Iron Rat Imperial Stout | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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86
very good
43 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 12
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Dark brown brew with thin tan head betraying the higher-than-average alcohol content. Minimal if any lace.

S: Thick chocolate and dark fruit aromas with minimal hops contribution.

T: Thick, sweet, and slightly syrupy with more spiced character than I expected from the nose. The dark fruits like plum and currant are more noticeable and cut with a less sweet/more bitter chocolate flavor.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel is a little off-putting. Pretty smooth otherwise. Alcohol presence is medium-to-high.

D: Not bad but a little too sweet and syrupy with less bitterness than I look for in the style.

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Photo of Deltoro
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jkd03c
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jerid
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAdams
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MillRat
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An opaque black brew with a dark brown head that leaves plenty of lace behind. Aroma of rich dark malt with chocolate-covered cherries and apricots. Thick roasted barley and hop bitterness balanced well by the narly syrupy malt sweetness and fruit flavors. mouthfeel bordering on chewy. A fine warming brew on a coolish winter evening in Tampa.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.2% ABV. Pours a very dark brown. Almost opaque. Nice big tan head on top. Served plenty chilled. Good creamy lacing sticks to glass the whole way down.

It's hard to pick out much of a nose here in the resturaunt, I'm saturated in oyster smell, but it smells like dark malt and chocolate. Maybe a little coffee. Not much mouthfeel.

Good basic stout. Plenty drinkable. Nothing special, but it is tasty on this rainy afternoon.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with auburn highlights. Faint lacing. Above-average carbonation. In a word, roasty and chocolate. Coffee not overwhelming. Fine to drink though basic for the style, as most of their lineup is. ABV of 7.8%
Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Iron Rat Imperial Stout on tap at the brewpub. 10% listed.

Pours dark brown, essentially black, with a good tan head. Decent lacing,

Aroma: faint and mild for style, even after some warming. Smokey, dark roasted grains.

Flavor: Ample dark roasted grains with some burnt toast and char. More bittering hops than expected. Some sweetness too leaving a mild bitterness overall.

Feel: smooth and full, with only some of the alcohol showing. A bit syrupy.

O: a good RIS with well-hidden alcohol.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of whatsgoody
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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 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 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 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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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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