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Barrel-Aged Silhouette - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 272
Avg: 4.53
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 271
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: josephwa on 02-11-2013

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 272
Photo of CraigP83
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent local BA stout . Caramel is dominant with both coffee and chocolate, hints of vanilla and oak. Silky smooth amazing mouthfeel. This is the best stout in MN hands down

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Photo of Bildo
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Lacing out of the tap with a thick mocha head
S- Chocolate, molasses, bourbon, slight sweetness
T- Chocolate, bourbon, molasses. All three flavors balanced
M- carbonated well with little bourbon burn
O- an underrated BA RIS. Very well done and will search for more. Tasted it side by side with the unbarreled version and they are 2 different beers.

Serving type: on-tap and bottle tasting

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Photo of TboneRN
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Oh man, I can not say enough about this beer....when I first took a sip the thing that came to mind was CW 16 + BCBS. It has all the complexity of a CW16 with a BIG mouth-feel. So thick and creamy, I have not had a beer with a better mouth-feel. This lives up to the hype and more, this could be one of the best barrel aged stout in America and outside of Minnesota no one knows about it!

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Photo of josephwa
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - thick mocha colored foamy head, good lacing.

S - bourbon, chocolate, sweetness, molasses.

T - bourbon and chocolaty goodness! The sweetness to this is well balanced and lovely.

M - well carbonated, very little burn to my palette.

O - very pleased with this beer overall. Absolutely loved it. A very high class brew!

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Photo of cbeer88
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8. 750ml capped bottle poured into Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Body is very dark brown on the pour leading into a luscious black in the glass. Head is a solid finger of fluffy mocha color. Lacing strong.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee - quite a bit going on here.

T: Wow. What a deliciously balanced bourbon stout. Roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate/mocha, and even some hops are coming through. Only slight nit is a bit of char lingers on the aftertaste.

M: Thick and creamy, solid carbonation level.

D: Very high. This goes down really easy for what it is, and ABV aside, I could drink it all night.

O: Simply one of the best barrel aged stouts I've ever had, and right up there with the much more well known kings of the style.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark brown/nearly black with one finger toffee colored head that didn't last long or lace well. Poured into snifter from bomber. Scent was world class! Beautifully blended scents of brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Flavor was equally as well blended. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Dried fruit, chocolate, molasses, oak, with perfect amount of lingering bourbon heat. I bought one to cellar but may not want to wait since I like the flavor so much now. Only criticism is the body. It felt a little thin for the style. Definitely top 5 overall for me!

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Photo of Jegull
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it at the release again this year. It gets better as it comes up to cellar temp. Coffee comes out. Smooth, incredible chocolate, molasses and bourbon.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Nova Wine Bar in Hudson, Wisconsin, on 24 Feb 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black and opaque; looks less thick than many big stouts. Brown at the edges. Brought to me with little head, perhaps due to the low temperature.

Smell is stunning. Raisins are the most prominent thing, reminding me of a pedro jimenez sherry. But there are waves of sweet deliciousness and richness flowing through. I found myself sitting there with my nose in the glass, just repeatedly drinking in the smell.

Taste is outstanding as well. Molasses up front, rich and chewy. Some grape noteA little bit of a bite, with the alcohol not fully hidden by the big malts. It's oval, not circular; it has some projections, not sharp, but portions that stick out in one direction or another (in comparison to Black Note, which I'd describe as nearly a perfect circle of smooth integration).

Feel is thick and chewy, with just enough carbonation. A little lighter than many comparable stouts.

An amazing barrel-aged stout, and one to savor. Wish I could have this more often. Probably my #2 BA stout ever, after Black Note.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be my favorite Minnesota-made beer. Competes with BA Darkness, BCBS and the like. Big barrel flavors, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol heat, faint vanilla and a hint of toasted coconut on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied.

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Photo of ramay86
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much as dark as they come. Thin khaki head dissipates pretty quickly to form a thin ring which laces nicely.

Aroma and flavor profiles are very reminiscent of BCBS. Fudge, sweet bourbon, caramel, cocoa, vanilla... it's got that syrupy, milky, roasty bourbon sweetness that is hard to describe. Some coffee too.

Such a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a great example of a BA RIS. A really chewy beer tons of flavor, very thick lots of fudge. As someone previously mentioned this beer is pretty similar taste profile to CW16. This beer really should be more well known.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery’s taproom. Served in a sniffer.

Appearance: Color is jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and nicely boozy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, bourbon, and coffee. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Big barrel presence with good hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and cherry. Light hints of earthy hops in the background. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very rich, roasty, and whiskey infused taste with big notes of chocolate, bourbon, and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with a big upfront taste of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Strong barrel presence with big notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet taste of molasses. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, prune, and raisin. Some hop bitterness comes towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Great blend of dark malt and barrel flavors with a balanced sweetness. This is up there with the best Stouts.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fudgy, fudgy, fudgy. How else to describe this beer, this has been one of my favorite BA stouts, especially compared to it more herald counterparts. A definite hidden gem in MN.

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Photo of gatornation
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10 oz on tap @ red cow
A- pours black as night with a khaki/black cherry head clinging lacing as you drink this
S-bourbon wood vanilla chocolate coffee/caramel and leather
T- is perfect blend of the smells above the roasted malts blend beautifully with bourbon and chocolate a bit of wood and smoke on the finish
M-creamy and smooth great BA notes low medium carbonation
T-this is a top tier BA stout with the bourbon complimenting the brew smooth and silky delicious LB owns this style seriously a great brew

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful barrel aged beer.

