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10 Best Imperial / Double Stouts of 2022

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Listen, spring may be just around the corner, but with snowstorms still raging across most of the country, winter hasn't taken it's last breath yet. 

And there is no other type of beer we'd rather be drinking in front of the fire on a below-zero night than a hearty stout. Preferably one that has been barrel-aged, reaching upwards of 9-10% ABV. 

The humble stout has come a long way. And there are so many fantastic stouts out there. Such as these wacky pastry stouts or these caffeinated coffee stouts

But far and away the most popular versions of this style would have to be imperial and double stouts. In fact, in Untappd's Top Styles of 2021, these amped-up stouts ranked seventh with just shy of 2 million check-ins! No other stout category even cracked the top ten. 

First popularized by Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall, when he had the genius idea to age Goose Island's one-thousandth batch of beer in a bourbon barrel in 1992, imperial and double stouts are essentially stronger, richer, boozier versions. 

Last year, we received a lot of fanfare when we posted about Untappd's 5 Highest-Rated Imperial / Double Stouts of 2021

So in 2022, we decided to double down. Of course, the beer that started it all features heavily in the list, but you might find a few surprises here as well. 

Untappd's 10 Highest Rated Imperial / Double Stouts of 2022:

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1. Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton's Stout (2021) - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout (2021) label

Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout (2021)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 9,560

Unique (?) 8,440

15.4% ABV

60 IBU

(4.64)

7,710 Ratings

2. Bourbon Country Double Barrel Brand Toasted Barrel Stout (2021) - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Double Barrel Brand Toasted Barrel Stout (2021) label

Bourbon County Double Barrel Brand Toasted Barrel Stout (2021)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 15,449

Unique (?) 13,122

16% ABV

60 IBU

(4.58)

12,045 Ratings

3. Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout (2021) - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout (2021) label

Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout (2021)

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 10,364

Unique (?) 9,048

15.6% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.57)

8,309 Ratings

4. Bourbon County Brand Stout (2021) 14.4% - Goose Island Beer Co. 

Bourbon County Brand Stout (2021) 14.4% label

Bourbon County Brand Stout (2021) 14.4%

Vintage of Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Beer Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 7,578

Unique (?) 6,395

14.4% ABV

60 IBU

(4.49)

6,004 Ratings

5. Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout (2021) - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout (2021) label

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout (2021)

Vintage of Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Collaboration with Samuel Adams

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 22,106

Unique (?) 18,769

17.3% ABV

70 IBU

(4.41)

17,311 Ratings

6. Abraxas - Perennial Artisan Ales 

Abraxas label

Abraxas

Perennial Artisan Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 94,887

Unique (?) 70,790

11.5% ABV

80 IBU

(4.4)

64,880 Ratings

7. Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues

Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY® label

Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY®

Oskar Blues Brewery®

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 126,361

Unique (?) 90,494

12.5% ABV

75 IBU

(4.36)

83,619 Ratings

8. Gone Camping (Cellar Series) - Põhjala

Gone Camping (Cellar Series) label

Gone Camping (Cellar Series)

Põhjala

Collaboration with LERVIG

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 11,606

Unique (?) 10,875

11.5% ABV

40 IBU

(4.23)

10,327 Ratings

9. I've Got Friends in the Music Business B.A. Blend Batch #3 - Brouwerij Frontaal

I've Got Friends In the Music Business B.A. Blend #3 label

I've Got Friends In the Music Business B.A. Blend #3

Frontaal Brewing Co.

Collaboration with The Bruery

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 6,148

Unique (?) 5,708

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.23)

5,484 Ratings

10. Double Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

Double Vanilla Noir label

Double Vanilla Noir

Prairie Artisan Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 9,130

Unique (?) 8,492

14% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.23)

7,808 Ratings

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