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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
91
outstanding

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
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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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-31-2014 00:38:50 | More by 22Blue
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-27-2014 01:55:11 | More by Ristaccia
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 22:54:20 | More by PPOmaha
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Rope

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 14:08:21 | More by Rope
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-21-2013 16:35:43 | More by JEdmund
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theminutemen

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2013 22:01:15 | More by theminutemen
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goates

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-07-2013 18:36:59 | More by goates
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2013 18:31:39 | More by bsuedekum
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jrenn

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-26-2013 17:45:00 | More by jrenn
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-18-2013 15:48:17 | More by Thorpe429
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2013 03:45:09 | More by oline73
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-13-2013 21:56:53 | More by spycow
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2013 02:56:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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acelin

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 06:44:57 | More by acelin
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-25-2012 16:56:12 | More by sammo
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-30-2012 06:50:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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RWNewhouse

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

01-20-2012 22:36:28 | More by RWNewhouse
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 23:15:52 | More by tmoneyba
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billshmeinke

California

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: growler

06-28-2011 01:31:40 | More by billshmeinke
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 13:56:38 | More by kbutler1
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2010 05:43:42 | More by Mora2000
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2010 14:23:32 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2010 19:58:10 | More by MasterSki
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tpd975

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:33:52 | More by tpd975
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several samples at Great Taste of the Midwest 2009. Vintage 2005.

A-Deep black with the faintest touches of burgandy along the edges. A thin dark tan head disappates to a whispy veil of foam.

S-Rich and robust aroma of dark roast, dark chocolate and coffee with undertones of dark fruit in the form of prunes, raisin and even a touch of tart cherries. Bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and a touch of turbinado in the background.

T-Rich and robust flavours erupt onto the palate with a roasted, creamy, tart and dry explosion of flavours. All of the expected flavours in the aroma profile come through with the additional pressence of earthy bitterness, oak astringency and a touch of alcohol heat in the finish.

M-Medium-heavy bodied with a luscious smoothness and a nice drying finsih. Good lingering flavours.

D-This one was locked on my radar to try as it is a rare beast to obtain. I believe they have made this brew but once so.... Nice for them to haul a keg along to GToM to give the masses an opportunity to try. As good as, if not better, than I hoped it would be. LOTS of complex flavours without going overboard with the barrel againg. I am sure that the 4+ years of mellowing has aided this brew greatly. Great job Free State, Brother Epp would be proud!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 06:16:09 | More by Deuane
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