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California’s Top10 Beers according to

By William Brand
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 10:58 am in Uncategorized.

I don’t exactly agree with’s rankings to say the least. Have never tried Speedway Stout. But Im actually in Southern California today and am going to try to find it. Personally, I would put Russian River’s Pliny the Elder as number one, North Coast Aged Old Stock next or more likely, North Coast Old Rasputin X Barrel Aged…So far, I’ve been underwhelmed by Port Brewing. I’ve found more misses than hits. What do you think? Post a comment.

The Best Californian Beers


Rank Name Score Rate Count Style
1 AleSmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout 4.4 186 Imperial Stout
2 Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel) 4.35 28 Barley Wine
3 AleSmith Speedway Stout 4.35 822 Imperial Stout
4 Stone Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout 4.34 25 Imperial Stout
5 Lost Abbey The Angels Share 4.31 189 Barley Wine
6 North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy Barrel 4.3 33 Barley Wine
7 Stone Imperial Russian Stout 4.24 1101 Imperial Stout
8 Russian River Pliny the Younger 4.21 189 Imperial/Double IPA
9 AleSmith Barrel Aged Old Numbskull 4.19 230 Barley Wine
10 Oggis Hop Whompus 4.18 65 American Strong Ale

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