Highest rated beer in Illinois

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October 28, 2022
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Highest rated beer in Illinois

If you drink beer—any beer—you've likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.

The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining.

Like all revolutions, this, too, began as a desire for change—as an overthrow of the old and the monopolistic. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors), two of the largest beer companies in the world, comprised roughly 77% of total beer sales in the U.S. In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.

With a taste of the innovations and variety coming out of craft breweries, consumers are demanding a higher quality product, and are willing to pay more for it. Over the last decade, beer prices have increased by 33%.

If you've ever been curious about which beers are most popular in your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in Illinois using ratings from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 beers per brewery were included.

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#30. Green Moss

- Rating: 4.39 (96 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 7.50%
- Brewery: Hop Butcher For The World
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#29. Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout

- Rating: 4.37 (172 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.20%
- Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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BeerAdvocate

#28. Squeezit

- Rating: 4.44 (48 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Corridor Brewery & Provisions
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#27. Mikerphone Check 1, 2

- Rating: 4.38 (133 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Mikerphone Brewing
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#26. Beer Hates Astronauts

- Rating: 4.36 (633 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.80%
- Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#25. Vlad The Second Order Of The Dragon Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout With Maple

- Rating: 4.48 (37 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 14.10%
- Brewery: Hailstorm Brewing Co.
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BeerAdvocate

#24. Benthic

- Rating: 4.38 (192 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.80%
- Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
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#23. Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout

- Rating: 4.42 (74 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 15.60%
- Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
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#22. Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit

- Rating: 4.41 (183 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 10.75%
- Brewery: Mikerphone Brewing
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#21. Vanilla Benthic

- Rating: 4.49 (47 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.70%
- Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#20. Double Barrel V.S.O.D.

- Rating: 4.45 (94 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 17.00%
- Brewery: Revolution Brewing
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#19. Citra

- Rating: 4.4 (1,411 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.50%
- Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#18. As You Wish...

- Rating: 4.43 (203 ratings)
- Type: Imperial Porter
- ABV: 11.00%
- Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
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#17. Wooden Hell

- Rating: 4.43 (233 ratings)
- Type: English Barleywine
- ABV: 9.50%
- Brewery: Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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#16. V.S.O.R.

- Rating: 4.5 (57 ratings)
- Type: Rye Beer
- ABV: 15.40%
- Brewery: Revolution Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#15. Barrel Aged The Jones Dog

- Rating: 4.42 (477 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.00%
- Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
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#14. Double Grid

- Rating: 4.46 (124 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 7.50%
- Brewery: Hop Butcher For The World
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#13. Thundertaker

- Rating: 4.51 (59 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 16.20%
- Brewery: Revolution Brewing
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#12. Henna: Double Rainbow

- Rating: 4.52 (60 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 11.80%
- Brewery: More Brewing Co.
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#11. Sure Bet

- Rating: 4.44 (660 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.50%
- Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#10. Supermassive Café Deth

- Rating: 4.5 (97 ratings)
- Type: Russian Imperial Stout
- ABV: 14.00%
- Brewery: Revolution Brewing
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#9. Emerald Grouper

- Rating: 4.46 (928 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.50%
- Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company
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#8. Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout

- Rating: 4.52 (93 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 16.00%
- Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#7. Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente

- Rating: 4.53 (112 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 10.50%
- Brewery: Spiteful Brewing
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#6. Henna: Barrel-Aged Double Rainbow

- Rating: 4.56 (76 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 15.00%
- Brewery: More Brewing Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#5. Clare's Thirsty Ale

- Rating: 4.51 (338 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 12.50%
- Brewery: Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
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#4. XTRA DUBL Benthic

- Rating: 4.62 (50 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.50%
- Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company
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#3. Bourbon County Brand Stout

- Rating: 4.6 (13,337 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 14.70%
- Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#2. V.S.O.J.

- Rating: 4.68 (310 ratings)
- Type: English Barleywine
- ABV: 14.00%
- Brewery: Revolution Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#1. Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

- Rating: 4.67 (7,460 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 12.90%
- Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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