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Iron Rat Imperial Stout - Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Iron Rat Imperial Stout
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87
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2005)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with auburn highlights. Faint lacing. Above-average carbonation. In a word, roasty and chocolate. Coffee not overwhelming. Fine to drink though basic for the style, as most of their lineup is. ABV of 7.8%
Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 04:42:43 | More by Sammy
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-03-2014 20:44:55 | More by mdfb79
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap from a cask at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer is jet black, with a dense, chunky, milk chocolate colored head. The nose is like a dark chocolate milkshake, with slight vanilla notes, also. Very creamy and smooth bodied, with heavy vanilla flavors, cocoa nib highlights, and slight boozey tones. Excellent balance amongst some heavy flavors. Aftertaste is very bittersweet chocolate, and slight toasting. The finish is dry and mouth puckering with coffee and dark chocolate characteristics. Great winter warmer.

Serving type: cask

06-11-2011 03:21:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

03-04-2013 03:08:14 | More by WoodBrew
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tpd975

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a huge 3 finger head. The retention was wonderful and lacing was nice as well.

S: Nice cocoa aromas with hints of dark fruit. A splash of coffee makes an appearence as does just a dash of hops.

T: Nice solid brew. Somewhat thick with a nice blast of chocolate. Dark fruits make their prescense in the middle with a bit of sweet malt in the finish.

M: Full bodied brew with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 17:55:12 | More by tpd975
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argock

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Dark brown brew with thin tan head betraying the higher-than-average alcohol content. Minimal if any lace.

S: Thick chocolate and dark fruit aromas with minimal hops contribution.

T: Thick, sweet, and slightly syrupy with more spiced character than I expected from the nose. The dark fruits like plum and currant are more noticeable and cut with a less sweet/more bitter chocolate flavor.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel is a little off-putting. Pretty smooth otherwise. Alcohol presence is medium-to-high.

D: Not bad but a little too sweet and syrupy with less bitterness than I look for in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 06:06:09 | More by argock
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-11-2013 02:04:48 | More by Arsenal0328
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-10-2012 18:44:13 | More by mctizzz
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%

11-26-2011 19:19:12 | More by doucmehu
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-19-2012 17:21:10 | More by tfsimpkins
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Bartos

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

02-05-2014 14:57:40 | More by Bartos
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -24.2%

03-20-2014 17:37:03 | More by BuckTuckian
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Jredner

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of chocolate in the aroma and almost has a gooey, not quite all the way baked, brownies smell. Some bitter notes in there as well. Deep black with a tight mocha head that stays for the whole beer. More chocolate malt in the fore with just the right alcohol coming over the top. Some mild nutty notes. Finish is creamy and bitter. Definitely a lower key Imperial abv wise, but the flavor is very good, almost delicate, though still quite thick in body.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2006 16:03:19 | More by Jredner
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sendsilk

Florida

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-14-2011 23:46:13 | More by sendsilk
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brbrocc

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

11-02-2013 18:21:16 | More by brbrocc
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delta490

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-an really deep deep brown. Hardly any light gets through. A big mocha head doesn't last long but does leave nice lacing

S- not much but some mild roast notes. Definitely the low point.

T- it's all here. Big roast coffee notes and nice sweetness. The 10% abv is barely noticed but adds a nice depth to the flavor.

M- nice and smooth. Very good

O- a really good imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 18:21:11 | More by delta490
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jkd03c

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-22-2013 18:26:16 | More by jkd03c
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MikalMick

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-07-2012 04:30:47 | More by MikalMick
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently a stronger version of the brewpub's normal Iron Rat Stout (which the brewpub uses in ice cream floats. Give it a try). I'm a big fan of imperial stouts, and this is probably my favorite of the style.

Thick and hearty, with a high AVB (only the Moosekiller had higher on the menu that day). What's really unique about this one though, is it's a bit sweeter than you might expect from a stout. Very nice touch, though something that many others may not like.

The pub puts the normal Iron Rat on t-shirts for a reason. Give the souped up one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2005 19:28:20 | More by SetarconeX
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whatsgoody

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-22-2013 04:55:57 | More by whatsgoody
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-22-2014 01:40:22 | More by IPAdams
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MillRat

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An opaque black brew with a dark brown head that leaves plenty of lace behind. Aroma of rich dark malt with chocolate-covered cherries and apricots. Thick roasted barley and hop bitterness balanced well by the narly syrupy malt sweetness and fruit flavors. mouthfeel bordering on chewy. A fine warming brew on a coolish winter evening in Tampa.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 22:58:08 | More by MillRat
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Schwantz

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

04-07-2013 19:43:19 | More by Schwantz
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.2% ABV. Pours a very dark brown. Almost opaque. Nice big tan head on top. Served plenty chilled. Good creamy lacing sticks to glass the whole way down.

It's hard to pick out much of a nose here in the resturaunt, I'm saturated in oyster smell, but it smells like dark malt and chocolate. Maybe a little coffee. Not much mouthfeel.

Good basic stout. Plenty drinkable. Nothing special, but it is tasty on this rainy afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 23:07:03 | More by blivingston1985
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SDean82

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-28-2013 21:27:52 | More by SDean82
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Iron Rat Imperial Stout from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.