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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Photo of jlindros
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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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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Photo of TMoney2591
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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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
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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Photo of MasterSki
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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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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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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Photo of rudzud
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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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewseum for this bottle, number 40 of 45. Opened on Mother's Day with ksak (the mom).

A: First a complaint. The exposed cap of the cork was so small that I needed a corkscrew to dislodge it. No pop whatsoever. As poured into my glass, there is no burst of bubbles. The stout is pitch black and, after the pour, carries a thin eggshell white head.

S: Sweet bourbony goodness! Coconut and vanilla from the barrel mix with roasted chocolate and caramel. The bourbon is very rich.

T: Delicious.

T (take two): Seems like a few more words would be helpful! Roasted malts, burnt with chocolate and coffee flavors in abundance, set the stage of an intense bourbon sweetness. Mild booziness gives way to coconut and vanilla. The barrel dries out my mouth with each sip. Dark fruits, raisins and plums, move to the foreground as the stout warms, adding to the bourbon's depth. A heavy roasted malt presence follows the bourbon, reminding me that this is a stout. The finish is roasted with a caramelized bourbon sweetness. As I said originally, delicious.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, sufficiently sweet even with the dry body. A good bourbon beer that packs a boozy punch near the end of each sip.

D: The bourbon adds a buzz of alcoholic heat, other than that there is no indication of the booziness. The bourbon presence is bold but well integrated into the stout. Nicely done by Fitger's Brewhouse.

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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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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Rutager
2.23/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...I haven't given a 5.0 in a long time but this is well deserving. An Epic Boubon Barrrel Aged Impy....where to start...pitch black colored...little head....body is full and thick but not over syruppy..

Nose=Very complex...Bourbon of course..mildy boozy smelling but seems to be entirely from the bourbon smell...vanilla(strong and very nice)....some strong roasted malts...some woody elements that fit nicely...figs..chocolate covered raisens....very slight mild coffee note....I wish I could give the nose a 10!!

Taste= Pretty similar to the aroma but very drinkable....perfect blend of flavors....sweet dark chocolate....boubon soaked overripe plums sprinkled with brown sugar....vanilla....spicy woddienss also evident on the taste as is a very soft java flavor...

Drinkability+Are you kidding me??? I want a keg of this on tap every day of the year....if this was bottled and available to others it would rate at or near the top of the "best of the bes"t list.

Dave Hoops is flat-out one of the best brewers in the country. It's too bad he is hidden away in a remote area. At least his brother is starting to get some props but Dave is just as good and probably a little better...

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small tulip. Solid black color with just a ring of foam around the glass. No lacing, which often happens with barrel aged beers.

Rich malts, big sweetness, some roast, oak, vanilla and light bourbon scents.

Very big taste, but it did leave me wanting more of the bourbon to come through. Very sweet, with notes of oak, vanilla, toffee, burnt sugar and bourbon. A warm alcohol presence, but the bourbon was just a bit subdued for my liking.

Full and syrupy, but smooth. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but enough.

A solid barrel aged RIS that I would have again. Worth trying if you ever do come across it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz "Nonic" style pub glass - Extremely limited edition, one keg only and no growlers available for purchase, hell, the staff was not even offered samples, if they wanted to try it they had to buy it it at full price.

Solidly opaque deep, dark brown body, close enough to black its black. Finger high fluffy cocoa brown head sits briefly which resides slowly to a hazy skim and thickly placed globby sheets of lacing.

Straight up lovely nice whisky aromamtic nose. Great oaky twinge over the top. Behind each wiff sits some terrific notes of soft and dry bakers chocolate, quite thick and rich, lush to be sure, and some burnt caramel to boot. Yum!

Taste is full of all kinds of chocolate laced with bourbon, nice little burn and grab of bourbon oak barrel singe and sweetness. Especially towards the finish. Lots of boubon heat and oaky tinges. But the chocolateyness just keeps giving with a rich cake-like thickness and brownie soothness with a smooth roasty edge. Chocolatey-rific!

Feel is well heated and bourbony, round, creamy, thickly smooth body thats just about medium. Good warmth within and has a bit of spice to finish off the residual chocolate tones but most of it returns to stick like a fine dark chocolate.

