robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 Had on Tap at Fitgers in Duluth. As Beer Matrix said, very limited supply available...but God...what a wonderful beer!! Dark Coloring. Small Head. Roasts...Coffee.. Bitter Chocolate. The Bourbon is very evident... my girlfriend who dislikes beer thought this one was awesome. Very similiar to the Central Waters Bourbon Stout.. ...couldn’t have enough of this!! One of my favorite Minnesota beers!!
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great score from my secret Santa. Hand bottled into a 12 oz bottle with a generic Fitgers Brewhouse label on front and a handwritten label on back marking it as #3 of 5 bottels "carefully handbottled" by Charles Darwin. (Could it be?...hmmm...??????) Practically no head. Just a few swirls of bubbles on top. Aromas were huge. Bourbon mostly, some chocolate, and molassas, dark wine, alcohol, and more bourbon. Flavors were strong in the bourbon too. The alcohol had some heat to it but I got used to that quickly. Flavors of chocolate and coffee backed up the bourbon and hints of cherries and current came through just as the bourbon made another appearence for the finish. Absolutely wonderful stuff. One of the best Impy Stouts I have ever had. Thanks so much Santa. I can’t wait for one more rating to put this guy in the top 5. CD, send out another one!
dreamflower (702) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fitgers in Duluth. A deeply nuanced dark beer. Its taste reminded me of chocolate and cherries. Among my favourites of all time.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from growler into a snifter, Edmund is revealed to be as black as pitch, with very little, and then, no head at all.
Aroma is intense, thick, impenetrable, with rich associations of maple, anise, carob, dates, port wine, sweet cherries, coffee, and above all, kentucky bourbon whiskey...huge, dense, wicked.
Extrordinarily massive impact on the palate as well, rich, full, and delicious...and surprisingly smooth! Cocoa beams brightest on the taste arena, as well as the whiskey and coffee flavors, dark rum, molasses and more. Remarkably mellow, for such an immensely bodied beer, awesomely easy to put past the lips (for the experienced stoutophile, that is). Resounds with powerful feeling, and echoes it’s impact throughout all the senses
Sweet, complex, slightly bitter, and impressively mellowing. By this I mean that the brew has power to ease the spirit and pacify the mind, uncoils tensions and allows an imbiber to lay back and luxuriate. This is a great one to end a stressful day with, and I will save the remainder of the growler for that very next occasion. I’m sure I’ll like it even better, then!
(edit: poured from a warmer temperature later on, there was a substantial, staying thin brown head, so I goosed the numbers a touch.)
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(HAND BOTTLE FROM HELLOMYNAMEIS.THANKS MAN!)black body with red highlights.small light brown rign around the glass for a head.very balanced aroma of oak,whiskey,chocolate brownies,and gram crackers.the flavor is much of the same with the vanilla and alcohol showing up a bit more.VERY well balanced and smooth with a medium mouthfeel.awesome brew.
phaleslu (7824) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! 2008 vintage, bottle 33/35. I guess this is the ’Edmund Fitzgerald’ beer for Fitgers but Great Lakes probably muscled them out of using the full name, even though Duluth is a lot closer to the site (yeah, I’ve been to the Split Rock Lighthouse). Anyway, this pours a deep, opaque brown color with a small tan head that fades. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, oak, and roasted malts. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits (plums, cherries, raspberries), molasses, caramel malts, and a little bit of ash. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich palate. The booze is mostly in the form of bourbon notes, and the burn has mellowed from this one for the most part. Awesome example of how bourbon barrel aging should be done, and the base beer must be pretty damn good here, as well. I have a very enthusiastic ’wow’ written in my notes for this one. Incredible beer.
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Winterfest 2013. This was one of my top wants at the fest as I have been looking to try this for a while. When that happens, the experience usually doesn’t live up to the hype, but not in this case. Wow, I thought this was amazing. Black pour with no head. Chocolate, vanilla, wood and of course bourbon in aroma and taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Served in a 10oz "Nonic" style pub glass - Extremely limited edition, one keg only and no growlers available for purchase, hell, the staff was not even offered samples, if they wanted to try it they had to buy it it at full price.
Solidly opaque deep, dark brown body, close enough to black its black. Finger high fluffy cocoa brown head sits briefly which resides slowly to a hazy skim and thickly placed globby sheets of lacing.
Straight up lovely nice whisky aromamtic nose. Great oaky twinge over the top. Behind each wiff sits some terrific notes of soft and dry bakers chocolate, quite thick and rich, lush to be sure, and some burnt caramel to boot. Yum!
Taste is full of all kinds of chocolate laced with bourbon, nice little burn and grab of bourbon oak barrel singe and sweetness. Especially towards the finish. Lots of boubon heat and oaky tinges. But the chocolateyness just keeps giving with a rich cake-like thickness and brownie soothness with a smooth roasty edge. Chocolatey-rific!
Feel is well heated and bourbony, round, creamy, thickly smooth body thats just about medium. Good warmth within and has a bit of spice to finish off the residual chocolate tones but most of it returns to stick like a fine dark chocolate.
One fine drinkin’ little Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, was aged for 6 months and showed. Perhaps a bit young yet, if it lasts any longer then a month this would be much more drinkable. Still, this was one fine example of what a boubon barrel can do to an already great beer. When I had it at Winterfest and they said it was going to be re-released as a Barrel aged, I was hyped, and now I’m glad I was able to try it. Great Stuff!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. Having tried Flossmoor Station’s Imperial Eclipse shortly before this one, I kept thinking how much better this was compared to the other. A great balance of chocolate, vanilla, roasted espresso, mocha cream with raisan and prune flavors. I imagine this is a great stout on its own, but bourbonizing it was the right move. Excellent stuff, I wish I had regular access to it.
kramer (5428) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz handbottled sample via CharlesDarwin, identical to the bottle consumed by fordest. Pours black as motor oil with a thin ring of brown head. Swirling the glass raises a thin covering. Lack of head due more from barrel aging and style more than lack of body I can only assume. Enormous aroma of bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, alcohol and dark chocolates. Flavor is a mix of charred oak, bourbon, soy sauce, black strap molassas, and alcohol. Finish is very warming with lingering vanilla, bourbon and a lighter note of soy. Of all, the charred oak definately stands out as the dominant characteristic with the bourbon close behind. Mouthfeel is oily and very thick with minimal to no carbonation. Very mouthcoating. A beer that is very deserving of this high rating. The bourbon and charred oak does dominate to a big extent and I can see why that might turn a few folks off, but I happen to enjoy bourbon alot. Many thanks to CharlesDarwin for offering this up for trade. He clearly did an excellent job with the handbottling.