538 of the Best Imperial Stouts, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Cherry Thrale's (75)

“Russia’s Peter the Great loved English stouts. Unfortunately, the beer could not survive the long journey until 1796, when London brewery Thrale’s increased the alcohol content and hopping rate in their stout, creating the imperial stout. We’ve ‘imperialized’ this stout by fermenting it a bit further with sour cherries.”

Boulevard Brewing Company Dark Truth Stout (79)

Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness; noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.

Mikkeller Black (80)

“This was introduced a couple of years ago as the craziest, wildest, and strongest beer from Mikkeller. Eventually, BLK FIST! ran over it. This beer, though, is (still) not for sissies.”

21st Amendment Brewery El Camino (Un)Real (80)

“At 9.5 percent ABV, El Camino (Un)Real has a firm bitterness and malt complexity with licorice, vanilla, and higher alcohol esters. The incorporation of indigenous ingredients includes the addition of dried mission figs, pink peppercorns, fennel, and chia seeds that together add a slight herbal, fruit, and spice notes built to pair with the malt and hops complexity.”

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.”

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Frost Monster (82)

“Frost Monster Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels.”

Boulder Beer The Dude’s D’Spare (82)

“Uses a blend of specialty malts for a dark chocolate, roasty flavor with hints of black licorice. Aging it in first-use Cabernet wine barrels adds depth, bringing out soft fruit flavors and subtle oakiness.”

The Bruery Share This: Mole (82)

“Each release in our Share This series spotlights unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Mole is a mole-inspired imperial stout collaboration with Chef Anne Conness, featuring ancho chiles, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao nibs. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar.”

Coronado Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Stupid Stout (83)

“A roasty, chocolaty barrel-aged liquid treasure that leaves you dreaming of vanilla bourbon notes.”

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Siberian Night (83)

“Our Siberian Night Russian imperial stout aged for 11 months in fresh bourbon barrels. The dark chocolate malt yields a milk chocolate flavor that blends perfectly with the vanilla flavor from the barrel.”

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Barrel-Aged Scarface (83)

“The bourbon barrel-aged edition of Scarface will assault your senses with sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla.”

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir (83)

“Pirate Noir is our Jamaican rum barrel–aged imperial oatmeal stout. This beer adds intense notes of vanilla, coconut, and rum to our Prairie Noir.”

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.”

Evil Twin Brewing Yin (84)

“This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan, but the one where a toasted smug and a hoppy fella get together to make a sublime beer balance.”

Kannah Creek Brewing Company The Demise of Ivan 2016 (84)

“This complex beer was aged for nine to twelve months in bourbon oak barrels, bringing out notes of tobacco, raisins, figs, and undertones of dark cherry. Enjoy now or age for several years.”

Natchez Brewing Co Sticky Slicker (84)

“A complex malt bill creates a rich, decadent, complex beer that features layers of bittersweet, dark, milk chocolate.”

Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout (85)

“Dark, thick, and scary. Made with plenty of highly roasted malted barley to give the beer a richness and smoky roasty depth, sort of like a hydraulic sandwich in a glass.”

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.”

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Narwhal (85)

A malt-forward monster that features incredible depth of malt flavor, with notes of espresso, baker's cocoa, roasted grain, and a light hint of smoke. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish.

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?”

Full Sail Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Stout (85)

“This beer was brewed in November of 2015 and was carefully aged for months in Wild Turkey Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon, and oak. This year’s Bourbon Barrel–Aged Stout is inky black with aroma of dried cherry, shaved chocolate, and whiskey. It has a full malty palate with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, dried figs, and a subtle hint of molasses.”

Melvin Brewing Eureka (House of Flying Barrels) Three Years! (85)

“S’mores-inspired smoked imperial stout blended with bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout with vanilla beans, maple syrup, cacao, cinnamon, graham crackers added.”

Lift Bridge Brewery Silhouette with Vanilla (85)

“Brewed in the style of an imperial stout and aged in bourbon barrels with whole Madagascar vanilla beans for up to 4 years.”

Left Hand Brewing Company Wake Up Dead Nitro (85)

Super smooth trifecta of cocoa, dried fruit, and licorice notes.

Broken Strings Brewery Sugared Stout Gang Peanut (85)

"Our imperial pastry stout base treated with cocoa nibs and peanuts."

pFriem Family Brewers Rum Barrel Aged Porter (85)

"We age our Imperial Porter for a year in barrels kissed by the Caribbean, giving pFriem’s Rum Barrel Aged Porter notes of chocolate truffles, ripe cherries and vanilla beans. Drink in this captivating brew and taste luscious decadence."

pFriem Family Brewers Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (86)

Aged Oola Distiller’s bourbon barrels for a year, resulting in huge roasted malt, chocolate mousse, coconut, and ripe cherry flavors.

The Bruery Black Tuesday Grand Reserve (86)

"Triple barrel-aged imperial stout."

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.”

Kannah Creek Brewing Company Demise of Ivan (86)

“Aged for 9–12 months in bourbon oak barrels bringing out notes of tobacco, raisins, and figs, and undertones of dark cherry. Enjoy now or age for several years.”

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."

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

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

Burial Beer Co Ninth Passing (86)

“Rum and bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with toasted coconut, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans.”

Great Notion Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Jumbo (86)

“Imperial stout aged in a Widow Jane bourbon barrel with marshmallows, vanilla beans, pecans.”

