83 of the Best Imperial Coffee Stouts, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Wichita Brewing Co. Catherine III Russian Imperial Stout (82)

“Crack this beer open and discover a deep black landscape of chocolate, oak, whiskey, roasted coffee, and a hint of distant smoke. As if she couldn't possibly exhibit any more characteristics, you'll soon realize a rush of dark fruit-like esters as contributed by the distinct Scottish ale yeast responsible for such a miraculous development.”

HaandBryggeriet Odin’s Tipple (82)

“A dark, almost black, beer from lots of chocolate malt, which contributes the flavor; no added coffee or anything else. This beer is made with a single strain of wild yeast, and the recipe is dead simple.”

AleSmith Brewing Company Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee) (83)

“This Vietnamese coffee version of Speedway Stout is and continues to be AleSmith's most popular variation of the ever-growing Speedway Stout collection. Since 2012 we have been adding this blend of four Vietnamese coffees, known in Vietnam as cà phê sa đá, to our popular imperial stout. The coffee beans were slowly roasted at low temperatures and then brewed by AleSmith with a traditional phin-style filter that gently percolates water through the ground coffee. The result is an intensely aromatic and bold tasting coffee that complements the notes of chocolate and roast in this massive stout.”

Great Divide Brewing Company Oak Aged Y (85)

“Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti's already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hops profile. Who says you can't tame a Yeti?”

Avery Brewing Company The Czar (85)

“Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants, and a hint of anise.”

Four Peaks Brewing Company Sirius Black (86)

“Sirius Black is our Russian lmperial Stout to which we have added more complexity by adding locally roasted Indian Monsooned Malabar coffee and licorice root to the beer. It has an intense roasted malt and coffee aroma with flavors of toffee and caramel as well as a slight alcoholic "heat."

MadTree Brewing Barrel-Aged Axis Mundi (86)

“The Siberians believed a ‘World Tree’ connects worlds through its roots and branches. While this Russian imperial stout isn’t the world’s cosmic axis, it does connect you to rich flavors.”

Fort George Brewery Matryoshka 2022 w/ Vanilla, Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon and Coffee (86)

“Barrel-aged Russian imperial stout with vanilla, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, coffee.”

Brouwerij De Molen Cease & Desist (86)

“A sweet imperial stout with lots of chocolate and coffee notes accompanied by plums. Strong yet not overwhelming, very flavorful and powerful. Try aging it for a couple of years to get its full complexity.”

Button Down Brewing Ríastrad (86)

“Prominent coffee flavor, but not overpowering. A medium-body stout.”

Single Hill Brewing Company Reserve - Osa Major (86)

"This imperial stout was aged in Westland American Single Malt Whiskey barrels, imparting stellar notes of dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla, and cocoa powder."

Three Floyds Brewing Co Dark Lord 2022 (87)

“A demonic Russian-style imperial stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, Indian sugar.”

Three Taverns Brewery Cocoa Cafe (87)

"Inspired by the cafes of Latin America, Cocoa Café is a chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon coffee milk stout."

Burial Beer Co Walking Through the Abyss into Nonsequitur (87)

“Imperial stout with Onyx decaf coffee, toasted coconut, hazelnuts, cinnamon, vanilla bean.”

AleSmith Brewing Co Speedway Stout Variant #2: Mostra Coffee & Coconut (87)

"This special edition of AleSmith’s signature imperial stout showcases unparalleled hints of rich chocolate, coconut, dark fruit and creamy sweetness, all interlaced with intoxicating whispers of Mostra Coffee – bestowing local artisanal flair suited to an imperial stout of this caliber."

Lervig Aktiebryggeri Konrad’s Stout (87)

“A Scandinavian-inspired imperial stout, Konrad’s is an easy-to-drink and soft stout with much taste of chocolate and coffee and a hint of licorice. It has more than enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.”

Black Lung Brewing Company Your What Hurts (87)

“Coffee aroma with flavor notes of chocolate and toffee and a nice, dry finish.”

River North Brewery Mr. Sandman (87)

“Nightmare Fuel minus the coffee.”

Drake's Brewing Company Drakonic Imperial Stout (88)

Our malty beast. Two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark crystal malts make up the grist. Columbus hops, added for bittering only, let the abundance of malt in this beer shine through. Drakonic is smooth and dense with flavors of licorice, coffee, and chocolate and a slightly dry finish.

