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Kilimanjaro Premium Lager on a table with a seated woman in the distance

A list of beers I've enjoyed over the years. Super particular to my personal tastes, which tend towards porters and stouts. Some cheap beers rank better than they ought to because they remind me of my early days. Scroll to the bottom for pics of some interesting beer labels.

Got any recommendations? Let me know!

Format: {Beer name}: {Rating out of 10} - {description} (where I drank it/got it)


1554 Enlightened Black Ale: 7 - Dark, flavorful
21st Amendment Back in Black: 7
2nd Shift Brewing Cat Spit Stout: 8 (St. Louis 2019)


Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale: 5 (London pub tour 2018)
Alpine Brewing Company Duet IPA: 3
Anchor Brewing Brewer's Pale Ale: 5
Anchor Steam: 9
Andersen Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout: 8
Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout: 8 - Bit too sweet
Alaskan Brewing Stout: 8
Alaskan Smoked Porter: 8
Allagash Black Porter: 7
Allagash Tripel: 3 - Tastes like someone spilled Sprite into the barrel
Amber Bock: 7
Amstel Light: 6
Amstel Oro Cerveza Tostada: 7 - Tasty, toasty (Barcelona with Emili/Mireia)
APU Алтан говь (Golden Gobi): 5 - Solid beer (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
APU Боргио (Borgio) Pilsner: 5 - Solid beer (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Asahi Super Dry: 7


Bad Guy Ale Rogue: 5 - Somewhat sweet and dark-ish, but too sweet in the long run - cool graphic though (2020)
Barbar: 6 - Bubbly, honey notes (IW brought from Brussels 2017)
Beck's: 5
Bee Sting Honey Ale: 7 - Medium spice, bit of honey aftertaste
Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout: 8 (54th birthday at Bocce)
Bells Kalamazoo Stout: 9
Bells Two Hearted
Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale: 7 - (2023 Arnold CA)
Black Toad Dark Ale: 6
Blue Moon Belgian White: 7 - Wheat ale, a bit sweet but nice Saturday afternoon ale (David F)
Bluepoint Gold Squadron Lager: 8 - Lavender and plum flavors (Disney Star Wars Cantina 2022)
Bluepoint Toasted Lager: 6 - Citrus, good
Boddington's: 8
Bohemia: 7
Bomonti Filtresiz Malt: 6 - Refreshing when it's hot out, but not particularly tasty (Istanbul 2023)
Boulevard Tank Seven Farmhouse
Breakspear Henley Ale - Thicker, dull muddled taste
Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter: 7
Brewdog Punk IPA: 4 (London 2024, Naroon Fitzrovia)
Brooklyn Lager: 5
Brown Hound Brown Ale: 8 - Smooth (Freeport Maine)
Borg Brugghús Myrkvi Porter Nr. 13: 9 (Drank on my 50th birthday in Reykjavik)
Budweiser: 5 - I know, I know. It gives me memories.
Bud Light: 2


Camino Stout: 9
Cape Horn Patagonian Beer Pale Ale (Ushuaia 2019)
Carlsberg: 7
Carneros Brewing Double IPA: 3
Castello La Decisa: 6 (Florence, Italy 2018)
Celis Dubbel Ale - Christmas ale flavor
Central Coast Brewing Cervantez Amber Lager: 7 refeshing
Cerveza Endémica Galápagos Coffee Stout (Galápagos)
Chimei Red: 7 - Slightly too thin
Chinggis Beer 7 - Nice standard beer (Ulaanbaatar Mongolia)
Cigar City Brewing Maduro Brown Ale: 9 - Surprisingly tasty
Coors: 5
Corona: 6
Coronado Brewing Weekend Vibes IPA: 7
Crabby Joe's Lager: 7 - Fun (Ponce Inlet, FL)
Curious Brew: 5 - Fresh, fruity, crisp (London hotel during Oath 2018)
Cusqueña: 6 - Perú
Cuvée des Trolls: 5 - Bubbly! (IW brought from Brussels 2017)
Czech Brouczech Lager: 4


Daytona Brewing Pale: 7
Daytona Brewing Blonde: 3 - Yuk
Deschutes Black Butte Porter: 9
Deschutes Nitro Obsidian Stout: 7
Devil's Canyon Full Bore from Belmont: 9
Devil's Canyon Scotch Ale: 9
Discretion Brewing Oh Black Lager: 7 - A bit too thin and effervescent
Dishoom India Pale Ale: 5 - not a ton of flavor, but a nice tactile label (London 2024)
Doom Bar: 7 (London pub tour 2018)
Dos Equis: 7
Dos Equis Amber: 7
Drake's Brewing 1500: 6
Drake's Brewing Black Robusto: 10
Drake's Brewing Denogginizer: 7
Drake's Brewing Drakonic Imperial Stout: 9
Drake's Brewing Foraging Raccoon: 7 - Tasty, tiny bit fruity, but good (2018)
Dru Bru Bomber Hop Session India Pale Ale: 7 - Tasty, not too overbearing flavor
Duclaw Brewing Co Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter: 9
Duvel Belgisch Speciaalbier: 6 (IW brought from Brussels 2017)