The Veil Brewing Company Sleeping Forever Grand Cru 2020 (86)

“Blend of 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old barrel-aged imperial stout.”

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.”

Ecliptic Brewing Barrel-aged Oort (86)

"Named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets, Oort Imperial Stout has massive amounts of roasted barley combined with three types of Caramel malts for a rich, full mouth feel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lend a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor. This barrel-aged version slumbered for twelve months, imparting notes of rich, bitter chocolate, vanilla and oak."

Horus Aged Ales Pallas's Pere (86)

"William Larue Weller bourbon barrel-aged imperial 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."

Button Down Brewing Ríastrad (86)

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

Two Brothers Brewing Company Northwind Imperial Stout (87)

“Dark delights like this were once shipped to the imperial court of Russia. With a firm, roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind can stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out!”

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.”

Amager Bryghus Hr. Frederiksen (87)

“A dense, creamy, light brown head leaves an abundance of lacing on the glass. Eight varieties of malt were used, including black and roasted malts. The bitterness comes from roasted malts backed by Centennial hops.”

The Pike Brewing Company 2015 Pike Entire Wood-Aged Stout (87)

“Smooth and chocolaty, reminiscent of small-batch bourbon with its vanilla and wood overtones. Aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels, which impart creamy vanilla and whiskey flavors.”

Coronado Brewing Company Stupid Stout (87)

“This deep, dark, viscous brew delivers defined, robust, chocolaty notes with a hint of hops freshness. As this beer ages, those big flavors mellow, leaving behind a smooth, balanced sipper.”

Stone Brewing Company Bitter Chocolate Oakmeal (87)

“A recipe of unsweetened chocolate, flaked oats, and dark-roasted malts is made even more complex, care of bourbon oak barrels that impart oak and coconut-like flavors up front while accentuating the smooth mid-palate with oak vanillin notes.”

River North Brewery Mr. Sandman (87)

“Nightmare Fuel minus the coffee.”

Three Floyds Brewing Co Dark Lord 2022 (87)

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

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

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

The Bruery Aloha Friday (87)

"Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts."

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."

Southern Tier Brewing Company Creme Brulee (87)

“How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple: it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition. It was the French Crème Brûlée that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew!”

Black Lung Brewing Company Your What Hurts (87)

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

Baere Brewing Company Chocolate Black RyeDay (87)

“An ode to the almighty pumpernickel bread.”

Three Taverns Brewery Martyr's Breath (87)

“An imperial rye stout matured on tonka beans and Ugandan vanilla beans.”

Three Taverns Brewery Cocoa Cafe (87)

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

Roaring Table Brewing Sunburnt Mirth 2020 (87)

"Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mole Milk Stout."

Melvin Brewing Eureka (House of Flying Barrels) 2 Years (87)

"Imperial Smoked Wheat Stout aged for 18months in Weller Bourbon barrels with Coconut and toasted Pistachios added. Made to commemorate our 2 year anniversary."

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Jifforia (87)

Brewed with peanut butter and cacao nibs. Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels.

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.

Port Brewing Churchill's Finest Hour (88)

"Smooth with tons of cocoa and a hint of bourbon."

Grand Teton Brewing Black Cauldron (88)

"Brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with ... hops."

Fifty West Brewing BBA Death Valley Shootout (88)

"Rich notes of baker's chocolate, maple sap, and tobacco blend with barrel character."

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.”

Reuben's Brews Barrel Aged Stout (88)

“This brew is a rich, big imperial stout deliberately brewed to age in bourbon barrels for many months. It has a rich body, vanilla notes, bourbon, light oak, and an underlying flavor profile of smooth milk chocolate.”

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.”

Big Grove Brewery and Taproom Richard the Whale (88)

“Our bourbon barrel–aged Russian imperial stout.”

Ahnapee Brewery PB Hobo (88)

PB Hobo is our imperial stout made with lots of peanuts, and then more peanuts. Enjoy rich peanut-butter notes mingled with a deliciously roasted and full bodied imperial stout.

Chapman Crafted Ballad of the Barrels (88)

Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Pondaseta Brewing Co. Rye Barrel Aged Castle Black (88)

"Castle Black is an American Imperial stout with huge roast emphasis. We aged it for 9 months in Willet Rye Barrels and the result is bursting with Rye Whiskey aroma balanced by a complex and roasty mid section, and finishing with a nuanced caramel and vanilla derived from the barrel."

Four City Brewing Company Amanda (88)

"Imperial stout fermented on cocoa nibs, raspberries, and maple syrup."

Vitamin Sea Brewing Company We Keep (88)

“We took our base stout recipe and conditioned it on cinnamon toast cereal, stroopwafels, cacao nib, vanilla bean, marshmallow, cinnamon.”

Stonecloud Brewing Co. Fluffy Fingers - Chocolate Orange (88)

“Made with orange zest, vanilla, roasted cocoa nibs—a play on the childhood favorite.”

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Marshmallow Milk Stout (88)

“Our imperial milk chocolate stout base with a blast of marshmallows.”

Perrin Brewing Company No Rules 2021 (88)

"NO RULES were followed throughout the creation of this product. This 15% Imperial Porter was made with coconut and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months. We hope you enjoy this product as much as we did making it!"

Incendiary Brewing Company Rye Imperial Stout (89)

“Full-bodied rye stout with dark fruit malts and yeast esters giving way to impressions of winter spices.”

