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Ironman Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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83
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.03%
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

seth72104, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bent, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of bigheadwillie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

bigheadwillie, Oct 02, 2012
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 UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

drewone, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Coopersbeer, Aug 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

marine1975, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dubmax, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Huhzubendah, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ygtbsm94, May 26, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, best by May, week 4? This pours a pitch black color with a decent tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, hops and a little dark chocolate. The feel is great thick and creamy. Taste is good also, dark roasted malts, lots of hop bitterness, low alcohol burn and all around greatness.

DavidST, Feb 29, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An attractive looking stout with it’s creamy tan head. Leaves some nice lacing. Held up to the light, not seeing much ruby highlighting... Pretty dark stuff here.

Ten malts and four hops make up Ironman. The nose is relatively tame for an RIS. That’s not to say it’s not an inviting aroma--as it is--it’s just not a blast in the face like so many others are. Still, I like what I’m smelling: coffee, cocoa, char, booze.

Taste also comes in a little on the small side, but in no way does it feel thin. It’s just not a 10% RIS. Flavors harmonize as well as they can for a style that showcases strong roast qualities. Good mingling of roasty and sweet malts, followed by a tongue-drying hop bite in the finish. Body feels pretty light and airy and has a really nice texture to it.

I’ve had this a handful of times on tap and was never left wowed, so I didn’t buy this bottle expecting too much. I’m still not wowed, but I’m left with more appreciation. Free State can make a tasty beer in about any style they want, and that’s just what they’ve done with Ironman Imperial Stout. I’m glad they bottled it. Not sure I’d buy it again, but I’d definitely order it another time at the brewery, and I’d be really excited to see them bottle another RIS (Owd Mac’s maybe?).

JEdmund, Feb 26, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a deep reddish brown with a couple of fingers of tan head. Chocolate, roasted barley and fair amount of hops in the aroma. On the lighter side of the Imperial Stout spectrum. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. More roasted barley in the flavor and a good amount of hop bitterness. Dry malty finish with some chocolate. Nice to see this in bottles.

homebrewhawk, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see Free State bottle one of their heavier beers, as so far they've stuck to beers below 7% or so, and I've had a couple great stouts and barleywines there.

Ugh. So sad to have a smooth but thinner and demurely malty imperial that feels more like a foreign extra stout at best, and packs just as much hop punch.

I'm a lay a few of these up for a few and see what happens come mid-summer. Its got a sturdy dark malt bill and hopping, so we'll see where this goes. (2-1-12)

nomad, Feb 02, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery, served from a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with about 1.5" of khaki head, which has awesome retention and lacing. Very nice tight bubbles on the head. Great looking stout.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits, toasted coconut, baker's chocolate. Subtle, but some nice scents in there.

Taste: Roasted malts, baker's chocolate, toasted coconut. Again, subtle. Flavors don't pop out at you, but the taste is probably more flavorful than the nose.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Full bodied and extremely creamy. Almost like it was on nitro, but I'm pretty certain it wasn't. Awesome mouthfeel. Overall I liked it, but not as flavorful as many out there. Still, definitely worth a try.

zhanson88, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
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
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick black color with some brown on the edges. The head is short with a creamy cappuccino ice cream color that quickly settles into a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. The aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee could be a little stronger.

The taste follows the aroma, roasted malts and coffee lead to a chocolaty sweetness in the middle. The finish is fairly smooth with a touch of bitterness from both the earthy hops and the roasted malts. The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol (which most be around 9% or higher) is not noticed. Drinkabilty is high, but beware of the alcohol. My favorite imperial stout to drink fresh, no aging required on this one.

SafeAtFirst, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 don’t 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 isn’t 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 wouldn’t call this offering world class or anything but it is a very fine brew. It has Rogue Shakespeare Stout’s 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.

bditty187, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

marc77, Oct 18, 2003
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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.