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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ironman Imperial StoutIronman Imperial Stout

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: marc77 on 10-18-2003

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
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 111
Reviews by nomad:
Photo of nomad
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see Free State bottle one of their heavier beers, as so far they've stuck to beers below 7% or so, and I've had a couple great stouts and barleywines there.

Ugh. So sad to have a smooth but thinner and demurely malty imperial that feels more like a foreign extra stout at best, and packs just as much hop punch.

I'm a lay a few of these up for a few and see what happens come mid-summer. Its got a sturdy dark malt bill and hopping, so we'll see where this goes. (2-1-12)

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark black brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malt, black licorice and a little fruit.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, black licorice and some dark fruit and an ashy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice imperial stout.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and impenetrable to light with a khaki colored head with moderate lacing. Aroma is subtle,but I detect bitter roasted barley and coffee notes. In the front of the palate there is sweet plum and raisin and the back is bitter roasted barley. It's back to sweet plum and raisin in the fade. The mouth is a tad oily and chewy.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bigheadwillie
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Meyertj
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mlockman
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to @treebute for this beer! Slick mouthfeel that becomes creamy when agitated, this beer has some serious legs. Slight dankness to the aroma, moderately hop-forward on the palate. A mild dark-chocolate sweetness at first sip transitions to delicious roastiness and finishes clean.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 don’t 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 isn’t 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 wouldn’t call this offering world class or anything but it is a very fine brew. It has Rogue Shakespeare Stout’s 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.

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2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.32/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz., bottled 11/2014: this beer currently has about 10 months age on it. Pours a very dark brown color, with a beige head. Strong aroma with a lot going on: I get dark fruits, malts, alcohol. Light to medium mouth-feel. The taste is not as strong as the aroma but still has the strong malty, and slightly chocolaty, flavor typical for an imperial stout, with a bitter bite on the finish.

I really like the color and the aroma, but I was a little disappointed in how light the flavor and mouth-feel was. I found I didn't like it as much as it warmed, which is a little unusual for a higher-gravity beer. Still, a solid imperial stout, and I am interested in seeing how it continues to age.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ivan52
3.44/5  rDev -8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.