Abandoned Building Brewery Belladonna (89)

"Big notes of vanilla, wood, chocolate, and bourbon infuse this imperial stout."

St. Elmo Brewing Three (89)

"We hopped it heavily with Amarillo, Mosaic, and Chinook."

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!

Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break (89)

“Keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.”

Fremont Brewing Barrel Aged Dark Star Spice Wars (89)

“This year’s release is a blend of 18, 12, and 8-month bourbon barrel–aged KDS Dark Star in 12-year-old Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel–aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone.”

New Image Brewing Co Anaphora B2 (89)

“Imperial stout aged in bourbon, rum, and rye barrels.”

The Virginia Beer Company Pocket Square (89)

“A Knob Creek barrel-aged imperial stout with toasted coconut and Indonesian vanilla.”

Perennial Artisan Ales Société du Chêne 2022, Papua New Guinea (89)

“Imperial stout with Papua New Guinea vanilla beans aged in Weller barrels. A blend of 67 percent aged 17 months and 33 percent aged 16 months.”

Maplewood Brewing Company Giallo (89)

"Our modern interpretation of a classic Imperial Stout. Wheat is added for body and creaminess which plays perfectly off the rich and intense notes of dark chocolate and hints of plum and fig."

Single Hill Brewing Company Overstory with Hazelnuts, Vanilla, & Chocolate (89)

“Dessert flavors of hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate with our blend of barrel-aged imperial stout.”

Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse Demons Run Coconut Vanilla (89)

“Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut and vanilla beans added.”

Anchorage Brewing Blessed (89)

"Blend of ... barrel–aged imperial stouts finished on tons of coconut and Madagascar vanilla beans."

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.

Amalgam Brewing Other Realms (89)

Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for 14 months.

Cape May Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Concrete Ship (89)

Russian imperial stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Mikerphone Brewing In Unison Vol. 1 (89)

“Blend of barrel-aged barleywine and imperial stouts.”

Highland Brewing Southern Nouveau Cafe au Lait (89)

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

Broad Brook Brewing Company Rooster Inhaler Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (90)

“Russian imperial stout. Roasted-chocolate and burnt-malt flavors. Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.”

Elevation Beer Oil Man Imperial Stout (90)

"Notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, tobacco, and licorice."

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.”

Ecliptic Brewing Oort Imperial Stout (90)

Roasted barley and chocolate malts were combined with three types of caramel malts for a rich, full mouth-feel. Chinook, Cascade, and Sterling hops lend a balanced bitterness and subtle hops flavor.

Hoppin’ Frog BA T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant Triple Oatmeal-Imperial Stout (90)

Super-tasty rich, dark, and flavorful with complementary characteristics of oak, vanilla, and whiskey.

Ecliptic Brewing Oort Imperial Stout (90)

"Massive amounts of roasted barley and chocolate malts were combined with three types of caramel malts for a rich, full mouth feel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lend a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor to this brew that’s as black as the vacuum of space."

Lakefront Brewery Black Friday 2019 (90)

"Combines massive caramel and roasted malts with huge vanilla and oak flavor."

2nd Shift Brewing Pinckney Bend BBA Liquid Spiritual Delight (90)

"American-style imperial stout aged in Pinckney Bend Distillery bourbon barrels."

12 West Brewing Sacrifices (90)

"Double-mashed stout aged in Four Roses barrels for more than a year."

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.”

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.”

Judaculla Nantahala Brewing Company (90)

“Judaculla (pronounced JOOda KULLa) is our Russian imperial stout made with local sorghum syrup and wildflower honey and aged in Jack Daniels barrels for three months. Judaculla, or Tsul'kalu, is a Cherokee beast of legend. This slant-eyed Master of Game was said to have had seven toes on each foot and left marks in earth and rock when he jumped up and down.”

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.”

Hop Butcher For the World Fat Bear (90)

“Peanut butter imperial stout brewed with chocolate.”

Two Roads Brewing Co Igor's Dream (90)

“Unorthodox Russian imperial stout made with rye and aged in bourbon and rye-whiskey barrels.”

Browar Pinta Immensity (90)

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

Alvarado Street Brewery Motor Oil No. 5 (90)

Motor Oil No. 5 is our incredibly decadent, rich, and roasty imperial stout treated with sweet orange, vanilla, and cacao nibs. Like a Lindt orange chocolate bar.

Mother’s Brewing Native Oak Version 2 (90)

A blend of four imperial stouts selected from our favorite barrels.

Tiny Haus by 10 Barrel Soul Candy (90)

“Conditioned on Brazilian amburana wood infused with flavors of gingerbread and holiday spices.”

Vitamin Sea Brewing Conversational Narcissism (90)

“Conditioned on French toast cereal, maple, cacao nibs, marshmallow, Mexican vanilla beans.”

Silver City Brewery Shadow Magic (90)

"Inspired by the traditional foreign extra stout style, this dark ale brings deep, rich, malty chocolate flavor and a velvet-smooth body from the addition of oats and roasted wheat. Go beyond light and embrace the darkness."

Nocterra Brewing Company Take A Hike: S'mores Stout (90)

"Take A Hike: S'mores Stout has nice roasted notes balanced by the sweetness of Chocolate, Marshmallow & Vanilla. The perfect campfire dessert."

Greater Good Imperial Brew Co Bourbon Barrel Aged Evana (90)

“Aged in bourbon barrels. Creamy chocolate flavors with a smooth and subtle bourbon flavor reign supreme.”

