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The Top 10 Highest-Average Rated Beer Styles of 2022

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Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery

There is no doubt we all love stouts. But are we all still crazy for hazy? Is this the year of the lager? We're about to find out. For our second post in our series of Untappd Year in Review for 2022, we're taking a look at the top ten styles of 2022 based on the total number of check-ins*.

But first, don't forget!

Read about the top ten breweries of 2022 here!

Again, we're rating this list a little differently this year. In years past we've presented styles with the most amount of check-ins. In 2022, we're showing you the styles with the highest average rating over the year

Check out what styles rated highest this past year.

10. Lambic - Traditional

A style with some mystery and intrigue, lambics have deep roots and tradition in Belgium. It's only within the last decade or so that this category has started to emerge in the United States, hitting this list in the number ten spot with a 4.098 average rating. American breweries like Allagash, Jester King, and others have developed their interpretations of lambic beer here in the U.S. Known for its funky, fruity, sometimes barnyard-y flavor, lambic beers are characterized by their complexity and balance.

All-time Highest-Rated "Lambic - Traditional" Rankings on Untappd Include:

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera (Batch 1) label

3 Fonteinen Zenne y Frontera (Batch 1)

Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Lambic - Traditional

Total (?) 4,297

Unique (?) 3,304

7% ABV

No IBU

(4.72)

2,906 Ratings

Zwanze 2012 label

Zwanze 2012

Brasserie Cantillon

Lambic - Traditional

Total (?) 3,329

Unique (?) 2,841

5% ABV

No IBU

(4.51)

2,444 Ratings

Vintage 2014 label

Vintage 2014

Side Project Brewing

Lambic - Traditional

Total (?) 654

Unique (?) 556

6% ABV

No IBU

(4.66)

497 Ratings

Tied for 7. 

Lambic - Fruit

Stout - Imperial/Double Oatmeal

Porter - Imperial/Double Coffee

All three styles here tie for the seventh average highest-rated style with a 4.1 average rating. 

Lambic - Fruit - Following in the wake of traditional lambic, fruited versions include an addition of fruit. Now here's where we should clarify: If a brewer adds raspberry, that beer becomes a framboise, and if cherries then a kriek—both of which are separate categories on Untappd. So here we consider a beer in the "Lambic - Fruit" category to be a lambic base with a fruit that doesn't include raspberries or cherries. Again, it's no surprise to see that a host of Belgian breweries top the list.

All-Time Highest-Rated "Lambic - Fruit" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Fou' Foune label

Fou' Foune

Brasserie Cantillon

Lambic - Fruit

Total (?) 35,336

Unique (?) 28,802

5% ABV

No IBU

(4.53)

25,412 Ratings

Stout - Imperial/Double Oatmeal - Oatmeal stouts, in particular, are a perhaps lesser-known variety of stout that we think no one should ignore. Why? Well for one, the imperial versions averaged a 4.1 rating on Untappd. But for two, because oatmeal stouts take everything you love about a stout—rich, dark, chocolatey—and add an incredibly luxurious, velvety mouthfeel.

Courtesy of some magical alchemy, aka oats, oatmeal stouts capture an intriguing interplay of taste and texture in a way few other styles nail. These are often special, one-off beers that are here one day gone the next. For example, Side Project's Derivation (Blend #10) ranks as the highest all time on Untappd's top-rated beers in the "Stout - Imperial / Double Oatmeal" category. But you can still find a few of these around. For instance, Prairie Artisan Ales' Apple Brandy Barrel Noir or Fremont's The Rusty Nail

All-Time Highest-Rated "Stout - Imperial/Double Oatmeal" Ranking on Untappd Include: 

Apple Brandy Barrel Noir label

Apple Brandy Barrel Noir

Prairie Artisan Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double Oatmeal

Total (?) 34,386

Unique (?) 26,719

12% ABV

70 IBU

(4.46)

24,606 Ratings

The Rusty Nail label

The Rusty Nail

Fremont Brewing

Stout - Imperial / Double Oatmeal

Total (?) 10,195

Unique (?) 9,266

13.2% ABV

50 IBU

(4.41)

8,302 Ratings

Porter - Imperial/Double Coffee - This style gives us a double dose. Like a porter, but with a boozy and buzzy boost, imperial/double coffee porters have everything you love about an amped-up porter plus an added shot of often locally roasted coffee. We can see why this style hits number eight on our list with a 4.1 average rating on Untappd.

