100-95 Points

CLASSIC BEERS — These beers, rated 100-95 points, are the pinnacle of artisan beer. Beers that make this list are highly recommended, and worth special effort to seek out.

100 Points

AleSmith Speedway Stout Imperial Stout, reviewed 11/8/13
Bell’s Hopslam,
reviewed 2/7/12
Duvel,
reviewed 2/18/11
Founders Breakfast Stout, reviewed 12/16/11
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), reviewed 8/14/12
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine (2013), reviewed 2/14/14
Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale, reviewed 1/17/13
Stone Double Bastard Ale, reviewed 2/21/12
The Alchemist Heady Topper Imperial IPA, reviewed 5/9/13
Trappist Westvleteren 12, reviewed 1/1/13
Trappistes Rochefort 10, reviewed 8/3/12

99 Points

Dogfish Head Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, reviewed 12/4/11
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, reviewed 8/18/12
Goose Island Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013), reviewed 2/15/14
Olde Hickory Lindley Park Imperial Stout, reviewed 10/20/12
Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Noir Imperial Oatmeal Stout, reviewed 12/1/13
Russian River Pliny The Elder Imperial IPA, reviewed 4/8/13
Stone RuinTen Imperial IPA, reviewed 7/10/13

98 Points

Bell’s Hopslam Imperial IPA (2014), reviewed 2/24/14
Bell’s The Oracle Imperial IPA,
reviewed 9/14/13
Founders Imperial Stout,
reviewed 3/26/12
Goose Island 2012 Bourbon County Brand Imperial Stout, reviewed 5/17/13
Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Brand Imperial Stout (14.2% version), reviewed 2/10/14
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta Farmhouse Ale, reviewed 5/10/13
New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat Hefeweizen, reviewed 6/26/13
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, reviewed 12/1/12
Stone Enjoy By 04.01.13 Imperial IPA, reviewed 3/2/13
Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA, reviewed 7/10/12
The Bruery Bois 5th Anniversary Old Ale, reviewed 8/16/13
Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine (2013), reviewed 1/1/14
Westmalle Trappist Tripel,
reviewed 10/21/11

97 Points

21st Amendment Lower De Boom Barleywine, reviewed 3/13/13
Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA, reviewed 3/16/13
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ), reviewed 12/18/13
Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA,
reviewed 7/22/12
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA,
reviewed 9/30/11
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Oatmeal Stout, reviewed 9/30/12
New Glarus Serendipity Fruit Ale, reviewed 4/7/13
New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Ale, reviewed 9/8/13
Olde Hickory Irish Walker Barleywine (2013), reviewed 8/14/13
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, reviewed 2/27/13
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, reviewed 4/21/12
Stone 2013 Espresso Imperial Russian Stout, reviewed 8/15/13
Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels, reviewed 7/7/13
Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, reviewed 3/18/13
Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA, reviewed 1/6/13

96 Points

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel, reviewed 11/21/12
Boulevard Saison-Brett Farmhouse Ale, reviewed 7/12/13
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout,
reviewed 9/26/12
Founders Backwoods Bastard, reviewed 11/22/12
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale,
reviewed 6/29/12
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout,
reviewed 6/2/12
Mother Earth Silent Night Imperial Stout, reviewed 1/19/13
Ommegang Hennepin,
reviewed 1/1/11
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (2012), reviewed 9/5/12
Sixpoint The Crisp Pilsner, reviewed 10/19/12
Stone Enjoy By 05.17.13 Imperial IPA, reviewed 5/2/13
Stone Farking Wheaton W0̷0̷tstout Imperial Stout, reviewed 9/23/13
Terrapin Wake ‘n’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, reviewed 2/1/13

95 Points

Alaskan Smoked Porter (2012), reviewed 6/28/13
Boulevard Imperial Stout (2013), reviewed 2/5/14
Chimay White Cap Tripel Trappist Ale, reviewed 7/3/13
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero Mexican Style Stout,
reviewed 10/22/12
Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon Imperial Stout, reviewed 7/26/13
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA,
reviewed 3/20/11
Dogfish Head Red & White, reviewed 5/14/12
Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA, reviewed 9/1/12
Founders 15th Anniversary Bolt Cutter Barleywine, reviewed 12/27/12
Green Flash West Coast IPA, reviewed 5/29/12
Lagunitas Brown Shugga’, reviewed 12/6/12
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA, reviewed 4/4/12
New Belgium/Alpine Beer Company Lips of Faith Super India Pale Ale, reviewed 9/24/12
New Glarus Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale, reviewed 9/30/13
Olde Hickory Daniel Boone Imperial Brown Ale, reviewed 6/13/13
Olde Hickory Seven Devils Scotch Ale, reviewed 3/4/13
Olde Hickory The Event Horizon Imperial Stout, reviewed 12/26/12
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest, reviewed 12/27/11
Stone Imperial Russian Stout, reviewed 8/15/12
SweetWater Dank Tank The Gimp Old Ale, reviewed 3/6/13
Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA, reviewed 5/1/12
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, reviewed 7/15/12
Unibroue Trois Pistoles, reviewed 3/27/11