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Old 12-13-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default YOUR Top 5 Imperial Stouts!

Thought I'd start a thread dedicated to your favorite beers, per style. I'll add more perhaps each day or so.

To start things off, Imperial Stouts! Here are mine:

5 - Stone Russian Imperial Stout
Classic taste for a RIS! Thick mouth, black and sticky, great mixture of hops and malt, and just a bit heavy in the alcohol. Coffee and chocolate throughout!

4 - Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Roasty with a super rich chocolate taste! Fruit notes to go with that chocolate and definite coffee characteristics. As big as the alcohol is, it's super drinkable and doesn't taste too boozy.

3 - Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
Damn, this beer is good! Awesome tan head that just sticks on top of this black beauty. Roasted barley and sweet chocolate mixed with a dominate oak character in the nose. Very nice carmel taste with a slight alcoholic burn that warms you up. Perfect blend of a great beer with good oak characteristics.

2 - Avery Mephistophele's Stout
Hell yeah! Amazing black delight with a huge tan head. Sweet chocolate and carmel notes with some alcohol notes. Taste is sweet, big, and coffee like. Very warming but not overpowering. Should be sipped, and slowly appreciated.

1 - Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout
Super thick-like nothing else! Unbelievably black, with no red or orange around the edges, even with the brightest of light. Mocha brown head. Bitter chocolate, burnt roast, vanilla, fruit, and spices! Thick like syrup! This is the best stout I've ever had, and one of the only beers I've ever enjoyed this much.

What are your top 5!?

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Old 12-13-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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1. Yeti (the original of course)
2. Bells Expedition
3. Old Rasputin
4/5. Dont know, maybe the one by Clipper City

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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Cigar City's Hunaphu is currently being brewed again! Yesterday and today they're brewing it and it should be ready come March!!!

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:58 AM   #4
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1. Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Fidy - Oskar Blues
2. Kentuky Breakfast Stout - Founders
3. The Event Horizion - Olde Hickory Brewing
4. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti - Great Divide
5. 2008 Bourbon Barrel Aged IRS - Stone Brewing

That's just off the top of my head.

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Old 12-15-2010, 01:20 PM   #5
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1. Kentucky Breakfast Stout - Founders (probably #1 b/c its the hardest to find)
2. Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller
3. B.O.R.I.S The Crusher - Hoppin Frog
4. World Wide Stout - DFH
5. Choklat - Southern Tier

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Just tried Bells Expedition... wow! great Imperial Stout

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I gotta try a commercial IS. I made one and think it's pretty good (but have no frame of reference). Insanely rich but becoming smoother with aging.

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Rasputin
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To me, that is THE Imperial Stout by which all others are measured.

Doesn't need coffee, bourbon, oak, etc to be awesome.

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Rasputin
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To me, that is THE Imperial Stout by which all others are measured.

Doesn't need coffee, bourbon, oak, etc to be awesome.
I rarely drink commercial/craft brews but had my first ever RIS the other day, Old Rasputin from a nitro tap. That beer has haunted me since! I already changed plans and made my first RIS this past weekend and just ordered a nitro/stout faucet. I think it was one of the best beers I ever had (but it was cold outside and it was my first beer after a long day, so the situation was perfect).
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2. Beer Geek Breakfast - Mikkeller
That thing is awesome. Mikkeller is great. I met him last week. Currently doing a collaboration here in Tampa, with Cigar City. It's a Raison Rum Imperial Sweet Stout.
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