Best RIS that isn't barrel aged, has no coffee/spices/chocolate?

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  1. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    1. Ten Fidy
    2. Dark Horse Plead the Fifth
    3. Founders IS
  2. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (952) Mar 17, 2009 Washington

    Santa's little helper and Mikellar George are great bold stouts.

    I also want to mention Omnipollo Agamemnon but it has maple syrup added. Though I don't doubt some of the beers mentioned have sugar added to them.
  3. SadMachine

    SadMachine Poo-Bah (2,041) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    Kane Silent Nights is definitely one of if not my favorite in that style! However, something attainable for you would be Founders Imperial Stout or Stone IRS.

    edit - Oh and of course Ten Fidy!
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  4. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,187) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    From what I've had, my top three would be:
  5. Can_if_you_can

    Can_if_you_can Crusader (793) Mar 15, 2012 Minnesota

    North coast old rasputin, bells expedition, oscar blues ten fidy, dark horse plead the fifth aaand fulton worthy adversary would be my top five
  6. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,363) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    Many great ones already mentioned but one I'll add is Jackie O's Dark Apparition. An RIS milkshake. Get that distro'd to IL pronto.
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,825) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That's not an IRS, but that's ok- I think it's better :wink:. I'd take a well-made Foreign Extra Stout over an IRS any day.
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  8. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,363) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Expedition, Old Rasputin and Siberian Knight.
  9. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Aspirant (250) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey

  10. lpothier

    lpothier Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2015 Oregon

    Sierra Nevada's Narwhal doesn't get enough love, so my vote goes to it.
  11. TonyJ815

    TonyJ815 Disciple (377) Apr 3, 2013 Florida

    It's already been said, but Cigar City's Marshal Zhukov takes the cake for me.
  12. deadsincebirth

    deadsincebirth Initiate (136) Jul 24, 2014 Illinois

    The blind tasting is the way to go. For me in the Midwest all of the most well known RIS are easily accessible. Get some friends together to purchase each a four pack and let the conversation begin. That is what beer advocacy is really about. Great times.
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  13. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,056) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Founders Imperial Stout.
  14. Yalc

    Yalc Initiate (126) Nov 5, 2011 Florida

    For readily available stouts.....If you like to feel the hops, Old Rasputin. For a smooth, creamy, chocolatey version, Brooklyn Black Chocolate. (no chocolate by the way).
  15. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,938) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Bell's Expedition or Oskar Blues's Ten Fidy.
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  16. Jlabs

    Jlabs Poo-Bah (1,529) Nov 11, 2013 New York
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    Surly Darkness & Stone RIS
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  17. TJSoundguy

    TJSoundguy Initiate (123) Jul 13, 2013 New York

    Old Rasputin
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  18. KindbrewCali

    KindbrewCali Disciple (329) Aug 14, 2013 California

    Old Rasputin on Nitro if your local bar carries it
  19. yesterdayfaraway

    yesterdayfaraway Meyvn (1,080) May 21, 2015 Missouri

    Nationally: Even more Jesus
    Locally: LSD from 2nd shift
  20. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,960) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Founders. Perfect Imperial stout
  21. BrewMan13

    BrewMan13 Aspirant (249) Apr 22, 2004 New York

    Exactly the 3 I was gonna mention; looks like they came up a lot in this thread, and for good reason. If I had to pick just one, probably the expedition.
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  22. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,577) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    There are a lot of great ones out there, but you certainly can't go wrong with Expedition. So much the better if you can find it with a year on it.
  23. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Poo-Bah (2,671) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Vlad the Inhaler (Burley Oak Brewery), then BCBS. If you want something you can (almost) always get, I'd say Ten Fidy.
  24. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (412) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina

    Dark Apparition
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  25. tripledbrew

    tripledbrew Disciple (345) Dec 2, 2011 Kentucky

    Another vote for Founders Imperial Stout.
  26. JD_Bogerdy

    JD_Bogerdy Initiate (126) Jan 12, 2013 Florida

  27. spacecake9

    spacecake9 Meyvn (1,068) Apr 26, 2014 Illinois

    Bell's Expedition Stout
  28. Patches826

    Patches826 Savant (961) Aug 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    RIP Barbapapa :slight_frown:
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  29. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (822) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Drinking a 2012 Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout. Great beer and one of the best prices out there. There is NO Chocolate in this beer.

    Big Black VooDoo is also amazing AND comes in 12oz now

    Founder FIS

    10 Fidy

    Lots of great ones out there

    Just bought Expedition stout but not tried it yet.


    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Expedition and Zhukov, plus the classic, Wells Courage.
  31. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (148) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Adjunct Professor by Sante Adairius
    Griffith J Griffirth by Highland Park
    Bells 30th Anniversary
    Great Divide Yeti
  32. Xenoreactive

    Xenoreactive Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2015 Virginia

    I'm going to throw Avery's Czar into the arena. Delicious when fresh. Damb fucking great with a year+ on it. :slight_smile:
  33. dzyneguru

    dzyneguru Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota

    Worthy Adversary certainly deserves a mention. Better than Darkness IMHO. But IMHO Bells ended this conversation with 30th. I could drink that shit every day.
  34. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (4,525) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    To me it's a toss up between Stone IRS and Dark Horse Plead the 5th. For availability and taste
  35. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (605) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio

    Anastasia is still my favorite and the percentage of BA's who have had it is microscopic. I like it that way :wink:
  36. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    Narwhal and Santa's Litter Helper
  37. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (351) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Two Words:

    Old Rasputin
  38. Nightwish1094

    Nightwish1094 Aspirant (298) Apr 24, 2010 Texas

    Stone IRS, Old Raspy, and Yeti.

    I know i'm really going out on the limb here...
  39. do_ob

    do_ob Crusader (745) Feb 12, 2015 Kentucky

    Stone IRS
    Old Raspy
    Brooklyn Chocolate
    Dark App
    Ten Fidy

    in that order.
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  40. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (3,574) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands
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    Great Divide Yeti
    Cigar City Marshal Zhukov

    Many of the others mentioned here are good as well, but these two take the cake for me.

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