MotoSonora Brewing Road of Bones Imperial Stout (91)

"Big, bold and bitter like dark chocolate. Deep, dark, and rich with a little bit of bite."

DESTIHL Brewery Dosvidanya Rye (91)

"Our Dosvidanya Rye has deep, rich, dark-chocolate maltiness and earthy, spicy rye flavors."

Crooked Run Brewing Virtue (91)

"Blend of multiple stouts aged in port barrels from Stone Tower Winery."

Avery Brewing Night Warden (91)

"Strong notes of vanilla and caramel from fresh whiskey barrels complement a roasted malt bill ... a smooth and full-bodied stout."

10 Torr Brewing Menacing Vibrations (91)

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

The Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout (91)

"Roasty and chocolate notes throughout ... a big beer that balances with kiss of sweetness."

Rhinegeist Brewery Barrel-Aged Ink (91)

“Our Ink imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.”

Rhinegeist Brewery Ink (91)

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

Alaskan Brewing Co. Perserverence (91)

“Alaska birch syrup … lends a deep almost-tart character to the dark malt profile, while wildflower honey adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes. Our alder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor of turn-of-the-century malting practices.”

Melvin Brewing Ruckus (91)

“Clean alcohol flavor. High hops level and residual sweetness. Thick like oil.”

Verboten Little Nonsense (91)

“This imperial oatmeal stout was aged for nine months in bourbon barrels. Robust flavors of dark malts, the smoothness of oats, and the complementary flavors the bourbon barrels bring will warm you up this winter.”

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.”

Moksa Brewing Co Soulful Memories (91)

“Imperial stout aged in George T. Stagg bourbon barrels for 22 months.”

Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Coconut (91)

“Roasted coconut flakes, licorice, cherry bark, vanilla beans on top of an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels.”

The Veil Brewing Company Pallbearer Reserve Melange (91)

“Blend of apple brandy barrel-aged imperial stout and bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.”

Free Will Brewing Company Decadent Chocolate Ralphius (91)

In collaboration with Pierre’s Chocolates (New Hope, Pennsylvania), we carefully selected a blend of responsibly sourced Central and South American cacao nibs and chocolate to age with this particular variant of our bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout, Ralphius.

Smog City Brewing Company Infinite Wishes (91)

“Infinite Wishes is an inspired reimagination of a classic imperial stout, Decadently aged for twelve months in bourbon barrels. Infinite Wishes draws from the depths of nothingness and pours obsidian-black with intense aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, and cooked sugar finishing with the layered richness of a bourbon chocolate pie.”

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."

Single Hill Brewing Company Osa Major (91)

"Deeper black, darker chocolate and fuller roast flavors than in this roaring imperial stout's little sibling. Watch the snow fall outside, it's already winter."

Verboten Brewing Vanilla Not a Speck of Light (91)

"Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with Tahitian vanilla added."

Incendiary Brewing Company Spiritus Mundi (91)

“Blend of black barleywine and imperial stout, both aged in Weller bourbon barrels.”

Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat Oranj (91)

“Choklat Oranj is a stout brewed with chocolate and orange peel, opaque black in color, and a delicious dessert beer. Perfect alone or enjoyed as a float.”

Hop Butcher/Solemn Oath Hobson (91)

A massively rich imperial milk stout, full of chocolate, that has a smooth warming finish with just a hint of smoke.

Elevation Beer Company Coconut Oil Man (91)

“Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, brewed with organic coconut.”

Broad Brook Brewing Company OLMEC Mayan Kakawa Stout (91)

"Cinnamon, Cacao Nibs and vanilla plus Ancho, Guajillo and Habanero Peppers."

Ozark Beer Company BDCS 2021 (91)

"Imperial Double Cream Stout aged in Bourbon Barrel for 8 months."

Fort George Brewery From Astoria With Love (91)

This pitch black Russian imperial is a perfect storm of rich roast, nutty aroma, and chocolate flavors.

Smuttynose Brewing Company Smuttynose Imperial Stout (92)

“Originally brewed in the early nineteenth century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color snd full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fruit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.”

SweetWater Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel–Aged Imperial Stout (92)

“Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a supremely rich, full-bodied imperial stout laced with subtle notes of chocolate and bourbon, acquired while aging in bourbon barrels. A big beer at 11.2 percent ABV, this is the highest ABV creation SweetWater will release this year.”

Burial Beer Co Anno Domini MMXXI (2021) Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Coconut, Hazelnut, and Mexican Vanilla Bean (92)

"This Imperial Stout is aged in Caribbean rum barrels for over a year, and after racking back to steel, we aged it on accompanying doses of macaroon coconut, toasted hazelnuts and Mexican vanilla bean. Sip longingly on toasted coconut daiquiris, hazelnut rum cake, drizzled with vanilla creme anglaise and washed down with a stiff Nutella frapp with Bacardi floater."

Hoppin' Frog Brewing Extended Barrel-Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Oatmeal Imperial Stout (92)

"Extra-long aging in select Bourbon Barrels adds intense flavors and aromas of oak, toasted vanilla, and fine tobacco to the deep-roasted and full-bodied character of our infamous Double Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout."

Westbound & Down BA Western Justice (92)

"A blend of 21-, 15-, and 10-month imperial stout from some of our favorite barrels."

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.”

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (92)

“This stout achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the blending of six malts and months of aging. There is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, and ice cream.”