Einstök Ölgerð Icelandic Toasted Porter: 9 (found at Big Trees Market 2022, CostPlus 2023)
Elysian Brewing Dragonstooth Stout: 9 (Woodman Lodge after Dirtfish with Max 2019)
Elysian Brewing Space Dust: 6
Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist Pecan Pie: 9


Fieldwork Brewing Night Maker: 9 - Thick, rich double oat stout (Work outing 3/2023)
Fieldwork Brewing The Penny Press: 3 - Thin, tastes like cinnamon or something (Work outing 3/2023)
Firestone 805 Blonde Ale: 3
Firestone Double-Barrel IPA: 8
Firestone Double-Barrel Ale - Medium good body, caramel sub-taste
Firestone Nitro Merlin Milk Stout: 8 - Milky, stout-y, nice flavor. Great with anything from pub food to a nice steak
Florida Beer Co Mackeson XXX Stout: 9 - Rich, thick
Founders All-Day IPA Session Ale: 3
Flying Dog Porter
Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout: 7
Foster's: 7
Founders Brewing Centennial IPA: 7
Founders Brewing Dirty Bastard: 7
Founders Brewing Porter: 9
Fullers Golden Pride: 8 (London pub tour 2018)
Funky Buddha Last Snow: 8 - Porter with coffee and coconut (Florida 2021)


Gallia Blonde Maltée: 4 - Paris hotel 2018
Geartooth Ale Works Father Cog Imperial Stout: 9 - Damn tasty
George Killian's Irish Red - Musky, flat
Gold Star
Gordon Biersch Stout: 7
Gordon Biersch Marzen: 6
Grolsch: 6
Guiness Stout: 11


Hacker Pschorr - Muncher Hell: 7 (Munich Germany 2018)
Hatuey: 7 - Cuba?
Heineken: 8
Heretic Brewing Chocolate Hazelnut Porter: 9 - Superb, smooth, 80% thick
High Water Brewing Campfire Stout: 9
Honey Brown (JW Dundee): 8


Issaquah Brew House Chocolate Stout: 6
Issaquah Brew House Porter: 8


J J Wainwright's Evil Eye Honey Brown - Slightly honey, slightly brown
JosephsBrau Brewing Stockyard Oatmeal Stout 7


Kilimanjaro Premium Lager: 8 - Nicely rich, fantastic after a day in the Serengeti
Kirin: 7 - Just sort of there; slightly dusty
Kona Big Wave: 6
Kona Koko Brown: 8 - Tastes like coconut, but in a good way
Kona Longboard Island Lager: 5


La Fin du Monde: 5 - Clove-y banana-y (Bob)
Lagunitas IPA: 7 - Hoppy!
Lagunitas Imperial Stout: 9
Lagunitas Little Dumpling: 6
Lake Placid Ubu Ale: 8
Latitud Cero Antisana (San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador)
Leffe Blonde: 4 (IW brought from Brussels 2017)
Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout: 9 - Coffee milk touch (Disney 2018)
Left Hand Brewing Peanut Butter Milk Stout


Maccabee - Medium-light color, minimum flavor
Magic Rock Dark Arts Surreal Stout: 7 (London 2024, Dishoom King's Cross)
Magic Hat $9: 5 - Apricot; Key West
Mahou: 6 - Memories from a summer in Spain
Mahou Barrica: 8 - Oak-y/caramel-ly aftertaste, really interesting (from Emili)
Mahou Maestra Doble Lúpulo: 6
Mahon Maestra Dunkel: 6 (from Emili)
Major Limón: 7 - Legit lemon not weird lemon, just slightly sweet, fresh (from Emili)
Maui Brewing Co. Big Swell IPA: 4
Michelob: 3
Michelob Light: 2
Mikkeller Brewing Træblod: 8 - Super thick, imperial stout with maple and coffee
Miller: 3
Miller Genuine Draft: 4
Mission Brewery Dark Seas Imperial Stout: 8
Modelo Negra: 9
Mondo Dishoom India Pale Ale (London 2018)
Moretti La Rossa Dark: 7 - Sweet, dense


Narrative Fermentations Epoch: 8 - Imperial stout with coconut, coffee, vanilla
New Holland Dragon's Walk: 9 - Bourbon barrel-aged stout. Tasty.
Newcastle Brown Ale: 8 - Medium caramel color, caramel spicy flavor


Oak Creek Brewing Amber Ale: 6 (Sedona AZ)
Ocean View Brew Works Buried Treasure Oatmeal Stout: 9 (Campbell Farmer's Market)
Oranjeboom - Slight skunk at best
Oregon Honey Beer: 8


Páramo Brauhaus Oatmeal Stout (Quito, Ecuador)
Partizan Pale Ale: 3 - great label, flavor-free beer (London, 2024)
Pauliner Salvator Double Bock: 7
Paulaner Ur-Dunkel Naturtrüb: 7 - Dark but not super thick, chestnut-ty (Munich 2018)
Pecan Street - "Miller with flavor crystals"
Perennial Artisan Ales Mint Chocolate Stout '17': 8 - Perfect amount of mint
Peroni: 7
Peter's Brand - Barely musky
Pike Street Stout: 8 - Rich, complex, thicker; slight caramel, peat tones?
Pipeline Porter: 8
Polygamy Porter: 8 - A 'light' dark
Pub Beer: 4 - A little spice but meh
Pyramid Pale Ale: 8 - Good rich body; cedar?


