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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States
brewhouse.net

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

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.
2014 - Imperial Stout aged in Woodford barrels for 9 months.

Added by tavernjef on 07-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 37
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice jet black color with a thin tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some nice bourbon vanilla notes to it with some heavy roasted malts in the background. The taste of the beer is rich, definite chocolate and molasses in there subtle oak and vanilla in the finish. The feel of the beer is full bodied. Overall it's a very good stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Andy, 2012?

Pours a nice creamy fizzy dark smaller head that fades fairly quickly, pitch black long legs.

Nose brings big dark malt, mild caramel and fudgey cocoa, hint fluffy nougat, mild vanilla barrel and cocoa, dark choc, hint if booze, old malts and hint oxidation.

Taste brings dried sweet syrupy malts, booze warmth, fruity esters, mild rancid like roasted dark malts, little fluffy nougat and syrupy roasted charred dark malts, acrid roast, bitter char, etc. No real barrel. Acrid sour cherry thing, oxidation.

Mouth is fuller syrupy, decent carb, little booze.

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3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Bottle #73/500. I hope Gordon Lightfoot is collecting some royalties from these brewers... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises boozy bourbon, dry oak, mild roasted malts, and plenty of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent helping of coffee. Frankly, this is the epitome of the flavor of barrel-aged coffee stouts. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, one that conquers the other ore-carrying-ship-named beer I'm familiar with (and also makes me long for a barreled version of that one...). Good times.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of John_M
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I think this bottle was roughly 2 or 3 years old. Thought a recent bottle share in PDX was the perfect time to open this up.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite attractive in this beer, as I pick up noticeable bourbon (but it's not overdone), coffee, dark chocolage and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I have to say this a very easy to drink BA RIS. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. The finish is very, very long, and the beer is oh so smooth on the palate (likely from the extended aging in my cellar). The beer is moderately sweet, but not overly so, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. Drinkability is outstanding.

Impressive beer, no doubt. Thanks Garrett!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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2.91/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Andy for sharing this bottle, 216/500...2012? vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head that fades quickly to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of possible oxidation, old stale bourbon, old chalky chocolate, dusty wood.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of char, old barrels, acrid roast, old soy sauce. Just a hodgepodge of off flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit heavy and syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was cool to try but certainly mediocre. Not sure how this would have been fresh but yah, ehhhh

Serving type: bottle

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