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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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83
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
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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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-11-2013 00:12:19 | More by JamesStreet
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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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swaghawk

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

05-08-2013 12:16:13 | More by lernerlift
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-26-2013 00:10:33 | More by jheezee
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-23-2013 04:29:47 | More by LambicPentameter
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-14-2013 23:18:21 | More by ldhughes3
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:26:26 | More by facundoCNB
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zrab11

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-26-2013 23:45:48 | More by zrab11
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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2013 04:05:26 | More by Chuck_25
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:31:06 | More by sprucetip
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goates

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-19-2013 21:10:01 | More by Thirstygoat
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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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acelin

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 19:26:39 | More by acelin
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:35:04 | More by russpowell
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UnkleFester

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:23:20 | More by UnkleFester
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

11-23-2012 01:33:30 | More by Hellpop65
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59rockabilly

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-11-2012 21:23:55 | More by 59rockabilly
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seth72104

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 02:51:18 | More by bent
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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.