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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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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 170
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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1/5  rDev -76.8%

RayUF07, Apr 10, 2014
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2.09/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

Rutager, Jul 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Rhettroactive, Mar 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

HopsMatt, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

nharres, Dec 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Arrowhead_MN, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

billab914, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Florida9, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ADTaber, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

liamt07, Jul 22, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

DarthKostrizer, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

MaseFace, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

therobot, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

IrishColonial, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

BarrytheBear, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

wiltznucs, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

kawilliams81, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This batch was a blend of two barrels - Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve. I've had this a few times in the past, but I've always been too lazy to take notes. On-tap at FoBAB 2011, and served in the commemorative taster glass.

A - Minimal foam - only a thin ring of bubbles, a few wisps, and no lacework. Pitch black body.

S - Holy bourbon! There's vanilla, cocoa, some roasted grain, and a ridiculous amount of bourbon. It's not overly fusel, but it smells a lot like Maker's Mark with some of the edge taken off. Good, but some additional age would improve things quite a bit.

T - The taste also has a ridiculous amount of bourbon present. Behind it there's a some oaky vanilla and milk chocolate, wiht a licorice finish, but this is pretty much spicy bourbon all the way. Somewhat comical actually.

M - Medium-full body, low carbonation, smooth and creamy texture. There's some definite heat, and I refuse to believe this beer is only 9.6% - if it is I'd be completely shocked.

D - Why the heck is there so much bourbon? I think this might have been rushed to get it into the festival, because this needs some time to mellow out. I remember enjoying this substantially more in previous years, so hopefully I'll get a chance to revisit (and re-review) this beer. Tasty, but ultimately it's hard to drink more than a few ounces.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 73/500

Pours a dark brown, not black. Minimal head and no light passage. The nose starts with caramel and fudge with a heavy boozy bourbon quality that adds a bit of harshness along with oak and vanilla. The taste is fudgy up front with notes of cream, chocolate, and bourbon. Again, the bourbon is hot like it is on the nose which adds a bit of astringency to the profile. The body is thick with very light carbonation. Overall, a nice bourbon barrel stout that probably could benefit from a little age to mellow it out around the edges.

homebrew311, Feb 24, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Bottle 249/276. Tasted 18 October 2013.

Pours black, thick and viscous. One finger of medium-tan head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is a rich, sweet, bourbony stout. A little heavy on the bourbon, so it comes across a touch unbalanced. But otherwise it's oh so nice.

Taste is rich and smooth. Molassees, lots of dark fruit. Dark and sweet. Lacking a little in depth, but really tasty.

Feel is rich and chewy. Almost top-notch, but could use just a touch more carbonation.

This a delicious barrel-aged imperial stout. It didn't quite live up to my hopes, but it's really good. Primary complaint is a slight conflict between the barrel and the base, and I'd like more depth and complexity.

zeledonia, Nov 02, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

N_Schleret, Dec 20, 2013
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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.