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Assuming that it is available through 'normal' outlets - shops, supermarkets, off licenses etc... (in other words legal) What (per unit) is the strongest alcoholic drink in the world? Beers, wines and spirits included.

  • On some islands in the Caribbean meths is sold next to the rum - so you go down the isle starting with 'drinkable' rums, go past the white jack (70%) and there you will find the meths! But that is not what I am looking for. – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 22 '17 at 6:27
  • They sell country made wines in few slums in India that have huge amount of Alcohol, needless to say often poisonous. – Jatin Dhoot Feb 22 '17 at 7:45
  • Tennent's Super no longer cutting it for you? – Strawberry Feb 23 '17 at 9:36
  • Tennent's was good at 9% strength, but for some reason it's been cut to 8%, and the taste has gone with it. – Neil_UK Feb 23 '17 at 16:17

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For those who wish to drink something from Bolivia, there is Cocoroco which is an alcoholic beverage notable for its extremely high alcohol content by volume, 96%. (ABV).

Cocoroco is sold as "potable alcohol", most often in tin cans. Like rum, cocoroco is made from sugar cane. - Cocoroco (Wikipedia)

Cocoroco can

Cocoroco can

The following article may be of some all around interest: Top 10 Strongest Alcoholic Drinks in the World.

  • Wow, the hangover just keeps on getting worse and worse! – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 23 '17 at 4:50
  • The link to the top ten is great - I am marking this as the best answer as it goes above and beyond answering my question - thank you. – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 23 '17 at 7:15
  • It even attacks the can… – Gras Double Feb 23 '17 at 13:24
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    Also highly flammable. – Jeremy French Feb 23 '17 at 16:49
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At the time of writing this the strongest beer in circulation is a scottish made larger/pilsner Snake Venom By Brewmeister, this beer is 67.5% ABV. and is strongly recommended that you only drink small amounts in a sitting, buying a bottle(275ml) of this would set you back a £54.99

Other than this beer there was Koelschip Mistery Of Beer - Brouwerij het Koelschip that was 70% ABV but as I'm aware is no longer in circulation and has had production stopped as the brewery shut down

As far as all alcohol goes the strongest spirit is spirytus rektyfikowany which is a 96% Vodka. The cheapest you will find this is a small bottle(10cl) and this will cost £7.95 It is is strongly recommended to not drink this neat as it would be damaging

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    I believe the upper limit for yeast fermentation is somewhere around 25-30%. Do they get all the way to 67.5% by ice removal or is there some distillation involved too? – Digital Trauma Feb 21 '17 at 19:24
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    Yea freeze distillation is how they get the high percentage – Jamie Eltringham Feb 21 '17 at 20:50
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    In my opinion, anything that has been freeze distilled is no longer beer. I don't know what it is but it sure as heck ain't beer! – Jack Aidley Feb 22 '17 at 13:14
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    @JackAidley I have tried snake venom and it sure does taste like a beer – Jamie Eltringham Feb 22 '17 at 13:50
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    @JackAidley I too have tried Sink The Bismarck and I agree :) – Jamie Eltringham Feb 22 '17 at 13:59
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Indirect answer

95% or 190 proof is an upper end for distilled alcohol

Water and ethanol form an azeotrop at that mixture so you can not get more than 95% ethanol with fractional distillation.

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Spirytus Rektyfikowany

The purity of rectified spirit has a practical limit of 95.6% ABV; this hard to pronounce Polish Vodka is a murderous 96% ABV.

Spirytus Rektyfikowany

Here are the details on the bottle:

A 10cl bottle of rectified spirit from Poland bottled at the extreme ABV of 96%. This is often used as a base for liqueurs and other infusions, and we highly recommend that it is never drunk neat.

From Australia's "Courier Mail":

National Alliance for Action on Alcohol co-chairman Professor Mike Daube said it was "amazingly irresponsible'' for stores to sell the liquor, which had the potential to cause serious damage to drinkers or even kill them.

Prof Daube said the extreme nature of the product could appeal to young binge > drinkers, and putting the product next to normal spirits could endanger people who did not read the label properly.

  • It would be a self limiting exercise for 'young binge drinkers' ! – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 22 '17 at 6:10
  • Of course, Polish people don't drink it raw, they mix it beforehand… With breakfast cereals. – Gras Double Feb 23 '17 at 13:21
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For myself, I have found that Everclear is the strongest spirits I have ever bought at 190 proof. Although it is too strong for myself to drink by itself, it makes excellent mixes. Some people have use it to extract the medicinal properties out of plants because of its' strength. It also comes in 150(1) proof bottles too.

A bottle of 190-proof Everclear

A bottle of 190-proof Everclear

The lower proof Everclear is much easier to find and is quite common in the USA.

The 190 proof (95% ABV) is sold at Bevmo, depending on your state.

For more information see the Liquor Barn.

  • Brilliant! 'I only bought this to get the medicinal properties out of plants' - whilst standing sideways at the checkout with a trolley load of the stuff. Thanks for this answer. – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 22 '17 at 6:07
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You can buy scientific grade Ethanol, usually at a science supply shop. Many of them only sell it in person. It is usually 99.5% or 199 proof!. For that extra kick if Everclear isn't strong enough for you!

Ethanol at Fisher Scientific

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    I don't know if that would qualify as a "drink." Ethanol above 95.6% cannot be made via fractional distillation. To go above that, you have to do chemistry using compounds like benzene or heptane, some of which will almost certainly remain behind with the ethanol. – Cort Ammon Feb 21 '17 at 17:38
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    Are you sure that is food (drinking) grade? – paparazzo Feb 21 '17 at 17:41
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    99.5% Ethanol and .5% Benzene isn't going to kill you if you take a shot of it! ;-) – farmersteve Feb 21 '17 at 17:51
  • Yah, but what will really kill you? Remember we are talking 96%+ ethanol, which if I remember correctly is a carcinogen also? Right? – farmersteve Feb 21 '17 at 18:39
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    Is this available through 'normal' outlets - shops, supermarkets, off licenses etc...? – Ken Graham Feb 21 '17 at 19:00
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Try "Kehlenschneider". It's a Chili liquor with 80% alc and 400,000 to 800,000 scoville. Remember, tabasco has only 3,000 scoville. Kehlenschneider

Chillischnaps

Chillischnaps

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I know you are looking for "normal outlets", but for those who are interested, the world record holder for a while was Estonian Spirit aka Eesti Piiritus at 96.6%. You can still find some for sale at auctions. I brought a few bottles back when you could still buy it and foolishly did a shot of it. Never trying that again!

Estonian Spirit

Estonian Spirit

  • And still the hangover continues? – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 24 '17 at 5:00
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Hapsburg Premium Reserve Absinthe has 89.9% ABV

Hapsburg Premium Reserve Absinthe

The strongest absinthe on the UK market. Serve well diluted for your own safety and keep well away from naked flames. The term premium reserve refers to the high strength, with original being the 'weakest' (though still 72.5%) and super deluxe being in the middle.

Please note this is a high-strength product and we recommend not drinking neat – please enjoy diluted or with a mixer of your choice.

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Strongest alcohol

Spirytus rektyfikowant (96% alcohol)

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  • Welcome! :) Your catching down-votes here due to the brevity of the answer (and the fact that someone else already mentioned it...) Maybe fluff the answer with more info on the drink or some of your own experience with it? – Modern Apostles Mar 4 '17 at 16:59

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