 100% raw materials, this means that it's flavor is rich and powerful. Look out for a rather thick head on this ale, and enjoy the fruity yet malty tastes that last you all through Oktoberfest.

 

7. EKU 28 - The German's Beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the early 1950’s, the EKU brewery of Kulmbach , Germany set out to make the world's “biggest” beer. But, with traditional malt brewing techniques being a little too sissy, the beer-crazed Germans at Kulmbach doubled and sometimes even tripled the malt concentrations giving the yeast more fuel for alcoholic conversion. And, after an unheard of nine month cold storage period, the brewers got the end result: a robust beer, very sweet beer with an 11% ABV that will slap you in the face. Though not the biggest beer by any means, EKU 28 still packs a wallop and is not for the timid drinker.

 

6. Samichlaus - The Christmas Lush's Beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schloss Eggenberg brings us Samichlaus, which, as you might have guessed, means "Santa Claus" in Swiss German. The beer is only brewed once a year, on December 6 (which is the day of Saint Nicholas), which makes it a relatively rare brew. It is in the style of a Bavarian bock, and is fermented slowly over ten months so there is very little sugar left in the final beer. The process also allows for the development of a mind-numbing 14% ABV that goes perfect with those dysfunctional family holidays. With one of the highest ABVs in the world, this beer will make you forget all about your dead-beat brother and senial grandfather.

 

Comments
Oct 4, 2007
by grahamms

cool

Very interesting article Seth.  Which of the 10 have you tried?

Oct 4, 2007
by Seth Plattner

Well, I tried to be as

Well, I tried to be as thorough in my tastings as possible, but some of these beers are a little on the hard-to-get side.  Like Kelpie?  I only wish I could try that one!  As far as the easy-to-gets, the Golden Touch, the EKU, La Terrible and the Smoked Porter are all easy to find and ones that I have tried.  My dad actually lives in Alaska so I've had the Smoked Porter a number of times. 

 The one I could probably get, but am a little scared of is the Utopia! That 24% ABV is a little intimidating!  Maybe I'll muster some courage and give it a try sometime soon...

Oct 4, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Good list of beers.  Could

Good list of beers.

 Could use some grammar editing though.

Oct 5, 2007
by Lukeaduke (not verified)

I'm not sure...

Samichlaus has no business being on any list with the word "Best" in the title. I used to work in a belgian tavern, and when someone wanted a disgusting beer to play a joke on their friends I'd give them a Samichlaus. There are many other better tasting beers with high alcohol content like Dogfish Head's 90 and 120 Minute IPAs (9% and 20% ABV respectively). I don't even like IPAs but they are better than that Samichlaus swill. It's the worst, I mean it, buy one and find out for yourself!!

Oct 5, 2007
by cirby (not verified)

Kelpie

Kelpie is a great beer, with an interesting flavor.

Find it and try it.

 

Oct 5, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

you can order some of 

you can order some of  these beers online to ship to your house at

www.hitimewine.net

 

Oct 5, 2007
by Jeff Bearer (not verified)

The Utopias is $150 a

The Utopias is $150 a bottle, so while you are working up the courage, work up some savings as well. If you want to try a stratospherically strong beer at a more reasonable price, check out some of the Dog Fish Head ones like World Wide Stout, Fort, Raison De' Extra, and 120 Minute IPA.

You don't know how bummed I am that there is one beer on the list that I have not had, but then again, I'm not going to drive to Illinois for Pizza Beer.

Ballsiest Beer not on the list? (and not extremely rare) Lets go with Alesmith Speedway Stout.

Oct 5, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Unibroue not French

Unibroue is a brewer from the province of Quebec (Canada). The Frenchies make win not beer!

Oct 5, 2007
by Goat (not verified)

Try these

This is a pretty decent list of fine inebriators. Personally , I feel Old Foghorn (13% ABV) from the Anchor Brewing Company should have made the list. Two others would be Maredsous 8 and Maredsous 10 from the Maredsous Abbey in Belgium.

Oct 5, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

The Utopias is $150 yeah

The Utopias is $150

yeah right go check eBay

its like $300

also try

stone barly wine style ale (10%)

launitas undercover shutdown ale (9.75%)

and hog heaven barly wine style ale (10.75%) (have load of hops)

also try all the tripple IPAs you can....

(yes im from nor cal......)

Oct 5, 2007
by Eddie Glick (not verified)

Ballsier beers

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA (13%+ ABV)Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA (13% ABV, 110+ IBUs)Three Floyds Dark Lord (too complex to explain)Surly Furious (death metal in a can)

Oct 8, 2007
by Nick Number (not verified)

some corrections, arranged by section number

10. There should be a space between "Dogfish Head's" and the comma preceding it. Was "clute or sniffer" intended to be "flute or snifter"?

9. The word "The" should not be capitalized in the phrase "Created in 2006, The beer".

8. There should not be an apostrophe in "meaning that it's flavor is rich and powerful".

7. "a robust beer, very sweet beer" would be less awkward if the first instance of "beer" were removed.

6. "dead-beat brother and senial grandfather" should be "deadbeat brother and senile grandfather".

5. "it's flavor and alcohol content" shouldn't have an apostrophe. "no body" should be "nobody". "distributors" should either be "distributor's" or "distributors'", depending on whether they have more than one. "and delicate beer" should be "a delicate beer".

1. "who's ABV smashes records" should be "whose ABV smashes records". "Sam Adam's dedication" should be "Sam Adams's dedication" (or "Sam Adams' dedication", depending on style).

Oct 14, 2007
by Hank (not verified)

Samiclaus is awful

Samiclaus is the worst beer I've ever tried - I don't see how it even made it onto this list.

Oct 22, 2007
by 3l1t3 (not verified)

@ some corrections

Why go around and point out every grammar error in a post? You need to get a life! You must lead one boring life and have no friends either. Most people who go around and correct posts are either, a teacher (which we all know has no life),or some loser who needs to feel like he or she is better than everyone by pointing out every little mistake they made.  How fucking pathetic!

Nov 2, 2007
by beerdistribution (not verified)

AACH ME LADDIES!

yeah but #1 beer maker sam adams is trying to sue my mayor, so screw em.
i'll go glasgowian with an 'AACH ME LADDIES!', and buy up #2's...

Nov 22, 2007
by Alenthusiast (not verified)

Midas Touch

Yes, Midas Touch is incredible indeed. I concur with the post re: spelling and punctuation. I was not aware that the grammar police were patroling the internet so ruthlessly!
Additionally, I reccommend Victory Brewing's Golden Monkey; Thirsty Dog Siberean Night, Bison Chocolate Stout, Aventinus(a German Wheat Dopplebock), and remember Life is too short to drink bad beer.

Jan 30, 2008
by JackH (not verified)

Sam Adams

Seth-What about Sam Adams Tripple Bock? I still have some 04 and 05 that are still nice;

Jan 30, 2008
by JackH (not verified)

Sam Adams

Make that '94 and '95....