Best Barrel Aged Imperial Stout?

Best Barrel Aged Imperial StoutPossibly one of the most decadent of any style or category of beer may be the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Many brewers have created magic by making a hefty Imperial Stout and aging in oak barrels, whether it be fresh oak barrels or barrels previously used to age whiskey.

Below is nearly 30 of the most amazing Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts, and we’d like you to pick the best one.  We know we might be missing something important, so please let us know with a write in vote, by using the comment section below. Poll closes July 28, 2011 at 5 PM PDT.

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  • Only one vote per person. You can ‘rally up the troops’ using your favorite social media site, but we ask they you keep it fair.
  • If the beer you think should be voted for isn’t on the list, you can write in the vote. TFP reserves the right to add a write in vote to the main list in order to keep track of the votes better. Once we add a popular write-in vote to the main list, it will not be counted for as a write-in any longer
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  • If the beer is aged on oak cubes or chips, it is not eligible for this poll. A great example would be Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Sorry =-)

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Best Barrel Aged Imperial Stout?

  • Firestone Walker Parabola (16%, 210 Votes)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (14%, 177 Votes)
  • Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%, 142 Votes)
  • Deschutes The Abyss (10%, 131 Votes)
  • The Bruery Black Tuesday (9%, 118 Votes)
  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) (7%, 85 Votes)
  • Nebraska Barrel Aged Black Betty Imperial Stout (4%, 46 Votes)
  • AleSmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout (3%, 44 Votes)
  • Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Green Flash Silva Stout (2%, 32 Votes)
  • Three Floyds Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (2%, 31 Votes)
  • Stone Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Russian Stout (2%, 29 Votes)
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's Double Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Port Brewing Older Viscosity (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS (2%, 21 Votes)
  • FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Bell's Bourbon Barrel Double Cream/Expedition Stout (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Maui Oak Aged KGB Imperial Stout (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Phoenix (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Jackie O's Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Apparition (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the 5th (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Nectar Ales Black Xantus (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Big Sky Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Brooklyn Black Ops (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,301

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  1. David Swain says

    Too bad no one mentioned WEYERBACHER Heresy ! That is the best Aged Imperial Stout i’ve ever had !

  2. Sean says

    How does Maui have 2% but 0 votes? I wish that I had tasted more of these to make a better informed decision.

  3. says

    So many good beers to choose from here, looks like a Christmas list for me (WINK, WINK). I’m surprised Dark Lord didn’t get more love considering all the hype it gets.

  4. Josh says

    How many folks have actually had the Maui KGB? Extremely tasty brew only available at the brewery.

  5. Captain Black Beard says

    Arrgh, I agree Parabola is great, but Founders Kentucky gets my X.


  6. Mike M says

    To bad more people do not get to try Bells BB Double Cream/Expo, it is wonderful. As expected the top vote getters are in bottled releases (aka white whales). Nice to see Nebraska BA Black Betty getting some love, a knockout at the GTMW.

  7. AZOutsider says

    Absolutely nothing can best Parabola. You just can’t improve perfection. Only thing even semi-close is my all-around fave brewery’s offering, The Abyss.

  8. Jason says

    I’m a West Coaster, but Goose Island, Founder’s, and Three Floyd’s are my favorites, along with the unlisted Bluegrass Brewing’s Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout.

  9. 619BeerLuvr says

    I must submit Karl Strauss’ 22nd Anniversay Vanilla Imperial Porter for some recognition. I have not cracked my Parabola(s) yet, but the KS was a great 9%er, and for the price ($6 locally) it was one helluva beer.


  10. Steven Torres says

    I have 2 Parabola’s in the Cellar right now. Haven’t had a chance to break open yet, I also have the Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. sitting there waiting for me to try…I haven’t been lucky enough to try Black Tuesday. I just recently had a 2011 KBS. And I had an ’09 Abyss. If the KBS would have been aged, I might have went there but the ’09 Abyss was simply AMAZING!

  11. kif kannabis says

    it was a close top three for me between Black Tuesday, Marshal Zhukov’s, and Parabola. Hard to say the “best” but I can definitely make a good top 5 or 10 list of best stouts ever from that list.

  12. Lagunitasfan says

    Too hard to say. 5 on the list are tied for the top honor for me on my Ratebeer ratings. The Alesmith Kopi… is not on the list and is my only stout rated higher. Guess I’ll be a homer and go Alesmith…

  13. Keith Crocker says

    North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout Oak Aged
    hard to find but worth it

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