711 of the Best 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.”

Lagunitas Brewing Night Pils (80)

“Night Pils marries everything we know about making black IPA and Pils. The dark malt backbone brings notes of chocolate and dark fruits while the lager yeast provides a crisp, clean finish. The result is a beer that looks like a stout but drinks like a lager.”

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Winter Stout (81)

“A creamy, full-bodied sweet stout with subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a well-balanced soft roastiness. Saint Arnold Winter Stout is loosely filtered to preserve a rich mouthfeel.”

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.”

Southern Tier Brewing Company 2Xpresso (82)

“A stout so black, so rich, so creamy, it’d be at home in a café along a cobblestone street in some neighborhood in Rome. Yet, it’s beer.”

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.”

Upslope Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout (83)

“Smooth, roasty, and sessionable, our Oatmeal Stout packs full flavor and a robust body. Brewed with oats, roasted malts, and East Kent Golding hops, our stout is balanced with a full body and smooth finish.”

Coronado Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Stupid Stout (83)

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

pFriem Family Brewers Cinnamon Maple Stout (83)

Aromas of Snickerdoodle, almond, cinnamon, and nutmeg precede flavors of pecans, baker’s chocolate, date, and churros. Finish of lingering roast, spiced dark chocolate, and cinnamon.

Brasserie Dupont Monk's Stout Dupont (83)

“Originally brewed in the late 1950s by Sylva Rosier, today’s Monk’s Stout captures the intense Dupont style in a dark beer—deep aromas of black coffee, roasted bitterness, and sharp, clean finish.”

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.”

Salty Nut Brewery Make Stout Great Again (83)

“This stout is the greatest. It's yuge. You're going to love it.”

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.”

Deschutes Brewery NA Irish Style Dark (83)

"A non-alcoholic Irish Stout with notes of rich chocolate & roast malts."

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.”

Natchez Brewing Co Sticky Slicker (84)

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

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Chouuteau Joe (84)

“Dear Auguste Chouteau, founding father of The STL, we toast to you today with a blend of two Saint Louis beverages: coffee from Kaldi’s and beer from UCBC. If you were here to raise a glass with us, you’d find a ‘namesake brew’ of a cold-steeped, savory coffee and a rich, creamy stout ale.”

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.”

Broken Strings Brewery Sugared Stout Gang Peanut (85)

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

Rogue Ales & Spirits Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (85)

“Ebony in color with a rich creamy head, earthy flavor, and a mellow, chocolate finish.”

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.”

TRVE Brewing Company Stout O))) (85)

One of our original recipes. A classic American-style stout: dry and robust with enough dry hopping to be crisp, but not hoppy.

Twin Barn Brewing Company McGuigan's Stout (85)

“Classic milk stout brewed with lactose and roasted barley.”

Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery Coffee Stout (85)

“A classic combination of a traditional stout and premium French roast coffee from St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee. Roasted barley and coffee dominate the aroma, with the sweetness from the stout balancing the acidity of the coffee.”

The Pike Brewing Company XXXXX Stout (85)

“This gorgeous and full-bodied stout is full of velvety malt texture and hints of chocolate, licorice, and dark roasted coffee. You may notice intriguing hints of spice, which make this stout a perfect pairing for any food that you’d usually serve with red wine.”

Weyerbacher Brewing Company Sunday Molé Stout (85)

“This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional mole—coffee, chocolate, heat, and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate, courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato, and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip.”

River Rat Brewery My Morning Stout (85)

“Start your day off the River Rat way with notes of cacao nibs, oats, Madagascar vanilla, and a jolt from our exclusive blend of Jittery Joe's coffee. Goes nicely with a walk of shame and a Denver omelet.”

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.”

Russian River Brewing Co OVL Stout (85)

"Soft roasted notes in the aroma and flavor with a clean, dry finish."

Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC Oatmeal Stout (85)

"This classic, British-style stout is dark, smooth and slightly sweet, with just enough bitterness and hops to balance out the richness of the roasted malt’s nutty character and the creaminess of the oatmeal flakes. Freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa and touches of raisin and dried fruit dominate the aroma of this super dark ale."

Tallgrass Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat (85)

“Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is a combination of our award-winning oatmeal cream stout, Buffalo Sweat, with whole Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is the natural espresso-chocolate flavors of Buffalo Sweat infused with the sweetness of vanilla. It’s an exceptional treat on a cold winter’s night.”

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.”

Left Hand Brewing Company Wake Up Dead Nitro (85)

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

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.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Maple Whiskey Double Barrel Dire Wolf (85)

“Aged for a year in bourbon barrels, then another year in maple-syrup barrels.”

Lift Bridge Brewery Silhouette 2022 (85)

“This beer is complex, rich, and full-bodied.”

Cerebral Brewing Mysterious Forces Blend .02 (85)

“Blended barrel-aged stout. Conditioned on coconut, almond, Vanuatu vanilla beans.”

Pontoon Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Brownie Batter Member Brownie #2 (85)

“Peanut butter, dark chocolate, cheesecake, honey, caramel, spirit.”

Tin Barn Brewery Absence of Light #3 (85)

“Maple bourbon barrel-aged stout.”

St. Elmo Brewing Company Deluxe - Full Stack (85)

“Aged in bourbon barrels, then dosed with maple syrup, blueberry puree, cacao nibs.”

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.”

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?”

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."

Copper Kettle Brewing Company Mexican Chocolate Stout (86)

“A rich black ale with dark roasted malt flavors blended with bittersweet chocolate, our own blend of three Mexican chile peppers, and cinnamon.”

Rogue Ales & Spirits Chocolate Stout (86)

“Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. An earthy flavor of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish.”

Highland Brewing Black Mocha Stout (86)

One of the first beers in Highland’s 25-year history. It is rich and malty with bold roasted chocolate and cof-fee notes from roasted barley.

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.

Brew Kettle - Production Works Kitka Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout (86)

Traditional Milk stout with a hint of Coconut and Chocolate.

Stone Brewing Co. Milk Coffee Stout (86)

“With lactose and coffee from ACME Coffee Roasting Co., Brian Gallagher put together a delicious stout that can be considered a hybrid between Irish, sweet, and a milk stout.”

Summit Brewing Co Summit Oatmeal Stout (86)

"Summit Oatmeal Stout in bottles offers notes of hazelnut, caramel and chocolate. Full and sweet with a robust body, it finishes bright and crisp."

