55% ABV Beer? You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me...

By Jim Cohen | July 22, 2010 | 4 Comments |
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We knew this day was coming. Anyone who was tracking the Strongest Beers in the Universe competition felt the push towards 50%. Our last article When is a Beer Too Strong? discussed Schorschbock at 43% ABV, which at the time surpassed a slightly milder 41% ABV, Sink the Bismark. Well the boys at BrewDog have done it again, except this time it wasn’t a slight increase of 2% ABV, but 12% ABV.

Yes, boys and girls, that’s right, I said 55% ABV. The beer appropriately named “The End of History.” To put this in context, yet again, most liquors that you drink off the shelf (Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, etc) all have a 40% ABV. At 55%, we’re entering the realm that surpasses Bicardi’s infamous 100 proof rum and the trouble that goes along with it.

BrewDog’s post on the beer today cautioned beer drinkers that this beer “should be drank in small servings.” No kidding. The picture above is a true representation of how the beer is actually bottled. Going along with their thematic approach to making beer and serving it (recall Tactical Nuclear Penguin, for example), this beer bottle is embodied in a squirrel.

The name comes from a famous philosopher, Francis Fukuyama. Fukuyama had described the evolution of man to democracy as the end of history (for man). Similarly, the team at BrewDog considers this beer their final attempt to develop high end ABV beers (thank god). While they will continue to pursue unique beers and challenge other means brewing – I think it’s safe to say we have a winner in the Strongest Beers in the Universe.

Do you want to try this beer? Well you’re going to have to shell out some serious dough. The beer costs £500 for The End of History – Stoat and £700 for The End of History - Grey Squirrel. Currently, the BrewDog website lists the beer out of stock – but if you find some and want to send it our way, we’d be happy to take some off your hands.

Now with BrewDog comfortably ahead, do you think Shorschbrau will retaliate?

Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.
- Beer Universe



4 Comments · 55% ABV Beer? You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me...

  • If the pictures of the packaging weren't enough, just reading this article my throat burned. But if I were to ever come across this unicorn of a beer I would try it just to know for myself if I can or if I can't.

  • I hope that these wars stop - I mean it seems cool and all, but I'd rather get some decent brews that I could drink and enjoy the way beer was intended to be.

    Maybe i'm old-fashioned...

  • Wait, what? A REAL, taxidermied squirrel?

  • The squirrel, won't lie, is a bit freaky. Also I'm not sure that I would want this to be my beer of choice. However, in the spirit of beer drinkers around the world - I'd love to give it a shot and see how you can sip on something like this...

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