Bear Republic Brewing Company Big Bear Black Stout (92)

“Big Bear is a big black stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.”

Societe The Butcher (92)

“A big imperial stout with an overwhelming roasted malt characteristic. It has a velvety smooth, yet full, mouthfeel that hides any alcohol tones. A thick, dense, dark chocolate-colored head delivers aromas of roast, and the flavors are heavily toasty and biscuity, lingering on the tongue.”

Aspen Brewing Co. Barrel Aged 10th Mountain (92)

“Eight types of malt and a blend of English and American hops are combined to create a decadent beer worthy of sipping by the fire or sharing with friends. This brew pours black as a cold winter night and it’s powerful enough to keep you warm, too.”

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel–Aged Carpathian 2019 (92)

Imperial stout base aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Deschutes Brewery The Abyss (92)

"Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with hints of molasses and licorice."

Cellarmaker Brewing Company Best Fiends (92)

"This is a big chewy Porter that focuses on quality malts. This luscious brew has the nose and flavor intensity of an imperial stout but comes in at a reasonable ABV. Best Fiends contains no adjuncts yet is packed with aromas of freshly baked chocolate croissant, graham cracker, cigar tobacco, high percentage cacao, and malted milk ball."

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."

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Single Barrel Select: Heaven Hill Double Absence (92)

"Double mash Imperial Stout aged 11 months in a single Heaven Hill Rye barrel."

Verboten Brewing Not a Speck of Light (92)

"Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels."

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."

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.”

Great Divide Brewing S’mores Yeti Imperial Stout (93)

"Tastes of the classic campsite dessert blended with the rich, roasty malt flavor of Yeti Imperial Stout."

Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (93)

“Brewed with a big malt flavor, plenty of hops bitterness, and roasted barley for notes of dark chocolate. Aged in freshly emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels.”

Foothills Brewing Dead & Berried Imperial Stout (93)

"Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels and finished with Oregon blackberries."

Uhl’s Brewing Co Fluffernutter Imperial Stout (93)

"Imperial stout aged on Reese's Peanut Butter, Mallo Creme and roasted marshmallows. Tap Room only."

Moksa Brewing Grasp of Oak (93)

"An imperial stout aged in vanilla bourbon and apple brandy barrels for 23 months."

Ex Novo Brewing Kill the Sun (93)

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

Toppling Goliath Brewing Norseman's Wrath (93)

"Dry hopped heavily with Mosaic, when paired with roasted malts gives the suggestion of grilled citrus."

Oskar Blues Brewery Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY (93)

“Our titanic, immensely viscous Ten FIDY stout aged in bourbon barrels.”

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday (93)

“Dark and delicious like Black Tuesday, but in a more affable format. Things happen, and life goes on. This beer can be enjoyed in all of those moments and seasons.”

Fort George Brewery Cavatica (93)

“An immense, bold, black, American stout; Cavatica is no dry Irish anything. As Fort George’s house stout, this has gained a reputation for being mighty and contagious among the locals.”

Deep Ellum Brewing Company Darkest Hour (93)

“We mash enough grain to overflow our mash/lauter tun, augment it with raw cane sugar and Belgian-style dark candi syrup, balance it with tasty hops, and then feed the resulting wort to our favorite ale yeast.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2016 (93)

“A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.”

The Libertine Brewing Company Our Intention is War (93)

“Inspired by one of our favorite Calypso songs, we brewed an imperial Russian stout with molasses. Letting our natural microbes do most of the work, we then laid it down in tequila barrels for an additional year. Big, boozy, and wild with notes of chocolate.”

Wicked Weed Dark Arts (93)

“The third incarnation of this annual imperial stout has been aged since October 2015 in rum barrels. This beer was brewed with brown sugar, agave, and honey, then fermented using our house Brettanomyces culture.”

WeldWerks Brewing Company Mexican Achromatic (93)

“Brewed with an obscene amount of chocolate malts (more than 150 pounds), oatmeal, and crystal malts to lend a sweet, caramel malt backbone and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Fermented with a clean, attenuative yeast strain to keep the focus on the malts and adjuncts. The spiciness of the cinnamon sticks is a wonderful contrast with the rich, dark chocolate notes from the cacao nibs, and the vanilla beans top it all off with a creamy, decadent sweetness.”

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.”

Weathered Souls Brewing Co. Roc The Mic (93)

“Imperial stout with toasted coconut, Madagascar vanilla beans, cacao nibs.”

Arizona Wilderness Brewing American Presidential Stout (93)

“Executive-level imperial stout infused with cacao nibs and chili peppers.”

Incendiary Brewing Company Blessed Below (93)

“Blend of imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels.”

Great Notion Brewing Timberbeast 2022 (93)

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

Narrow Gauge Brewing Barrel Aged Vanil (Batch #2) (93)

"Imperial stout aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels with Indian vanilla beans."

Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas (93)

“An imperial stout brewed with ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. This beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness.”

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Single Barrel Anarchy Project (93)

"Our Imperial Stout aged 15 months in a Laws whiskey barrel."

Uhl’s Brewing Co Deep Dark Depths (93)

['"Unencumbered by spice or flavor additives, this unique barrel aged imperial stout explodes with bourbon character, enveloping an incredibly complex base Imperial Stout with divine layers of chocolate malt flavor. It’s been slumbering for 10', '176 hours, soaking up all that goodness - now it’s time to share."\n']

Jack's Abby Framinghammer (93)

“Big, bold, and black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to imperial stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky-smooth chocolaty mouthfeel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hops bitterness.”

