Barrel-Aged Silhouette
Lift Bridge Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #11
Ranked #197
4.51 | pDev: 6.21%
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Barrel-Aged SilhouetteBarrel-Aged Silhouette
Notes: Barrel aged Silhouette is as deep and dark as the thick Northern Woods. It’s brewed in the style of an Imperial Stout. Aromas of coffee, molasses, chocolate and prune meld with an intense dark roasted character. This beer is complex, rich and full bodied. Its wild spirit will warm the senses, illuminate the soul, and grow into a traditional matter what season.
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Reviews by brewnic:
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brewnic from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.9%

Mar 26, 2013
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage.

A: Pours a brown-tinted black, and manages just a thin ring of dense tan head with an aggressive pour. Exceedingly persistent. A few long streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet baker’s chocolate in the forefront, alongside vanilla, bourbon, and oak, with a hint of roast that’s almost char-like.

T: Rich, sweetish chocolate is balanced slightly more with some roastiness (nearly burnt) and dark coffee, but the balance is still towards the chocolate. Pretty well integrated bourbon, oak, and vanilla which round out the flavor and last through the finish.

M: Full bodied, chewy, with a sharp medium carbonation. Warming with a slight alcohol bite.

O: Very respectable barrel aged RIS. Doesn’t quite have the complexity or depth of other examples, but tasty and well executed. I could do without the char-like flavor, though.

Feb 08, 2018
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Bobloblawlawblog11 from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Nov 02, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jul 27, 2014
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billab914 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 02, 2015
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JMN44 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 10, 2014
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imperialking from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Feb 17, 2014
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HookemHoos from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 05, 2015
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 25, 2015
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Ssippisam from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 25, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 24, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from desp59. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2016
Bottle # 323

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a two finger, very loose and fizzy light tan head with lousy retention. Very noisy head on this one, which quickly fizzes down to a faint wisp and ring. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Lousy head and it looks a bit flat by the end.

SMELL: Lots of oak, bourbon, sweet vanilla cream, toffee, milk chocolate, coconut and molasses on the nose. Bold and plenty of character. Pure fudge brownies and dark chocolate as well. Lots of barrel goodness and fudge notes. Very nice.

TASTE: Lots of oak and bourbon up front, with toffee, sweet vanilla cream and pure fudge brownies as well. Boozy swallow with lots of alcohol, then a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, sweet cream and vanilla, coconut, chocolate fudge and molasses. Very sweet and plenty of boozy barrel character, but lots of other decadence going on as well. Really good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit fizzy and prickly on the palate, goes down a bit harsh with a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is loads, and I mean loads better than the base beer. This batch of the base beer might be better perhaps, and there's no signs of oxidization here, but whatever it is, this version works much, much better. The execution could be a little more appealing, as the head was lousy and the feel a little too harsh, but the nose and flavor are great, with the barrel adding a lot of lovely characteristics. This is definitely boozier than the listed 10% as well, but that works in this sub-genre. Definitely worth tracking down and I'm glad to have had the chance to try it out. Thanks again desp59!

Jul 05, 2016
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MykeJ from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 12, 2014
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WilliamD from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Mar 06, 2019
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Mar 10, 2014
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Greenplastic615 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%

Apr 08, 2014
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 30, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2016
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MNigon from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Sep 21, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Apr 16, 2015
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seangibbs60 from Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Oct 24, 2014
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thursday at 02:01 AM
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Mar 04, 2014
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secondtoughest from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 19, 2014
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Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 30, 2019
Barrel-Aged Silhouette from Lift Bridge Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 535 ratings