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

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 rabbott2
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage drank in a teku on 3/18/2017

Looks like a russian imperial stout. Deep dark brownish black, but not straight jet black. Thin tan head, medium carb. Medium lacing and the overall feel was probably a bit thin. This was a noticeably sweet RIS with a great barrel presence. The sweetness was a tad cloying at times, but once this warmed up there was a ton of vanilla-y oak and subtle but present bourbon. Hints of dark fruit and molasses probably brought this down from being one of my all time favorites, but still a phenomenal beer. Will seek out more.

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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 BeerGuy8315
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA Silhouette 2015 vintage on tap at a local bar.

A: Pours jet black in color with a 1/2 inch, foamy, khaki colored head with minimal retention. Thick, khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Big aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel. Lighter notes of vanilla, caramel, and toasted malts.

T: Huge notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Barrel is definitely present on this one. Milder notes of raisins, dark fruit, heavy cream, and black licorice. Coffee and bourbon leave a nice bite and lingering bitterness on the finish.

F: Full bodied, super thick and creamy, very smooth, and minimal carbonation.

O: Overall, this is an awesome BA stout. Flavor profiles are on point and the barrel is present at just right level. Excellently done. Definitely worth seeking out and I will surely be trying to trade for a bottle myself.

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Photo of edthehead
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with almost no head and dissipates to a small ring and then disappears fast. Bourbon and vanilla nose and taste, a bit on the boozy side, but very acceptable. Smooth moderately full mouthfeel. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**2016 edition**

L: pours a little thin, but not quite black on the pour, but black in the glass with no head.
S: smooth bourbon barrel forward, with dark chocolate. It doesn't smell too sweet. The aroma is not jumping out of the glass, but smells promising.
T: just like the nose but maybe a tad sweeter. Good barrel flavor, but not the smoothest barrel. Nice chocolate and happy it's barrel forward.
F: a bit of barrel bite, could be smoother with medium to thick, thickness.
O: a great no adjuunct, barrel forward, barrel aged stout.

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Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel aged silhouette 2016

Pours pitch black with a decent sized, bubbly dark brown head, receeding soon.

Smells of a decadent, alcohol soaked praline, consisting of the finest chocolate available and a warming Bourbon core. Fudge, toffee and a wooden earthiness with a hint of melting caramel compliment to the pleasantly boozy chocolate.

Has a medium body, defined by lots of smooth cream, a lower, soft carbonation and an uprising warmth, coated by chocolate the entire time.

Tastes of rich layers of chocolate from the very beginning, slowly getting soaked up by the spicy Bourbon barrel. Starts pretty sweet, with rock sugar and molasses, while ending slightly dry, due to the wooden Bourbon presence. Finishes with syrup, licorice, dried raisins, wild honey and lots of bitter chocolate.

Chocolate driven complexity, topped of by a perfectly integrated barrel warmth, with no bite to it, just a slowly uprising warmth with a hint of dryness makes this highly drinkable and awesome.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. I've wanted to try this ever since having the regular Silhouette. 750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black. Nothing to see here. Nose is fudge, chocolate, dried dark fruit, booze and oak. Deep and delicious but a little subdued. Beer has flavors of chocolate, fudge and lactose in the beginning. Bourbon creeps up slowly and delicately in the middle while showcasing hints of tobacco, vanilla, molasses and tobacco. This one's fantastic. Booze and more chocolate, fudge and molasses in the finish. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down soft, rich and dense. Sticky, messy finish.

This beer is every bit as good as I thought it'd be. Thanks again for the opportunity Jeff!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is really awesome beer, 2015 vintage, but is it one of the best 250 beers in the world as indicated here on BA? im not so sure. a few things it really has working for it include how intense the oak is, more wood than whiskey, without all the sweetness and vanilla that often comes with that, instead its a woody wet charry mature flavor thats really nice on the chocolaty base stout that has enough sweetness on its own. another plus is the well hidden abv, this drinks like 7% ABV even at temperature. its also got some subtle depth to it, not as black and roasty as others, allowing notes of molasses and date and even prune to be evident here. a few knocks against it though, the main one being how thin it is. this simply does not have the luxurious richness one would expect in a barrel aged imperial stout. its certainly smooth and mellow, but its lacking the weight it needs. it also doesnt quite have the bitter back end it would need to balance some of the sweetness in the grain, milk chocolate more than dark chocolate, lots of linger. dont get me wrong, this is fantastic stout, some of the best beer i have had from lift bridge, but its not as dramatic and unique as i would expect for it to be rated so highly. awesome but less than life changing, still nothing but love for these guys right now! lots of creative beers, especially on the barrel aged side. fun stuff all over the map...

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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 mhilliard
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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 costanzo_mike
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black from the bottle. Dark brown head that disappears quickly. Smell is like tearing open a Hershey's bar, opening a fresh bottle of bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Taste reflect the same, chocolate, vanilla, delicious bourbon. Feel is super smooth. Excellent beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
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 tywhite
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Taybeh
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Fireman_RK
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of WynnDavis
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional beer that just glides through the palate beautifully. Everything that is advertised shines and amalgamates. The pour is black as coal with a khaki head. The nose is bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit. The taste is so well galvanized that it starts and finishes beautifully.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured dark brown/nearly black with one finger toffee colored head that didn't last long or lace well. Poured into snifter from bomber. Scent was world class! Beautifully blended scents of brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Flavor was equally as well blended. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Dried fruit, chocolate, molasses, oak, with perfect amount of lingering bourbon heat. I bought one to cellar but may not want to wait since I like the flavor so much now. Only criticism is the body. It felt a little thin for the style. Definitely top 5 overall for me!

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Photo of Jegull
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had it at the release again this year. It gets better as it comes up to cellar temp. Coffee comes out. Smooth, incredible chocolate, molasses and bourbon.

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Photo of Connortripp
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 Bobloblawlawblog11
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ParnellJoseph1138
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
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 spycow
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mothman
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jrsaffert
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be my favorite Minnesota-made beer. Competes with BA Darkness, BCBS and the like. Big barrel flavors, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol heat, faint vanilla and a hint of toasted coconut on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied.

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