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Top 103 Dark Beers

Dark beers are a fascinating and varied subcategory that spans a wide breadth of styles from sours to porters to stouts to black IPAs.

Top 103 Dark Beers

Though one's mind might immediately conjure up an image of a pitch-black imperial stout when thinking of dark beers, there are actually far more styles that qualify than those most typically associated with that moniker.

For instance, though the Belgian sour style of Flanders Red actually has the color "red" in its style name, the beer pours more of a rusty brown color than anything else, meaning it qualifies for this list of dark beers on looks alone. That brings to us to how we judged the colors of these beers, which is purely cosmetic: If a beer pours a color that would be deemed as "dark," then it's a dark beer. (Simple, right?)

We have a wide array of styles in this all-encompassing list of the best dark beers we've ever come across -- from the deepest depths of immense barrel-aged stouts to the spicy and flavorful warming aspects of winter seasonal ales, we've got you covered with all the dark beer goodness you could ever want.

So sit back, relax, grab a snifter and enjoy our Top 103 Dark Beers!

(Disclaimer: This list is limited to dark beers that our panel of judges has reviewed rather than every dark beer that has ever existed, which we think would be close to impossible.)


#103

Zwart Black Star De Proef Brouwerij

95
by Sal Mortillaro II

Zwart Black Star
De Proef Brouwerij

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#102

Pig Porter Right Brain Brewery

95
by Sal Mortillaro II

Pig Porter
Right Brain Brewery

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#101
Marshal Zukhov's Imperial Stout Cigar City Brewing

95
by BC Review

Marshal Zukhov's Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing

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#100
Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale Brouwerij Van Steenberge

95
by BC Review

Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
Brouwerij Van Steenberge

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#99

Llama Mama Milk Stout Darwin Brewing Co.

95 
by Dan Martich

Llama Mama Milk Stout
Darwin Brewing Co.

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