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Imperial Stouts?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jduffy21, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Can you guys recommend some nice Imperial Stouts, preferably aged in bourbon barrels? What are you favorites?
  2. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Bourbon County is all you need to know.
  3. BeerSquirrel

    BeerSquirrel Zealot (85) Minnesota Dec 12, 2013

    Founders Imperial Stout is a terrific RIS that is easily obtainable during the winter and relatively inexpensive.
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  4. Bourbon County is awesome, but I have been unable to find in Pa
  5. Dacheat62

    Dacheat62 Aficionado (150) New Jersey Dec 11, 2013 Beer Trader

    as far as availibility atm for bourbon barrel aged stouts I would say try some barrel aged boris by hoppin frog. It is year round and one of my favs. Also there is duclaw's retribution which has the added benefit of being only 13$/22oz and is 11.5%
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  6. jiggidy

    jiggidy Advocate (525) Michigan Dec 18, 2013

    Dragon's Milk by New Holland is one of my favorite readily accessible BBA stouts. Not sure what the distribution is like in PA though.
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  7. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout is great as well. Try and find that.
  8. ImPourTed

    ImPourTed Aficionado (130) New York Feb 27, 2014

    stone RIS and DG Yetis are solid
  9. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Savant (375) Antarctica Jul 4, 2013

    Yeah, this is the one that popped into my head as well. I think I prefer Central Waters BBS but I doubt they distribute to Penn, and it's out of season now anyway.
  10. BH712

    BH712 Savant (475) District of Columbia Jan 29, 2014 Verified

  11. dcbullet

    dcbullet Savant (355) California Dec 18, 2013 Beer Trader

    Stone IRS and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy are my go to shelf RIS.
  12. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (815) Rhode Island May 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Peche Mortel isn't barrel aged but it is fabulous, as is Old Rasputin and even easier to come by. Alesmith Speedway is also great stuff.
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  13. +1 for Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and Dragons Milk, its not BBA but try Plead The 5th by Dark Horse if you can!
  14. For PA I would say:

    Victory Storm King
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal (Oct-Dec)
    Stoudts Fat Dog
    Dogfish Head Palo Santo (they call it a Brown Ale)
    Oskar Blues Tenfidy
    Founders KBS (look for it soon and fast)
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014

    INSURGENT Initiate (15) Minnesota Mar 11, 2014

    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout might be what you're looking for but a few

    others that should be much easier to find are:

    Founders Imperial Stout (a little on the hoppy side for me but still good), Old Rasputin,

    and I have loved Chocolate Oak aged Yeti (the older the date of production, the better it is, IMO).
  16. BoomKentucky

    BoomKentucky Savant (450) Kentucky Mar 22, 2013

    Great Divide barrel aged yeti
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  17. weyerbacher Heresy is quite good.
  18. Ale Smith Speedway Stout
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    Prairie Pirate Bomb / Prairie Bomb
    Founders KBS
    Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo
    Mike Hess Brewing Umbrix
    Great Divide Yeti (any of the Yeti Stouts are solid)
    Port Old Viscocity
  19. They also do have a BBA that I have yet to try but really want too!
  20. Roguer

    Roguer Poobah (1,120) Connecticut Mar 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    BCBS (obviously easier after the release, but you can trade for it)
    KBS (release coming soon!)
    FW 17th Anniversary, Velvet Merkin, and Parabola

    Founders Imperial Stout
    Stone IRS and Espresso IRS
    SN Narwhal
    Oscar Blues Ten-FIDY
    DFH World Wide Stout

    My personal favorites are BCBS (by a mile, although I only had FW 17th once, sadly), and Narwhal, for their categories. Not saying Narwhal is the best non-BA imperial stout; just my favorite.
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  21. just get any RIS and dump some bourbon in it. Thats what every barrel aged stout ever tastes like to me. Yuck. I absolutely love stouts but absolutely hate bourbon/whiskey etc.
    Bells Expedition Stout is my all time favorite Stout. Get that one.
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  22. wspanic201

    wspanic201 Aficionado (215) Iowa Apr 26, 2010

    Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
  23. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (480) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    + 1 for Old Rasputin. If you can find the XV (reserve?) it's worth the high sticker price.
  24. carlitos92

    carlitos92 Savant (375) Texas Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Squatters Outer Darkness I have not seen mentioned yet. Not sure if they make it to PA.

