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Top Rated Beers

The list shows the top beers, based on our weighted average formula, which effectively rates all beers against each-other. A beer must have 150 ratings or more to qualify for this list. For more information on our rating system, please view our ratings explainer.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is meant to show our immense gratitude to our neighbors here in Chicago – the loyal and adventurous fans whose… Read More

13.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.74)

11,587 Ratings

Added 10/30/14

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2010)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Aged 2 years in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels. A true rarity—savor and share it only with those you hold dear, as it will never be made… Read More

13% ABV

60 IBU

(4.74)

7,048 Ratings

Added 11/26/10

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Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla Rye (2014)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

First brewed for the legendary festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoyed this Bourbon County Variant so much we bottled it the… Read More

13.6% ABV

35 IBU

(4.73)

22,640 Ratings

Added 08/11/14

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey.… Read More

14.8% ABV

60 IBU

(4.71)

17,900 Ratings

Added 09/09/15

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King Julius

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer while never tiring the palate. Its vivid… Read More

8.2% ABV

85 IBU

(4.71)

6,824 Ratings

Added 12/04/12

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King JJJuliusss

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

To continue with our 4th Anniversary celebration, we brewed an extra kettle hop and extra dry hopped version of King Julius! The result is an incredibly… Read More

8.4% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.71)

3,357 Ratings

Added 06/24/16

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Fundamental Observation (2016)

Bottle Logic Brewing

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Imperial Stout aged with Madagascar Vanilla Beans in Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.

14.1% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.7)

6,367 Ratings

Added 05/14/16

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Double Barrel Hunahpu's

Cigar City Brewing

Stout - Imperial / Double

50% aged in Rum barrels, 50% aged in Apple Brandy barrels.

11.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.7)

6,589 Ratings

Added 10/27/13

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Very Hazy

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

A kicked up version of Haze, our Double IPA, Very Hazy is a beer that makes us Very Happy! Very Hazy conveys all the beautiful flavors of Haze, but with… Read More

8.6% ABV

80 IBU

(4.69)

7,407 Ratings

Added 11/22/14

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Barrel-Aged Abraxas

Perennial Artisan Ales

Stout - American Imperial / Double

Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, ancho chiles & cinnamon sticks

11.2% ABV

60 IBU

(4.69)

4,882 Ratings

Added 11/17/12

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Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

Founders Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most… Read More

10.6% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.68)

18,513 Ratings

Added 08/21/10

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Very Green

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

This Double IPA is created with a massive kettle charge of Australian and American hops. It opens in the glass with huge notes of ripe pineapple, pithy… Read More

8.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.68)

8,858 Ratings

Added 05/23/14

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Good Morning

Tree House Brewing Company

Stout - American Imperial / Double

A project that began as Imperial Double Shot has matured into a distinct beer that is perhaps our most complex yet! Brewed with Monson’s own Maxwell Road… Read More

8.4% ABV

65 IBU

(4.68)

4,538 Ratings

Added 09/12/14

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Pliny the Younger

Russian River Brewing Company

IPA - Triple

Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder’s nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more… Read More

10.25% ABV

90 IBU

(4.67)

17,320 Ratings

Added 02/03/11

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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout (2010)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Each year at the festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoy hundreds of wood aged beers. Goose Island poured this beer at the 2009… Read More

13% ABV

60 IBU

(4.67)

5,784 Ratings

Added 11/19/10

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Assassin (2014) (Gold Wax)

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

After endless hours of scorching in heat, brewing in turmoil, fermenting in angst, the Assassin's journey has just begun. Aged in 20 year Pappy Van Winkle… Read More

12.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.66)

3,750 Ratings

Added 07/31/14

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Doubleganger

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

This beer was conceived with the intent to push the concept of Doppelganger to the limit of flavor and intensity. Both the kettle hopping rates and dry… Read More

8.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.66)

7,029 Ratings

Added 12/09/16

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King Henry

Goose Island Beer Co.

Barleywine - English

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23 bourbon barrels, previously used to age Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. King Henry is a burgundy hued English-style barleywine… Read More

13.4% ABV

60 IBU

(4.66)

5,225 Ratings

Added 04/11/11

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8.2% ABV

70 IBU

(4.65)

7,162 Ratings

Added 03/14/14

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JJJULIUSSS

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - American

Julius gone wild (not funky wild, like insane hop saturation wild) For the second special edition of Julius brewed specifically for the third anniversary… Read More

6.8% ABV

75 IBU

(4.64)

3,338 Ratings

Added 06/13/15

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Dinner

Maine Beer Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice… Read More

8.2% ABV

70 IBU

(4.63)

20,052 Ratings

Added 11/30/13

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Mornin' Delight

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

A huge Imperial Stout with an explosive espresso aroma followed by strong notes of maple syrup and vanilla.

12% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.63)

6,247 Ratings

Added 08/16/11

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Fundamental Observation (2017)

Bottle Logic Brewing

Stout - American Imperial / Double

Imperial stout blended with Madagascar vanilla beans & aged in bourbon barrels.

