Ironman Imperial Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

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Ironman Imperial StoutIronman Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Stout brewed to an Original gravity of 19.5 °P using 10 different types of malt, which combined, weigh 1,465 lbs. That works out to 3.4 lbs per gallon of finished beer or almost 4/10ths of a pound in every glass. The dark malts give a roasty flavor and dark color, caramel malts add sweetness and a full body. Three different hop varieties also add their own complexity (and about 78 IBUs). The bittering hop is Magnum. The early aromatic hops are Northern Brewer. The later aromatic Centennial. The final hop addition is a dry hop with a generous dose of Mt. Hood hops for a fine aroma The Ironman is named for one of our favorite regular customers, Walt Hull, who is a local blacksmith.

78 IBU

Added by marc77 on 10-18-2003

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: deep black with a few bubbles giving way to a thin tan head

Smell: big roasty malts with a hint of coffee, definitely more hoppy than I expected.

Taste: roasty malts with a touch of bitter chocolate and very faint coffee, hops are barely perceptible

Feel: pretty smooth, decent carbonation, hides it's abv well

Overall: very solid old school stout, definitely think it should be rated a bit higher, it's not flashy but it's still pretty dang good, would be interesting to age one for a couple years

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Forged from the darkest malts and made for the most burly of the working class, the imperial stout of Free State is just as gentlemanly as it is rugged.

As black as wrought iron, the robust beer pours like black coffee but the viscosity more like molasses. Its nose is chocked full of malt complexities, continuing those molasses impressions but also raising the level of roast, earth, sweetness and savoriness. Initial flavors coat the tongue with blackstrap molasses, turkish coffee, black walnut and cocoa.

As the stout rolls across the middle palate, the malts begin to dry slightly and allowing the roasted char, light smoke and powdery ash flavors to command the taste. Baker's chocolate, strong roasted coffee and an overall soilish earthiness comes along with the toasted remnants of caramel and toffee. Spicy, bitter and mineral heavy, the beer's finish is sharp and woodsy to balance the residual maltiness.

Full in body, the beer's robust demeanor never beats the sweetness over the tastebuds. Its roasted character trends dry and arid like the character of campfire. And like its namesake, the beer's high mineral impressions leave a taste of iron on the finish that flows along with a deep aftertaste of espresso and smoldering embers.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Great head retention with a huge splattering of lacing left behind. Aroma is biscuit, bready, toasted, and nutty malts. It doesn't smell very dense, just lots of malts. Flavor profile is toasted, bready, nutty malts. It drinks more like a robust, dark brown ale or dry stout than an imperial stout. Mouth feel is medium in thickness and smooth. Overall, while malty and filling, it resides more on the smaller side of the imperial stout spectrum. Still plenty of malt and flavor for most. The subdued flavor profile combined with the thinner feel, may be more enjoyable after 70.3 miles of swimming, cycling, and running. Alone, it feels a little thin.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with brown and red highlights and a fluffy two finger mocha head. Aroma is dark fruit, and very light coffee. Taste follows with dark fruit and very light coffee/chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, with a very drying quality. Overall, this is a rather average imperial stout from a brewery that is pretty hit or miss for me.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rwhitmore
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Free State is my hometown brewery, so I'm biased. Pours a deep dark black with a moderate but sticky head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate with some dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. The taste is rich and smooth with the coffee up front. Very easy to drink, full bodied and immensely satisfying.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola coloured body, half finger white head, no retention or lacing. Smells of dark fruit, a bit of sherry, mild chocolate, minimal roast, a bit of coffee, and a bit of smoke. Nothing special, a bit hefty on the dark fruit. Flavour is perhaps a bit oxidized but not too badly so; a fair amount of dark fruit, not much else. A bit of chocolate and tobacco, with an earthy hop sting on the backend. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, lower in carbonation, a bit of tobacco and earthy bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vande
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz., bottled 11/2014: this beer currently has about 10 months age on it. Pours a very dark brown color, with a beige head. Strong aroma with a lot going on: I get dark fruits, malts, alcohol. Light to medium mouth-feel. The taste is not as strong as the aroma but still has the strong malty, and slightly chocolaty, flavor typical for an imperial stout, with a bitter bite on the finish.

I really like the color and the aroma, but I was a little disappointed in how light the flavor and mouth-feel was. I found I didn't like it as much as it warmed, which is a little unusual for a higher-gravity beer. Still, a solid imperial stout, and I am interested in seeing how it continues to age.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. dry chocolate stout w/ slight sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Low carb.

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Photo of mlockman
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to @treebute for this beer! Slick mouthfeel that becomes creamy when agitated, this beer has some serious legs. Slight dankness to the aroma, moderately hop-forward on the palate. A mild dark-chocolate sweetness at first sip transitions to delicious roastiness and finishes clean.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark black brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malt, black licorice and a little fruit.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, black licorice and some dark fruit and an ashy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice imperial stout.

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Photo of ArkyPalmer
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of boogerisu
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 10Crumra
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with an uninspiring, thin head. Moderate lacing.
Smells nice. Roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate.
Caramel and chocolate flavors. Sweet fruitiness.. A bit thin for the style but a pleasant sticky afterfeel.
Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I would definitely drink this again. I wish the taste was as rich as the aroma.

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Photo of wapcap
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of arc3636
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
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