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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

Ironman Imperial StoutIronman Imperial Stout

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%


Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Stout brewed to an Original gravity of 19.5 °P using 10 different types of malt, which combined, weigh 1,465 lbs. That works out to 3.4 lbs per gallon of finished beer or almost 4/10ths of a pound in every glass. The dark malts give a roasty flavor and dark color, caramel malts add sweetness and a full body. Three different hop varieties also add their own complexity (and about 78 IBUs). The bittering hop is Magnum. The early aromatic hops are Northern Brewer. The later aromatic Centennial. The final hop addition is a dry hop with a generous dose of Mt. Hood hops for a fine aroma The Ironman is named for one of our favorite regular customers, Walt Hull, who is a local blacksmith.

78 IBU

(Beer added by: marc77 on 10-18-2003)
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting here on the last night of a week-long Christmas break (like high school all over again), watching Empire Strikes Back for the thousandth time, warming on this Impy Stout - that's a good way to spend an evening.

Deep, dark and nearly black - sandy head dies down from a finger to nearly nothing.

Big-time roasty - toasted char, black coffee, licorice. Nice and deep, but not a hint of hoppiness for balance.

Similar roastiness carries through to the nose, but also with some burnt matches, tobacco and hoppy vegetation, especially to close - it then lingers and even proliferates long afterwards. Nearly like noshing on dark tobacco leaves.

Was hoping for creaminess to help accentuate the depth. Instead, it's perky, carbonated, popping the vegetation on the tongue.

It's plenty tasty, but I was expecting something more well-developed, balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:35:12 | More by mdcrouser
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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JSchock7

Kansas

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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a decent sized creamy tan head that displays moderate retention, and minimal lace. Aromas of earthy spicy minty hops atop a base of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of ethanol to round things out. The taste is solid roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate with a huge earthy minty herbal hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet somewhat sticky and oily mouthfeel. This is an interesting imperial stout for sure. The late hop choices are certainly unconventional, but I kind of enjoyed this beer. The body might be a tad thin for an imperial but it doesn't distract me too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:32:02 | More by johnnnniee
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Kansas

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Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-16-2013 16:44:41 | More by jaydoc
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Kansas

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Kansas

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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Old chicago old town Wichita.

A - It pours black, minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S - Dark fruit dominates, maybe due to the hops, but results in a muted raisin aroma.

T - Dark malts, raisin, some roastiness, NO coffee, hides ABV (but still at only 6.1).

MF - Thin, medium bodied, slightly sweet finish.

O - Can't call this an "imperial" at only 6.1 ABV! Is it the malts or the hops? Disappointing. Unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:03:20 | More by Sludgeman
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Mikevicgates

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

10-22-2013 04:00:00 | More by Mikevicgates
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JesseHoward

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I received this as an extra. The best by date is notched between September and October. This is my first review. My first craft beer I enjoyed was a malt heavy beer so I figured after years of reading reviews, I will review a style I love a lot: Imperial Stout.

A: Pours a very clean looking stout. Light tan head. Very dark body.

S: I keep smelling molasses cookies out of this beer. I love when a stout smells like this.

T: I like an imperial stout to be big a bold. This isn't watered down. I am getting tons of malt. As I start to finish the beer in roughly 10 minutes, I notice some oxidation possibly from the hops as it warms up. I could have an older bottle as stated and it is showing now. It is not distracting though.

M: I would call this a session Imperial stout. it has a body of a bigger/imperial stout. It coats my mouth like one. It is easily drinkable though.

O: I like this. It has a been a while where I drank an imperial stout relatively quick. It is a well balanced imperial stout. Nothing pops out though. It had a nice aroma and went down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:20:53 | More by JesseHoward
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4 pack purchased from Devlin's in Topeka, KS. Best by date of 06/12. Kept this one in the cellar to see what would happen. Poured into a snifter at fridge temp.

Appearance: Pours about a half finger of sand colored head. Some bubbles. Quickly recedes to a thin ring with a "film" in the center. Decent legs. Black as my culo. With a full snifter it looks like some kind of glass ink pot. Looks good for a stout.

Smell: First off, a very nice and mellow roastyness. Like a medium roast coffee. Also a nice sticky sweetness. Almost like a honey mead. A bar of dark chocolate and some stone fruits. Just the slightest hint of booze. What an inviting nose!

Taste: Roasted chocolate malts. A dark roast of coffee with some half and half and a kind of sweet, oxidized stone fruit. Ends on a bitter note. Good overall.

Mouthfeel: A dry and sticky mouthfeel. More heft in the body would surely be a plus. Low carbonation which I think works great with the beer. Warming in the throat but not hot at all.

Overall: At about a year and a half this beer has progressed nicely. I honestly thought I would be making a mistake for holding onto it for so long. The high point here is in the nose. Very mellow and sweet. The taste itself is just fine except for that lingering bitter hop note at the end. As has been mentioned, a heavier body would only make this beer even better. Overall, a sweet, low carbonation RIS. One to sip on in the the coming winter days.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:48:58 | More by CowsandBeer
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Phyl21ca

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with roasted malt is dominant. Taste is also quite dry with some coffee notes with roasted malt with light bitter black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a middle of the road offering with quite dry aftertaste that is veering into astringency.

Serving type: bottle

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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by around late July, if I'm reading the label right. Tasted 21 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, thick and viscous. Half-finger of medium-tan head, okay retention, pretty good lacing. Not bad.

Smell is the highlight. Rich and chocolatey, malty-sweet and full of roasty fruity stuff, doused in chocolate. Very nice, with both shallow and deep elements that I'm digging.

Taste is kinda mediocre. Semi-sweet, but lacking in depth, and dominated by a charred bitterness that I'm not really liking.

Feel is the low point. Slick in an oily way, and rather flat. Brings the whole thing down.

Not bad, reasonably flavorful, and with quite a nice smell, but there are much better readily-available imperial stouts out there. Taste is simple, body is relatively flat, and it's just not all that impressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:55:57 | More by zeledonia
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Alieniloquium

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2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark, near black. No head as I pour it. Some bubbles well up after I finish pour into a very brief head. Some then cling to the inside of the glass, but everything else is gone.

Smell - Aggressive roast and a grassy hop aroma. Caramel and sugars behind.

Taste - I expect it to be much more flavorful. It comes off as kinda dull at first. Just some caramel and a bit of roastiness. The intense burnt malt flavor kicks in very quickly, though. Some sweetness remains behind it. Builds into a bitter and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Very bitter. Aggressive and a little difficult to drink.

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Serving type: bottle

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ldhughes3

Louisiana

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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a black pour with 2 fingers of brown fluffy head which dissipated slowly and left some great lacing on the glass. smells of toasted grains, chocolate, oats, slight hint of grassy hops. a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, toasted grains, dirt-like bitterness yet still a very sweet beer. creamy silky smooth medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

a really nice heavy stout. not very comparable to other RIS due to its low alcohol content, but still a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:26:26 | More by facundoCNB
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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.