Barrel-Aged Silhouette | Lift Bridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
liftbridgebrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by josephwa on 02-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
5.97%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
78
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit thin. A bit harsh.

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Photo of Jpepe08
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Desp59
3.52/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid and very smooth. Still getting used to the style.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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 mdlb44
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Deltoro
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dav2080
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of HardWater
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlhyatt
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yourefragile
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
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 -10.4%
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 morimech
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bar pour. I think it was $11.50 for roughly 10-12 ounces. Ouch! Not much to say about appearance besides it is black. Not much lacing but not unusual for a bar pour. Should be good from a bottle at home in decent glassware. Aroma is pretty heavy with bourbon and booze. Notes of vanilla and earth. Quite boozy in flavor as well. Nice bourbon and oaky details of sweet whisky and vanilla. Full and rich body. An excellent BA stout but not really feeling this as the greatest thing from MN. But my lone example is from a too cold pour sitting next to a weirdo in a loud sports bar, but maybe it is great if I get a chance to try it in a more comfortable setting.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Barrel-Aged Silhouette from Lift Bridge Brewery
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