32 Comments

  1. mychal
    March 30, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    The abyss.

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  2. Joe
    March 23, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

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

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  3. Frank
    March 23, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Abyss is the best beer I’ve ever had, hands down, bar none, no doubt.

    It’s not bad….

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  4. Barry
    March 22, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

    Boulevard [Smokestack Series] Dark Truth Stout

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  5. craig
    March 21, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

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

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  6. Big"Killa"Mike
    March 20, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    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.

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  7. Jim
    March 20, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

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  8. Mike
    March 20, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    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.

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  9. Will
    March 20, 2010 @ 4:48 am

    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.

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  10. don
    March 20, 2010 @ 1:46 am

    The Abyss

    shocked its not on here

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  11. Dan
    March 19, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

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

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  12. Aunt Bee
    March 19, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

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

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  13. John D
    March 19, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    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.

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  14. Big Mike W
    March 18, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

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

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  15. bierfesten
    March 18, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    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.

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  16. Todd
    March 17, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    No Abyss? No Rogue RIS?

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

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  17. Chipper Dave
    March 16, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    I’m a fan of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Surprised to not see it on this list.

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    • Dan
      March 16, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

      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.

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  18. Scott
    March 16, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

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

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  19. Duane
    March 16, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    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.

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  20. PJ
    March 16, 2010 @ 10:20 am

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

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  21. wawood
    March 16, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    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.

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  22. Barleywhiner
    March 16, 2010 @ 4:20 am

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

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  23. Don
    March 15, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    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.

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  24. mhokie
    March 15, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    My vote is for Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout… sooo… mmmmmm….

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  25. Daniel
    March 15, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    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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  26. Ray Grace
    March 15, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    Really enjoy Speedway Stout and others on this list but my favorite is probably the Abyss from Deschutes.

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  27. Peggy Hinsman
    March 15, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    I vote for Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

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  28. Sean
    March 15, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    What? No Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout??

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    • Dan
      March 15, 2010 @ 10:32 am

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

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