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Last Rites | Ironfire Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ironfire Brewing Company
California, United States
ironfirebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
62
pDev:
5.93%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
32
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of edthehead
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dazedman
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, nothing but chocolate

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HOPTOMIC_BOMB for this 22 oz. bottle which has, inexplicably, been sitting in the fridge for a couple of months. Why? Chocolate? Bourbon? Stout? TRIPLE_CHOCOLATE? Split with my wife.

The pour is black & frightening. The slight head fizzes like Alka-Seltzer, & vanishes before I can even set the bottle down. I’ve had infected stouts that sounded just like that, & my wife could hear it ten feet away. Nose is all chocolate, no funk. That’s a fine sign, right there.

Last Rites reminds me that there needs to be some innovation in the candy industry. Bourbon Hershey’s? Gin Peppermint Patty? Oooh, Tequila Kit Kat. Back to the beer: this is pure chocolate, & the real thing, not the sickly sweet nonsense that brewers sometimes try to pass off as “chocolate”. Wonderful chocolate penetration is backed by a lovely kick of bourbon, vanilla leaning into white chocolate, heavy cream, with a surprisingly light touch of heat considering the 16% ABV. Smooth, thick, silky sipper. If one failed to see the ABV on the label, one might end up face down in the shag. And not in a good way.

Bloody hell. I have no idea why I traded for this beer, other than it I really wanted the Huna that the BOMB was offering up, &, well, chocolate. Glad I did. Excellent beer that is kicking at the glass ceiling of the elite.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.91/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Original_Gravity
4.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much chocolate and booze. This is very good, and flying way under the radar.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftFan5
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisTota
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as tar with a dark brown creamy head. Nose is very chocolate and roasted grains. Bourbon vanilla is medium assertive in the nose. Body is full, rich and creamy with light carbonation. Flavor profile makes this one - tons of chocolate and overwhelming bourbon tones and character - some may say too much - I say wonderfully balanced but you better like bourbon or you won't like this one. Rich bourbon finish. This is one for bourbon lovers for sure.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CDCNAM
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brayton
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head, minimum head retention, slight lacing, head was full and creamy, low carbonation, looks like motor oil.

A: Bourbon, toasted coconut, lots of chocolate, roasted malts, burnt oak, huge aromas, alcohol does come through pretty strong, bourbon bomb.

T: Bourbon, sweet chocolate, burnt vanilla and caramel, toasted oak, finish is bourbon and chocolate, hints of dark coffee, some heat from the alcohol but overall amazingly drinkable and smooth, very balanced.

M: Like drinking maple syrup, very thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, amazing mouthfeel.

O: Wow, very impressed, lots of flavors, tons of aroma, I don't think I've ever tasted a beer with such a high ABV that is so drinkable. This ranks up there with some of my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts, a new yearly purchase.

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Last Rites from Ironfire Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 62 ratings