Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Fitger's Brewhouse
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5/5 rDev +16%
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. Theres fruit in there too, raspberries, italian cherries, pears and apples. The flavor is one thing: heaven. Ridiculous. Its 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. Theres 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. Its 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. Its smooth, silky, sticky, clinging, oaky, dry, sweet and culminating all in one sweep. Alcohol lifting it into the sinuses for exhiliration and completion. Its 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.
11-28-2006 20:34:51 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.88/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
11-25-2005 01:57:37 | More by feloniousmonk
5/5 rDev +16%
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...
10-28-2005 04:48:29 | More by ZAP
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-06-2004 03:45:34 | More by tavernjef
Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.