Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - Imperial Stouts is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.

Imperial Stouts

BrewDog Rip Tide
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Stout – Imperial - Winner – Tied Recommended - Winner

BrewDog Rip Tide
80A big, solid, clean and uncompromising imperial stout, packed with flavour.

Brooklyn Chocolate Stout Recommended - Winner

Brooklyn Chocolate Stout
85Not as sumptuously chocolatey as you might expect from the name but an exceptionally good, deep ruby-coloured stout.

De Struise Black Albert Editors Choice - Winner

De Struise Black Albert
90A bittersweet, remarkable beer, an imperial stout with a Belgian twist – in fact they call it a ‘Belgian Royal Stout'.

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
78A big, attention grabbing stout, but perhaps a touch too sweet and with too much alcohol floating about – something that is exacerbated by the level of carbonation.

Great Divide  Yeti Recommended - Winner

Great Divide Yeti
89A first-rate imperial stout with a distinct American accent, thanks to the skilful use of fragrant hops. The carbonation allows this near-black beer to drink much lighter than its 9.5% ABV.

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout 2003 Recommended - Winner

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout 2003
84The daddy of imperial stouts, a recreation of a beer once imported into the Russian empire by Albert Le Coq. It's an acquired taste, with no compromises.

Left Hand  Imperial Stout Recommended - Winner

Left Hand Imperial Stout
80A full-value, deep-ruby coloured, US beer that defies its strength with enormous drinkability.

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout Recommended - Winner

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout
83Good imperial stout flavours but at a more manageable strength than most examples of the style currently on the market.

Zywiec Porter Recommended - Winner

Zywiec Porter
84One of the last surviving Baltic porters, brewed in the south of Poland. A chunky but smooth beer.

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

The Baltics - Baltic blitz
The Eastern European countries of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia are still producing some exciting beers. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

The Baltics - Eurostars
Adrian Tierney-Jones gives us the low down on some exciting Baltic countries producing excellent beers.

USA: The American revolution
What the heck is going on with craft beer in the USA and who is responsible? George Lenker gives us the low-down.

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...