Elysian Brewing Company Dragonstooth (88)

“Pours a midnight black with a light tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate; the mouthfeel is smooth with flavors of roasted malts, oatmeal, and warm bread. Satisfying but not heavy.”

Elevation Beer Company Oil Man (88)

“Much like the sweet light crude oil from the eastern plains of Colorado, this beer pours a deep black with an unbelievable coffee-colored head. Aromatics of sweet malt and bourbon envelop the nose. The malt profile continues through the palate from beginning to end with subtle hints of chocolate, coffee, and of course, bourbon.”

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Sidamo Coffee Stout (89)

“Our quest to brew the quintessential coffee beer began over a cupping with the coffee gurus from Richmond’s Lamplighter Roasting Company. Their Ethiopia Sidamo coffee was masterfully roasted to highlight the single origin bean’s bright, crisp body and distinctive blueberry undertones, making it harmonize beautifully with our Russian imperial stout. May this beer warm your spirits in the brisk winter months.”

Southern Tier Brewing Company MOKAH (89)

As scientists, our brewers use their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought-after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with, or as, your favorite dessert!

Highland Brewing Southern Nouveau Cafe au Lait (89)

"Barrel-aged imperial breakfast stout with coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cacao nibs, and lactose."

Pure Project Brewing Hazelsaurus Rex (89)

A massive imperial stout, with a smooth sippability and flavors of hazelnut and coffee that linger on the pal-ate.

Terrapin Beer Company Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake (90)

“Like your favorite breakfast treat and a great cup of coffee, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake hits on all cylinders. Starting with a delicious coffee aroma, a touch of cinnamon gives way to a sugary sweet icing flavor as a buttery nuttiness fills out the last drop of this breakfast in a glass.”

Transient Artisan Ales Buckley Reserve #2 (90)

“Imperial stout with vanilla, Tugboat coffee, maple syrup, aged in a whiskey foeder for 1 year, then in Blis Maple Syrup barrels for 1 year.”

EPIC Brewing Imperial Stout (90)

“This massive stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke, and rich sweet malt.”

Browar Pinta Immensity (90)

“Imperial stout aged in bourbon maple barrels infused with maple syrup, vanilla, coffee.”

Port Brewing Company Santa’s Little Helper (90)

“Our imperial stout starts with an emphasis on dark cocoa and roasted coffee aromatics. The finish lends hints of sweet crystal malt, warming tones of alcohol, and a touch of hops.”

Burial Beer Co Forsaken Blatherings of Nonsequitur (91)

“Imperial stout with decaf coffee, coconut milk, coconut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, pumpkin seeds.”

10 Torr Brewing Menacing Vibrations (91)

"Roasty and deep ... providing swirling intense flavors of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla."

Rhinegeist Brewery Ink (91)

“Deep, dark intense roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes resound deeply in this imperial stout.”

EPIC Brewing Company Big Bad Baptista (91)

“Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. A combination of vanilla, cinnamon, Mexican coffee roasted by Blue Copper, and Solstice Chocolate cacao nibs.”

Evil Twin Brewing Even More Jesus (91)

“A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all—it must taste rare!”

Surly Brewing Co. Darkness 2016 (91)

“This massive Russian imperial stout brings waves of flavors: chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee, finishing with a non-traditional dose of aroma hops.”

Pure Project Lost Monarch (91)

"We added organic Huehuetenango coffee from Guatemala (roasted by our friends at Mostra) and organic Oregon hazelnuts to this imperial stout, resulting in a myriad of aromas including nutty coffee, pizzelle, vanilla, bakers chocolate and toffee. Flavors of rich hazelnut and mocha mingle among a decadent, velvety mouthfeel."

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. BA Awaken, My Love (92)

“Barrel-aged imperial stout made with coffee and cinnamon.”

BKS Artisan Ales Anniversary Breakfast (92)

“Double milk stout with coffee and maple.”

Left Hand Brewing Company Bittersweet Imperial Milk Stout (92)

“Allegro Coffee’s exotic Mocha Java blend’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the milky sweet stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue.”

Brewskey Pub & Taproom Kingdom Overstout (92)

“Flavored with coconut from Sri Lanka, Brazil Black coffee from the Canadian Roasting Society, vanilla from Madagascar, lactose.”