13.6% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.63)

4,705 Ratings

Added 06/21/17

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15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.63)

2,544 Ratings

Added 02/08/13

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Heady Topper

The Alchemist

IPA - Imperial / Double

We love hops – that’s why our flagship Double IPA, Heady Topper, is packed full of them. Heady Topper was designed to showcase the complex flavors and… Read More

8% ABV

100 IBU

(4.62)

161,862 Ratings

Added 08/21/10

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SR-71 (Barrel Aged)

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

SR-71 aged in bourbon barrels

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.62)

2,526 Ratings

Added 03/10/15

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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously… Read More

12% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.61)

1,275 Ratings

Added 02/12/12

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Black Agnes

Schramm's Mead

Mead - Melomel

"Black" Agnes Randolph successfully defended the Scottish Castle of Dunbar from a five-month siege by William Montague, the Earl of Salisbury. Black Agnes… Read More

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.61)

3,802 Ratings

Added 01/17/14

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Barrel Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout

Angry Chair Brewing

Stout - Imperial Milk / Sweet

Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Milk Stout with coconut, cacao nibs & madagascar vanilla

11% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.61)

1,833 Ratings

Added 02/17/17

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Dark Lord - French Vanilla Militia (2016)

3 Floyds Brewing Company

Stout - Russian Imperial

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Dark Lord aged in Armagnac-soaked barrels with vanilla, cocoa nibs and coffee. It's decorated in the dark, ghostly label art of Jesse Draxler, whose abstract… Read More

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.61)

1,650 Ratings

Added 04/27/16

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Black Tuesday Reserve (2015)

The Bruery

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

For years, Black Tuesday has needed little, if any, introduction. But Black Tuesday® Reserve is a different matter entirely. Brewed in early 2014, Black… Read More

20.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.61)

3,496 Ratings

Added 10/05/15

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Dark Lord - Marshmallow Handjee (2016)

3 Floyds Brewing Company

Stout - Russian Imperial

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans bottled with a space-themed label.

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.6)

1,204 Ratings

Added 04/27/16

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Rare Scooop

Cycle Brewing Company

Stout - Imperial / Double

Collab with 3 Sons Brewing

N/A ABV

N/A IBU

(4.6)

1,532 Ratings

Added 05/09/16

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The Heart Of Darkness

Schramm's Mead

Mead - Melomel

The Heart of Darkness is perhaps the most highly sought after, hand-crafted honey wine in the world today. This melomel is crafted from Belgian dark,… Read More

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.59)

1,323 Ratings

Added 09/20/13

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Bourbon County Brand Stout Backyard Rye (2013)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Stout with mulberries, boysenberries, & marionberries and aged in rye whiskey barrels

12.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.59)

15,569 Ratings

Added 11/27/14

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Headroom

Trillium Brewing Company

IPA - Imperial / Double

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your palates... Simply put, Headroom is the hoppiest beer we've ever brewed with more than 7 lbs. per barrel featuring heavy… Read More

8% ABV

66 IBU

(4.59)

5,730 Ratings

Added 08/20/15

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Ardea Insignis

Central Waters Brewing Company

Stout - American Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

The rarest heron in the world. Also the name of the rarest barrel aged beer we have ever made and bottled. An imperial stout aged for over three years… Read More

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.58)

1,908 Ratings

Added 04/28/16

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Double Sunshine

Lawson's Finest Liquids

IPA - Imperial / Double

This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.

8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.58)

7,727 Ratings

Added 01/24/11

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Zenne y Frontera

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Lambic - Traditional

Zenne y Frontera is a unique creation from master-brewer and geuze-blender Armand Debelder and maître-sommelier Andy De Brouwer. This natural millésime… Read More

7% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.58)

1,766 Ratings

Added 08/31/15

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Assassin (2016)

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

12.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.58)

3,235 Ratings

Added 11/12/16

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Julius

Tree House Brewing Company

IPA - American

Bursting with pungent American hops, Julius - our flagship American IPA - is a bright, juicy beer filled with flavors and aromas of mango, peach, passionfruit,… Read More

6.8% ABV

72 IBU

(4.57)

57,056 Ratings

Added 09/29/12

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Derivation (Blend #6)

Side Project Brewing

Stout - Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

Blend of imperial stouts that were aged in 8- and 12-year-old bourbon barrels for 16 and 28 months with freshly ground cinnamon, cacao nibs, and Ugandan… Read More

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.57)

1,130 Ratings

Added 08/09/16

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Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee Barrel Aged)

AleSmith Brewing Company

Stout - American Imperial / Double

We traditionally brew Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sữa đá, with a phin-style filter that gently percolates water through ground coffee. The result… Read More

12% ABV

70 IBU

(4.57)

5,442 Ratings

Added 05/31/14

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Fuzzy (Blend #2)

Side Project Brewing

American Wild Ale

American Wild Ale fermented in Chardonnay barrels with spontaneous yeast and our house sour blend and aged with Missouri white peaches.

8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.56)

4,903 Ratings

Added 04/17/16

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Double Barrel Derivation

Side Project Brewing

Stout - American Imperial / Double

Imperial Stout aged for two years in 12 year old Willett Bourbon Barrels & was then racked to Port Wine Barrels for a second maturation of three months.… Read More

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.56)

1,166 Ratings

Added 01/30/16

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Fou' Foune

Brasserie Cantillon

Lambic - Fruit

Blend of lambics aged 18 to 20 months and of Bergeron apricots.

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.56)

13,876 Ratings

Added 12/26/10

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Trappist Westvleteren 12

Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren

Belgian Quad

The heaviest of the Westvleteren beers, the 12 is a quadrupel style beer, which can be recognized by its yellow cap. Like the other Westvleteren beers,… Read More

10.2% ABV

38 IBU

(4.56)

81,661 Ratings

Added 08/21/10

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Derivation (Blend #1)

Side Project Brewing

Stout - Imperial / Double

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery

25% Wheated & Smoked Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrel, 25% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in a Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel, 50% Wheated Imperial Stout… Read More

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.56)

1,132 Ratings

Added 05/09/15

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10.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.55)

3,643 Ratings

Added 05/22/14

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - American Imperial / Double

Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago's Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. They put the same passion and… Read More

13.4% ABV

60 IBU

(4.55)

30,972 Ratings

Added 08/21/10

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