    Also, Surly Darkness. they don't distro here at all, so I don't know how rare they are further north.
  25. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Savant (465) Georgia Sep 22, 2011

    Old Rasputin, founders kbps, and victory storm king
  26. punxsybob

    punxsybob Aficionado (220) Pennsylvania Mar 9, 2014 Beer Trader

    My favorite for now is Morning glory from Old Dominion, its actually an expresso stout. really tasty and smooth.
  27. Catracho5

    Catracho5 Poobah (1,025) California Aug 10, 2013 Beer Trader

    Old Rasputin, Ballast Point Sea Monster, Huge Arker (Bourbon barrel aged) from Anderson Valley Brewing, Firestone Walker Parabola (barrel aged, not sure if its bourbon), Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout it has a lower ABV.
  28. honkduh

    honkduh Savant (355) Oregon Jun 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    The Abyss
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  29. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Aficionado (245) Washington Feb 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    The best Bourbon Stouts I've had thus far are..

    Bourbon County
    Firestone Parabola
    Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout
    Fremont Bourbon Abominable (stout-like winter ale)
    Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout
    Oak aged Yeti
    Port Brewing Older Viscosity
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout (non-barrel)
    Evil Twin: Even More Jesus (non barrel)
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  30. 57md

    57md Advocate (680) Pennsylvania Aug 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    I was able to obtain a single bottle of BCBS and a single bottle of BCBBW during last year's release. It is available in PA, but distributed in eyedroppers.

    In PA, you can definitely get Fegley's Brewworks Barrel Aged Insidious Stout. It is clearly a notch below BCBS, but very good nonetheless.
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  31. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poobah (1,070) New Jersey Dec 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Obviously the OP could do a little more research but follow up posters are either ignorant, careless, or smart alecky when recommending beers they know or should know are not available in PA. Kentucky Brunch isn't happening. The poster is almost certainly not trading for it if this is the type of question they are asking. I dug hanging out at Hess when I was in SD but that is also not particularly helpful.

    I'm not sure where OP is in the vast state of Pennsylvania but central waters bb stout is an easy find in the eastern regions at least and is a terrific recommendation even if it's not a personal favorite of mine. I always find CW barrel aged brews when I travel to PA assuming it's relatively close to their release. I'd add their BA coffee stout Peruvian morning; I know infections hit a batch a few years back but I've not had a bad bottle myself; none have shown signs of infection in my experience.

    Retribution is a solid choice I see in pa frequently and usually isn't too expensive. BA Boris is very good too but tends to be a bit pricey .
  32. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poobah (1,070) New Jersey Dec 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Oh forgot to mention BC rare, BA abraxas and gray Monday. You should get those.
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  33. Donco

    Donco Advocate (540) Pennsylvania Aug 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Join the club..I found a couple of terrific traders to get mine (thanks gentlemen!)...but the more BCBS I drink, the more I want.:eek:
  34. Donco

    Donco Advocate (540) Pennsylvania Aug 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Never appears in Philly...
  35. Donco

    Donco Advocate (540) Pennsylvania Aug 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Central Waters IS in PA..but relatively sparse...
  36. Parabola
    Bourbon County Brand Stout
    Bourbon Barrel aged Old Rasputin
    Lair of the Bear
    Boris Van Wink
    Eclipse Variants
    Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper (Port Brewing)
    Older Viscosity
    Ten Fidy
    The Abyss

    There's more, forgetting some.
  37. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Advocate (625) Kentucky Feb 19, 2013 Beer Trader


    Barrel aging is overrated.
  38. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Advocate (700) California Jul 27, 2013 Beer Trader

    Ballast Point's Victory at Sea....it's technically a porter, but it's basically the same thing at 10% ABV
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  39. Besides all of the above
    Storm king is solid
    Harviestoun highland park aged ( scotch ale)
    Black flag
    Beer geek breakfast
    Anderson valley bourbon barrel is good for the price and availability
    Lagunitas imperial stout, great price, availability
    Of course Rasputin
    Dark truth
    Green flash double stout
    Serpent stout
    I got a bunch...
    But mainly firestone and goose island barrel aged schnazz, it's the best!
  40. Storm king is amazing but way hoppy for a irs.fegleys Insidious is way amazing tasty sipper.plus fegley's breworks is a PA brewery so I gotta figure you can get it. Cant go wrong with founders imperial stout. Its like cough syrup but it a good way
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