Lakefront Brewery Inc My Turn Series: AL American Stout (86)

"Brewed _in memoriam_ of our beloved friend and co-worker, Al. Stronger and fuller-bodied than its British counterparts, this pitch black American Stout sports a hefty roasted malt and caramel flavor."

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.”

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.”

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.”

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Onsetter (86)

“Classic American stout—dry and roasty with a moderate hop bite.”

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.”

Revelry Brewing Co. Rum Tum Tugga (86)

“A blended mixed-ferm tropical stout aged on rum oak staves with vanilla, pineapple, golden raisins, toasted coconut.”

Great Notion Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Jumbo (86)

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

Two Roads Brewing Co Espressway (86)

“We mixed coffee beans with a rich oatmeal stout under pressure.”

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

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

Idle Hands Craft Ales Raspberry Torte (86)

“We combined raspberries, cocoa, and lactose in a sweet stout base.”

Pure Project Enchiridion (86)

“Blend of barrel-aged stouts. Aromas of crème brûlée, toasted oak, wildflower honey. Flavors of flourless chocolate torte, fig, vanilla bean.”

Button Down Brewing Ríastrad (86)

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

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."

Moksa Brewing Co Framboesa Preta (86)

"Aged for 14 months in Superstition's Framboesa Atando barrels."

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."

Allagash Brewing Company North Sky (86)

"Belgian-inspired stout that balances light notes of fruit and sweetness with roasty malt."

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."

Ecliptic Brewing BA Sedna Tiramisu Stout (87)

"Hibernates for 11 months, picking up notes of caramel, spice, and oak complexity."

Springdale Beer BRIG Mocha Stout (87)

"Brazilian coffee, chocolate, oats, and milk sugar bring their best to this delightful, decadent beer."

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.”

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!”

Elysian Brewing Company Omen Belgian-Style Raspberry Stout (87)

“Omen’s heavy body combines the dark richness of stout, the brightness and tang of Washington raspberries, and the heady flavors and aromas of a classic Belgian yeast.”

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 Mint Coffee Milk Stout (87)

“We decided to take our classic brewhouse Stone Coffee Milk Stout and make our own riff by adding fresh chocolate mint and peppermint. The bright, intoxicating aromatics of the chocolate and mint emanating from this smooth-drinking, caffeinated libation are palpable.”

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Kinsale Stout (87)

“Named for the southern Ireland town boasting a Caribbean sister town of the same name, this foreign export-style stout has become an Irish-perfected, Caribbean-loved style of beer. Historically generously hopped and full of roasted malt flavors, our version leans toward the creamy, sweet side of things.”

Alaskan Brewing Oatmeal Stout (87)

“The unique blend of the oats and malts in Alaskan Stout produce a balanced, smooth beer with hints of coffee and caramel.”

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."

Civil Society 4th Anniversary Black Label (87)

"Pretzels, marshmallow, peanut butter, and Ugandan cocoa nibs."

The Bruery Aloha Friday (87)

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

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.”

FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Eclipse Vanilla (87)

“Lovingly crafted just once a year. Made with the finest malts, hops, fresh mountain water, yeast, and vanilla beans.”

Switchback Brewing Company SOS (87)

New England oysters from Wood Mountain Fish turn this Irish-style stout into a celebration of smoke on the sea. Uses 76 percent smoked malt, but the oysters and roasted barley tame the intensity, turning this beer into a refreshing dry stout.

Jackie O’s Brewery Oil of Aphrodite (87)

An American double stout brewed with locally harvested black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup. A sweet and rich springboard for deep nuttiness.

Springdale Beer Brigadeiro (87)

Brazilian coffee, cacao, oats, and milk sugar are all parts of this complete breakfast stout. Roasty, rich, and smooth!

Brink Brewing Co. Street Corner Thieves (87)

Blended stout loaded with raspberry and vanilla in bourbon barrels.

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.

Telegraph Brewing Big Bad Baer (87)

Aged in whiskey then port barrels with coffee, cocoa, and orange peel.

Three Floyds Brewing Co Dark Lord 2022 (87)

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

Three Taverns Brewery Martyr's Breath (87)

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

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

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

Black Lung Brewing Company Your What Hurts (87)

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

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!”

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.”

Stone Brewing Xocoveza Winter Spice (87)

“Our chocolaty, winter-spiced mocha stout is back. This delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate is crafted with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. ¡Claro que sí!”

The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company Mexican Coffee (87)

“Spiced with coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. Notes of fresh-brewed coffee, spiced cake, iced coffee, and coffee candy. Coffee.”

River North Brewery Mr. Sandman (87)

“Nightmare Fuel minus the coffee.”

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."

Black Laboratory Brewing Willett BA Black is Beautiful (87)

"For our version of Black is Beautiful we adjusted some of the malts to match our house stouts. We then took a portion of it to age in a single Sour Mash Willett Bourbon barrel and aged it for 9 months. Pours jet black with aroma and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, raisin and bourbon."

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."

Baere Brewing Company Chocolate Black RyeDay (87)

“An ode to the almighty pumpernickel bread.”

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.

High Water Brewing Campfire Stout with Coffee (88)

Layers of rich, smooth coffee blend with notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow.

Odd Side Ales Rye Hipster Brunch Stout (88)

Fudge cookies dipped in your favorite rye whiskey, decadent and rich.

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Marshmallow Milk Stout (88)

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

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.”

Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout (88)

"Black barley and roasted malt provide distinct notes of rich chocolate and espresso."

Sun King Brewing Shadow Proof Peanut Butter (88)

"Aged with peanut butter coffee in bourbon barrels."

Ex Novo Brewing Kill the Sun (Coffee & Chocolate) (88)

"Blended with light-roast, Ethiopian coffee beans and Ghanaian cocoa nibs from TCHO."

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."

Smuttynose Brewing Company Rocky Road (88)

“Ooey-gooey Fluff amazingness and the rich goodness of cacao nibs are blended into a full bodied sweet stout beer that is aged on amaretto-soaked oak chips.”

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.”

Chapman Crafted Ballad of the Barrels (88)

Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Fifty West Brewing Saturday Morning Cartoons (88)

BA breakfast stout with chocolate cereal, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and coffee brewed in collaboration with Cincin-nati Craft Beer Club and The Party Source.

Pinthouse Pizza The Big Lebarrelski (2019) (88)

The Dude conditioned with Tweed Coffee’s Foxtrot blend and aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels.

