And the Winners are…….

HERE they are folks, FINALLY, my favorite, tip-top, cream o’ the crop picks from the 100 stouts and porters I drank through the month of November! YEAHHHH BEER!!!

(The numbers beside the selections indicate the review # in the blog. And yes, in some categories there is more than one winner. I’M SORRY. I just could NOT decide. Lets call it a tie.)

*BEST AMERICAN PORTER*

(#98) Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

(Smooth, balanced, and exactly what a porter should be)

*BEST IMPERIAL PORTER*

(#90) Rogue Imperial Porter

(This guy is a heavy-hitter and drinks like a stout)

*BEST BRITISH PORTER*

(#86) Old Slug Porter

(Bottle-Conditioned)(Let this baby warm up a bit and it will open up beautifully)

*BEST BALTIC PORTER*

(#33) Sinebrychoff Porter (has the intensity without the syrupy nose or finish)

*BEST SMOKED PORTER*

(#8)Stone Smoked Porter

(Not overdone, both smoky and meaty, well balanced)

*BEST AMERICAN STOUT(S)*

(#42)Green Flash Double Stout

(My statement stands. I want this in a keg by my bed. It’s just yummy)

(#64)Deschutes Obsidian Stout

(Such a wonderful example of an American stout. Not a flaw in sight)

(#19)Virgil Russell and Fred Lockett’s Man in Black Stout

(Absolutely delicious homebrew, deserves to be in production)

*BEST AMERICAN IMPERIAL STOUT*

(#89)Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

(A wonderfully made Imperial. Balanced. Exactly on the mark)

*BEST RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT(S)*

(#78)Three Floyds Brewing Dark Lord

(just read the review. mind-blowing)

(#34)North Coast Old Rasputin

(incredibly complex aromas and flavors. Must try on cask. DRINK IN A TULIP!)

*BEST OATMEAL STOUT(S)*

(#40)Goose Island Oatmeal Stout

(a beer that has the complexity of a fine wine. really incredible)

(#12)Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

(always and forever, a true delicious classic)

*BEST CHOCOLATE STOUT(S)*

(#7)Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

(dark, dark chocolate, a liquid dessert)

(#3)Rogue Chocolate Stout

(a rich, dark chocolate profile. a classic)

*BEST COFFEE STOUT/PORTER*

(#29)Nils Oscar Coffee Stout

(clean and pure, like the best coffee. sub at brunch)

*BEST BARREL-AGED STOUT(S)*

(#39)Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

(unbelievable, drinks like a port, drink over hours!)

(#68)Brewdog Paradox Speyside

(incredible aromas and flavors, this too drink over time)

(#67)Brewdog Paradox Islay

(smoky, peaty, a whisky drinker’s beer)

*BEST IRISH STOUT*

Guinness (on draft)

Murphy’s (in can)

*BEST HYBRID BEER*

(#99) Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

(An Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee! YUMMY!)

*BEST ORGANIC BEER*

(#25) Bison Chocolate Stout

(clean, pure flavors. suprisingly light in body but well balanced)

*BEST MILK STOUT*

(#82) Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Sweet Potato Stout

(creamy, delicious, and smooth, try on nitro)

*BEST BEER THAT DOESN’T FIT INTO ANY CATEGORY*

(#23) Dark Force Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout

(possibly the darkest beer in the universe defies a category!)

FINALLY…..DRUMROLL PLEASE……….*THE #1 BEER OF 100?*

By sheer intensity, complexity, and wonderment……the Gold Medal, Blue Ribbon, Big cup, and Champion trophy goes to………..

DARK LORD Russian Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing.

CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS OF ALL THE WINNERS!!!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Adam says:

    Really glad Brooklyn Brewery made this list. I’ve seen their brewmaster do a bunch of interviews and he seems like an incredibly good guy. I’m going to have to check out all of these, and I love the descriptions that you put underneath. I’m really jealous I didn’t think to do this, but at the same time it couldn’t have been easy.

  2. kimberly says:

    Awesome Awesome Awesome-
    You know i love Sammy Smiths!
    Great job sis!

  3. JOE says:

    WELL HOLY CRAP!! Cleveland did something good for once!!!!

    and… Great call on N. Coast Old Raspy. so good

  4. Daniel says:

    This is quite the undertaking.

    You’ve given me a few names to consider on my next trip to the bottle shop. I would love to try Dark Lord.

    I have Goose Island’s Oatmeal Stout pretty regularly, but under the guise of Trader Joe’s Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. Probably the best beer for the money I’ve ever had.

    Nice list!

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