All-time Highest-Rated "Porter - Imperial/Double Coffee" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Barrel Aged Coconut Fionn label

Barrel Aged Coconut Fionn

Angry Chair Brewing

Porter - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 1,399

Unique (?) 1,226

10.5% ABV

No IBU

(4.64)

1,132 Ratings

6. Stout - Imperial/Double Milk

Untappd rankings is a game of numbers, people. Most styles on this list are separated by a mere tenth of a point. As is the case with imperial/double milk stouts that slide into sixth place with a 4.11 average rating on the app this year. Basically, an imperial stout with the addition of lactose (an unfermentable milk sugar), these beers are dark, rich, and indulgent. Because lactose doesn't break down during fermentation, it adds a layer of sweetness to the beer. Expect flavors along the lines of espresso, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate in these beers.  In fact, these beers are kind of like the grown-up version of a kid's favorite—chocolate milk.

All-Time Highest-Rated "Stout - Imperial/Double Milk" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Barrel Aged Adjunct Trail label

Barrel Aged Adjunct Trail

Variant of Adjunct Trail

Angry Chair Brewing

Collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double Milk

Total (?) 4,261

Unique (?) 3,398

11% ABV

No IBU

(4.79)

3,077 Ratings

Impermanence label

Impermanence

Tree House Brewing Company

Stout - Imperial / Double Milk

Total (?) 33,156

Unique (?) 24,689

9.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.5)

22,749 Ratings

Permutation 57 label

Permutation 57

Trillium Brewing Company

Stout - Imperial / Double Milk

Total (?) 6,185

Unique (?) 5,335

13.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.52)

4,846 Ratings

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5. Barleywine - English

One of the biggest, boldest styles of beer out there, English barleywines kick off our top five with an average 4.12 rating on Untappd in 2022. 

These beers intrigue us for their intricacy of strength and flavor. A bit of a misnomer, barleywines earn their moniker for a heavy helping of barley and an alcohol strength that often rivals those of wine, reaching 12 percent ABV or higher. 

But don't get it twisted. This style isn't actually made from fermented juice like wine. Instead, barleywines are 100 percent beer. Brewers achieve a high ABV by packing the base with barley (or sometimes another kind of malt) to kick up the original gravity or fermentable sugars. All the extra malt contributes to a higher alcohol level and sweetness, meaning brewers also often balance these beers with a high dose of hops. Dark and malty barleywines are described by The Brewers Associations as featuring "flavors of bread, caramel, honey, molasses, and toffee." 

Even better, the intense alcohol content means these beers are perfect for barrel-aging. All these attributes lead to a style that is inherently robust and complex. 

Traditionally, barleywines are broken down into two separate categories: a hoppier American style and a maltier English style. According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, "although often a hoppy beer, the English Barleywine places less emphasis on hop character than the American Barleywine and features English hops. English versions can be darker, maltier, fruitier, and feature [richer] specialty malt flavors than American Barleywines."

All-Time  Highest-Rated "Barleywine - English" Rankings on Untappd Include**:

Aaron label

Aaron

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Barleywine - English

Total (?) 5,098

Unique (?) 4,558

8% ABV

No IBU

(4.6)

4,009 Ratings

V.S.O.J. (Very Special Old Jacket) label

V.S.O.J. (Very Special Old Jacket)

Revolution Brewing Company

Barleywine - English

Total (?) 5,097

Unique (?) 4,088

13.8% ABV

23 IBU

(4.59)

3,645 Ratings

**still in production

4. Stout - Imperial/Double Pastry

What could be better than The 15 Best Pastry Stouts of 2022 or the 10 Best Imperial/Double Stouts of 2022

Probably if we put the two together and found The 10 Best Imperial/Double Pastry Stouts of 2022.

These beers combine the best of both worlds. And as a result, clock in with an average 4.13 rating on Untappd this year. 

Take a pastry stout, considered a stout brewed with plenty of sugary ingredients to be intentionally sweet, and bump up the ABV. 

These are over-the-top beers in every sense of the word often overloaded with adjuncts to taste like popular candy bars, traditional cakes and pies, and even nostalgic cereals. 

It wouldn't be uncommon to find Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, maple syrup, coconut truffles, German chocolate cake, and everything in between in these beers. 

And with ABVs often rising above nine percent, Imperial/Double Pastry Stouts should be considered decadent treats best shared with others. 