Upland Brewing Teddy Bear Kisses (93)

"Teddy Bear Kisses features an abundance of dark malts and high-alpha hops for a powerful impact of roast, chocolate, and sweet bitterness. The velvety malt character, balanced bitter intensity, and soothing chocolate notes are created by long aging on fair trade cocoa nibs."

Roadmap Brewing Co Plain Black T's (93)

"Named for our brewer's attire, this American Stout has notes of dark chocolate and a nice roasted flavor. The only thing more solid than this recipe is Daniel's biceps."

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.

Belching Beaver Brewery Viva La Beaver (93)

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

Kros Strain Brewing Company Imperial Stout (94)

“Imperial stout aged for 24 months in Heaven Hill barrels.”

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Leon Russian Imperial Stout (94)

“Brewed with handmade marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and bittersweet baker’s chocolate and aged for six months in bourbon barrels.”

Station 26 Brewing Hell Bear (94)

"Full-bodied, roasted, and aged in a local Denver distillery's (Mythology) American whiskey barrels."

Jackie O's Brewery BA Dark Apparition (94)

"A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter."

Great Divide Brewing Barrel Aged Yeti (94)

"The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti."

Bend Brewing Barrel Aged Trade War (94)

"Notes of bittersweet baker's chocolate and oak dominate with subtle spice notes and a full body."

Amalgam Brewing Another Realm (94)

"Imperial stout aged in Blaum Bros. and Old Fitzgerald barrels."

Stillwater Artisanal Ales Surround (94)

“Like a sound system that fills the room with audibles swarming in every direction, this massive smoked wheat stout overtakes your senses with aromas and flavor of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, smoke, earth, and wood, It’s heavy, but you have to drop that bass every once in a while if you really wanna get down.”

Mikkeller George! (94)

“Ever been punched in the face by a beer? Our pal George offers anyone willing to try, a thick and oily fist right to the nose. His balance skills are off the charts, but we went ahead and soaked him in bourbon barrels, just to shake things up even more. Good for as many rounds as you can muster up to.”

Fort George Brewery Bourbon Barrel Cavatica (94)

“Pours jet black with a lacy caramel head. Welcoming aroma of bourbon and roasted barley. Smooth and thick on the palate with a lingering warmness.”

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Siberian Night (94)

“Creamy and full bodied with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts.”

Smog City The Nothing (94)

“Darkly roasted chocolate malts are combined with two types of cacao nibs, creating a balance between subtle chocolate cake decadence and residual malt sweetness to pull you deeper into the complexity of The Nothing.”

Hailstorm Stop, Collaborate & Listen (94)

“Vanilla rice stout with cinnamon.”

Mikerphone Brewing Amburana (94)

“Base imperial stout aged in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel and conditioned on Amburana spirals.”

Amalgam & Westbound & Down Meta Coconut (94)

"Blend of imperial stouts ... finished on more than a pound of toasted and raw coconut per gallon."

WeldWerks Peanut Butter Cup Achromatic (94)

Imperial stout brewed with peanut flour, cacao nibs, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Breakside Brewery Cute Metal (94)

"Blended Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels for 12 months and aged on Ecuadorian chocolate/cacao nibs."

Hoppin' Frog Brewing Rye B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher - Batch # 400 (94)

"A wonderful, crisp, old-world beer flavor is imparted to our flagship Imperial Stout from an abundance of both sweet malted rye and spicy non-malted rye to add variety and celebrate brewing our 400th batch of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout."

Pontoon Brewing Company Barrel Aged German Chocolate Cake (94)

"Barrel-Aged imperial stout with coconut, chocolate, pecans, vanilla and lactose."

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."

Crooked Stave Private Reserve Bourbon Barrel Imperial Oatmeal Stout #183 (94)

Imperial oatmeal stout aged for 27 months in a 5-year-old Old Forester bourbon barrel.

Main & Mill Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Imperial Breakfast Stout 2019 (94)

Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, Mississippi Mud Espresso, cacao nibs, and maple syrup. Aged in Four Roses 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."

Finback Brewery Incarnation (94)

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

Incendiary Brewing Company Our Darkest Days 2021 (94)

"Imperial dessert stout aged in Weller barrels and conditioned on chocolate covered malt balls."

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."

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."

Seventh Son Brewing Murmuration (95)

"Showcase[s] beer aged in spirit barrels, including bourbon, rum, rye, and others."

Revolution Brewing Deth's Tar 2019 (95)

"Layers of complexity, reminiscent of vanilla, toasted coconut, and caramel candy."

Mikerphone Brewing TMF (95)

"Blend of five different beers and barrels."

Fremont Brewing Bourbon Barrel Dark Star (95)

“The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats and bourbon barrel–aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish.”

Two Roads Brewing Co. Unorthodox (95)

“Aggressively hopped with four different Pacific Northwest varieties to create a depth of character. Full-bodied with notes of rye, treacle, chocolate, and espresso.”

Fremont Barrel Aged Dark Star 2016 (95)

“This year’s release is a blend of 18-, 12-, and 8-month bourbon barrel−aged KDS Dark Star in twelve-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel−aged warmth.”

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.”

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.”

