Silhouette (Unbarreled) | Lift Bridge Brewery

Silhouette (Unbarreled)Silhouette (Unbarreled)
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Silhouette (Unbarreled)Silhouette (Unbarreled)

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MattyG85 on 03-02-2013

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage
Bottle 1374

A- pours jet black in color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- aromas open with deep dark roasted malt that gives notes of molasses, fig, leather, anise, dark chocolate truffle, earthy coffee & light char, along with some sherry-like aromas

T- dark roasted malt up front gives some char elements, followed by dark chocolate and caramel, as well as fig & date. As it nears the close, highlights of anise, molasses and herbal coffee lead in to a linger of charred malt and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a classic Russian Imperial Stout is a reminder of how good beer can be without aging in a barrel

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Served into a stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, slight cola brown hue, one finger thick offwhite head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of dark fruit, roast, espresso, milk chocolate, barley, chocolate malt. Flavour is similar, smoother with a bit more roast than the smell would suggest, although less espresso/coffee presence, more roasty than dark fruity, lots of chocolate and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, slightly more carbonation than you'd expect for the style but not necessarily a detractor. Smooth, rich and roasty. Good imperial stout, although I think the barrel-aged version is far better.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Virby44
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2017 version, bottle #1838, 10% ABV, non-BA. Pours mostly black with a medium sized dark khaki head; some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malt, earthy hops, cherry/dark fruit, molasses, and cocoa; below average intensity. Medium bitterness and off-flavor of tartness. No noticeable alcohol. Surprisingly rich mouthfeel with a thin viscosity and average carbonation. Overall, this could be a great RIS with more intensity, roasted malt, and no cherry/fruit tartness. Would definitely revisit with a recipe change.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 on tap in a snifter at a local bar.

A: Pours jet black in color with a very small, tannish-khaki colored head with minimal retention. Thin, tannish colored lacing initially, which dissipates with time.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and dark fruits.

T: Taste matches aroma well. Starts off with rich notes of coffee and dark chocolate fudge followed by vanilla, caramel, and roasted malts. Finishes with hints of raisins, cherries, and other dark fruits.

F: Full bodied, smooth, thick, and creamy with a slight amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great RIS. This was my first time having this one and I thought it was extremely well balanced between all the flavor profiles. Super drinkable. This stuff was great! Really wondering if I got the right beer given the other ratings this has received, but just rating what I received in the glass.

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Photo of cencless
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Black with a brown hue. One finger of beige head quickly fades to a thin cap with ring.
Smell is very good. Bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and alcohol.
Tastes like it smells. Bitter hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel is good. Coates the tongue nicely allowing the flavor to linger.
Overall, a decent RIS for the price. I would purchase again.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours into XL snifter like a standard RIS - not too thick but not too thin. Dark black color. This looks pretty well-carbonated too, which I wasn't necessarily expecting. Decent tan head that is kept aloft by the hefty carb - the ring of foam around the glass never truly recedes because of this.

S - A bit muted. I do notice some roasted malts, dark chocolates and a hop presence, along with some espresso aromas.

T - Better than the smell! Nice rich dark chocolate, roasty malts, a hint of caramel, and the same bitter flavors - may be from the hops, but it comes across like a nice espresso. I'm noticing a hint of anise as well - after all, this is a RIS. Drier finish, but there is plenty of chocolate still on the palate to keep it interesting.

M - A touch thin (I prefer motor oil!), but very drinkable nonetheless.

O - A decent RIS. If they made it a bit thicker it would be even better! Would like to try the barrel version.

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Photo of paresis
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nvbrew
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unaged base version, drinking 2017 bottle now but rating score was originally based on two bottles of 2016. A moderately dry, big RIS with full body and a tendency towards bitter botanical notes, tree bark and medicinal tonics and such. Despite the unappetizing description there, one of the better offerings in that particular vein of stouts. I have yet to try the vaunted barrel-aged variant of Silhouette, but I'll continue to enjoy a bottle or two of the base beer each year when it comes out.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2016
Bottle #1343

APPEARANCE: A slow foamer, which usually isn't a good sign. A clear black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with good retention. Bit of a noisy one. Black body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full foamy cap though only a swirly wisp remains leaving some falling dots of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Roasted barley, cacao notes, some sweet cream and leather for sure. Definitely a metalic note that screams of oxidization.

TASTE: Roasted flavors with cacao and leather up front. Slight metal flavor at the swallow with a decent amount of alcohol as well, then a long and bold finish of roasted barley, burnt coffee, leather and some sweet cream. A bit of cacao too, with definite metalic notes from oxidization.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit foamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is rather mediocre. There's probably some oxidization going on here, as the metalic note was definitely out place and made it rather challenging. The leather flavor clashed with the rest of the flavor profile, and it was definitely more alcoholic than it needed to be at this ABV. There were a few good things going on, but not enough to cancel out the problems. Glad to have tried it, but won't need to re-visit. Let's hope the barreled version is better. Thanks again desp59!

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGB
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Silhouette (Unbarreled) from Lift Bridge Brewery
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