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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

pmoney, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

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...

maximum12, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Powderhornphil, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

arniepnminne, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Schlais, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

ScottP, Jan 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

baybum, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

A - jet black brew with light brown fluffy head.
S - oak, sweetness, medium notes of bourbon on the nose.
T - moderate bourbon flavor, chocolate, sweetness, and light malty taste.
M - little to no alcohol burn, well carbonated, well done.
O - overall is a delightful brew on tap. Looking forward to trying it in the bottle and aging it as well to see how everything melds together.

josephwa, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

dc55110, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

750ml corked and cage bottle (I am 99% sure this is the 2011 release - bottle 163 or 276) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown color, good clarity around the edges...gives a bit of a thin appearance. A short finger of dark tan foam fizzes away fairly quickly leaving behind a thick collar around the glass.

S - This might be the most chocolatey smelling beer I've experienced. Super cocoa, milk chocolate aroma up front, hershey's syrup. Sweet on the nose, medium intensity bourbon, some molasses. Smells syrupy overall...not overly sweet, but a bit concentrated/reduced.

T - Chocolate comes thru loud and clear in the flavor as well. Darker chocolate mix overall - cocoa, baker's chocolate, still some milky sweet/smooth chocolate though. HInts of burnt malt, coffee, and more heavy cacao dark chocolate - 80%-ish dark. Bourbon is well integrated...probably one of the better examples of high quality bourbon barrels resulting in high quality bourbon influenced beer. Sweet, a bit of warmth on the back of the throat...just enough alcohol presence without being overdone. I can't get over how rich and chocolatey this beer tastes.

M - Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin for the style. Warm alcohol presence, just a tingle on the lips. Dark roast, burnt, and very chocolatey...very balanced tho a touch on the sweet side, but with plenty of bitter to smooth out. Carbonation is light and appropriately so for the style and this particular example. Faint bubbles of life, but yielding an overall creaminess and smoothness on the tongue...a bit oily and coating on the tongue.

O - Overall, a rather outstanding barrel aged imperial stout. I didn't know what to expect out of this beer...my first experience with this brewery and a beer I'd never heard of when I got it. Turned out to be a very nice surprise. Super chocolatey throughout with well integrated barrel influence. One of the better beers I've had in a while.

portia99, Dec 02, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in a my FOBAB taster glass.

A: Pours a very dark black color with a thick, tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind nice sheets of lace.

S: Bourbon, dark fruits and caramel up front. There is an underlying roasted malt notes that's paired with some oak in the periphery.

T: Wow. Dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness seem to be going back and forth over the palate. Decadent fudge, smooth bourbon and sweet caramel notes as well.

M: Medium low carbonation with a heavy ad creamy body. Goes down incredibly smooth and highly drinkable for 9.60%.

O: This was sneaky hit for me. I've heard great things about this and didn't even realize it was at the fest until I stumbled across it. I went back for a second pour and I'm glad I did. I'd love to get a bottle of it.

Treebs, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Samwhyz, Nov 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

KWMiles, Nov 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

JJWIGHT, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

djrn2, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

cofeeguru, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

minnesotaryan, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

biniek13, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

dsuedbeck, Sep 25, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

First beer sampled at ABR, and I went back for multiples. Dark and thick looking, aroma has plenty of barrel/vanilla/chocolate character. Tastes is similar... dark chocolate, bourbon etc. etc. Mouthfeel's thick and almost chewy.

This beer stood out to me in its insane chocolate character and pretty much perfect barrel presence. I would take some points off if chocolate was actually added to it but otherwise it's nothing short of awesome. Put some chillies in it... might actually work! Will drink like what I wanted Black Butte anniversary beers to be.

4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4

tewaris, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

herman77, Sep 20, 2012
Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.