Wild Leap Brewing Company Lone Buffalo (88)

“Bourbon and chocolate under the nose, then chased with vanilla and caramel throughout with legs.”

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Medianoche: Vanilla Moonlight (88)

“Aged in bourbon barrels then in vanilla-extract barrels. Finished on a blend of vanilla beans.”

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. Stay Puft Cowboy (88)

“Aged in bourbon barrels, then adjuncted with white chocolate, pistachios, marshmallows.”

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

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

Big Grove Brewery and Taproom Richard the Whale (88)

“Our bourbon barrel–aged Russian imperial stout.”

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.”

New Image Brewing Co Local Ties (88)

"RIS aged in Irish style whiskey quarter casks."

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."

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!"

Four City Brewing Company Amanda (88)

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

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.

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.”

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Oyster Stout (89)

Brewed using authentic Rappahannock River oysters brought to us by Rappahannock Oyster Company. Those briny bivalves impart a slight salinity that is followed up by rich, roasted chocolate malts and a silky mouth-feel.

Summit Brewing Co Summit Oatmeal Stout (89)

“Notes of hazelnut, caramel, chocolate. Sharp and sweet with a more robust finish.”

Belching Beaver Brewery Peanut Butter Milk Stout (89)

“Cascading aromas of roasted peanuts, dark chocolate, coffee.”

pFriem Family Brewers Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Aged Stout (89)

"It’s officially cold brew season, and our Bourbon Stout is ready for its afternoon pick-me-up. The stout base, boasting bakers chocolate and dark raisin notes, is bursting into Summer when layered with Coava Coffee’s Sulawesi Gowa Topidi, swirling qualities of mango, juniper, and brown sugar into this lively brew."

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.”

Highland Brewing Southern Nouveau Cafe au Lait (89)

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

Cerebral Brewing Rye Barrel Aged Trophy Hunt (89)

"Aged ... with Tahitian vanilla caviar, Fiji vanilla beans, and Haitian cacao nibs."

Anchorage Brewing Blessed (89)

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

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."

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!

Moksa Brewing Co. Exorbitance (89)

Treated with toasted almonds, Mexican vanilla beans, Brazilian coffee, and Dominican Republic cacao nibs.

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.

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY 2018 (89)

Aged in bourbon barrels for at least 8 months, resulting in vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors.

Jackie O’s Brewery Coconut & Vanilla Rum Barrel Oil of Aphrodite (89)

Brewed with walnuts, aged in rum barrels, conditioned on coconut and vanilla beans.

Highland Park Brewery Infinitefinite (89)

“A blend of barrel-aged stouts. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and spirit.”

New Image Brewing Co Anaphora B2 (89)

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

New Image Brewing Co Noema B3 (89)

“Bourbon barrel-aged stout with toasted coconut, nutmeg.”

The Virginia Beer Company Pocket Square (89)

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

Alvarado Street Brewery Digital Bliss (89)

“Bourbon barrel-aged, with Mexican vanilla beans, toasted coconut, unsweetened coconut.”

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."

Barn Town Brewing Co. Higher Grounds (89)

“Fresh roasted coffee and toasted coconut added to our Weller barrel–aged stout.”

Single Hill Brewing Company Osa Minor (89)

“Deep black, dark chocolate, and full roast flavors in a sessionable stout.”

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.”

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 Belgium Brewing 1554 (89)

“A surprisingly bright taste and a dry, chocolaty finish—one evocative of dark brews enjoyed in Belgian taverns 500 years ago. Not a porter, not a stout—it’s 1554.”

Mikerphone Brewing In Unison Vol. 1 (89)

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

Elevation Beer Oil Man Imperial Stout (90)

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

Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout (90)

"Pure decadence with none of the gooey mess."

Rogue Ales & Spirits Double Chocolate Stout (90)

“Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution of Rogue Chocolate Stout, which is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate. The winner of three World Beer Championships Gold Medals.”

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.

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.”

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)

"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."

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."

Mikerphone Brewing BA One Man Wrecking Machine (90)

"Barrel-aged double milk stout with vanilla, toasted coconut, and cocoa nibs."

Breakside Brewery Chocolate Brandy Alexande (90)

"Dosed ... with freshly grated nutmeg and Dutch cocoa powder, before aging it in brandy barrels."

Revelry Brewing Cake Killah (90)

"Molé stout with notes of peanut butter, cocoa, prunes, star anise, cinnamon, and ... chiles."

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.”

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.

Seventh Son Brewing Sextus (90)

A blend of Ardbeg Scotch barrel–aged Oubliette, birch stave–aged Baltic Porter, Big Black Cow, Chester Cop-perpot, and fresh Oubliette and Earthling.

Verboten Brewing Barrel-Aged Cake or Death (90)

Brewed with five different kinds of chocolate. Aged in bourbon barrels.

Jackie O’s Brewery Vanilla & Coffee Bean Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition 2019 (90)

Aged in bourbon barrels conditioned on vanilla beans and coffee beans.

Oskar Blues JAHvanilla Ten FIDY 2019 (90)

Aged with coffee and vanilla beans.

Tiny Haus by 10 Barrel Soul Candy (90)

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

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.”

Hi-Wire Brewing - South Slope Specialty Brewery 10W-40 Bourbon Barrel-Aged (90)

“Brewed with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lactose; aged in Bulleit bourbon barrels.”

Vitamin Sea Brewing Conversational Narcissism (90)

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

Revelry Brewing Co. Cut & Pastry (90)

“Reminiscent of an Almond Joy, this lusciously thick-bodied stout has a candy bar–like sweetness.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Boilermaker 2022 (90)

“Velvet Merkin milk stout aged in WhistlePig rye whiskey barrels.”

Hop Butcher For the World Fat Bear (90)

“Peanut butter imperial stout brewed with chocolate.”

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.”

Two Roads Brewing Co Igor's Dream (90)

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

American Solera BA Turtle Sundae (90)

“Aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs, caramel, milk sugar, vanilla, roasted pecans. Brewed with our friends at Angry Chair.”

Barn Town Brewing Co. Vanilla Chocolate City (90)

“Our Weller barrel-aged stout conditioned on Madagascar and Comoros vanilla, Haitian and Philippine cacao nibs.”

Browar Pinta Immensity (90)

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

Junkyard Brewing Company Mega Munchies (90)

“This snack attack is known for its creamy caramel, rich chocolate, smooth peanut flavors.”

New Anthem Beer Project Hillbilly Prophet (90)

“Prophet base beer aged in a blend of Weller Wheated and Buffalo Trace Mash #1 Barrels.”

