Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Fitger's Brewhouse

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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 171
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2010 - Imperial Stout in a first-use Woodfoord Reserve bourbon barrel.
2011 - A blend of Imperial Stout aged in 7 months in first-use Woodford Reserve barrels and first-use Maker's Mark barrels.
2012 - Imperial Stout in first-use Woodfoord Reserve bourbon barrels for 6 months.
2013 - Imperial Stout aged in first use Woodford bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 07-06-2004)
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Reviews by N_Schleret:
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 On tap at the Brewhouse
A: Light lacing; very dark brown, no light getting through this.
S: Bourbon up front with hints of chocolate.
T: Bourbon flavor, a little heat, and a good chocolate flavor on the end that lingers and makes me want to keep drinking it.
M: Moderately thick, heavy and sticky on the palate.
O: A very good BA stout. Glad I was able to score a couple of the 200 bottled to have on a future day.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served three times @ FOBAB.

Black as my soul pour with a thin head... more of a head than I thought possible for such a bourbon bomb!

Smells of sweet bourbon, wood, chocolate, vanilla and hints of sugars. Divine!

More of the same in the taste but add in layers of caramel, maple and coffee. It's very smooth and creamy and the mouthfeel is picture perfect for a barrel aged beer. The barrel ushers the taste along swimmingly.

This is an absolute joy of a BA stout. Looking forward to the next bottle release.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle, I think. Bottle #181/276.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. A little bit of glass staining. Not much retention.

Smell - Sharp bourbon. Lots of liquor. Nice vanilla. Caramel and some dark roasted malts.

Taste - Again it has a ton of bourbon. Sharp bourbon flavor covers up most of the beer. Tons of caramel and some milk chocolate. Just a touch of burnt malt.

Mouthfeel - Barrel hot, but the beer isn't. Medium body. Low carbonation.

Overall - I wanted more from this, but it's good. I really like the bourbon, but the base stout could use more stoutiness.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally reviewed on November 12, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Frothing at the head, thick bubbling coffee with cream and hazelnut rich head. PITCH black with swirling apparitions and no glints or fringes. Consistency of oil. Aroma BLASTS forom the beer of freshly ground Guatamala coffee hinted with cinnaomon and ginger, running with lots of deep, dry chocolate. There’s fruit in there too, raspberries, italian cherries, pears and apples. The flavor is one thing: heaven. Ridiculous. It’s like every pleasurable and sinful flavor rolled into one silky concotions that sails into you. I could drink this for hours and hours and hours and never get tired of the ecstacy it delivers. There’s a profusion of Turkish coffee, those white and black Dutch chocolates, a touch of roasted chiles, andes mint with drippings of kahlua and creme de mente, oh so gentle. Lightly backed with the oaky ridgidness of an aged Scotch. It has first, second and third phase. First a fruit delight, with emaciated cherries, raisins, cranberries, apricots, pears, figs, candied pumpkin and all of this drizzled over a bourbon and brandy suppleness. None of the alcohol notes are overly hot, just gently caressing the nose with a glowing warmth of the finest brandy earth has to over. It’s calvados on steroids. Second, a burgeoning blast of the roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans, mingled with bittersweet melted Belgian chocolate, shrouded with dried black cherries and orange peel. A hint of spanish jamon and a hint of vinous notes creep in from the edges. Lastly, a seductive and smooth silk flowage of fresh cold irish creme and tawdry balances of brown sugar and molasses, this combines with background hints of lingonberry and black currant. The palate is enlightening in so many ways. It’s smooth, silky, sticky, clinging, oaky, dry, sweet and culminating all in one sweep. Alcohol lifting it into the sinuses for exhiliration and completion. It’s like a fantastic, euphoric orgasm, all from beer. I was skeptical at first, but this beer has made me a true believer. I have not seen a finer beer produced on this planet.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewseum for this bottle, number 40 of 45. Opened on Mother's Day with ksak (the mom).

A: First a complaint. The exposed cap of the cork was so small that I needed a corkscrew to dislodge it. No pop whatsoever. As poured into my glass, there is no burst of bubbles. The stout is pitch black and, after the pour, carries a thin eggshell white head.

S: Sweet bourbony goodness! Coconut and vanilla from the barrel mix with roasted chocolate and caramel. The bourbon is very rich.

T: Delicious.

T (take two): Seems like a few more words would be helpful! Roasted malts, burnt with chocolate and coffee flavors in abundance, set the stage of an intense bourbon sweetness. Mild booziness gives way to coconut and vanilla. The barrel dries out my mouth with each sip. Dark fruits, raisins and plums, move to the foreground as the stout warms, adding to the bourbon's depth. A heavy roasted malt presence follows the bourbon, reminding me that this is a stout. The finish is roasted with a caramelized bourbon sweetness. As I said originally, delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, sufficiently sweet even with the dry body. A good bourbon beer that packs a boozy punch near the end of each sip.

D: The bourbon adds a buzz of alcoholic heat, other than that there is no indication of the booziness. The bourbon presence is bold but well integrated into the stout. Nicely done by Fitger's Brewhouse.

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2.09/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another tip of the hat to Steasy66 for this, cheers man! 2012 bottle (pretty sure anyways), 380/500.

Appearance. Pours dark brown, fairly black in the glass but honestly looks quite thin for a RIS. Anywho, appearance is pretty minor for the guy with two thumbs. Capped with almost a finger of pale tan head.

Smell. Now we're talkin'! Chocolate fudge, some nice woody bourbon and coffee, a little vanilla and fresh fig. Nice.

Taste. Whoa, very tangy. Most definitely infected. Too bad because there's still some nice chocolate and coffee under all that sourness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. I hate to rate an infected beer, but if that's what a brewery is going to put out, that's how I'm going to rate it. Bummer because this sounds like a good beer when it's on.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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A: Black with just a hint of brown color. Healthy tan head recedes into a collar.
S: Starts with some nice fudgy aroma followed by a big dose of bourbon and a bit of oxidation. Smells like it will be a more sweet/bourbon desserty than roasted.
T: Wow this has really mellowed. Hershey’s chocolate syrup, vanilla, bourbon has died down to a pretty mild level, finishes very dry with a very nice dry cocoa flavor. Alcohol is very mild at this point.
M: Body is medium/full – fairly on par for a barrel aged stout, carbonation is very low at this point. Dry.

Right now this is closer to a 4, but am rating it based on where I projected the sweet spot (between fresh, when it was hot and now, a little past its prime).

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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
94 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.