Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
12-31-2012 04:35:12 | More by mdcrouser
More User Reviews:
2.93/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
Overall - It's a strange concoction of pleasant and unpleasant flavors. Seems like it would be pretty good from the nose, but nothing seems to come together coherently in the flavor.
06-22-2013 01:44:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Picked this up at the Joplin Macadoodles
Pours ink black with much effevescence & 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & good head retention
S: Roastyness, dark fruit, a bit of leafy hops
T: Roasty grains, hints of licorice, smoke & iron & a bit of carob up front. Roastyness, dryness & a bit of vanilla as this warms, boozeyness as well. more smokeyness too.
MF: Chewy , thick, dry, subdued carbonation
A nice RIS, I liked this more than SN Narwhal, more finess (sic) & drinkability, but only by a little...
12-03-2012 05:35:04 | More by russpowell
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Think of this beer as a baby Owd Mac; that is high praise... they do allow growlers of this beer. I should have purchased one.
Black in hue, slightly ruby around the edges, still the liquid is fairly dense. It was served in a standard pint glass; this proves that Free State has relegated this Imperial Stout to second-class citizenship. I personally dont think a tumbler is fitting for the style, under any circumstance. The head was beige, soapy and about a finger in height. The foam faded to a bubbly cap, fairly quickly. There was spotty subsequent lacing. This beer is attractive but sold short, I never realize how much a glass can enhance the aura of a beer. The nose is roasty, espresso, black coffee with a hint of cream, dark fruits like cherries and chocolate dipped figs and raisins. There are some soft but noticeable piney/orange zest hops at the back. The alcohol is very restrained. Modest potency, I wish the aromas were stronger. Still, it is rich and rewarding. I found it to be inviting. Straightforward. I really like the palate, roasty with a rich and wide presentation of malt. I found the roast to be just sharp enough with just enough acidity. The hops come into play in the middle but this beer is really a showcase of malt. Chocolate powder, chocolate dipped dark fruits, cherries and raisins. This beer really isnt that chocolaty because there is a significant blast of roasted coffee beans, a shot of iced espresso. Very tasty. The finish is kind of raw, bitter, roasty with a dash of chocolate. Warming. The alcohol heat is in play but it is very restrained. The long roasted aftertaste is begging to be enjoyed with cake donuts or cheesecake. Medium-full in body, low carbonation but just lively enough to cut up the mouthfeel, very pleasant on the tongue. A tad more bulk would be nice. This Imperial Stout is very drinkable, dangerously so! I wouldnt call this offering world class or anything but it is a very fine brew. It has Rogue Shakespeare Stouts maltiness (not the hops) crossed with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. The end product is a very fine brew. Recommended, especially if you feel like sessioning with an Imperial Stout! Enjoyed at the brewpub in Lawrence, KS.
11-22-2004 14:24:03 | More by bditty187
3.25/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
08-16-2013 17:18:42 | More by Phyl21ca
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.0 A: Black color. Only 1/3 of a finger of creamy light brown head formed.
3.5 S: Moderately high roastiness, molasses, caramel, and light coffee. Pronounced hoppiness featuring citrusy orange and flowery earthiness.
3.5 T: Moderately roasty. Molasses, caramel, and coffee in that order. Fairly dry overall. Higher potency bitterness coming mainly from the hops. Citrus and earthy hop flavor.
3.0 M: Medium body. Moderate, though bity, carbonation. Lacking creaminess.
3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of hoppy stouts and this is one. The mouthfeel is also pretty mediocre.
09-10-2012 02:07:19 | More by DavoleBomb
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Virtually black, with clear garnet flashes when held to light. Thin, but persistent beige head leaves loose lace. Tepid tangerine citrus hop nose, along with dark hints of raisin and baker's chocolate in aroma. Understated, but clean aromawise. Dryish, cocoa dusted prune dominates in flavor, with mellow grapefruit hop flavor secondary. Buttery diacetyl undertone. Assertive hop bitterness quells residual sweetness, leaving it of a stately, date like nature. A touch lightly bodied overall, but with an agreeably soft, dextrin character. Finishes clean and lightly burnt, with hints of milk chocolate and delayed alcohol warmth as well. Ironman could a "session" imperial, due to its dangerous quaffability. Its roasted grain character is impressively smooth. Akin to a tamer Victory Storm King. OG: 1.077. 78 IBUs. They let me fill my growler with this for only a dollar extra! That'll be dinner.
10-18-2003 21:35:44 | More by marc77
3.86/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
10-14-2013 22:20:53 | More by JesseHoward
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is as black as an espresso bean with a mocha colored head that recedes at a decent pace. Chunks of film hang around before disappearing. Light lacing sticks to the glass until finally fading away.
The aroma is well-balanced between faint malt sweetness and a hop presence. Licorice is the main note with a strong smokey character.
The taste profile is extremely rich in the Bitterness Department: bitter roasted coffee beans, rich burnt malts, a bitter, hop tang in the finish. Very hoppy, this one.
The mouthfeel is actually quite silky and almost creamy considering the ABV.
Overall, for a beer brewed with 10 different kinds of malts, I get way too much hop presence in this.
10-13-2012 21:19:40 | More by JuicesFlowing
2.73/5 rDev -25.8%
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short receding head. The nose has pretty heavy roast along with faint notes of chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and just a touch ashy. Fairly bitter as well, though in a way that doesn’t quite work with the stout. Medium body. Not a huge fan of this one; I’d much prefer Backus if I could get it.
12-15-2012 18:58:13 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Sample from Growler.
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and I'm getting some pine in there. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and light caramel. Tasty.
Notes from 12/37/06
11-10-2008 01:38:06 | More by hopdog
Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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