Single Hill Brewing Company In Phase (90)

“Dark like a cloudless sky, roasty and full-bodied.”

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.”

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."

The Brewery LBK Social Justice Warrior (90)

"Whiskey milk stout made with natural flavors."

Flatland Brewing Company Anthropomorphic Metaphor (90)

“Black barleywine aged in Willett and Blanton’s barrels. Blend of stout and barleywine.”

Berthoud Brewing Company Devil's Dunkel (90)

 “Pairs the dark-chocolate malty sweetness of a stout or a porter with the smooth drinkability of a lager.”

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."

The Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout (91)

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

Parish Brewing Rêve Coffee Stout (91)

"This silky-smooth coffee stout is created with a carefully selected blend of specialty grade estate beans from Colombia and Java."

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout (91)

Aged for three months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes that the barrels imparat mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.

Ska Brewing Co. Steel Toe Milk Stout (91)

This traditional English cream stout is brewed with actual milk sugar to create a creamy and sweet brew that will make you mooo for more.

Hi-Wire Brewing Strongman Coffee Stout (91)

“Inspired by our head brewer’s café con leche-fueled travels in Key West, this is a milk stout with some kick. Local coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. is cold-extracted and added post fermentation to this sweet, creamy beer.”

Nantahala Brewing Company Chocolate-Covered Cherry Stout (91)

“Our Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout aged in bourbon barrels for more than a year. It emerged velvety with hints of oak, vanilla, tart cherry, and chocolate. A monster of a beer, best enjoyed fireside, this beverage will warm your soul and vanquish winter’s howling winds and icy breath.”

Marin Brewing Co. San Quentin's Breakout Stout (91)

“The ultimate stout, this ale is big, rich, and malty. Our stout has a creamy texture unsurpassed by any of our other ales. Black in color, with a thick, long-lasting tan head. Its dark color and deep-roasted flavor come from the use of roasted and black barleys.”

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Street Punk Stout (91)

"Coffee and chocolate forward American style stout."

Area Two Experimental Brewing Barrel-Aged Chocolate Cookie Stout (91)

"Barrel-aged chocolate cookie stout with natural flavors added."

Broad Brook Brewing Company OLMEC Mayan Kakawa Stout (91)

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

Wolf's Ridge Brewing BBA Ladies Who Brunch (91)

"Conditioned on coffee, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, orange peel, and coconut."

Outer Range Brewing Timber with Vanilla (91)

"Aged in bourbon barrels for a year. More than 1.5 pounds of vanilla per barrel."

Alesong Brewing Señor Rhino (91)

"Oozes with rich cocoa and spicy cinnamon aromas, with background notes of sweet vanilla."

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."

Pinthouse Pizza Bearded Seal (91)

"Aromas and flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate balanced with a nice dry finish."

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Bourbon Barrel Oil of Aphrodite (91)

“Brewed with black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup. Pacific Northwest hops accompany English, German, American, and Belgian malts to create a sweet and rich springboard for deep nuttiness. Aged in bourbon barrels for 8–12 months.”

Green Flash Brewing Company Dia De Los Serranos (91)

“This Double Stout reveals notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet baker’s chocolate with a caliente kick of fresh Serrano chiles.”

MadTree Brewing Are You Ready For Some Darkness (91)

“Luring us in with its silky chocolate, slight nuttiness, and smooth burning bourbon taste, the darkness engulfs everything in its path. Brewed with hemp seeds and aged in bourbon barrels.”

Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat (91)

“Chocolate, sweet caramel notes, hints of vanilla on the nose. Chocolate, dark cherries, lightly woody and bittersweet on the tongue.”

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.”

Ninkasi Brewing Company Oatis (91)

“Oatmeal stouts are characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor and dry finish. Oatis is bigger than the traditional style with more alcohol, body, and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.”

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.

Pinthouse Pizza Dinner for One (91)

Brewed with organic salted caramel and conditioned with fleur de sel and Madagascar vanilla. Notes of toasted vanilla, rich caramel, and delicate finishing salt.

Against the Grain Bo & Luke (91)

Rich and smoky with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla, spice.

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.

Stone Brewing Fyodor (91)

Rich coffee, bitter and milk chocolate, dark charred oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Side Project Derivation Blend 11 (91)

Aged in Rittenhouse and Willett Rye barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans.

Moksa Brewing Co Soulful Memories (91)

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

Area Two Experimental Brewing Snow Day (91)

“Bourbon barrel-aged with cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs, nutmeg, chile peppers.”

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.”

Elevation Beer Company Coconut Oil Man (91)

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

Radiant Beer Co Everything in Moderation (91)

“Aged on coconut, toasted coconut, Tahitian and Papua New Guinea vanilla beans.”

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.

Urban Chestnut Cocoa CowTao (91)

“Tao: Chinese for ‘path’ or ‘way’. Should you follow the Cocoa CowTao of UCBC, it will guide you to a place of confectionary, bovinic, and zymurgic fusion, where you will find fulfillment through the exquisite wisdom of Chocolate Milk 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Trillium Secret Stairs (91)

“Secret Stairs is our signature Boston Stout. Bold and balanced; satisfying with a substantial body, but not syrupy or sweet. Roasted malt provides a nutty, earthy backdrop to bitter cocoa and little hints of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel with a drying sensation on the finish.”

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.”

Baere Brewing Company Breathe Out (91)

"Blended Laws Whiskey House Barrel Aged Stout."

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."

Ozark Beer Company BDCS 2021 (91)

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

Cellarmaker Brewing Company Regeneration Cycle (91)

"Regeneration Cycle is an onslaught of delectable richness from Madagascar vanilla bean and organic toasted coconut. Brace yourself for intense aromas of nougat, coconut fudge and patisserie pain a chocolate followed by divine flavors of sticky caramel, coconut macaroon and pot de crème."

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."

New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk (91)

"Bourbon Barrel-Aged stout aged for 90 days in a blend of first use and second use bourbon barrels."

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout (92)

“Noted by a strikingly vigorous cascade and thick foam head, nitro beers are known for their rich and smooth texture. With Nitro Project, we explored recipes that held the integrity of the style while being gassed with nitrogen. The result, in our humble opinion, is awesome.”

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout (92)

“Brewed with well water, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa impart a delicious, smooth, and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish.”

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."