Jester King Brewery Black Metal (92)

“Pitch black with huge notes of chocolate, roast, coffee, burnt malt, and alcohol balanced by aggressive hops bitterness.”

Grimm Artisanal Ales Double Negative (92)

“Aromas include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant, and blueberry. The flavor initially follows the nose, then a pop of smooth bitterness and a lingering, roasty finish.”

Epic Brewing Co., LLC Sextuple Barrel Big Bad Baptist (92)

"Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels with Barrel-Aged Coffee, Barrel-Aged Cacao, Barrel-Aged Coconut, Barrel-Aged Almonds and Barrel-Aged Salt."

North Park Beer Co. Mostra Before Dying (92)

"Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout conditioned on toasted coconut, shredded coconut, Veracruz Mexican vanilla beans, and a proprietary blend of Mostra Coffee's Ethiopian Anaerobic Honey Coffee and Ghost Bear Espresso Blend Coffee."

Madhouse Brewing Barrel Aged Carpe Diem 2019 (93)

Bourbon barrel-aged imperial breakfast stout made with oats, chocolate, Kona coffee, and bourbon barrel–aged Iowa maple syrup.

Great Notion Brewing Timberbeast 2022 (93)

“Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans and Coava coffee.”

Belching Beaver Brewery Viva La Beaver (93)

“Loaded with notes of creamy peanut butter, cinnamon, and coffee.”

Ex Novo Brewing Kill the Sun (93)

"Notes of roasty dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, marshmallows, graham crackers, and smooth whiskey."

Hardywood Park Cassowary (93)

“Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee, and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world.”

Finback Brewery Incarnation (94)

"Imperial snack stout with Philippines Sitio Belis coffee and maple. Aged in bourbon barrels."

Elysian Brewing Dragonstooth Stout (94)

"Pours a deep, midnight black with a light tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth with flavors of roasted malts, oatmeal and warm bread. Dragonstooth is a very drinkable stout - satisfying but not heavy."

Melvin Brewing Eureka (House of Flying Barrels) Night Visions - Vanilla Latte (94)

"Imperial Stout brewed with lactose sugar and aged on Ugandan Vanilla beans and SUMP coffee."

Moksa Brewing Co Changes (94)

"Brewed with Mostra coffee, Mexican vanilla, and over 1 lb per gallon of coconut."

Moksa Brewing Co Grasp of Noir (94)

"Brewed with Modern Times coffee, Mexican vanilla, almonds, and chicory."

Odell Brewing Company Jolly Russian (95)

“Jolly Russian is a rich Russian imperial stout stowed away in rum barrels for aging. Dark as night and thick as the raging sea, this brew boasts notes of coffee and cocoa with waves of oak, spiced molasses, dried fruit, and vanilla from the planks.”

Second Self Beer Malibu Doyle (95)

"Imperial coffee stout aged in rum barrels finished with toasted coconut."

Lift Bridge Brewery Irish Coffee Stout (95)

“Milk stout is blended with whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout before it’s finished off with locally roasted coffee.”

Old Thunder Brewing A Glimmer in the Oak (95)

“An imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee.”

New Realm Brewing Wooded Reserve Series: Doomsday Hound Russian Imperial Stout aged in Templeton Rye Barrels (95)

"Russian Imperial Stout aged 9 months in Templeton Rye barrels. Doomsday Hound is a beast with a roasted coffee and cocoa character. Barrel aging adds depth with a warming rye spiciness and nuances of oak and a hint of tobacco. 2020 Vintage."

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Seven Year Anniversary blend (95)

“Double barrel-aged imperial stout aged in maple bourbon barrels with maple syrup, coffee.”

Humboldt Brewing Company Black Xantus (95)

“Our imperial stout is infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from a local roaster, Jobella, and aged for 6 months in a combination of bourbon, retired Firestone Union, and wine barrels.”

Bend Brewing Co Canadian Coldfront (95)

"Brewed with over 4 lbs per barrel of fire roasted Sumatra from Bend’s Bohemian Roastery and maple wood smoked malt from Skagit Valley Malting, Canadian Coldfront is loaded with intense coffee notes of silky bittersweet chocolate and a faint sweet smoky finish.  What a way to ride, oh what a way to go."

