Best Imperial Stout?

| March 15, 2010 | Comments (32)

A beer we find all year around now, Imperial Stout has become one of our favorite styles here at  In most cases, it’s big, dark, thick, dessert like and strong.  With that said, we want to ask you…What is the Best Imperial Stout?

We will close this poll March 31st, 2010 at 5PM PDT.  This is not the gospel, this is not winner takes all, this is for fun and the love of beer. Cheers!


  • You may write in a vote for a beer not listed. You can grumble about your beer not being listed, but you would be better served to find more people to support and write in a vote for the beer we didn’t list.
  • Please don’t cheat. Feel free to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook, but please don’t circumvent the system.

The Best Imperial Stout?

  • The Bruery Black Tuesday (14%, 259 Votes)
  • North Coast Old Rasputin (11%, 208 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Blackout Stout (10%, 182 Votes)
  • Great Divide Yeti (7%, 130 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues Ten FIDY (7%, 127 Votes)
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (6%, 109 Votes)
  • Three Floyds DarkLord (6%, 105 Votes)
  • Surly Darkness (4%, 84 Votes)
  • Alesmith Speedway Stout (4%, 80 Votes)
  • Hoppin' Frog Boris The Crusher (4%, 80 Votes)
  • Bell's Expedition (4%, 78 Votes)
  • Portsmouth Kate The Great Imperial Stout (3%, 66 Votes)
  • Cigar City Hunaphu's Imperial Stout (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Victory Storm King Imperial Stout (3%, 53 Votes)
  • Founders Imperial Stout (3%, 53 Votes)
  • Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel (3%, 52 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (2%, 32 Votes)
  • Lost Abbey Serpent Stout (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Avery The Czar (1%, 17 Votes)
  • New England Imperial Stout Trooper (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Sea Monster (1%, 13 Votes)
  • SmuttyNose Imperial Stout (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Thirsty Dog Siberian Night (0%, 8 Votes)
  • The Duck-Rabiit Imperial Stout (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Southampton Imperial Stout (0%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,891

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32 Responses to “Best Imperial Stout?”

  1. mychal #

    The abyss.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:36 am
  2. Joe #

    Terrapin Side Project: Dark Side. Not exactly a classic imperial stout, but one of my favorite beers in years!

    March 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm
  3. Abyss is the best beer I’ve ever had, hands down, bar none, no doubt.

    It’s not bad….

    March 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm
  4. Barry #

    Boulevard [Smokestack Series] Dark Truth Stout

    March 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm
  5. craig #

    “chicago brewing” in vegas makes the best stout of any micro i’ve ever tasted….video poker & comped stout…that’s a winning!

    March 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm
  6. Big"Killa"Mike #

    So many noteworthy beers on the list. I’m gonna have to vote for a write in, Moylan’s, Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout! Chocolate, espresso, dark fruits, creamy, all kindsa goodness, and under $6.00, to boot. Why can’t we pick a top 5 list, this 1 favorite shtuff is hard.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm
  7. Jim #

    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

    March 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm
  8. Mike #

    Great list, although a bit late, I would have liked to see how Bourbon County Stout, and also a new addition: Night Stalker, would have done. But really, no Abyss?? Ouch.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
  9. Will #

    It really is hard to believe The Abyss and slightly less so Sexual Chocolate would have been left off what is otherwise a pretty comprehensive list.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:48 am
  10. don #

    The Abyss

    shocked its not on here

    March 20, 2010 at 1:46 am
  11. Dan #

    Hey, no love for Sexual Chocolate from us (by mistake) or you guys (the voters)?

    March 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm
  12. Aunt Bee #

    I would have voted for Black Diamond’s , but they aren’t on the list so my vote goes to
    North Coast Old Rasputin

    March 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  13. John D #

    Goose Island Bourbon County and New Holland Night Tripper should be on the list, but my vote goes to DogfishHead. Until I tried that Goose Island was my favorite but the WorldWide is in a class by itself.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:07 am
  14. Big Mike W #

    I love Founders and Old Raspy but I voted for a long time favorite. Storm King!

    March 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm
  15. Good List, but Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 13% is one of my all time favorites, but is very hard to find on the West Coast. Rasputin & Brooklyn Choc Stouts are also fine choices.

    Maybe should have done an East Coast v West Coast Comparison of Best Of, as some beers are not seen on one side of the coast where others are.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:16 am
  16. Todd #

    No Abyss? No Rogue RIS?

    I’d write in Abyss, but I know that a write in will not win…

    March 17, 2010 at 11:52 am
  17. Dan #

    Dave, I agree. I didn’t know where to stop with nominees. There are a ton more Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts and a ton more Coffee Imperial Stouts, with the exception of Speedway and Black Tuesday, I tried to keep it just Imperial/Russian Imperial. I’d gladly accept GI BCS as a write in. It is one of the finest beers I’ve ever had.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm
  18. I’m a fan of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Surprised to not see it on this list.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm
  19. Thanks for the vote for Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout mhokie! There are great ones made outside the USA!
    Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway

    March 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm
  20. Duane #

    Definitely agree with the masses. Great lakes is one of my favorites and I try to grab a case every spring. Bell’s Expedition was my second love, after my first imperial stout from a small brewpub called John Harvard’s in Monroeville, PA (the brewer now runs the Rivertowne Pour House not far from the old John Harvard’s).

    I voted for Victory storm king which is a great example. I don’t believe they have quite the distribution area that the other breweries have, so give them a shot if you can find it.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm
  21. PJ #

    Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout is amazing. Quite disappointed it is not listed.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:20 am
  22. wawood #

    I chose Great Divide Yeti, although I will qualify that I mean their Oak Aged Yeti. The regular Yeti doesn’t really belong on the list. Dark Lord would be a close second.

    Nice job in coming up with this list. I don’t see any glaring omissions.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:30 am
  23. Barleywhiner #

    I’m pretty burned out on Imperial Stouts right now, but how do you omit The Abyss!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:20 am
  24. Don #

    I’ve had surprisingly few of these beers considering how much I love the style. Of the ones I’ve had, Ten Fidy gets the nod.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:32 am
  25. My vote is for Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout… sooo… mmmmmm….

    March 15, 2010 at 11:19 am
  26. Throw me in with the masses who voted for Old Rasputin.

    Lots of good beers in that list (many that I haven’t tried). I do love the Founder’s and Thirsty Dog Imperial Stouts.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:40 am
  27. Dan #

    Added. It was on our draft list, but accidentally omitted.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:32 am
  28. Really enjoy Speedway Stout and others on this list but my favorite is probably the Abyss from Deschutes.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:08 am
  29. Peggy Hinsman #

    I vote for Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:50 am
  30. Sean #

    What? No Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout??

    March 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

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