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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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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 38
Gots: 1 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

22Blue, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Ristaccia, Mar 27, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

PPOmaha, Mar 26, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Good dark black pour, with a copper yellow head.

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

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

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

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

Rope, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

JEdmund, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

theminutemen, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

goates, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bsuedekum, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jrenn, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

oline73, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 07, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

acelin, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

RWNewhouse, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet wood and dark malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 11, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -13%

From notes.

Pours pitch black no head. 2.5
Nose of sherry and port wine. Raisins and dried dates. Hints of whiskey and vanilla. 3.5
The taste is quite vinous. Tannins, woody, oak, chocolatey. Bourbon notes on the end. Lots of sherry oxidation. 3.5
Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Hot in the belly. 4
Quite drinkable and tasty. Oxidation is heavy but good. 4

billshmeinke, Jun 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with zero head, swirling generates a minimal tannish wisp. The aroma is very pronounced with notes of vanilla and chocolate with a slight soyness to it. Surprised I'm not really picking up too much of the barrel aromas. Starts off with a sweet nutiness, vanilla, and ends with a bitter dark chocolate roasted flavor that lingers slightly. The booze shows slightly. Decent beer though. As this warms caramel and dark fruit notes become slightly apparent.

kbutler1, Jan 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Huge thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this growler. This is rating No. 1700 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and no head. There are a few bubbles. The aroma is dominated by the chocolate and roasted malt - exactly as it should be.

The flavor is heavy on the chocolate. I also get some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There is little, if any alcohol detectable in the aroma or flavor, making this big stout extremely drinkable.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

An outstanding stout that definitely lived up to the hype. Thanks again Eric.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Alex for the growler of the 2005 version. Good lord that's a lot of stout to drink!

A - Pours black, tan head, not too much lacing and a very thin ring around the edge of the glass with some bubbles here and there.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and boozy alcohol.

T - This is one sweet stout! It's still easy to drink though due to the dark chocolate notes and roasted nuts/malts. It's not as bad as Black Tuesday, but it's def on the sweeter side.

M - Full bodied, rich & think, light carbonation.

D - I had a couple of small pours and then I was done with this one. It's good, but not stellar. Thanks again to Alex for hooking this up at our tasting, much appreciated.

Sean9689, Apr 14, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +7%

Big thanks to rlcnmeyer for getting this growler - not sure how you pulled it off, but it was much appreciated. 2005 vintage that was recently on-tap. Served in a Sierra Nevada pint-shaped taster glass.

A - A dime of tan foam dissipates to a thin ring and some light haze, leaving a few spots of lace. Black body with a lighter brown at the fringes.

S - Not sure of the ABV on this one, but it is boozy. American whiskey, dark fruits, smoke, chocolate, and a light touch of roasted malt. It's definitely sweeter than most - more akin to a barleywine in some ways. The booze is thankfully not the solvent kind.

T - The taste was shockingly mellow compared to the nose - perhaps the five years of age had something to do with that.. Lots of dark fruits, baker's chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, and some like smoke. The barrel-aging shows up most in the aftertaste, which is quite tannic. Reminds me of aged BCS, which is a good thing.

M - A touch watery for a big barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Well-hidden heat, smooth texture, low carbonation, and a very sticky finish.

D - Shockingly drinkable considering the style. At first, I was intimidated by the 64oz growler, but I had a good three or four pours of this one. Not as good as Old Backus, but still quite excellent in its own right.

MasterSki, Mar 21, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Hand bottle thanks to the king of hand bottles...gunhaver.

2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a bit flat looking shade of brown, small bubbles around the ring though. A bit leggy with no real lace.

S: Tons of rich dark fruit, chocolate, barrel, light booze.

T: The fruit is there in a big way. Raisin, and figs. Boozy with chocolate notes. Oak, whiskey, more chocolate dipped raisin. Molasses, light vanilla. Damn good. Boy has this baby held up well.

M: Very low carbonation, medium in body, tasty goodness.

D: Very good, awesomey goodness.

tpd975, Mar 19, 2010
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Owd Mac's Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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