Six Killer Stout | Ironfire Brewing Company

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Six Killer StoutSix Killer Stout

Brewed by:
Ironfire Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Six Killer Stout is not for the faint of heart. Six malts, six hop varieties, six ingredients—it’s a triple threat. Brewed in the style of a traditional stout with 100 percent Arabica Hazelnut coffee beans to get your clips spinning. Feeling strong? Step up to Six Killer and see who's boss!

Added by mactrail on 12-03-2012

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of dwagner003
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a fantastic aroma of coffee, vanilla and cocoa. The taste is a bit thin (it is only 6%), but it's still pretty solid. I think an imperial version of this would be amazing.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reema
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz can into a pint glass

Pours an absolute pitch black, with crimson brown colors edges that light barely permeates through. Smell is of intense coffee, hops, slight nuttiness, roast, a subtle smokiness, along with an underlying dark chocolate scent. This smells like a straight up good coffee. Taste reflects the smell. Initial black coffee and hops bitterness intermingle, dark chocolate and nuttiness show themselves throughout the drink, aftertaste is slightly hoppy slightly coffee. Feel is thick, almost chewy. Surprised that this is 6%. Overall, this is a great coffee stout that has really intense coffee flavors that make this a winner in my book. (Slightly biased since I love a good cup of black coffee.)

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Photo of 2GOOFY
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jasonth123
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours pitch black with a small foamy khaki colored head that retains decently. Smell is if straight hazelnut, the most hazelnut I've ever smelled in a beer. Underlying chocolate and smoky malt. Taste follows the nose with a burst of hazelnut coffee, followed by notes of chocolate, char & roasted grains, a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and foamy. Certainly a winner for anyone that likes hazelnut flavored coffee.

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Photo of Victor
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VonMisfit
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle design is about the only thing this stout has got going for it. Bitter, sour and thin. Possibly overloaded with coffee. I was not impressed on any level.

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3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Dark deep color. Rich deep Amber head. Sweet scent. Sweet on the mouth and coffee on the finish. Not too much. Rich deep beer. Try it.

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six Killer Stout is brewed with coffee and, sure enough, is a dead-ringer for the stuff; like your average cup of Joe this is black, inky-looking and, for the most part, flat (allowing for a little bit of brownish foam and the odd bubble, naturally). The fact it concedes not a single highlight even held directly to the bulb says something...

Here's a bouquet that will wake you up. Each sniff opens your eyes wider and wider. Instant rejuvenation. Obvious gianduja and cappuccino smells aside, this aroma strongly resembles roasted peanut skins and is chockablock with milk chocolate and peanut butter flavour. Frankly, it smells like an old-fashioned chocolate malt shake.

Despite a fantastic aroma, the taste is truly an epiphany. Turns out arabica hazelnut beans offer a flavour that's milky, malty, and mildly chocolaty with a brief but intense jolt of roasted coffee and a lasting, notably nutty aftertaste as well as a small teaspoon of cinnamon. If I could get the recipe in powdered form and mix it with hot water I would.

Coffee stouts tend to be divisive - recipes either include too much or too little coffee depending on who's drinking them. This one, however, should please all parties; there's plenty of steeped, roasted bean astringency but also a chocolaty, fairly sweet lactose-like chaser on the finish. Everybody's happy!

Six Killer Stout is deadly stuff - it offers the depth and richness of an Imperial Stout but the irresistible, easy drinkability of a dry stout. I don't know what kind of beer Ironfield was turning out prior to 2014 but, as this bottle strongly suggests, they've really turned things around since then. This one hit the bulls-eye so far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of tikk
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Furlinator
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard coffee stout.

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Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just like modern times black house

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, and hazelnut coffee with cream aromas. Taste is much the same with char, earth, cocoa powder, hazelnut coffee, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop 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 with a strong hazelnut coffee taste, but there are also some earthy hop flavors that I am getting as well.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well done, Vicious Disposition is still my favorite but this beer rocked it!

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Photo of Brolo75
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Pitch black, creamy brown head that dissipated pretty fast, nice lacing on glass, looks a little thin and watery, not bad.

A: Big hazelnut coffee aromas, roasted malts, not picking up any alcohol on the nose, smells really good.

T: Really bitter, coffee, hazelnut, finishes really dry, coffee overwhelms the beer's other flavors, and does not allow for the beer to be complex, coffee is just overpowering not good.

M: Really thin, I'm talking coffee thin. No creamy smoothness, just a really thin dry finish, not pleasant at all. There's a coffee powder feeling left in the mouth just like I ate a spoonful of instant coffee.

O: From the aroma, this beer smelled really promising but the coffee overpowers the other expected flavors in the beer, this turns out tasting like a cold cup of coffee with alcohol, thin watery mouthfeel, needs to be balanced. I wish it had more roasted malt, chocolate qualities and this would be really good.

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Photo of Insptda
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Too roasty for my tastes. I like the dark beers and I appreciate coffee but too much when indulging on a night cap. A novelty for me.

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Photo of James_Cody
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells fantastic. Tastes thin and monotone. Coffee is there but subtle. Had it a few times now on tap and in bottle. Won't bother w it again.

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Photo of Stebow1289
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Nickgiraud
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Avila1
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Best Coffee Hazel nut in the Market

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Photo of johlac66
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque with a dark beige creamy head that settled to a cap, leaving dots and rings of lacing.
Roasted cocoa powder on the nose. Hint of hazelnut.
Taste follows with more hazelnut. A very pleasant roasty earthy bitter finish.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
A well done stout.

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Six Killer Stout from Ironfire Brewing Company
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