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Top 93 Dark Beers

Embrace the dark side with the best dark beers we've ever reviewed.

Dark beers are a fascinating and varied subcategory that spans a wide breadth of styles from sours to porters to stouts to black IPAs. 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 93 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.)

#93

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by Randy Scorby
 Polygamy Nitro Porter

Wasatch Brewery

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#92

94
by BC Review

Cutthroat Porter
Odell Brewing Company

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#91

94
by Rick Franckhauser
Old Fezziwig Ale
Boston Beer Co.

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Named after Mr. Fezziwig from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this delightfully warming and spicy winter ale hits all the right flavor and aroma notes that the best Christmas ales convey. Just as jovial and inviting as its selfsame fictional character.


#90

94
by BC Review

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Great Lakes Brewing Company

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#89

94
by BC Review

La Trappe Dubbel
Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven

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#88

94
by Phil Farrell

Libertine Black Ale
BrewDog

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#87

94
by Phil Farrell

Shark Attack
Port Brewing Company

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#86

94
by BC Review

Altbairisch Dunkel
Brauerei Ayinger

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#85

94
by BC Review

Aventinus
Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn

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#84

94
by Owen Ogletree

Meantime London Porter
Meantime Brewing Company

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#83

94
by Graham Barron
Sweet Tooth
Tallgrass Brewing Company

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#82

94
by Rick Franckhauser
Belô Petroleum
Cervejaria Wäls

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#81

94
by Mike Castagno
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gonzo
Flying Dog Brewery

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#80

94
by Tracy Hensley
Dia De Los Serranos
Green Flash Brewing Company

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#79

94
by Mike Castagno
Wide Awake It's Morning
Funky Buddha Brewery

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#78

94
by Jason Johnson
VanderGhinste Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Omer VanderGhinste

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#77

94
by Michael Heniff
Colonel Kernel
The Bruery

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#76

94
by Richard Wong
Ol' Dirty Barrel
Belching Beaver Brewing Co.

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mmensely comple Perhaps the best named beer on this list (and our best named beer of 2016), Belching Beaver's Ol' Dirty Barrel is a barrel-aged stout that typifies the base style with its strikingly robust malt character coupled with the sweet, boozy, vanilla aromatics of its barrel. An excellent dark beer with plenty of elements to keep drinkers coming back for more.


#75
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by Dan Preston
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
Lawson's Finest Liquids

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#74
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by Michael Heniff
Virgil's Reserve
Grist Brewing Co.

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#73

94
by David Sapsis
21 Anniversary Ale
Heavy Seas Beer

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#72

94
by Jim Koebel
Morning Wood
Funky Buddha Brewery

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#71

94
by James Link
Danzig
Devils Backbone Brewing Co.

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#70

94
by Joseph Formanek
Concrete Dinosaur
Right Brain Brewery

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Complex and spicy, this rye-infused Brown IPA from Right Brain Brewery (with a killer name) represents a specialty IPA of the highest quality. Combining the hoppy/malty combination that Brown IPAs are known for with a spicy, lip-smacking rye aftertaste, this dark beer hits all the right notes.


#69

94
by Michael McGuire
Blackbeard's Breakfast
Heavy Seas Beer

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#68

94
by Michael Heniff
pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
pFriem Family Brewers

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