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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
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118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 174
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 07-06-2004

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.
2014 - Imperial Stout aged in Woodford barrels for 9 months.
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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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Wow...I haven't given a 5.0 in a long time but this is well deserving. An Epic Boubon Barrrel Aged Impy....where to start...pitch black colored...little head....body is full and thick but not over syruppy..

Nose=Very complex...Bourbon of course..mildy boozy smelling but seems to be entirely from the bourbon smell...vanilla(strong and very nice)....some strong roasted malts...some woody elements that fit nicely...figs..chocolate covered raisens....very slight mild coffee note....I wish I could give the nose a 10!!

Taste= Pretty similar to the aroma but very drinkable....perfect blend of flavors....sweet dark chocolate....boubon soaked overripe plums sprinkled with brown sugar....vanilla....spicy woddienss also evident on the taste as is a very soft java flavor...

Drinkability+Are you kidding me??? I want a keg of this on tap every day of the year....if this was bottled and available to others it would rate at or near the top of the "best of the bes"t list.

Dave Hoops is flat-out one of the best brewers in the country. It's too bad he is hidden away in a remote area. At least his brother is starting to get some props but Dave is just as good and probably a little better...

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a snifter, Edmund is revealed to be as black as pitch, with very little, and then, no head at all. (Edit: hours later, I had this beer again at room temperature, and there was a head, a thin, but substantial and staying, brown ring. Also, it tasted better. So, my numbers went up.)

Aroma is intense, thick, impenetrable, with rich associations of maple, anise, carob, dates, port wine, sweet cherries, coffee, and above all, kentucky bourbon whiskey...huge, dense, wicked.

Extrordinarily massive impact on the palate as well, rich, full, and delicious...and surprisingly smooth! Cocoa beams brightest on the taste arena, as well as the whiskey and coffee flavors, dark rum, molasses and more. Remarkably mellow, for such an immensely bodied beer, awesomely easy to put past the lips (for the experienced stoutophile, that is). Resounds with powerful feeling, and echoes it's impact throughout all the senses

Sweet, complex, slightly bitter, and impressively mellowing. By this I mean that the brew has power to ease the spirit and pacify the mind, uncoils tensions and allows an imbiber to lay back and luxuriate. This is a great one to end a stressful day with, and I will save the remainder of the growler for that very next occasion. I'm sure I'll like it even better, then!

(Edit: that occasion was about 8 hours later, and it did indeed taste better, especially at room temp.)

On this Thanksgiving Day, I'm so grateful for the existence of places like Fitger's, brewers like Dave Hoops, the strength and vitality of the modern American craft brewing scene, and the generosity of BAs like Zwickel! Cheers to one and all!

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After this brew last night, I figured I would dust off the old keyboard and write a review to change your life.

I must describe the setting to fully enhance your experience. Sitting on a crummy pet hair laden couch in my buddies newly finished basement. Three cats zooming around. Also three dogs. One more attention starved than the next. You don't dare put your glass down due to it being robbed of liquid from a six inch dog tongue. The beer must have smelled good because the labrador named Chilli was drooling on my knee. At least the other dog named Nilly was nice enough to lick it off for me. Oh the good times.

The corked and caged 750 poured a nice dark brown. Not much of a head. Around half a finger. No retention and really disappeared quite quickly. My glass was rather clean albeit some stray dog slober so there was nary any lace. It looked quite thin.

The smell was the start of the mesmerizing experience. Let's just rapid fire all the onslaught of smells. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, slight roast, wood, caramel, oak and marshmallow. It was wave after wave of intrigue. The beer was already at cellar temp which I believe was a bonus. It really reminded me of a sitting at a campfire experience. Slight char on the palate. Sitting and eating a s'more. That beer was so spot on in the moment for that campfire snack.

What a tasty beverage. The caramel mistress seduces your tongue. Gets you all reved up for the chocolate bourbon vanilla three way your about to have. Just when you've thought life couldn't get better the nice mellow bourbon kiss finishes you off.

Velvet is the best way to put it. Liquid silky velvet. Yeah, I said it. My only true knocks here are, it is a bit thin, and the carbonation is a tad low. They did not deter from my experience, but I want to review honestly.

Beers like this are the ones you remember what you were doing when you had it, What song was playing, what was on tv, the amount of dog slober on your knee. Life changing type shit.

Photo of korguy123
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 168/276 into snifter.
Extra special thanks to biglobo8971 for this beast of a beer.
I love me my bourbon beers!

A- Totally opaque, inky, oily brown/black pour. Half finger of really short lived off white head. Lacing is minimal at best, what would you expect from a stout aged in two different bourbon barrels.

S- Okay, where to begin... Bourbon is predominant in the front. Smooth, velvety loving warmth from the bourbon barrels. Dark chocolate, loads of vanilla, brown sugar, licorice and oak coming through in the nose of this monster. It's so complex and decadent I can't stop smelling it.

T- Vanilla wallop up front (which I love in bourbon beers) dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, brown sugar, and a touch of anise before finishing with a nice oak presence.

M- Full bodied, still quite lively carbonation for such a big beer and a bourbon aged. Sticky on the lips.

O- This thing in front of me is absolutely fantastic! It's literally art in a bottle, the bourbon choices are not only fantastic but compliment the beer and each other. I am thrilled and honored to be able to try this beer that I would never had the chance normally.

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