Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

40. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
> Brewery: Sierra Nevada (California and North Carolina)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: n/a

Fruity, intense, malty, and bittersweet this English-style barley wine (meaning a hearty, potent beer — this one’s 9.6% ABV — with a wine-like intensity of flavor) available seasonally in the winter months, has won numerous beer festival awards.

Source: Courtesy of Avery Brewery

39. Tweak
> Brewery: Avery Brewing Company (Colorado)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.47 out of 5

A bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout with plenty of punch (at 16% ABV) and a dose of coffee, this beer was formerly labeled as Meph Addict and also Coffeestopholes.

Source: Courtesy of Transmitter Brewing via Facebook

38. S9
> Brewery: Transmitter Brewing (New York)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: n/a

The Brooklyn-born brew is pale and lithe, in the Belgian saison style, but also full of flavor, with a bracing, slightly bitter finish.

Source: Courtesy of Trillium Brewing via Twitter

37. Headroom
> Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Massachusetts)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.64 out of 5

Described by its makers as the “boldest, most daring, hoppiest beer we could possibly dream up,” this New England IPA is full of tropical fruit and citrus flavors.

Source: Courtesy of Two Roads Brewing Co.

36. Area Two Table Terroir
> Brewery: Two Roads Brewing Co. (Connecticut)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: n/a

This beer justifies borrowing the term “terroir” from wine-tasting jargon (it means the combined environmental factors that give wine grapes their distinctive character) by sourcing its malts, hops, and yeasts in its native state. Low in alcohol (3.7% ABV), it has a lightly fruity character, with some peppery spice.

Source: Courtesy of Bell's Brewery

35. Expedition Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged
> Brewery: Bell’s Brewery (Michigan)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.49 out of 5

Very dark and chocolatey, with suggestions of licorice and vanilla and a subtle flavor of sweet whiskey, courtesy of its year-long aging in bourbon barrels.

Source: Courtesy of Stone Brewing

34. Fyodor
> Brewery: Stone Brewing (California)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.47 out of 5

A dense, heavy Russian imperial stout, weighing in at 13.1% ABV, Fyodor floods the palate with flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla.

Source: Courtesy of Peter Anderson via Flickr

33. The Abyss
> Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (Colorado)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.5 out of 5

A wintertime stout brewed with molasses and licorice and aged in oak. Smokey and complex.

Source: Courtesy of Tree House Brewing Company via Twitter

32. Doubleganger
> Brewery: Tree House Brewing Co. (Massachusetts)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.64 out of 5

Cloudy and frothy, but fresh and juicy, with citrusy hops character, plenty of fruit on the palate, and an attractively bitter finish.

Source: Courtesy of Don LaVange via Flickr

31. Bourbon County Stout
> Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co. (Illinois)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.66 out of 5

A chocolately, high-strength, jet black imperial stout from a one-time independent craft brewery now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, of Budweiser fame. Aged, in its most recent incarnation, is a combination of Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, which add a pronounced whiskey note.