Rogue Ales Rolling Thunder (95)

“Black with ruby hues, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout delivers a complex array of aromas and flavors that explode upon drinking, making this culmination of grain, oak, time, and effort a revolutionary experience.”

River North Brewery Whiskey Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel (95)

“2016 bourbon barrel–aged version of Nightmare Fuel. More heavenly. More horrifying.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Properietor's '16 (95)

“Each year this release will differ from the previous year. 2016 Variant—with chipotle peppers, cocoa nibs, and aged in bourbon barrels that previously stored maple syrup.”

Hoppin' Frog Brewery T.O.R.I.S. The Tyrant (95)

“Freedom from alcohol limitations in Ohio has finally been granted in 2016, allowing us to brew T.O.R.I.S.!! This super-tasty triple oatmeal Russian imperial stout is rich, dark, and flavorful—the way we like it—this beer is intense! It has been long-awaited by our brewery as well as our fans. There comes a day when you break out of your shell and stretch your wings.”

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.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paraboloid (95)

“Imperial stout aged two years in 14- to 18-year-old whiskey barrels.”

American Solera Delta Blend (95)

“Imperial stout aged 12–18 months in whiskey barrels.”

Old Thunder Brewing A Glimmer in the Oak (95)

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

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

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

Melvin Brewing Vladimir Gluten (95)

"BA Russian imperial stout with vanilla and cocoa nibs."

Goose Island Beer Co. Suffolk County Stout (95)

"Imperial stout brewed with English hops and English malts then aged in Adnams Southwold single malt whisky barrels from Suffolk County, England."

The Veil Brewing Company Apple Brandy Pallbearer (95)

"Imperial Stout Aged in Laird's apple brandy barrels for 21 months."

Firestone Walker Brewing Co PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout (95)

“A Firestone Walker classic returns with the 2021 vintage of PNC—an imperial buckwheat stout aged in bourbon, brandy, and tequila barrels.”

Roaring Table Brewing Masters Of Their Fates (95)

“A collaboration beer brewed with FireHop BrewWorks.”

Second Self Beer Malibu Doyle (95)

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

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."

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

Surly Brewing 2020 Barrel-aged Darkness (96)

"Massive Russian imperial stout matured in rye- whiskey barrels."

Oskar Blues Brewing Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (96)

"Aromas of molasses and vanilla mix with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso beans, and roasted barley."

Brick West Brewing Buffalo Coat (96)

"The perfect balance between sublime dark malt character, alcohol warmth, and light sweetness."

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.”

Transient Artisan Ales Kentuckley (96)

“The 2015 Buckley Imperial Breakfast Stout aged in bourbon barrels.”

Reuben's Brews Chocolate Box: Hazelnut Praline (96)

"Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with hazelnut, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans."

Perennial Artisan Ales Fantastic Voyage (96)

"Imperial stout with coconut, aged in whiskey barrels."

Cycle Brewing 6 Years Beers with Mexican Vanilla Beans (96)

"Barrel-aged imperial stout with Mexican vanilla beans."

Fort George Brewery Matryoshka (96)

Bourbon barrel–aged Russian imperial stout.

New Image Brewing Three Halves (96)

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

4 Noses Toasted Coconut & Vanilla Ryeciprocal (96)

Russian imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with toasted coconut and vanilla beans.

Perennial Artisan Ales Maman (96)

"Imperial Stout aged in barrels for 22-27 months."

Breakside Brewery Space Music (96)

"Blended Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels for 14 months."

Alvarado Street Brewery Chop & Scrape Batch#2 (96)

"Imperial stout aged in a single vanilla extract bourbon barrel and then conditioned on vanilla beans."

The Lost Abbey Old Viscosity (96)

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

Horus Aged Ales Coconut Convergence (96)

"Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coconut candy, coconut syrup, coconut water, desiccated coconut, shredded coconut, and toasted coconut added."

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."

Maplewood Brewing Company Cuppa Breakfast (96)

“Brewed with natural maple flavor, Tanzanian vanilla beans, Ghanaian cacao nibs.”

Finback Brewery Grazing on the Ordinary (96)

"An imperial snack stout brewed with coconut, hazelnut, and milk sugar."

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Beyond Opulence (96)

"Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged 19 months in a Heaven Hill Rye barrel + Double Absence aged 9 months in a Heaven Hill Rye barrel with Madagascar Vanilla Beans + Finished on Ugandan Vanilla Beans & Macadamia Nuts = Beyond Opulence."

New Realm Brewing Oaxaca Choca (96)

"Imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chile peppers, and cacao nibs."

Weldwerks Old Fitz Medianoche (97)

"We used flaked wheat and flaked oats to further enhance the mouthfeel."

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Double Barrel B.O.R.I.S. (97)

"Aged in hand-selected special bourbon whiskey barrels and finished in port-wine barrels."

Goose Island Brewery Bourbon County Stout 2019 (97)

"Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco."

Jester King Brewery Necrølith (97)

"Imperial stout brewed with Hill Country sourdough bread from Jester King Kitchen."

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher (97)

“We imagined a B.O.R.I.S. brewed with the finest imported dark grain for a smoother and mellower deep-roasted flavor. When we finally made our dreams come true, it was a symphony of beautiful flavors.”

La Cumbre La Negra (97)

“2016’s La Negra is our bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, brewed with our British pale malt and an enormous amount of roasted malts. The resulting beer has a big bourbon and raisin nose, a rich body, and a bittersweet cocoa finish.”

