Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.
Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight coffee, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and drinkable.
08-28-2012 01:06:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
02-12-2008 23:23:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
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
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
A dark brown, ruby, black pour. Dark tan head was full, but looked a bit soapy and thin.
Plum, anise, dried hops, chocolate and coffee round out the nose. Not as powerful as it's looks might portray.
Dry stout, light on the chocolate and coffee. More of a weak plum taste. Nice bite to it, but that doesn't help it's smoothness. This is a solid RIS, but not a great one. If you want to try a FreeState beer, go with Copperhead.
12-27-2007 21:44:00 | More by Mebuzzard
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a decent sized creamy tan head that displays moderate retention, and minimal lace. Aromas of earthy spicy minty hops atop a base of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of ethanol to round things out. The taste is solid roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate with a huge earthy minty herbal hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet somewhat sticky and oily mouthfeel. This is an interesting imperial stout for sure. The late hop choices are certainly unconventional, but I kind of enjoyed this beer. The body might be a tad thin for an imperial but it doesn't distract me too much.
02-15-2014 01:32:02 | More by johnnnniee
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
4.33/5 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
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
4.1/5 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
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
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-11-2013 01:55:57 | More by zeledonia
District of Columbia
2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
10-23-2013 03:03:20 | More by Sludgeman
Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.