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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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Reviews: 35
Hads: 125
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 181
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of zminor
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't review much, but I also don't drink beers as rare as this much. Bottle 35/45. Received it in a generous trade last year, and randomly decided it was time to try it.

Cork was impossible to get out. After several failed tries I had to resort to a corkscrew. Nice pop when it finally comes off, and a good amount of gas is released.

An aggressive pour yields a very mild amount of head, which dissipates almost immediately. The beer is an opaque black with mocha at the rim that looks almost completely flat.

The nose is, quite simply, exceptional. Tons of dark chocolate, faint plums, BOURBON, and vanilla. All the things I love about barrel aged stouts.

The taste is surprisingly hot given its age. All the bourbon characteristics mentioned in the aroma are very present here. The fruit takes a backseat, instead letting a more syrupy taste come through. Finally, the finish is coated with strong dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is extremely thick, and the beer coats the mouth completely. Carbonation is definitely there, but just very subtle - which works perfectly for this beer. As good as it is, the alcohol and viscosity of this beer lower the drinkability a tad. I'm surprised to see that its less than 10%.

Ultimately, a fantastic bourbon aged stout that stands out among some very heavy competition. I feel very fortunate to have been able to try it.

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Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer last year in a trade with Hogwildliquor. Couldnt sit on it any longer.

Bottle # 33 of 45

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into an oversized snifter.
A rigorous pour produces ne head, so a quick fork stir brings me about half an inch of dark brown cola foamy head.
The brew is pitch black, no glowing or light penetration of any kind. Retention leaves a very thin collar. No lace, it all slips back down.

Aroma is ultra woody with copious amounts of bourbon, charred wood, charred grain and chocolate, loads of malt here. Caramel is shinning through very nicely with maple brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of dark candy sugar and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, not much carbonation, some, but not much. A little creamy, but kind of thin, still some syrupy textures, so not overall bad, just not what I was expecting. Probably doesnt help that this has been sitting in the fridge for over a year.

Taste is outstanding, rich dark chocolate, mildly sweet with plenty of unfermentables in this. Good amount of bourbon, toasted oak, maple, vanilla, just a touch of coffee flavors. This is very good and easy to drink on. The balance is terrific, not overly sweet, not overly woody or charred, but balanced perfectly.
Finishing with a touch of bitters, bourbon warmth and wonderful flavors carrying over into the finish.

Delicious, but mouthfeel is the only problem here.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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