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Posted May 9, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts
 
 

Top Rated Imperial Stouts

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Strong, dark, rich, roasty, and full-bodied – Imperial Stouts are favorites for many craft beer fans.  Brewed with massive amounts of pale malt and dark and roasted malts, Imperial Stouts produce a wide array of interesting flavors.  Notes of roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and toffee are common. Complexity of flavor is increased for barrel-aged beers, adding notes of wood, vanilla, and coconut. High in alcohol, Imperial Stouts are aged for long periods of time to allow the flavors to  develop. Sipping one from a brandy snifter, allowing the aromas to be captured in the glass, is one of life’s great beer pleasures.

The list below highlights top rated Imperial Stouts produced by craft brewers.

 

Top Rated Imperial Stouts
Cigar City Brewing Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout (11%, 80 IBUs)

Complex with a rich malty body. Aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans, Ancho chiles, Pasilla chiles, and cinnamon. Available once a year in March at the Brewery in Tampa, Florida. Notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice. View Ratings

Peche Mortel – Russian Imperial Coffee Stout (9.5%)

Brewed with fair trade coffee, in Quebec, Canada. Intense notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. View Ratings

Fifty Fifty Brewing Eclipse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (9.5%)

An Imperial Stout aged for six months in oak bourbon barrels. Very limited availability at the brewery in Truckee, CA. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and coconut. View Ratings

Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout (11.2%, 70 IBUs)

A strong Imperial Stout aged for one year in oak bourbon barrels. Brewed with Kona coffee and chocolate. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and coconut. View Ratings

Full Sail Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (9.6%, 40 IBUs)

An Imperial Stout aged for one year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, and Four Roses. Limited availability in bottles. Notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. View Ratings

AleSmith Speedway Imperial Stout (12%)

A strong Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, in San Diego. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, toffee, and caramel. View Ratings

The Bruery Black Tuesday Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (15-20%, 40 IBUs)

Aged in oak bourbon casks for more than one year. Limited release at the brewery annually in October. Notes of dark malt, earthy wood, and black licorice. View Ratings

Surly Brewing Darkness Russian Imperial Stout (9.8%, 85 IBUs)

Brewed in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Limited release annually in September. Notes of dark malt, roasted coffee, and black cherries. View Ratings

Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (15%)

A strong Imperial Stout at 15% abv. Limited release annually at the brewery.  Notes of roasted malt, toffee, and espresso. View Ratings

Firestone Walker Parabola Russian Imperial Stout (13%, 82 IBUs)

A strong Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout at 13% abv. Limited release annually in April. Notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, coconut, and dark fruit. View Ratings

Portsmouth Brewery Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout (12%)

An Imperial Stout aged on Port soaked wood. Limited release annually at the brewery. Notes of dark cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and molasses. View Ratings

The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout (11%)

An Imperial Stout brewed with oats. Seasonal release. Notes of dark caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, and espresso. View Ratings

Block 15 Super Nebula

A Chocolate Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Notes of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. View Ratings