Quilmes Clásica - from Argentina


Red Stripe
Red White and Blue: 1
Reformation Brewery A Cold One: 5
Reptilia Irish Red - Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Rogue Chocolate Stout: 8
Rogue Wild Irish Rogue Ale: 8
Roland's Red: 8


Sabeco 333 Export (Thailand 2014)
Samuel Adams: 8 - Buttery
Samuel Adams Golden Pilsner - Slight honey flavor; less buttery
Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale: 6
Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout: 9 (London pub tour 2018)
Samuel Smith Taddy Porter: 8 (London pub tour 2018)
San Miguel Cerveza Negra: 9
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Dread Brown: 7
Santana Stout (Quito, Ecuador)
Sapporo: 6
Sapporo Black: 9 - Smooth and you can taste the roasted dark malt in spades. Yum.
Sapporo Draft: 8
Sarbast: 7 - It's a beer (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)
Seabright Brewery Loose Lucy Scotch Ale: 8
Shiner Bock: 9 - Caramel flavor; thick and dark; pretty tasty
Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA: 8 (Freeport ME)
Shock Top: 3
Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA: 6
Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet: 7 - Not that hoppy, honestly
Sierra Nevada Narwal Porter: 9
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: 10
Sierra Nevada Porter: 6
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA: 7 - smooth, good, chill beer
Sim Sim: 7 - Refreshing but tastes of minerals (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
Simpler Times Lager: 8
Snoqualmie Brewery Black Frog Stout: 6
Snoqualmie Brewery Steam Train Porter: 8
Snowshoe Big Arnold IPA: 7 ("Double II" PA, get it) (2022)
Snowshoe Mountain Time IPA: 8 (2023)
Snowshoe Snowhouse: 5 - 2022
Spaten Optimator: 10 - Dark, round, rich
Spaten Premium: 3
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Big Daddy IPA: 7 - refreshing, wee bit citrus-y maybe (2023)
Stella Artois: 8
Stillwater Casita Cerveceria On Fleek Imperial Stout: 8 (St. Louis 2019)
Stone W00t Stout: 8
Sweetwater Brewing Company H.A.Z.Y. IPA: 7 'Brewed for 35,000 feet' for Delta


Tabu: 8 - Bora Bora 25th anniversary
Tall Grass Brown Ale: 6 (Omaha NE)
Tecate: 4
Temporal Artisan Ales Maple Horizon: 7 - work outing, brought by Jake F (2023)
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Træblod: 7 - Rum barrel aged (2023)
Trouble Brewing Dark Arts Porter: 4 (Dublin Ireland)


Uinta Wyld Simcoe Session Ale: 7 - Fresh
Umunhum Brewing - Stout as a Service: 8


Vatnajökull: 8 - Iceland
Volcano Brewing Company (Costa Rica)
Voodoo Ranger New Belgium IPA: 7 (Delta ATL-SJC)


Warsteiner Oktoberfest: 8
Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier Bavarian Style: 8 (with McEwens 2021)
Witch's Rock Gato Malo: 8
Windmere Brothers Brown Ale: 8 - Honey aftertaste
Working Man Brewing Imperial Red: 8


Yingling Lager: 8 - Interesting aftertaste
Young's Double Chocolate Stout: 9 - Very chocolate, 90% thick
Yuengling Original Black & Tan: 6 - A bit light

Still to try

Innes and Gunn - Per Barry
7 Stills Fluctuate - Per Josh

Beer pics

Photos of beers (or labels) that I've particularly enjoyed:

Castello label with line drawing of a castle
Sweet Baby Jesus beer can highlighting ‘chocolate peanut butter porter’
Einstök bottle label with crossed weapons logo
Endémica Coffee Stout bottle with a drawing of a red-breasted bird
Heretic beer bottle next to a cutting board with breadLatitud Cero beer bottle on an outdoor cafe table
Mahou Barrica beer bottle outdoors in the evening
MYR KVI Porter Number 13 label
Mahou Limón beer can outdoors under a palm tree
La Rossa Malto Brunito label with drawing of a man in a 50’s hat
Páramo Oatmeal Stout bottle next to a hand-blown glass mug
Reptilia label with a drawing of a lizard
Santana Stout bottle on a table in a restaurant


Craig Stoltz on combining bourbon and tonic: “Ignore them. They are fools.”


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