Weldwerks Barrel-Aged Mexican Achromatic (97)

“Brewed with roasted cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla beans and aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels, Barrel Aged Mexican Achromatic is a rich, decadent beer.”

Hoppin' Frog Brewery D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer (97)

“This extreme Double Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout will overwhelm, satisfy, and destroy your taste buds like no other! D.O.R.I.S. is even darker, hoppier, and stronger than our gold medal–winning B.OR.I.S. The Crusher Stout. Dry-hopped and first wort−hopped with the finest American hops for a great imperial stout experience! Enjoy the darkness!!”

Great Notion Brewing Radio Silence 2022 (97)

“Blend of 21- and 24-month bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout.”

Alvarado Street Brewery Anniversary Ale 2022 (97)

“Blend of imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels across 26–52 months.”

Cruz Blanca Brewery 2021 Rey Gordo (97)

“Imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.”

Narrow Gauge Brewing Peanut Butter & Stout (97)

"Imperial stout brewed with lactose, peanuts, and peanut butter."

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.”

Creature Comforts Brewing Concurrence Blend No. 1 (97)

Bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout with vanilla beans.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Continuum II (97)

"Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout."

Surly Brewing Company 2021 Barrel-Aged Darkness (97)

"This special edition of our massive Russian imperial stout matured in Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon barrels and brings waves of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, and cherry flavors, enhanced by the oak and bourbon character of the barrel and its previous occupant."

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."

Alvarado Street Brewery Motor Oil 10 (97)

"A blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged imperial stout conditioned on vanilla beans and cacao nibs."

Perennial Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Abraxas (97)

"Imperial stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans. Aged in whiskey barrels."

Transient Artisan Ales Win Bigly (97)

“Imperial cream stout. Formerly known as ‘This is Neat.’”

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."

Vitamin Sea Brewing Imperial Seven Bells (97)

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

Against the Grain 70K Amburana (98)

"70K aged in amburana wood barrels."

Perennial Artisan Ales Maman (98)

"Three vintages of spirit-barrel–aged stout ranging in age from 20–30 months."

Birds Fly South Empress Rising: Red Wine (98)

"Notes of roast and soy sauce lead into a velvety smooth mouthfeel."

Highland Park Brewery Luxury (98)

“Aged in a rye barrel, blended with barrel-aged imperial stouts, dosed with three types of vanilla.”

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.”

Westbound & Down Brewing Company P23 (98)

“Blend of imperial stouts aged in a Pappy 23 barrel. Walnut, dark cocoa, anise, leather.”

American Solera Lizard Bites (98)

“Imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coconut, hazelnut, vanilla, marshmallow.”

Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse Demons Run Barrel Select - Amburana (98)

“Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout conditioned on amburana wood chips.”

Creature Comforts Brewing Concurrence No. 5 (98)

"Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coconut, Ugandan vanilla, and dulce de leche."

Prison City Pub & Brewery Wham Whams (98)

The original, non-barrel-aged version of this beer starts as full bodied imperial stout. Conditioned on toasted coconut and Madagascar vanilla beans. Like a boozy liquid Mounds bar.

Alvarado Street Brewery Dark Libations #3 (98)

Our third variant of our ‘Dark Libations’ Imperial Stout was aged in a single rum barrel with irresistible mac-adamia nuts and vanilla beans.

Commonwealth Brewing Kamehameha (98)

Rye and brandy barrel–aged imperial stout with banana, coconut, macadamia nuts, vanilla, and cacao nibs.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Office Party (98)

“Imperial milk stout with an overabundance of single-origin cacao and fresh orange zest.”

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.”

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."

Side Project Brewing Beer: Barrel: Time (99)

"Thoughtfully selected and blended to achieve our goals."

Wiley Roots Brewing Co Cryptonym (99)

“Barrel-aged imperial stout with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, Ghanaian cocoa nibs, toasted coconut.”

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.

Creature Comforts Brewing Life in Flux (99)

A blended imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels.

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.

Perennial Artisan Ales BA Abraxas 2019 (99)

Imperial stout aged 15–17 months in rye whiskey barrels and steeped on ancho chilies, cocoa nibs, cinna-mon, and vanilla beans.

Side Project BVC (99)

A collaboration with our friends from Cycle Brewing, this imperial stout is aged in brandy barrels with vanilla and cinnamon.

Pinthouse Brewing The First 6 Black Sabbath Records (99)

"Imperial Stout aged in Balcones Cask Strength Rye Whisky Barrel. We're getting notes of cocoa puffs and sweet chocolate milk with a mild rye spiciness from the rye whiskey barrel."

Jackie O's Brewery Cellar Cuvee 1 (99)

“Blend of bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout and honey wheatwine.”

Breakside Brewery & Taproom The Trappings and The Suits of Woe (99)

“Imperial milk stout aged in bourbon, American whiskey, and Nocino barrels.”

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.

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.

Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Special Roast (99)

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

Toppling Goliath Brewing Assassin 2020 (100)

"This barrel-aged stout spends more than a year in barrels, sometimes closer to two. Notes of bourbon warm each sip, washing over a fudgy chocolate base."

Perennial Artisan Ales Barrel-Aged Abraxas (100)

“Imperial stout aged twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles, and cinnamon sticks.”

Fonta Flora Brewery At Whipoorwill Farm Double Barrel Decoy (100)

“A double bourbon barrel–aged, double-mashed imperial stout.”