American Solera BA Distractions Grasp (92)

"Collaboration with Horus Aged Ales ... with coconut, vanilla, and hazelnut coffee."

Westbound & Down BA Western Justice (92)

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

The Brew Kettle Kitka (92)

"We take a traditional milk stout and add chocolate, coconut, and vanilla."

12 West Brewing Midnight Run (92)

"This roasty oatmeal stout finishes with notes of chocolate and slight bitterness."

Avery Brewing Company Out of Bounds (92)

“We aren’t afraid to use plenty of rich roasted barley and a mountain of hops to give this full-bodied stout that little extra something you’ve been looking for in a beer.”

Stone Brewing Co. Xocoveza For The Holidays (92)

“This insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate is crafted with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.”

Terrapin Beer Company Wake-n-Bake (92)

“Black as night, this coffee stout is thick, rich, and full of real coffee flavor. A unique blend of coffee produces a robust and flavorful beer that will leave you asking, ‘Why not beer for breakfast?’”

Crux Fermentation Project Tough Love (92)

“Constructed with dark roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, then banished for nine months in Kentucky bourbon barrels to add strokes of vanilla.”

Terrapin Beer Company Tiramisu-Hoo (92)

“Tiramisu-Hoo has all the attributes of a finely executed dessert; we have managed to create a beer that is layered with all the goodness you would expect from a succulent slice of Italian history.”

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.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Velvet Merlin (92)

“Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hops nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors accentuate a creamy mouthfeel and dry finish to create balance in this full-bodied stout.”

Upland Brewing Co. Teddy Bear Kisses (92)

Slightly sweet, with bold chocolate and dark caramel flavors that are complemented by subtle hints of fruit that evolve from additions of caramel malts and molasses.

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

Imperial stout base aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Ritual Brewing Manhattan Barrel Aged Big Deluxe (92)

Aged in High West Manhattan barrels.

Cerebral Brewing Sugar Pie (92)

Aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels with pecans, cinnamon, vanilla.

The Lost Abbey Church on the Hill 2021 vintage (92)

“Making its return with help from our friends at Mostra coffee.”

Transient Artisan Ales Table for Three (92)

“Collaboration with Phase Three. Aged in bourbon barrels and maple-syrup bourbon barrels.”

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Western Justice + Coffee (92)

“Milk chocolate, toffee, dark-fruit notes blend seamlessly with delicate spice from the barrels.”

Brew Kettle - Production Works Double Barrel Tunguska (92)

“Aged in bourbon barrels. Notes of brownie, chocolate, wood, aged bourbon.”

COVA Brewing Company Coffee snob (92)

“A tribute to our best-selling in-house latte, Coffee Snob is a vanilla latte stout.”

Pontoon Brewing Company Sigman Stavecation: Weller Antique 107 (92)

“Vanilla cream, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, mixed fruits, toasted barrel, bourbon notes.”

Service Brewing Company The Love Boat (92)

“Aged in bourbon barrels, then conditioned on brewed sweet cherry puree and liquid cocoa nibs.”

Brewskey Pub & Taproom Kingdom Overstout (92)

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

Burnt City Brewing Freight Handler (92)

“Our milk stout is full-bodied and smooth, with rich chocolate flavors and complex maltiness, along with a touch of subtle lactose sweetness.”

Deep Ellum Local Legend (92)

“Local Legend, a sessionable sweet milk stout, is the perfect balance of roasted barley and milk sugar for a subtly sweet, silky brew. Legends aren’t born, they’re brewed!”

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.”

Deschutes Brewery The Abyss (92)

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

Woven Water Brewing Company Obsidius (92)

"Aged in Old Forester barrels and conditioned on hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, and toasted coconut."

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."

Perennial Artisan Ales Shake the Frost (92)

"Session coffee stout with Sump Coffee."

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."

North Park Beer Co. Maple Barrel-Aged Brunch Before Dying (92)

"Dessert stout aged in Maple Rye and Maple Bourbon barrels for 22 months with candy cap mushrooms, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup and Vanuatu vanilla beans."

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."

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."

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."

Two Roads Brewing Espressway Coffee Stout (93)

"We mixed a locally roasted blend of beans with a rich oatmeal stout under pressure."

Avery Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Stout (93)

“In this silky stout, a double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.”

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.”

Arizona Wilderness Brewing American Presidential Stout (93)

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

Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout (93)

“Coopers Stout is brewed using the centuries-old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle.”

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.”

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Coffee Coconut Stout (93)

“Coffee Coconut Stout, as you may have guessed, features loads of toasted coconut and freshly roasted Peruvian coffee from our friends at Zoe’s Cafe here in downtown Greeley. The sweet, creaminess of the toasted coconut offers a perfect complement to the complex character contributed by Mama Nelly’s coffee, a blend of four different roasts of the same direct-trade Peruvian beans. These delicious, unique flavors are supported by a full-bodied, yet balanced, base stout brewed with both lactose and flaked oats for mouthfeel and a variety of chocolate malts, crystal malts, and roasted barley.”

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."

Upland Brewing BBA Teddy Bear Kisses (93)

"We made our Teddy Bear Kisses even more cuddly on the palate by aging it in bourbon barrels."

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

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

Modern Times Chaos Grid: Joy Edition (93)

"Loaded with exorbitant amounts of coconut, almonds, and cocoa nibs."

DESTIHL Brewery Dosvidanya Vanilla Rye (93)

"We took our Dosvidanya Rye and added vanilla to bring out the sweetness."

Burial Brewing Anno Domini MMXX (93)

"Aged with loads of coconut, freshly zested navel oranges, and ... Madagascar vanilla bean."

Flying Dog Brewery Operation Breakfast (93)

"All the roasted malt flavor you expect ... plus the huge coffee and vanilla flavor of a cafe latte."

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."

Birds Fly South Nights Like These (93)

"Caramelized subtlety at the start, mellows into chocolate and coffee malt flavors, and finishes with a clean, traditional dryness."

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.”

The Lost Abbey Track 10 (93)

“Began as a Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cacao nibs added before packaging.”

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Bourbon Barrel GBS (93)

“Brewed with vanilla beans, cinnamon, fresh Casselmonte Farm baby ginger, and Bearer Farms wildflower honey. Matured in Virginia bourbon barrels.”

Half Acre Beer Company Big Hugs (93)

“This beer is a thug that is available each year sometime in December. We work with Dark Matter Coffee to keep each batch as ruthless as it is tender.”

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.”

Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat (93)

“The creamy sweetness of milk sugar complements the dark-roasted barley to create a medium-bodied beer that is rich, complex, and delicious with a definite espresso-chocolate aroma and flavor.”

Burial Beer Anno Domini MMXIX (93)

Working the angles of several of our favorite flavors while taking direction from tasty little coconut-lemon-curd cakes at our favorite baker. Aged with coconut, freshly zested Meyer lemon, Counter Culture Morita cof-fee, and a dose of Madagascar vanilla bean.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Black Forest Cassowary (93)

The nose is dominated by aromas of baker’s chocolate and vanilla bean while re-fermentation on black cher-ries gives the beer a silky texture reminiscent of a Black Forest cake.

Two Roads/Evil Twin Saigon Scooter Selfie (93)

A thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake. Contains brown sugar and cream extract.

Foothills Brewing Dead and Berried (93)

Coffee notes, balanced by the tart sweetness of fresh blackberries, aged in bourbon barrels.

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.

Weathered Souls Brewing Co. Roc The Mic (93)

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

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.”

Twin Span Brewing Untold Depths (93)

“Brewed with organic fair-trade cacao nibs.”

Belching Beaver Brewery Viva La Beaver (93)

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

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."

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee 2016 (93)

“Each year this excellent coffee stout is made with a different bean variety. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous year’s.”

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.”

Broken Strings Brewery Livin' on a Doge (93)

"Eagle Rare Single Barrel Pick from Bronson's Liquor Store aged for 1 year and treated with Chocolate, Locally Roasted Coffee, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Beans."

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Single Barrel Anarchy Project (93)

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

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."

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']

Cellarmaker Brewing Company Vital Signs (93)

“Dark cacao, espresso, and torched sugar laced with rich vanilla, toffee, marshmallow.”

Dust Bowl Brewing Public Enemy (93)

“Lager yeast makes this big dark beer extremely smooth and chocolaty. It lacks the roast bitterness of a stout but has layers of chocolate, coffee, caramel, perhaps toffee, and a wine-like finish.”

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.”

East Brother Beer Oatmeal Stout (94)

"English-inspired with notes of rich milk chocolate, dark fruit—soft, comforting finish."

Pelican Pub & Brewery Tsunami Stout (94)

“Midnight black color and rich dark-roasted aroma. Magnum and Willamette hops combine with unmalted barley and roasted malts to give this brew a full body and a dense creamy head. All elements combine in a rich espresso-like finish.”

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.”

Goose Island Brewery Bourbon County Brand Stout Regal Rye 2015 (94)

“A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries, and sea salt.”

Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout (94)

Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.

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.

Kros Strain Brewing Company Imperial Stout (94)

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

Guggman Haus Brewing Co. Haus Blend Coffee Milk Stout (94)

“Milk stout brewed with Santa Lucia Reserve Coffee.”

Boise Brewing Dark Daisy Milk Stout (94)

“Fifty pounds of lacotose, two different types of chocolate malt, and a touch of roast.”

La Cumbre Malpais Stout (94)

“Brewed with seven different malts—you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a foreign extra stout, this is our heaviest and most intense year-round offering.”

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."

Amalgam & Westbound & Down Meta Coconut (94)

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

Moksa Brewing Pastry Mode (94)

"Treated with ... raw coconut, half-pound per barrel of vanilla beans, and finished on hazelnut coffee."

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.”

Otter Creek Brewing Co. Couch Surfer (94)

“Brimming with darkly roasted malts and rich notes of chocolate and coffee, this velvety-smooth oatmeal stout lingers and lounges into your heart. Gone before you know it... ”

WeldWerks Peanut Butter Cup Achromatic (94)

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

Ratio Beerworks BA Genius Wizard (94)

Brewed with specialty grains and molasses, then barrel-aged for 12 months to produce subtle sweet vanilla and oak-forward flavors.

WeldWerks Coconut Brandy Medianoche (94)

Exhibits notes of creamy toffee, sweet vanilla, dark brown sugar, candied dates, and coconut.

Good Word Brewing & Public House None Shall Inherit The Earth (94)

“I call this a ‘petite stout.’ It’s brewed to a lower strength compared to the dry Irish stout.”

Mikerphone Brewing Amburana (94)

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

Maplewood Brewing Company Fat Pug (94)

“Welcoming notes of dark chocolate and coffee, complex yet mellow flavor.”

Drowned Lands Brewery Black Gold (94)

“Brewed with Maris Otter, light and dark crystal, chocolate and malts. Aged in Black Dirt Distillery bourbon barrels. Bourbon. Deep chocolate. Snow days.”

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.”

The Libertine Brewing Co. Stocking Stuffer (94)

“This wild stout is a continuation of our famous Christmas stout aged in spirit barrels for 12 months. This stout is tart with a smooth finish.”

Maplewood Brewing Company Barrel Aged Cuppa Hazelnut (94)

"This variant is blended from Cuppa aged in Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill and Weller barrels for 12 to 18 months. The Weller barrels’ age is notable: 7, 15 & 16 year were included in this blend. Conditioned on cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee, and hazelnut."

Breakside Brewery Cute Metal (94)

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

Brävery Brewing 2019 Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Shroud (94)

"Aged for 12 months in freshly dumped bourbon barrels, with aromas of baker's chocolate, marshmallow, and nougat."

Pure Project Dualité (94)

"Aged in rye whiskey barrels with organic Ghanaian cocoa and organic Tahitian vanilla beans, this stout’s jet-black body gives way to aromas of whiskey-soaked lady fingers and fudge. Its flavors of brownie batter, toasted marshmallow, and dark molasses wash through with a velvety mouthfeel. Designed to embody the complementary and contrasting expressions of chocolate and vanilla, we hope you enjoy the beauty of this duality, or should we say, dualité."

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."

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."

Cerebral Brewing Here Be Monsters - Single Barrel Select (Bottle Logic) (94)

"The base of this stout was conditioned on a very rare honey varietal - Meadowfoam Maple - before being aged for 23 months in an 8 year Blanton’s Bourbon barrel."

Moksa Brewing Co Grasp of Noir (94)

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

Highland Park Brewery Barrel-Aged Griffith J. Griffith (2021) (94)

"This beer uses Griffith batch 6 aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for one year. This batch uses the same coffee used in standard Griffith batch 7. Thanks to the barrels you’ll get extra notes of vanilla, caramel, & dark chocolate."

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.”

Highland Brewing Company Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout (95)

“Stout brewed with cacao nibs with natural flavor added.”

Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout (95)

“Vanilla Milk Stout is a rich black stout enhanced by the addition of lactose and fresh Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for a unique drinking experience.”

Schlafly Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout (95)

“Brimming with chocolate and cinnamon flavors. The distinctive characters of Mexican hot chocolate are the base of this decadent stout.”

Goose Island Beer Co. Anniversary Bourbon County Stout (95)

"Anniversary Bourbon County Stout is aged 2 years in Weller 12 Year barrels and is a special variant to celebrate Goose Island’s 10-year tradition of releasing Bourbon County Stout on Black Friday (2020)."

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."

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."

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.”

Second Self Beer Malibu Doyle (95)

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

Ratio Beerworks Genius Wizard 2019 Maple Pecan (95)

"Maple pecan variant of Ratio's bourbon barrel–aged Genius Wizard."

Melvin Brewing Vladimir Gluten (95)

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

Perennial Artisan Ales Vanilla Abraxas (95)

"Brewed with ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks."

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."

Vitamin Sea Brewing Seven Bells and All's Well (95)

"Session coffee stout with cacao nib, vanilla bean, and rotating coffee."

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.”

Terrapin Beer Company Moo-Hoo (95)

“Cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company give this beer its great taste! An appetizing cold-weather treat, this sweet stout is rich creamy and uniquely satisfying.”

Roaring Table Brewing Masters Of Their Fates (95)

“A collaboration beer brewed with FireHop BrewWorks.”

Von Ebert Brewing Waning Echoes (95)

“American stout with notes of roast, chocolate, toffee.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paraboloid (95)

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

Cerebral Brewing Double Barrel Here Be Monsters XO Cognac (95)

“Aged in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, then in XO cognac barrels.”

Cruz Blanca Brewery 2020 Rey Cuvée (95)

“2017, 2018, 2019 Rey Gordo blended and barrel-aged.”

American Solera Delta Blend (95)

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

Inbound Brewco Contains Nuts (95)

“A smooth, creamy milk stout encounters the richness of golden peanut butter.”

Moksa Brewing Co Midnight Abundance (95)

“Aged in apple-brandy then rye barrels, treated with coconut, Ugandan vanilla.”

Old Thunder Brewing A Glimmer in the Oak (95)

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

Melvin Brewing Eureka (House of Flying Barrels) Death Muffin (95)

“Aged in barrels with bananas, coconut, toasted almonds, vanilla beans, cinnamon.”

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

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

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.”

Tallgrass Brewing Co. One-Eyed Jacques (95)

“With big, roasted malt character and notes of bitter dark chocolate and coffee, One-Eyed Jacques goes rogue from the fleet of stouts with bold fruity esters, and raisin and fig-like qualities from Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar used in the brew.”

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.”

Phase Three Brewing 01&02 (95)

"1 & 2 is a very special batch to us. filled as S-001 & S-002 these are the very first casks that were filled here at phase three. We let them rest for 26 months with minimal temperature control. the resulting beer is full of char, subtle smoke, bakers chocolate, and dried fruit. This batch will be sold in limited amounts during special weekends over the next several years."

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."

The Veil Brewing Company Apple Brandy Pallbearer (95)

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

Urbanrest Brewing Company Will We Ever Hug Again (95)

"WWEHA pours a vicious jet black with espresso laced foam. A full on cozy aroma profile with campfire marshmallow, fudgey chocolate and choice pipe tobacco on the front. Bourbon saturated coconut, marshmallow and vanilla follow and end with...an altogether too easy to finish beer, despite its heft."

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co Double Barrel Assassin (95)

"Aged more than a year in freshly emptied bourbon barrels, then finished in apple brandy barrels for over another year."

Loaded Question Brewing Co. The Tartan (95)

A balanced American Porter with notes of coffee, chocolate and a light roasty finish.

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

Top Rung Brewing Company My Dog Scout Stout (96)

"Bold chocolate and coffee flavors with deceptively smooth roastiness balanced with subtle pine and citrusy hops."

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."

New Realm Brewing Oaxaca Choca (96)

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

Finback Brewery Grazing on the Ordinary (96)

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

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."

Starr Hill Brewery Little Red Roostarr (96)

"A full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters."

2nd Shift Brewing Chico's Revenge (96)

"Big milk stout brewed with oats, lactose, and love."

Jackie O’s Brewery Oro Negro (96)

“Oil of Aphrodite with cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs, oak staves, and habaneros doing some serious work in the stainless tank for three months until the brew was ready for packaging.”

Fort George Brewery Matryoshka (96)

Bourbon barrel–aged Russian imperial stout.

Odd Side Ales Deleterious (96)

Dark, bitter chocolate, raw cacao, heavy oak, and no adjuncts.

Surly Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Darkness (96)

Aged in rye whiskey barrels. Chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, cherry.

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.

DESTIHL Brewery Dosvidanya Mexican Chocolate (96)

“Notes of bourbon, chocolate, cinnamon, Thai chiles with a dry finish.”

Kros Strain Brewing Company Sticky Flannel (96)

“Aged for 24 months in a blend of whiskey barrels; aged on maple syrup.”

Denizens Brewing Company Chapless Horseman (96)

“Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.”

Fort George Brewery Matryoshka 2022 (96)

“Integrated flavors of vanilla, anise, chocolate, coffee, charred oak.”

The Veil Brewing Company STARVE: Exhibit D Reserve (96)

“Aged in bourbon and apple-brandy barrels, conditioned on honey, vanilla, marshmallow.”

Maplewood Brewing Company Cuppa Breakfast (96)

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

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.”

New Belgium Brewing Clutch (96)

“A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee, and black malts bridges the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.”

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."

Baere Brewing Company OG Toasty (96)

"Our house stout and ode to all the wonderfully dry and ashy stouts of the past."

Incendiary Brewing Company The Interception of Entropy (2021) (96)

"Blend of non-adjunct stouts aged 2yrs in Weller and Beale Mead barrels; features heavy barrel character and dark fruits."

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."

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."

Orpheus Brewing Stouts All the Way Down: The Vanilla Chronicles: Mexican (97)

"Taste the difference terroir makes ... with vanilla beans sourced from across the world."

Narrow Gauge Brewing Peanut Butter & Stout (97)

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

Goose Island Brewery Bourbon County Stout 2019 (97)

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

Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout (97)

“Rich black barley and roasted malt with distinct notes of chocolate and espresso.”