Cerebral Brewing Astral Predator (95)

A blend of Barleywine and Imperial Stout aged 24-28 months in 9 year EH Taylor Bourbon, 10 year Templeton Rye Whiskey and French XO Cognac Barrels, with tasting notes of Raisinets, Dutch Cocoa Powder and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Lawson's Finest Liquids Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (96)

“This seasonal specialty is brewed with organic pale malt and almost 2 gallons of Vermont maple syrup per barrel. This cellar-aged brew is a huge, rich, and strong stout with a maple

New Image Brewing Three Halves (96)

Barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee, cacao, and vanilla.

The Lost Abbey Old Viscosity (96)

"Imperial Stout with Vanilla, Coffee, and Chocolate."

Epic Brewing Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist 2016 (96)

“Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the cream of the crop with only the choicest barrels selected for the blend, barrel-aged single-origin coffee, artisanal micro-batch cacao nibs, and our ceaseless passion for style.”

Tripping Animals Brewing Company Navaho Churro (96)

"Imperial Stout brewed with Churros, Madagascar Vanilla, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, and Mexican Mezcal Barrel-Aged Mostra Coffee. This beer is in Collaboration with our great friends from 3 Sons Brewing and Mostra Coffee."

Vitamin Sea Brewing Imperial Seven Bells (97)

"Our rotating Imperial Coffee Stout with cacao nibs and vanilla bean."

Brewskey Pub & Taproom Dandy (97)

“Imperial stout. Coffee, coconut, and Papuan vanilla.”

Weldwerks Brewing Coffee Maple Achromatic (97)

“An imperial stout brewed with an obscene amount of chocolate malts, oatmeal, and crystal malts to lend a sweet, caramel-malt backbone. We boil for more than six hours to achieve the rich, chewy, thick mouthfeel and add multiple maple syrup additions and a huge addition of freshly roasted coffee.”

Albright Grove Brewing Company Walker Valley (97)

"This imperial stout has been aged for 12 months in bourbon barrels made from American White Oak. Rich bourbon and chocolate aroma, with a substantial malt body with notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee, and complex notes of vanilla and coconut from the oak's tannins, this is a wonderful stout to share or savor all on your own."

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Moscatel Barrel Magellan (97)

"Imperial Maple Stout aged in imported Moscatel wine puncheons for 18 months. Flavors of maple and chocolate marry with French oak, mild citrus, toffee, and raisin from the cask."

Mikerphone Brewing Barrel-Aged Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit (98)

“Imperial stout with coffee and barrel-aged maple syrup. Aged in Blanton’s bourbon barrels.”

Highland Park Brewery Brunch Friends (98)

"Imperial Brunch Stout with maple, vanilla, coffee, and amburana wood made in celebration of the HPB Bottle Friends."

King Harbor Brewing Co French Toast Latte (98)

“Dessert stout with cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, lactose.”

Finback BA The Hawk & Whale (99)

Imperial coffee stout with kopi luwak coffee, aged 15 months in bourbon barrels and then finished with fresh kopi luwak coffee. Brewed in collaboration with Horus Aged Ales.

Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Special Roast (99)

Vermont maple syrup and Tugboat Coffee’s Sumatra Lintong Blue Batik beans.

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2021) (99)

"Oak and bourbon forward with big brownie batter flavors and delicate coffee and vanilla notes from extended aging in select Blanton’s, Weller, Dickel bourbon barrels. Think Ghirardelli brownie mix with bourbon substituted for water."

Magic Hat Brewing Company Meatwhistle (99)

Meatwhistle is a complex concoction, a giant imperial stout with a nice nose of vanilla and bourbon from oaken Heaven Hill barrels in which it was aged. Meatwhistle pleases the palate with hints of chocolate, raisins, currants, and coffee.

Amalgam Underground Breakfast (99)

Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for 14 months with extended aging on Madagascar vanilla beans, bourbon barrel–aged maple syrup and Dragon Fly Coffee Roasters’ Terre Celesti whole bean coffee.

Great Notion Brewing BA Double Stack (99)

Our imperial breakfast stout fermented with a ridiculous amount of maple syrup and conditioned on whole-bean Sumatra from Clutch Coffee. Aged in Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve, and Bull Run bourbon barrels.