Of course, the usual BA suspects appear, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit. But after 9 month in the
cellar, this is drinking so effortlessly. Not hot at all, but still plenty of barrel characteristics.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to it's billing as an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout, and the barrel aging brings more character to the beer without making too boozy. The malt delivers a thick rich molasses, caramel character and then you get some grape and cherry and oak notes from the barrel aging. It also has a high ABV but the malt balances it out. A smooth and pleasant finish follows.

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Photo of juanny
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Truly a fine, powerfully delicious brew. Very dark cloudy ale, you know you are in for some a rich drink. The nose was mild, malty and smooth roasted, with a bit of the bourbon in there. The taste was fantastic! A dark roasted malt flavor is very present with molasses tones, the bourbon present especially at the start, a nice creamy-vanilla smoothness wraps it all together as well as mildly chocolate flavored. Finally a smoked, roasted taste at the end, even terms like oak and leather seem accurate. This was a rich, heavy feeling ale, wonderfully creamy, some carbonation, really goes down well, surprisingly easy to drink. I am partial to this style, but all-in-all, one amazing brew, even on a summer evening with a old friend.

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Photo of spycow
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer we wanted to try for a while. Definitely lives up to expectations of the RIS style with heavy notes of chocolate, bourbon and tobacco. Nice level of carbonation and smells unbelievable. The taste doesn't quite match up to the smell but still a great beer. I like the fact the ABV level is also not over the top as so many beers like to show up at 14% just to be heavy but you can make a good RIS at 10 and under. Great beer

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is BCS good. Did a side by side and they were nearly identical, but I preferred this multiple times. Black with tan head. Silky chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla and toffee. Oaky. The bourbon is spot on with this beer. Very complex and smooth. Creamy.

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Photo of Connortripp
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour at the taproom on the day of the release.

Look - Completely opaque. Nice dark tan head and fairly good retention.

Smell - Big notes of coffee and molasses on the nose.

Taste - Bourbon sweetness shines through with characteristic char and vanilla flavors at the forefront.

Feel - I'd say this was medium-bodied which was great but I wanted a little more.

Overall - Loved this beer. I've had the un-barrel-aged recently and the aging serves this beer well. Cheers!

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark as night with a small half-finger dark brown head with little retention. Smell is really nice chocolate and lots of it, some dark malts, but really this smells like a chocolate bomb with no booze which is interesting for a BA beer. Taste is lot's of chocolate, a little dark malts, a hint of booze but just a really nice tasting beer. Mouthfeel is really thick. Overall this is an amazing beer that I can't believe went under my radar for such a long time. Really tastes closer to BCBS than any beer I have had in a long time and that it saying a lot because BCBS is one of my top 5 beers.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the 2014 vintage. Poured into a Cigar City snifter 7/27/2014.

A- Dark, pitch black body with a half finger tan head. Short retention time, filmy and slick. Looks oily.

S- Lots of bourbon and oak, along with cocoa, vanilla and slight roast malts and smokiness. Nice smelling beer, very bourbon forward.

F- Bourbon, oak, dark fruits, molasses, cocoa, vanilla. Lots of stuff going on here. Nicely done.

M- Medium body, a bit chewy and viscous. It is a fair bit boozy, but not enough to deter me from continuing to drink the pour.

O- Quite a bit like BCBS, just a bit thinner. Lots of that bourbon, oak, vanilla that BCBS is noted for. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to will1256 for this beer!

750ml bottles with pressure cap and fancy synthetic plastic wrap covering the pressure cap.

Vintage 2014. bottle #204.

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark and opaque black bodied beer with a thin cap of medium tan colored head. Head drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: bourbon forward and very oaky; yet well integrated with the rest of the smells coming from this beer. Bakers cocoa, vanilla, molasses. Light roasty malts and slight smokiness.

Taste: Just like the nose this beer has lots of bourbon and oak notes, but they are more flavorful and not overbearing. Molassess and leather; bourbon soaked dark fruits. Bakers cocoa and vanilla. Layers of flavors and well integrated barrel aged stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Vicious, mouthcoating, and chewy during the first half of drinking this beer. It seems to thin out and become slightly watery on the last half of my pour. Smooth with a mild boozy kick.

Overall: This beer reminds me alot of 2009/2010 BCBS with a year of time in the cellar. It is a great effort by Liftbridge. They really did a great job barrel aging this beer. it shows some serious finesse.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheDudeRules, who parted with a bottle from the Silhouette release for my sorry little fridge. Big 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is black. Some carbonation. How the hell do you describe one more imperial stout? Whatever. It's dark. Nose is a one-two Aragorn punch of chocolate & barrel, I've smelled worse things. Lovely.

Barrel-Aged Silhouette is a heavy on the barrel & deep on the malts. Huge bourbon notes, & doesn't limit itself to a quick alcohol baseball bat to the liver, but lingers in the back of the throat like a two-song lap dance. Lovely chocolate, sweet malts, hint of birch sap. Thick, thicker, thickest, lovely mouthfeel. And too bloody easy to drink.

This might not reach the heights of truly elite barrel-aged stouts, but it's an excellent beer by a local brewery. Lovely.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark black. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Nice vanilla. Fudgy chocolate. Very woody.

Taste - Bourbon. Dark bitter chocolate. Very woody. Vanilla is strong in finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and kinda boozy.

Overall - Very woody. Very boozy. Very good but lacks a wow factor.

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Barrel-Aged Silhouette from Lift Bridge Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.