All hail Metamorphus.

The imperial stout from Phoenix Brewing Co. won the best of show award Saturday at the inaugural Big Brews in Akron beer festival. The event, held at Lock 3 and organized by Akronym Brewing in Akron, showcased high-alcohol beers, including plenty of barley wines.

"It checks every box," judge Brian Bostaph said as he described the winning beer.

Metamorphus, which clocks in at 14 percent alcohol by volume, is available on draft at the Mansfield brewery. It bested Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Bernese Barley Wine Ale and Listermann Brewing Co. Life at the final table.

The top honor caught co-founder and brewer Duncan Macfarlane off guard.

"No one could be more surprised," he said after the award was announced, adding that he was pleased given the quality of the beers submitted for the judging.

Here's the rundown of category winners:

Barley wine:

1. Thirsty Dog Bernese

2. MadCap Brew Co. Ball Grinder

3. Little Fish Brewing Co. Moorepheus

Wood-aged and barrel-aged:

1. Listermann Life

2. Missing Mountain Brewing Co. Kali

3. Thirsty Dog Wulver

Other big beer:

1. Phoenix Metamorphus

2. Missing Mountain Mervielle

3. Sandy Springs Brewing Co. Meet Virginia

Akronym plans to organize the event again next year.

"I think Akron embraced drinking big beers in the winter because we haven't seen the sun since September," Akronym co-founder and brewer Shawn Adams said.