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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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83
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Hellpop65, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Sludgeman
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Sludgeman, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of seth72104
3/5  rDev -18.7%

seth72104, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

TastyIsBeer, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Kurmaraja, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

drewone, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of thereal_adam
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

thereal_adam, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Theogre83
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of marine1975
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

marine1975, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of goates
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

goates, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of mdcrouser
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

mdcrouser, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

zeledonia, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body topped with a skimpy layer of tan-colored bubbles.

Smell: Earthy roasted malt aroma with a thin measure of dark chocolate trying to peak through. A few sprigs of spearmint and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Heavily roasted malts come across as quite earthy, almost soil-like. Mild dark chocolatey sweetness. Hint of mint. Earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes roast and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just okay, not great.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 12, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

swaghawk, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

More_betterness, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ygtbsm94, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Punisher, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

thufflife, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KShophead, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

StaveHooks, Apr 05, 2014
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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.