Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +21.5%
Pours a thick black color with some brown on the edges. The head is short with a creamy cappuccino ice cream color that quickly settles into a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. The aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee could be a little stronger.
The taste follows the aroma, roasted malts and coffee lead to a chocolaty sweetness in the middle. The finish is fairly smooth with a touch of bitterness from both the earthy hops and the roasted malts. The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol (which most be around 9% or higher) is not noticed. Drinkabilty is high, but beware of the alcohol. My favorite imperial stout to drink fresh, no aging required on this one.
01-02-2008 02:19:37 | More by SafeAtFirst
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
4.3/5 rDev +16.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, best by May, week 4? This pours a pitch black color with a decent tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, hops and a little dark chocolate. The feel is great thick and creamy. Taste is good also, dark roasted malts, lots of hop bitterness, low alcohol burn and all around greatness.
02-29-2012 03:26:14 | More by DavidST
4.23/5 rDev +14.9%
This version is supposedly different than the tapped version, however, after reading my review from two almost three years ago, it's the same.
It is pitch black, with a small mocha head that doesn't fade too fast.
The nose detects very little. Hints of chocolate and molasses.
The flavor is largely chocolate, with mild roasted notes, including coffee and grain. A tangy hop bite hits right in the middle, serving as a great balance to this huge stout. A molasses aftertaste lingers on the tongue, along with the lighter touches of the hops.
The mouthfeel is creamy, thick, certainly as much as the on tap version.
I would suggest this beer, and although it's no Breakfast Stout a la Founder's, it's certainly better than competing Imp Stouts in the region.
12-06-2012 19:26:39 | More by acelin
4.14/5 rDev +12.5%
Sampling right now on 6/12/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Free State Beer' pilsner glass which I actually bought at their brewery/restaurant just 2 weekends back. Just something about drinking a brew from a brewery from one of their glasses. :)
Pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger foamy beige head that leaves a TON of lacing with each sip! Surprised for the amount of lacing actually! The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee with a hint of dark fruit like raisins. The taste has even more going on with the aroma as it has a ton of flavors which besides mentioned above with some semi-sweet chocolate with a slight bitter finish that doesn't last at all. Overall, a great Imperial Stout with perfect carbonation.
06-13-2014 02:01:57 | More by BeerWithMike
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
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
4/5 rDev +8.7%
12oz bottle bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip
A: Pours a deep black no light getting through on this one. Has just under a fingers worth of a light brown head that fades. Has a great lacing on it.
S: Right upfront there is dark chocolate, and coffee also detected some pine as well.
T: Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee and roasted malt that finishes out with a hop note.
M: It has a medium to heavy body that is quite smooth. Has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: An outstanding stout with a very nice hop balance. I like the beers that Free State puts out and this one is no exception.
11-26-2012 02:23:20 | More by UnkleFester
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of chocolate and roasty notes. There is a touch of citrus and pine.
T - It tastes of dark chocolate, burnt molasses and strong roasted notes.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied stout with a dry finish.
O - This is yet another great beer from Free State. They are particularly good at "big" beers.
07-18-2012 01:50:56 | More by zeff80
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
The beer is dark brown with a long lasting beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers dark roast, malt. The flavor brings hints of coffee and finishes dry, with notes of bitter chocolates. While I wasn't blown away by this, I thought this was a decent beer. Worth a try.
06-06-2012 15:40:24 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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!
04-12-2013 01:26:26 | More by facundoCNB
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
3.84/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-07-2013 03:48:58 | More by CowsandBeer
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
Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.