All-Time Highest-Rated "Stout - Imperial/Double Pastry" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Barrel Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout label

Barrel Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout

Angry Chair Brewing

Stout - Imperial / Double Pastry

Total (?) 8,318

Unique (?) 6,713

11% ABV

No IBU

(4.7)

6,126 Ratings

Medianoche Reserve (2021) label

Medianoche Reserve (2021)

WeldWerks Brewing Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double Pastry

Total (?) 2,472

Unique (?) 2,193

No ABV

No IBU

(4.72)

2,044 Ratings

El Rio label

El Rio

Aslin Beer Company

Collaboration with Casa Agria Specialty Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double Pastry

Total (?) 3,306

Unique (?) 2,751

15% ABV

No IBU

(4.6)

2,532 Ratings

3. Stout - Imperial/Double

The humble stout has come a long way. And there are so many fantastic stouts out there. We've already seen imperial/double oatmeal stouts, imperial/double milk stouts, and imperial/double pastry stouts find a notch in these rankings. So it makes complete sense that the OG imperial/double stout finds its way into the top three with an average 4.14 rating on Untappd. 

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. 

But when it comes to average ratings, things are quite simply different. 

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. 

Today, there are countless permutations of these boozy stouts.

Many are no longer in production, so to give you a good idea, here are a few of 2022's highest-rated imperial/double stouts

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 (?) 7,674

Unique (?) 6,957

15.4% ABV

60 IBU

(4.64)

6,364 Ratings

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout (2021) label

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout (2021)

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 19,982

Unique (?) 17,436

17.3% ABV

70 IBU

(4.41)

16,101 Ratings

Abraxas label

Abraxas

Perennial Artisan Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 90,377

Unique (?) 67,289

11.5% ABV

80 IBU

(4.41)

61,631 Ratings

Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY label

Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY

Oskar Blues Brewery

Stout - Imperial / Double

Total (?) 118,079

Unique (?) 85,809

12.5% ABV

75 IBU

(4.37)

79,219 Ratings

2. Stout - Imperial/Double Coffee

Stouts aren't done yet. So close to the crown, imperial/double coffee stouts clock in at number two with an average rating of 4.16 on Untappd. Whether you get your buzz in the morning (with coffee) or your buzz at night (with beer), there's no denying that one of craft brewers' brilliant moves has been putting the two together. 

The best imperial coffee stouts are the ones that perfectly combine the roastiness of a cup of Joe with the velvety, chocolatey, booziness of a stout. 

Much like coffee can be nuanced through a pour-over, a French press, or a Chemex, stouts are often finessed by brewers through barrel-aging. The extra time spent in barrels gives double/imperial coffee stouts an added layer of depth and complexity, often picking up characteristics of the barrels or unused spirits. 

The possibilities are endless, making us jump up and down more than a double shot of espresso at three in the afternoon. 

All-Time Highest-Rated "Stout - Imperial/Double Coffee" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Mornin' Delight label

Mornin' Delight

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Stout - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 23,987

Unique (?) 19,334

12% ABV

No IBU

(4.62)

17,452 Ratings

Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee Barrel Aged) label

Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee Barrel Aged)

AleSmith Brewing Company

Stout - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 10,479

Unique (?) 8,916

14.2% ABV

70 IBU

(4.55)

8,055 Ratings

Proper Dose label

Proper Dose

Horus Aged Ales

Stout - Imperial / Double Coffee

Total (?) 6,014

Unique (?) 5,076

13.9% ABV

No IBU

(4.55)

4,560 Ratings

1. IPA - Triple New England/Hazy

We're shocked! Just kidding. You all went crazy for our list of The 20 Best Hazy / New England-Style IPAs of 2022, so we can just imagine how much more you love triple hazies. We're not sure we need to say much about this style except it's high in haze; it's high in juice; and it's high in ABV. Translation: With a 4.19, it's the highest averaged rated beer style on Untappd in 2022. 

Let's just get to what you all probably want to know.

All-Time Highest-Rated "IPA - Triple New England/Hazy" Rankings on Untappd Include:

Adiós, Ghost label

Adiós, Ghost

Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 6,260

Unique (?) 4,528

10.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.57)

4,163 Ratings

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Monkish Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Trillium Brewing Company

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 4,271

Unique (?) 3,583

10.1% ABV

No IBU

(4.56)

3,215 Ratings

Triple Jasper label

Triple Jasper

Fidens Brewing Co

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 2,157

Unique (?) 1,707

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.64)

1,568 Ratings

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Trillium Brewing Company

Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 11,741

Unique (?) 9,019

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.51)

8,340 Ratings

LAX2JFK in the Clouds label

LAX2JFK in the Clouds

Other Half Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 4,349

Unique (?) 3,736

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.53)

3,366 Ratings

Stay tuned for our next post as we dive into the top beers of 2022 based on the number of five-star ratings on Untappd. 

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