Barrel-Aged Silhouette | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Barrel-Aged SilhouetteBarrel-Aged Silhouette

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Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by josephwa on 02-11-2013

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml from a trade last year.

Flavors are nice but rather muted, bourbon is present but not calm, notes of vanilla, and a metric shit ton of oak on the finish. Abrupt and dry on the end and so tannic that the flavors are swallowed up quickly and abruptly shown the down like unwelcomed house guests.

Huh.. I wanted to like this more but the barrel just didn't help this beer all that much and the finish is distracting.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Barrel-Aged Silhouette pours a dark black color, with a very small tan head. The aroma was a bit weak, but had hints of a scotch like kick. The taste has a boozy scotch like kick, with hints of a sourness to it. Good blending of flavors. Overall a very nice aged imperial stout.

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

Acquired this in a trade. Wasn't familiar with it before I traded for it but had tasted a few other beers from Lift Bridge. Once I saw how highly acclaimed this beer was I looked forward to trying it.

Nice roasty, chocolaty taste backed up with a solid barrel flavor. Very smooth and drinkable. Mouthfeel was decent or about what I would expect in a 10% abv beer. I have had much better barrel aged stouts but this one certainly was well done.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

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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 Taybeh
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Nova, into a snifter. Pours dark obsidian with a 1 finger khaki head and a little lacing. Lots of bourbon and oak, here, lots of vanilla, faint cherry, and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate...very enjoyable. Taste follows, but has even more depth...again, there is a lot of barrel...and fairly boozy. A little thinner and juicier than I was expecting; nice and chewy, but not quite as creamy and smooth as would be ideal for me. I had this for the first time a day after I had TH's Czar Jack, and this one wasn't quite as memorable to me...nonetheless, still very good. I'll look forward to future editions!

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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 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 mhilliard
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasting this brew was my reward after a hard day's yard work, it was a delightful reward.

Picked up a beautifully bottled 22 oz at my local spirits store, which has a wonderful variety of beers to enjoy.
I like my stouts cool, so this was refrigerated, anathema I know to some stout purists, but not to me.

Appearance: pitch black ochre, a lovely beer that looks down at it's pale blond beer comrades with contempt...LOL, lovely creamy brown head. I've never said this before but this is a beer you should "play with" by that I mean spin the glass 3/4 full and watch with joy as the thick, caramel head foam oh-so-slowly falls down the glass in a thick, complete sheet, like it somehow was in love with the glass and didn't want to let go

Smell: just enjoy the experience! this is delightful, at first there's too much to identify, but after a few, maybe quite a few, slow inhales, your nose starts to break out some of the rich nose into molasses, chocolate, maybe cherries, bourbon, wow! just a feast for the nose

Taste: dark chocolate, deep yeast notes, faint caramel, oak, starting rich and finishing on a strong note of bourbon and some hops, this is one of the best kept Minnesota secrets around, these brewers know what they are doing and the craft and taste on display makes you want to cheer for people who work this hard to make something soooo good. Bou Yah!!

Mouthfeel: thick and rich at first, a bit thinner later but this might be the only weekness.

Overall: a lovely, rich, dark, adventurous stout to enjoy with a friend who know's what the hell you're talking about

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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 tywhite
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One note, but damn it's a good note. Extremely impressive in the mouthfeel department, just wish there was a little more going on in flavorland. Would gladly drink again anytime.

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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 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 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 Hootie159
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle. Pours black with a deep brown head. Quick dissipation but strong edge ring. Rich chocolate smell. Nice bourbon backbone in the nose. Bourbon is much stronger on the taste. Some serious zing. Nice bittersweet chocolate pairs nicely. Very smooth, creamy texture.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Fireman_RK
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Opaque midnight-black body with a 2mm cinnamon sandy head
S: Mocha, dark chocolate, and slight traces of bourbon
T: Balanced cocoa, syrup, oak, and a bit of cherry - all underpinned by an expertly crafted barrel aging that leaves trace amounts of heat
F: Not exceptionally thick, but very much 'chewy' as the youngsters say
O: This beer is phenomenal. I have no idea how Lift Bridge has crept under the radar, but in my estimation, based solely on this incredible offering, this brewery is about to be a very well known quantity in the craft beer world. This BA stout was flawlessly executed - well done!

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