Six Killer Stout | Ironfire Brewing Company

Six Killer StoutSix Killer Stout
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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
Reviews by notchucknorris:
Photo of notchucknorris
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Leaves some tiny spots of lace down the glass.

S: A really intense coffee aroma mixed with wet earth and a bit of vanilla. Cigarette ash, burnt wood and smoke malt in there as well. Love the coffee, but the smoke aroma feels a bit off because of all the smoke.

T: Again, I like the coffee aspect of this. It's dark, rich and heavily roasted. But there's a dirty, ashy taste that really kills this one. Tons of smoked malt and ashtray, along with burnt brownies just don't do it for me. I think the loyalty to the number 6 kind o hurt them in the mouthfeel department as well, as 6% just isn't enough to hold up these bold flavors. It's no drain pour and it does get better as it was up, but I won't be revisiting this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Avila1
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Best Coffee Hazel nut in the Market

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Photo of fox227
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's interesting doing this review "blind," not knowing the low average so far, but here it goes, from notes:

Poured into my Stone IPA stemmed pilsner glass, the liquid is jet black, topping with a sizable tan head formation with very small bubbles. Head and lacing persist throughout the consumption, and that's always a big positive for me.

Smell: strong hazelnuts, coffee, and milk chocolate, some sweet malt

Taste: follows the nose, with the hazelnuts and coffee being dominate; I detect some hop bitterness on the end but only when the beer had warmed significantly. I don't feel that any element is out of whack/balance.

Mouthfeel: full bodied for a six percent stout, and very smooth, except perhaps a touch of hop bitterness on the finish when the beer warmed.

Overall: this is a terrific flavored American Stout and I'm puzzled as to its low score thus far. Perhaps the recipe has been more dialed in by now? Not sure, but give it a shot.

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Photo of Stebow1289
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brolo75
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 AleHunter805
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cdean801
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of KineticKill
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Insptda
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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 FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of doedsredskap
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tikk
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ridglens
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bomber loaded into my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 09/06/13

A: Pours like coffee black with a light ruddy brown wash towards the edge of the glass. Thinner appearance with a creamy finger of oatmeal khaki froth that slowly subsides to a small film around the glass. Wavy stick coats the walls after sipping accompanied by some dotting here and there.

S: Aromas encompass dry roast coffee and darkly kilned malts with a subtle earthy hop presence. The nose carries on with more roasty charred beans and is a touch ashy. Otherwise somewhat clean but the hazelnut is not really discernible here. Decent coffee character with nothing terribly flawed or offensive.

T: The taste is very bitter and hits in a harsh way. Acrid table coffee combines with a seemingly high hop bitterness and its is just too aggressive and sharp on the palate. Has an earthy nuttiness but the ashy charcoal mixed with some cocoa powder and a dash of citrus really start to clash. Relatively light with no alcohol flavors coming through. This one is just not working for me. Too much going on without a bigger body to carry out.

M: Body is thin and a little watery. Which is fine in a table stout however this one gets a bit chalky and acrid with a drying finish.

D: Probably sounded good on paper but poorly executed. Too thin to stand up to all the robustness and hops packed in. Turns harsh on ya and not in a good way. Not something I would want to revisit.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 T_Hass
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BigBlueShep
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Black color with a slight head. I raise the glass to sniff-- cucumber and burnt cereal. I take a sip-- ow! who spilled Guiness in the ash tray? I taste the most amazing smoldering housefire flavor. But after I get hold of my taste buds again-- is it some kind of coffee dregs heated in the microwave with a dash of brake fluid?

There seems to be some sort of grain involved in this, but it's more like some kind of chemical process than a beer. Sharp, bitter, and harsh, like something used to swab the coffee urn at the AA meeting. My mouth can't seem to feel the mouthfeel for the burn of bitterness. The brewer claims hazelnut coffee is in here along with six hops and six malts. May they rest in peace.

So laughably undrinkable this would be a great subject for Candid Camera-- the sip, the double take, the shudder, then looking around for the prankster. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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Six Killer Stout from Ironfire Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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