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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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83
good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of CowsandBeer
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.

CowsandBeer, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MarkyMOD, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JamesStreet, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
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.

zeledonia, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of swaghawk
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

swaghawk, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of lernerlift
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

lernerlift, May 08, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jheezee, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev +8.7%

LambicPentameter, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ldhughes3, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
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!

facundoCNB, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zrab11, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Chuck_25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Chuck_25, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of sprucetip
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%

Part of a "mystery case" from Goebel Liquor (Rob's world of beer) in Wichita. A good looker. It's black and has plenty of dense, tan foam, with good retention and thick lacing.

Smells of caramel and roast, with some modest boozy heat. It also emanates the essence of gooey green hops, even if I can't quite put a finger, or nostril, on anything more specifically hoppy

The same elements are present in the tastes as in the nose, which is good. But there is also some black patent, and more than there should be, for my taste buds. This detracts a bit. But the caramel and associated sweetness hold their own, and help achieve good balance and some modest complexity. The black patent leaves some bitterness on the back end.

Well carbonated, full body with somewhat creamy texture, gentle warming, but a somewhat harsh, bitter finish resulting from the black patent.

Pretty good, but certainly not elite. I'd back off the black patent, in case I had not made that clear. I learned that lesson with one of my early stouts. A little goes a long way. But I really like the use of caramel in the recipe, and it saves this beer from the black patent.

sprucetip, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of goates
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

goates, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Thirstygoat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Thirstygoat, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of mdcrouser
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

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 Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of acelin
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.

acelin, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of russpowell
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...

russpowell, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of UnkleFester
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.

UnkleFester, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Hellpop65, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of 59rockabilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

59rockabilly, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of seth72104
3/5  rDev -18.5%

seth72104, Nov 10, 2012
Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.