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Owd Mac's Imperial Stout - Free State Brewing Co.

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Owd Mac's Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 40
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This very special beer was brewed as a double strength imperial stout with an original gravity of 27.5P/ 1118. The hopping level is very hard to define. Though there are enough hops to achieve 100 IBUs in a smaller beer, this beer still has a distinct sweetness due to a high percentage of unfermentable sugars. After fermentation, this beer is aged in old whiskey barrels from the McCormick's bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Mac's ("owd" being a British regional colloquialism for old).

(Beer added by: marc77 on 01-26-2003)
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: caramel, vanilla, and barrel. Think caramel ice cream or caramel corn. No DMS, light diacetyl. Not a ton of roast is evident.

Appearance: dark brown with red copper highlights. Low off white head that dissipates quickly. No legs.

Taste: Burnt caramel and tannins, but pleasant. Vanilla and cream. Not much hop flavor. No DMS, no diacetyl. Roast is there in the finish not up front.

Mouthfeel: medium high body very creamy which adds significantly to the overall quality of this thing. Like a tiny bit lighter bcbs. Finish is med dry.

Overall: pretty damn good on tap, at least the 2013 version. Barrel/whiskey is balanced very well.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a '04 bottled by special request from Sam, who generously shared some Dark Lord Day.

Appearance-
Good dark black pour, with a copper yellow head.

Smell-
Raisins and plums, followed with the crispness of the stout.

Taste-
Definitely preserved fruits, plums of front and then raisins toward the end. There is a slight peppercorn to the whole deal as well.

Mouthfeel-
Thinner than I was expecting, not sure if it was due to age. The carbonation held up well though.

Overall-
Very pleased to try this one, and it did not disappoint.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a mild layer of off white head that doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Roasted malt sweetness up front with some dark fruit, caramel, and a dark chocolate note.

Taste: More roast here than there was in the smell. You can taste the sugar here along with a dark fruit notes from the barrel. There is a strong bitter presence from the roast that reminds me of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with lots of tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the roasted malt/dark chocolate notes but I would say that the beer was only alright. I'd have it again.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GT2 for sharing this growler. The beer is brown and mildly hazy with a small head. The aroma offers leather, tobacco, malt, booze. Decent flavor. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A pretty tasty brew, though certainly a departure from the norm for the style. Not as good as I was hoping. Would like to try another batch of this, as I heard this is usually better.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, on tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark, dark squid ink black, but more amber-dark brown when held to the light along the edges. Medium tan head that leaves huge lacing.

The nose is hit with roasted barley, bourbon, spice, alcohol, and more alcohol.

This brew could do better in the taste department, but some amazing elements come through. I much prefer the normal Iron Man Stout. This barrel aged stout has far too much bourbon coming through, not enough malt, and far too much oaky-booze character.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick, syrupy. Just great. Carbonation is spot on.

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Owd Mac's Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.