One fine drinkin' little Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, was aged for 6 months and showed. Perhaps a bit young yet, if it lasts any longer then a month this would be much more drinkable. Still, this was one fine example of what a boubon barrel can do to an already great beer. When I had it at Winterfest and they said it was going to be re-released as a Barrel aged, I was hyped, and now I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of birchstick
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 22 of 35...lowest bottle count of a beer I have tried before.

A - pours out of the bottle black with a taupe/chocolate head, very mocha-esque

S - bourbon spiciness is mixed in with milk chocolates. A light, fruity, tobacco aroma is also coming out of the glass.

T - milk chocolates and vanilla is upfront. these move on to spicy bourbon notes, which rounds out the flavor profile. Pretty solid barrel aged RIS...although this flavor description doesn't provide much complexity, this is a nice tasting beer.

M - smooth, creamy, and full

D - nice bourbon barrel RIS. Smooth, yet hot. This is very aromatic and the flavor profile melds nice, complementary flavors together in a great way. I would recommend, but this one would be impossible to get.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 73/500

Pours a dark brown, not black. Minimal head and no light passage. The nose starts with caramel and fudge with a heavy boozy bourbon quality that adds a bit of harshness along with oak and vanilla. The taste is fudgy up front with notes of cream, chocolate, and bourbon. Again, the bourbon is hot like it is on the nose which adds a bit of astringency to the profile. The body is thick with very light carbonation. Overall, a nice bourbon barrel stout that probably could benefit from a little age to mellow it out around the edges.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.71/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Grrrz teku. #46/500. 2014 vintage. Shared with schen9303.

Pours ink black with no head and minimal lace. Soy sauce, vinegar and oxidized dark fruit on the nose. Very mellow. The taste makes it clear that this one is far over the hill. Booze, soy sauce and vinegar that's all that's present now. Ok but really oxidized. Like oak cardboard dipped in the aforementioned flavors. Boozy, heavy and lifeless on the palate. Slick and oily but it doesn't quite work with the flavors.

I'm super grateful to have gotten the chance to try this but its way past its prime by this point. Hoping I can get a sample of a new batch if they ever make it again!

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of josephwa
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fitger’s Bourbon Ed
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark dark oily black with a nice dense tan head. Almost like the nice foam on a fresh cup of espresso. (4.5)

Aroma off sweet Bourbon starts off with some nice dark fruit hints. There is a very nice aroma of dark fruits and some nice wood in there as well. Notes of raisins and some nice espresso, Coffee roast can also be perceived as well as some nice oat like malt notes. Slight dark chocolate notes as well as some nice milk chocolate sweetness. (4.5)

Taste starts off with and intense boozy Bourbon notes and some nice sweetness. This is followed by some nice roast and coffee notes they dominate the majority of the palette. Slight vanilla notes are present with some woody notes as well. This brew has tons of Bourbon notes with some nice boozy sweetness and some nice oak notes and some vanilla spice. The mouthfeel is nice and medium but could be a bit thicker IMO. (4.5)(4.5)

Good solid brew with nice bourbon notes and some roast present as well. The coffee notes are very present throughout the brew and help temper some of the booze. (4.5)

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer last year in a trade with Hogwildliquor. Couldnt sit on it any longer.

Bottle # 33 of 45

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into an oversized snifter.
A rigorous pour produces ne head, so a quick fork stir brings me about half an inch of dark brown cola foamy head.
The brew is pitch black, no glowing or light penetration of any kind. Retention leaves a very thin collar. No lace, it all slips back down.

Aroma is ultra woody with copious amounts of bourbon, charred wood, charred grain and chocolate, loads of malt here. Caramel is shinning through very nicely with maple brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of dark candy sugar and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, not much carbonation, some, but not much. A little creamy, but kind of thin, still some syrupy textures, so not overall bad, just not what I was expecting. Probably doesnt help that this has been sitting in the fridge for over a year.

Taste is outstanding, rich dark chocolate, mildly sweet with plenty of unfermentables in this. Good amount of bourbon, toasted oak, maple, vanilla, just a touch of coffee flavors. This is very good and easy to drink on. The balance is terrific, not overly sweet, not overly woody or charred, but balanced perfectly.
Finishing with a touch of bitters, bourbon warmth and wonderful flavors carrying over into the finish.

Delicious, but mouthfeel is the only problem here.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Fitger's Brewhouse
4.24 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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