Best Imperial Stout?

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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  1. Joe says

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

  2. craig says

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

  3. Big"Killa"Mike says

    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.

  4. Mike says

    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.

  5. Will says

    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.

  6. Aunt Bee says

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

  7. John D says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. Dan says

    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.

  10. says

    Thanks for the vote for Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout mhokie! There are great ones made outside the USA!
    Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway

  11. Duane says

    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.

  12. wawood says

    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.

  13. Barleywhiner says

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

  14. Don says

    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.

  15. says

    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.

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