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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:58:13 | More by Thorpe429
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

11-23-2012 01:33:30 | More by Hellpop65
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:44:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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seth72104

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-10-2012 05:02:11 | More by seth72104
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

04-30-2014 02:33:12 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 17:18:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-05-2014 05:48:37 | More by Kurmaraja
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-26-2012 23:19:52 | More by drewone
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Theogre83

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-25-2013 19:09:20 | More by Theogre83
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marine1975

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-24-2012 11:03:42 | More by marine1975
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goates

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-07-2013 18:37:44 | More by goates
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:07:19 | More by DavoleBomb
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mdcrouser

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2008 23:23:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-13-2013 19:28:22 | More by swaghawk
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More_betterness

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-08-2014 00:23:27 | More by More_betterness
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Allurex

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-13-2013 06:14:41 | More by Allurex
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-26-2012 07:04:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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Punisher

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2013 23:11:53 | More by Punisher
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thufflife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-22-2014 16:17:54 | More by thufflife
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KShophead

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-03-2014 04:12:57 | More by KShophead
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-05-2014 20:05:46 | More by StaveHooks
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-28-2013 01:42:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.