Where I come from Carlsberg Special Brew is synonymous with park bench and back alley boozing. It tastes like “rocket fuel” and is branded a drink for drunks due to its hefty 8.8% alcohol content. It is hard to find higher in the UK. In Malaysia Carlsberg Special Brew is tame. An average beer. Drink it with noodles. This is because Malaysia is home to the Super Beers. At every corner shop next to tins of Pepsi and Lychee Juice sit a selection of Extra Strong, Ultra Strong and Super Strong beers. Between 12% and 15% Alc.
While my initial choice was drawn to the cuddly animal tins I thought best to play safe with Hunter Super Strong. “Brewed in Belgium”, “Premium Lager” sounds delightful. The highest alcohol content of 15%. This was not my first time sampling Malaysia’s super beers. I once bought a tin of Weidmann Ultrastrong after a romantic wine and dine in Langkawi. Things got blurry. Fanfan shouted. Today I will be sensible and I shall kick back in my Georgetown Heritage Hotel and sip it from sober.
6.5RM; price not so different than a tin of Heineken. Opens like beer, looks like beer, tastes similar to a beer. If I had to describe the taste it would be “super strong beer” or “beer with extra alcohol”, maybe a taste of Vodka. I won’t be downing pints and instead sip a glass while I blog. I get tipsy quick without noticing. Half the tin down I feel lazy. Full tin down I had cancel my plans for the night and stay in with a Subway sandwich. Fanfan shouted over Skype. I am not new to strong alcohol and it is in fact my travel essential. A 500ml tin of 15% beer is not so different from a bottle of wine or Japanese sake. Good to get drunk but not recommended for daytime beering.