Westbound & Down Opulence (97)

"Seventeen months in Heaven Hill Barrels, with extended aging on ... Madagascar vanilla beans."

WeldWerks Coconut Medianoche (97)

"Conditioned on more than three pounds per gallon of toasted coconut flakes and raw coconut chips."

Resident Culture Dedicated Mind Expansion with Vanilla (97)

"Aged in Four Roses barrels for 14 months, conditioned on 1.5 pounds per barrel of vanilla beans."

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."

Jester King Brewery Necrølith (97)

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

Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies (97)

“Hints of cold milk, sweet vanilla, and hearty oatmeal remind us that our memories are forever led by our senses. In this case, we are led home.”

Alvarado Street Brewery Anniversary Ale V 2019 (97)

Aged in Heaven Hill and Four Roses bourbon barrels and Woodford Rye whiskey barrels.

Burial Beer Seasoned Skillet 2019 (97)

A blend of multiple vintages of our stout aged with coffee in bourbon barrels.

J Wakefield Brewery Adjunctron Project: Yellow Lion (97)

Aged in a blend of maple, vanilla, and double-oak bourbon barrels, infused with coffee.

Creature Comforts Brewing Concurrence Blend No. 1 (97)

Bourbon barrel–aged imperial stout with vanilla beans.

Lost Abbey Sinner’s Blend (97)

Bourbon barrel–aged with coffee, cacao, and Mexican-inspired spices.

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.”

Hideaway Park Brewery Morket #3 (97)

“Bourbon barrel-aged stout with Madagascar vanilla beans and cacao nibs.”

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.”

Transient Artisan Ales Win Bigly (97)

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

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.”

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!!”

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."

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Double Barrel 1910 Medianoche (97)

"For this year's iteration of Double Barrel 1910 Medianoche, we utilized the same double-barrel technique as our 2020 release, which was inspired by the process used by Old Forester® to create their 1910 bourbon, but with extended aging to unlock even more barrel complexity. After aging for 13 months in freshly emptied 6-11-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels (heavy toast, light char), we finished this special batch of Medianoche in Old Forester 1910 casks (light toast, heavy char) for an additional 10 months. After more than 23 months combined between the two casks, Double Barrel 1910 Medianoche expresses notes of toasted marshmallows, English toffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, and sweet tobacco."

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."

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."

Vitamin Sea Brewing Imperial Seven Bells (97)

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

Perennial Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Abraxas (97)

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

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co Shadow Raptor (97)

"Shadow Raptor reveals the intricate nuances of vanilla selected from around the world. Layered delicately so as to still allow the influence of the barrels to emerge in your glass. We get notes of vanilla waffle cone ice cream, dark chocolate, and a whisper of bourbon in the finish."

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout (98)

"When Velvet Merlin is brewed with milk sugar to create Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, the effect is similar to adding cream to your dark roasted coffee. The result is a stout that is still dark and roasty, but now with a mellow sweetness and added roundness of body."

Verboten Brewing Barrel-Aged Cake or Death (98)

"Boiled for more than six hours, with Belgian candi sugar, cocoa husks, and Tahitian vanilla beans."

Creature Comforts Brewing Concurrence No. 5 (98)

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

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."

Cigar City Brewing Caffè Americano (98)

Bold, strong, and dark, Caffè Americano is made by adding vanilla and Tampa-roasted espresso beans to a double stout base.

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.

Moksa Brewing Co. Deluxe (98)

Aged in Eagle Rare bourbon barrels for 14 months, then treated with Ugandan vanilla beans.

Creature Comforts Brewing Concurrence (Blend No. 2) (98)

Aged in rye whiskey barrels with coffee and cinnamon added after aging.

Great Notion Brewing Frenched Toast (98)

Aged for 2 years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans, whole cinnamon, and Ver-mont maple syrup.

Highland Park Brewery Luxury (98)

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

King Harbor Brewing Co French Toast Latte (98)

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

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.”

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Office Party (98)

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

American Solera Lizard Bites (98)

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

King Harbor Brewing Co Choco-Latte (98)

“Chocolate stout with Ugandan vanilla, cacao nibs, coffee, cocoa powder, ancho chile, and lactose.”

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

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

Highland Park Brewery Brunch Friends (98)

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

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Chocolate Port Barrel Dire Wolf (98)

"We rested this batch of Dire Wolf in a Tawny Port puncheon for 14 months then added Madagascar vanilla beans and Single-origin Cacao from Dominican Republic. The Cacao adds rich complexity and complementary notes of fig, cherry, and citrus."

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co Assassin - 2021 (98)

"A curated blend of Stouts aged in bourbon barrels for 23-27 months."

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."

Wellspent Brewing Mister Maraschino (99)

"Stout aged in whiskey barrels with cacao nibs and Luxardo cherries."

Side Project Brewing Beer: Barrel: Time (99)

"Thoughtfully selected and blended to achieve our goals."

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.

Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Special Roast (99)

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

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.

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.

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.

Perennial Artisan Ales Barrel-Aged Abraxas 2022 (99)

“Aged in whiskey barrels with ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans.”

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

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

Wiley Roots Brewing Co Cryptonym (99)

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

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."

Cerebral Brewing Mysterious Forces (99)

"A blend of 5 year Laws Rye Whiskey Oatmeal Stout and two different 7 Year Willet Rye Whiskey Here Be Monsters. Conditioned on Toasted Coconut, Hazelnut, Madagascar Planifolia Vanilla & Lactose."

Brävery Brewing 2021 Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Shroud (99)

"Aged 12 months in freshly dumped bourbon barrels with added Madagascar and PNG vanilla beans."

Jackie O's Brewery Cellar Cuvee 1 (99)

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

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.”

Perennial Artisan Ales Maman 2018 (100)

2018 Maman was aged for 12 to 14 months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels before blending and packaging. It’s our purest expression of beer in oak and presents a luxurious combination of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and ma-ple wrapped up with a big boozy bow.

Other Half Bourbon Barrel Aged Pastrytown VIP (100)

A blend of 1- and 2-year bourbon barrels conditioned on Madagascar vanilla.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co Vanilla Homonym (100)

“Aged in bourbon barrels, conditioned on Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.”

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

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

Maplewood Brewing Company Barrel Aged Cuppa Vanilla Rye (100)

"Blended from Cuppa aged exclusively in Peerless Rye Whiskey barrels for 12 months. Conditioned on Metric coffee, and 3 varieties of vanilla beans: Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesian."