Maxim Beer Awards: The Big Bottles

As Sir Mix-a-Lot knew, sometimes a man needs something to grab on to.

As Sir Mix-a-Lot knew, sometimes a man needs something to grab on to.



Old Abominable Barley Wine


Stoudts, Adamstown, PA


Availability: Limited, 13 states


Despite its name, this special-edition brew’s taste isn’t big, fuzzy, and scary, but caramel-like with


lots of toasted malt. And like most wines, it ages well, so try not to crack the bottle just yeti (sorry).





Steel Reserve High Gravity


Steel Brewing Co., Irwindale, CA


Availability: Year-round, nationwide


As one Urban Dictionary user puts it, “I have hallucinated and time-traveled under the influence of Steel Reserve.” OK. So that’s 40 ounces of time-travel juice for $2? Yes, please.





V-12


Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA


Availability: Year-round, 29 states


Served in a hefty 25.4-ounce bot­tle, this amber-hued ale seduces you with fruit, seals the deal with a refreshing mouthfeel, then knocks you out with 12 percent alcohol con­-


tent. Now that’s a one-night stand.





St. Ides High Gravity


Saint Ides Brewing Co., Irwindale, ca


Availability:
Year-round, nationwide


Like your ex, this malt liquor is somewhat harsh, with a fair amount of bitterness. Unlike your ex, it finishes crisp and refreshing, with a nice hop profile. Where was this analogy going again?





Kiwanda Cream Ale


Pelican Pub & Brewery


Pacific City, OR


Availability: Year-round, Oregon and by mail to certain states


Fruity and malty with a smooth finish, this rich, golden-hued beer has sophisticated flavor. But at 22 ounces, it ain’t too good to eff you up.

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Maxim Staff