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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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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 170
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of zeledonia
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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
Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Prost76, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
4/5  rDev -7%

wiltznucs, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

trxxpaxxs, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sliverX, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

liamt07, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DaveHack, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark engine oil black and starts with a thin but even layer of toffee colored head that dies down quickly and leaves a thin lacing. Thick and viscous.

S - Butter toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

T - Dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee beans, dark roasted malt, and bourbon. (There's some molasses buried way down there too.) Lots of oak, bourbon and dark chocolate. Alcohol effervescence.

M - Rich, full body, thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - This beer was a surprise tonight, I didn't know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed it. If possible, try and trade for one!

jzeilinger, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Knapp85, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

millerbuffoon, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Rutager
2.09/5  rDev -51.4%
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
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of injuredreserve
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

injuredreserve, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7%

kawilliams81, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

egrace84, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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!

Duff27, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

zestar, May 20, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Jeffrey2310, May 09, 2013
Photo of will1256
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

will1256, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of chrisp450
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

chrisp450, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Alpar
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Alpar, Mar 30, 2013
Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.