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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-21-2013 23:56:23 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-10-2012 00:59:55 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-10-2012 01:47:10 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2013 22:08:32 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-18-2013 00:20:52 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Bottle #73/500. I hope Gordon Lightfoot is collecting some royalties from these brewers... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises boozy bourbon, dry oak, mild roasted malts, and plenty of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent helping of coffee. Frankly, this is the epitome of the flavor of barrel-aged coffee stouts. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, one that conquers the other ore-carrying-ship-named beer I'm familiar with (and also makes me long for a barreled version of that one...). Good times.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:36:27 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Serving type: growler

11-25-2005 01:57:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 02:49:38 | More by MasterSki
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-09-2013 03:20:42 | More by imperialking
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

05-20-2013 09:39:17 | More by zestar
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 21:17:02 | More by akorsak
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1000 - Very happy to have had this one.

Bottle 41/70

Poured into snifter.

Pours a tan head that fades to nothing quickly. Deep brown color, nearly black.

Aroma: Amazing bourbon flavors with oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and coffee showing. Awesome aroma!

Taste: Creamy chocolate, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coffee again. A lot like the aroma. The flavor here is just amazing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some bourbon showing.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. One of the best BA RIS I have had. Great flavors and great drinkability. Very impressed here.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:44:02 | More by mothman
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John_M

Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this bottle was roughly 2 or 3 years old. Thought a recent bottle share in PDX was the perfect time to open this up.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite attractive in this beer, as I pick up noticeable bourbon (but it's not overdone), coffee, dark chocolage and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I have to say this a very easy to drink BA RIS. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. The finish is very, very long, and the beer is oh so smooth on the palate (likely from the extended aging in my cellar). The beer is moderately sweet, but not overly so, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. Drinkability is outstanding.

Impressive beer, no doubt. Thanks Garrett!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 18:31:42 | More by John_M
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

02-09-2013 01:55:38 | More by Gonzoillini
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billab914

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

03-22-2013 02:54:55 | More by billab914
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-22-2013 03:29:46 | More by liamt07
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:15:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

03-22-2013 02:59:25 | More by Rhettroactive
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz "Nonic" style pub glass - Extremely limited edition, one keg only and no growlers available for purchase, hell, the staff was not even offered samples, if they wanted to try it they had to buy it it at full price.

Solidly opaque deep, dark brown body, close enough to black its black. Finger high fluffy cocoa brown head sits briefly which resides slowly to a hazy skim and thickly placed globby sheets of lacing.

Straight up lovely nice whisky aromamtic nose. Great oaky twinge over the top. Behind each wiff sits some terrific notes of soft and dry bakers chocolate, quite thick and rich, lush to be sure, and some burnt caramel to boot. Yum!

Taste is full of all kinds of chocolate laced with bourbon, nice little burn and grab of bourbon oak barrel singe and sweetness. Especially towards the finish. Lots of boubon heat and oaky tinges. But the chocolateyness just keeps giving with a rich cake-like thickness and brownie soothness with a smooth roasty edge. Chocolatey-rific!

Feel is well heated and bourbony, round, creamy, thickly smooth body thats just about medium. Good warmth within and has a bit of spice to finish off the residual chocolate tones but most of it returns to stick like a fine dark chocolate.

One fine drinkin' little Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, was aged for 6 months and showed. Perhaps a bit young yet, if it lasts any longer then a month this would be much more drinkable. Still, this was one fine example of what a boubon barrel can do to an already great beer. When I had it at Winterfest and they said it was going to be re-released as a Barrel aged, I was hyped, and now I'm glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 03:45:34 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%
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...

Serving type: growler

10-28-2005 04:48:29 | More by ZAP
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-01-2012 13:14:49 | More by bsuedekum
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Duff27

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quickly receding head, down to nothing. Body is jet black.

Big time chocolate notes. Vanilla undertones. Very nice.

On the sweeter side, less roast than I'd like. Barrel notes of prominent vanilla and coconut, which I like a lot. Drinks larger than the stated 9.8%abv.

Very low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Appearance and mouthfeel leave a little to be desired but besides that BA Eddy Fitz is solid. Thanks for the trade jawzman!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 01:08:21 | More by Duff27
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-18-2012 22:46:28 | More by KAF
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mista for this one...somehow I managed to miss this damn release, again. 750ML bottle, 456/500, split with my wife.

Pour is jet black into a matching pair of snifters. The nose of the Fitz is a beautiful shotgun marriage of sweet chocolate & barrel. That's it. Who needs anything else? Not subtle, but gorgeous.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Edmund Fitzgerald is as smooth as butt-slid ice: wow. Wonderful milk chocolate up front, big sweetness, bare roast, before the bourbon kicks in & kicks everything else out of the house. Mid-palate is all palate-numbing bourbon & pure vanilla. Kissy-face of licorice right on the end. Creamy, & did I mention smooth? I'm going to have trouble letting his warm all the way up to room temp. I think there might be a hole in the glass. And my tummy is getting very warm.

If this isn't the Stan the Man of beers, it's at least Lou Brock. Wickedly bourbon, this is an excellent beer that's just shy of the tippy-top shelf. Wish I had eight more. Wait, I know where I can find eight more...hmmm...

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:08:41 | More by maximum12
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-05-2013 18:23:19 | More by Sean9689
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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.