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Silhouette (Unbarreled) - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Silhouette (Unbarreled)Silhouette (Unbarreled)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MattyG85 on 03-02-2013)
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Reviews by jjanega08:
Photo of jjanega08
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a deep dark black color with a coffee colored head that with a vigourous pour rises to a finger and holds some pretty decent retention. The head is suprisingly active for a RIS. There is some nice lacing evident on the glass.

S= The smell is quite light for a RIS. A little coffee and dark chocolate comes through but not a whole lot else.

T= The taste is great. Upon the first sip I thought it might be lacking on the taste as well as the nose because it hits you a little slow. The coffee flavors come through first with a strong bite before mellowing out into a coating dark chocolate flavor. Those two are pretty much the dominate flavors and while sometimes used interchangibly these are two different flavors in this beer. The chocolate is silky smooth and tasty.

M= This is another big plus on this beer. With the active head it thought it was gonna be too bubbly for myself but this baby lays on thick and creamy.

O= While the nose was a big dissapointment this beer delivered what I was looking for. Nice flavor and mouthfeel. For a hotter summer night this beer is suprisingly drinkable and plesant. I'll be buying more of this to drink. No need to age this one at all it's perfect right where it is.

jjanega08, May 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that quickly fades into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, roasty, chocolate malt forward stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of cocoa chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, cream, and nuts. Some hints of smoked malt and a noticeable presence of anise spicing. Also some sweet molasses. Subtle hints of dark raisin, prune, fig, and cherry. Light hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice creamy dark aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a rich sweet and dark roasty tasting stout. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate, cream, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and nuts. Good notes of sweet molasses and anise licorice spice. A fair amount of smoke is present. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of raisin, prune, dark cherry, and fig. Some earthy hops come through towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, rich, and somewhat slick. Alcohol heat is masked pretty well.

Overall: A very solid imperial stout. Good rich chocolate flavors with a nice creamy smoothness.

MattyG85, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

roostor07, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of 4four4
5/5  rDev +25%

4four4, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Oboogie, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1 finger fine mocha head with moderate to poor retention. Lacing is stringy and sparse with good cling. Decent.

Nose is logan, plum, prunes, roasted malt, vanilla and some chocolate. Nicely aromatic but the dark fruit combination doesn't quite work here. Not bad... just not good. There's just something odd about the taste here that I can't quite put my finger on.

Opens prunes and plum with some medicinal overtones and logan. Chocolate and roast in the middle. Fudge and vanilla to smooth out the experience. Finishes roasted malt and cocoa nibs.Aftertaste of chocolate and molasses sweetness. Again, not bad, but there's something weird going on here that I can't quite appreciate.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky and smooth in the mouth and goes down warm and caressing. Really drinkable given the high ABV. Finishes accented with a mellow, lingering accent. Pretty impressive.

This beer is not bad by any means but there's a certain flavor that's out of place in the nose and flavor that just doesn't work. Body is incredible though so its still worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Bunuelian, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black but not nearly as viscous as some other big stouts. Attractive head forms and has excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, prunes, smoke, and earth. Complex aroma but not really assertive. Alcohol is not detected in the aroma.

Flavor is heavy in roasted malt and chocolate. Even with a little age this beer is still plenty hot and boozy. I do not think they added coffee to this beer, but if they did it has faded away. Hints of licorice, molasses, and smoke in the finish. Good imperial stout flavor but just a little too hot.

Thick and creamy body. Just want I want in an imperial stout.

A worthy imperial stout. Maybe another year or two of age will make this outstanding.

morimech, Jul 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ddavison, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

dav2080, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised to see Lift Bridge do a straight-up imperial stout. Must have taken some serious self-restraint.

Really a sexy looking stout. Pitch black with a creamy layer of perfect khaki carb and massive, cloudy beading beneath it. Alcohol legs ta boot.

Big dark roast, smooth integrated coffee, chocolate and biscuit... nice.

Chalky charred malt flavors, milk chocolate, fig/date/prune, not terribly dynamic but tasty nonetheless.

yamar68, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

bigbeers84, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MN_Beerticker, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ShanePB, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jakea, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

GeePee, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jeffrey2310, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of chanokokoro
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours pitch black capped by a darker khaki two finger head. Robust roasted malt and grain, bakers chocolate, and light notes of alcohol. Dark chocolate, plump chewy prunes and raisins, anise, and sticky dried black cherries. Fairly assertive bittering hops on the finish combined with light espresso notes, more roasted grain and malt, and slightly bitter cocoa powder. Full bodied, chewy, silky, syrupy on the edges. Low carbonation. A very solid robust RIS. The bottle recommends drinking this brew at 55-60 degrees. I pulled this bottle out of my cellar which is kept at a constant 50-55 degrees and it certainly improved as it warmed. Definitely drink this brew at the higher end of cellar temperature or slightly warmer.

chanokokoro, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

flexabull, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

TheKOshow, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -25%

nmann08, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of JackieTH
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black brown opaque with a brief mocha brown cap of foam. No lace. Smell is generally faint though has chocolate, roast malt and dark fruit. Taste is quite nice. Rich dark chocolate, French roast coffee, dried plums, black strap molasses, nice char roasted malt paired against a burst of hop keeps this one lively, wet and non-cloying. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with adequate carbonation. Finish is medium dark chocolate, coffeebean, and not sweet. Another very nice effort from Lift Bridge. That's two in a row from them that have impressed me. Hop Dish and Silhouette from what I've formerly considered a mediocre brewery.

JackieTH, Mar 29, 2013
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Silhouette (Unbarreled) from Lift Bridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.