Are you the kind of person that kicks open the saloon door and yells “Barkeep do your worst!” or has a collection of Whiskey and Scotch that would John Wayne blush? Do you enjoy chopping wood, wrestling alligators, and hunting bobcats with nothing but a knife and a loincloth? You might just be man enough to handle these drinks.
1. Bruichladdich X4+3 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
According to Bruichladdich, “One sip and you live forever; two sips and you go blind; three sips and you expire on the spot.” This Single Malt Scotch Whiskey is quadruple-distilled and pours out of the still at 90% ABV. This bad boy ages for 3 years and eventually gets bottled at 63.5% ABV (127 proof).
2. Brewmeister Snake Venom
A few sips of Brewmeister Snake Venom, and you won’t believe that you’re drinking beer! At 67.5% ABV, this is one of the world’s strongest beers, and due to the alcohol content, does not have any carbonation. Despite its powerful punch, its flavor has been described as hoppy, malty and very pleasant.
3. The End of History
Manufactured by BrewDog, this beer is best known for its unique packaging. Each beer bottle is placed snugly inside of a stuffed stoat or squirrel! According to BrewDog, “The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill.” The beer is fermented and then frozen to allow the removal of excess water and yield an impressive 55% ABV. Featured ingredients include a blend of juniper berries and nettles, for a botanical flavor profile. BrewDog only made 12 bottles for its first run and has since stopped producing this one-of-a-kind brew.
4. BrewDog Sink the Bismarck
For those that are interested in the freeze-distillation process used in the BrewDog End of History brew, the company has produced Sink the Bismarck. Moderation is key with this beer. Classified as an Imperial IPA, it’s frozen four times to achieve its 41 % ABV. With little to no carbonation, this beer pours like a bourbon and has a rich copper color. Described as extremely hoppy, with just a kick of honey, this beer is not for the faint of heart.
5. Struise Black Damnation Vi-Messy
With all of the rich, creamy darkness of a stout, this beer, at 39.5% ABV, has the alcohol content of most vodkas. With its pitch-black color and the pleasurable smell of vanilla and smoke, its smooth flavor is that of a creamy bourbon-infused milkshake. The beer leaves a coating on the glass due to its syrupy texture and, despite its heavy alcohol content features moderate carbonation.
6. Schramm’s The Heart of Darkness – Honey Mead
While it features ingredients directly from Schramm’s orchard and berry patch, this craft honey mead is no dessert wine. Featuring a dark purple color and a complex flavor profile with notes of raspberries and black currants, this small-batch creation goes well with red meat and sharp cheese. The dense fruit flavor is balanced by a balanced finish, anchored by a strong honey base note.
7. Haywards 5000
Rightly said by a few, this beer is made to punch you in the face. If you drink just one and you are most probably going to be knocked inside. Haywards 5000 is better when had with some BBQ or Chinese food. This has got a mid golden coloured pour and has a lasting white froth. The taste is somewhat like sweet grass. Trust us and have the 5000 once you are out with your friends.
8. Guinness Draught
One look at the color of the beer and you will know that this has got to be a manly beer. In looks, its almost dark black and smells very very earthy. Almost like fresh grass and morning mist. In taste, any man will feel it smooth yet creamy but its when you gulp it down is that you feel its one Guinness drink that's ready to give a draught to your insides.
9. Marstons Pedigree
Almost copper in color and like Amber, it has 4.5% ABV and some say "real men drink bitter and Marstons Pedigree will get the hairs off your chest". Imagine if that's how its described, how bitter it must be. The taste is somewhat like an English malt mixed with caramel. In taste, apart from being famous for its bitterness, it tastes subtle, sweet and very much malty.
10. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Considered one of the best lagers out there. A beer needs to have a certain character to be called as a manly beer and Samuel Adams Boston lager deserves a place in the list of best manly beers. With 5% ABV, it has got a clear and easy to see amber texture. Aroma of this lager is somewhat malty, yeast and a hint of bread. In taste, it has got the bitterness alongside a good character.