“Good people drink good beer.” – Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Next to music, beer was best.” – Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

“For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.”– William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale

“A man who lies about beer makes enemies.” – Stephen King, Pet Semetary

Top 100 Beers

  1. Westvleteren 12, Abdij Sint-Sixtus, Westvleteren, Belgium
  2. Duvel, Brouwerij Duvel Mortgaat, Moortgat, Belgium
  3. Adam, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, OR
  4. Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout, Portsmouth Brewing Company, Portsmouth, NH
  5. Pliny The Elder, Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
  6. Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR
  7. Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013), Goose Island Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
  8. Cherry Adam from the Wood, Hair of the Dog Brewery, Portland, OR
  9. Speedway Stout, AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
  10. Chimay Grande Reserve, Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont, Chimay, Belgium
  11. Westvleteren 8, Abdij Sint-Sixtus, Westvleteren, Belgium
  12. Thomas Hardy 2005 Vintage Ale, O'Hanlon Brewing Company, Wimple, Devon, England
  13. Westmalle Tripel, Abdij der Trappisten van Westmalle, Malle, Belgium
  14. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Matured in Lagavulin Casks (2006), Greengate Brewery, Manchester, England
  15. Rochefort 10, Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint-Remy, Rochefort, Belgium
  16. Tadcaster Porter, Samuel Smith, Tadcaster, England
  17. Fuller's London Porter, Fuller, Smith, and Turner Brewery, Chiswick, England
  18. Sam Adams Utopias (special batch fermented over cocoa nibs), Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
  19. The Abyss (2009), Deschutes Brewing Company, Bend, OR
  20. Fuller's Vintage Ale 2004, Griffin Brewing Company, London, England
  21. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Matured in Sherry Casks (2005), Greengate Brewery, Manchester, England
  22. Heady Topper, The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT
  23. Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
  24. Delirium Noel, Hughye Family Brewery, Melle, Belgium
  25. Lunch IPA, Maine Beer Company, Freeport, ME
  26. Yorkshire Stingo, Samuel Smith, Tadcaster, England
  27. Weihenstephaner Lager, Brauerei Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany
  28. Gulden Draak, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium
  29. Delirium Tremens, Hughye Family Brewery, Melle, Belgium
  30. Fuller's London Pride (Cask), Fuller, Smith, and Turner Brewery, Chiswick, England
  31. Masala Mama IPA (Cask), Town Hall Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN
  32. Rodenbach Grand Cru, Rodenbach, Roeselare, Belgium
  33. Brooklyn One, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  34. Victory at Sea Imperial Porter, Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
  35. Anchor Our Special Ale (2000), Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
  36. Breakfast Stout, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
  37. Yorkshire Stingo, Samuel Smith, Tadcaster, England
  38. Fred from the Wood, Hair of the Dog Brewery, Portland, OR
  39. Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Albuquerque, NM
  40. Ayinger Oktoberfest, Brauerei Ayinger, Aying, Germany
  41. Black Chocolate Stout 2006-7, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  42. Anchor Porter, Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
  43. Double Trouble Double IPA, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
  44. Unearthly India Pale Ale, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
  45. Olde Numbskull Barleywine, AleSmith, San Diego, CA
  46. Saint Bernadus 12, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium
  47. Spinal Pumpkin Barleywine, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
  48. Oak Aged Yeti, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO
  49. Angel's Share, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
  50. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Matured in Lagavulin Casks, Manchester, England
  51. Saint Bernadus Tripel, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium
  52. Imperial Young’s Special Bitter, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR
  53. Imperial Choklat Stout, Southern Tier Brewery, Lakewood, NY
  54. Traquiar House Ale, Traquiar House Brewery, Peebleshire, Scotland
  55. Obsidian Stout, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
  56. Rogue Imperial Chocolate Stout, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR
  57. Allagash Four, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  58. Southern Tier Imperial Unearthly IPA, Southern Tier Brewery, Lakewood, NY
  59. Allagash Tripel, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  60. Doggie Claws Barleywine, Hair of the Dog Brewery, Portland, OR
  61. Imperial IPA, Goose Island Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
  62. Affligem Noel, Brouwerij de Smedt, Opwijk, Belgium
  63. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Matured in Calvados Casks, Greengate Brewery, Manchester, England
  64. Sam Adams Imperial White, Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
  65. Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
  66. Three Broo Doo Harvest, Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Indiana
  67. Traquair Jacobite, Traquiar House Brewery, Peebleshire, Scotland
  68. Old Ruffian Barleywine, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO
  69. Ebenezer (Cask), Bridgeport Brewing Company, Portland, OR
  70. Hop Devil India Pale Ale, Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
  71. Brooklyn Two, Brooklyn Brewing Company, Brooklyn, NY
  72. Affligem Noel, Brouwerij de Smedt, Opwijk, Belgium
  73. Rochefort 8, Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint-Remy, Rochefort, Belgium
  74. Celebrator Bavarian Dopplebock, Ayinger, Aying, Germany
  75. YuleSmith (2006), AleSmith, San Diego, CA
  76. Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, CA
  77. Houblon Dobbelen IPA, Brasserie D'AChouffe, Chouffe, Belgium
  78. Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO
  79. Storm King Stout, Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
  80. Mephistopheles Stout, Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
  81. Samuel Smith's Extra Stout, Samuel Smith, Tadcaster, England
  82. Rogue Imperial Stout, Rogue Brewery, Newport, OR
  83. Orval, Trappiste Orval, Orval, Belgium
  84. Saison Dupont, Brasserie Dupont Tourpes, Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium
  85. Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste, Bellegem, Belgium
  86. Beer II Hop Program Ale, Maine Beer Company, Freeport, ME
  87. Serpent Stout, The Lost Abbey Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA
  88. Stingo Collaboration No 3, Boulevard Brewing Company/Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
  89. Stoudt's Bottle Conditioned IPA, Stoudt's Brewing Company, Adamstown, PA
  90. Chimay Premiere, Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont, Chimay, Belgium
  91. Fuller's 1999 Vintage Ale, Fuller, Smith, and Turner Brewery, Chiswick, England
  92. Hercules Double IPA, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO
  93. John Courage, Imperial Russian Stout, Wells & Young Brewing, CO, Bedford, England
  94. Hop Ranch Imperial Pale Ale, Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
  95. Hefe-Weizen, Brauerei Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany
  96. Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, Mercury Brewing Company, Ipswich, MA
  97. Deus, Brouwerij Bosteels, Buggenhout, Belgium
  98. Konigshoeven Quadrupel, Brouwerij Konigshoeven, Tilsburg, The Netherlands
  99. Kiwi Rising Double IPA, Jack's Abbey Brewing Company, Framingham, MA
  100. Union Jack IPA, Firestone Walker, Paso Robles, CA

 

 

 

 

About me

Jim Olson

Jim Olson

I am a beer geek who started drinking beer at two years old. My parents tell me that my dad would leave empty beer bottles on the coffee table and that I would waddle over and suck the remaining drops of beer out of the bottles. I guess I have just always loved the taste of beer.

Twenty five years later I started photographing and reviewing almost all of the 2,200 or so beers in my database. I am always looking for new beers to add to my list, so if you want to send me free beer I will gladly accept it. I like to think there are no beer experts, just beer drinkers with strong opinions. I often have a guitar in my hands when I am drinking beer…I have only been playing for two years, but I am getting better.

Feel free to contact me at bostonbeerman@gmail.com