Iron Rat Imperial Stout | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2005

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 12
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of SetarconeX
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently a stronger version of the brewpub's normal Iron Rat Stout (which the brewpub uses in ice cream floats. Give it a try). I'm a big fan of imperial stouts, and this is probably my favorite of the style.

Thick and hearty, with a high AVB (only the Moosekiller had higher on the menu that day). What's really unique about this one though, is it's a bit sweeter than you might expect from a stout. Very nice touch, though something that many others may not like.

The pub puts the normal Iron Rat on t-shirts for a reason. Give the souped up one a try.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Jredner
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of chocolate in the aroma and almost has a gooey, not quite all the way baked, brownies smell. Some bitter notes in there as well. Deep black with a tight mocha head that stays for the whole beer. More chocolate malt in the fore with just the right alcohol coming over the top. Some mild nutty notes. Finish is creamy and bitter. Definitely a lower key Imperial abv wise, but the flavor is very good, almost delicate, though still quite thick in body.

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Photo of SDean82
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap from a cask at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co brewery in Ybor City. The beer is jet black, with a dense, chunky, milk chocolate colored head. The nose is like a dark chocolate milkshake, with slight vanilla notes, also. Very creamy and smooth bodied, with heavy vanilla flavors, cocoa nib highlights, and slight boozey tones. Excellent balance amongst some heavy flavors. Aftertaste is very bittersweet chocolate, and slight toasting. The finish is dry and mouth puckering with coffee and dark chocolate characteristics. Great winter warmer.

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Photo of delta490
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-an really deep deep brown. Hardly any light gets through. A big mocha head doesn't last long but does leave nice lacing

S- not much but some mild roast notes. Definitely the low point.

T- it's all here. Big roast coffee notes and nice sweetness. The 10% abv is barely noticed but adds a nice depth to the flavor.

M- nice and smooth. Very good

O- a really good imperial stout.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a huge 3 finger head. The retention was wonderful and lacing was nice as well.

S: Nice cocoa aromas with hints of dark fruit. A splash of coffee makes an appearence as does just a dash of hops.

T: Nice solid brew. Somewhat thick with a nice blast of chocolate. Dark fruits make their prescense in the middle with a bit of sweet malt in the finish.

M: Full bodied brew with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mthomp081
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of effzed
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Yummy great mouth feel but I love that engine oil consistency anyway!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle shared with a non-BA member. Sampled on 4/23/2016.

The pour is brown to near black with an off-white head.

I get this sort of chocolate or brownie character on the nose with no booze for 10% and a low hop profile.

The body is heavy.

The taste also has the same sort of cocoa or chocolate and bread flavor with a more noticeable alcohol burn at the finish.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An Imperial Stout now by the same name as their old version, though with nearly twice the ABV.

Creamy, dark tan head last forever, like frosting on a cake.
Smell is toasted malts and molasses.
Taste is malty, molasses, whiskey, wood, nuts. Well balanced.
ABV is immediately noticed because the body belies 10%. But before it hits your throat, you know there's a good bit of booze in there. Smooth with a dry finish, warming as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Iron Rat Imperial Stout from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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