Ironman Imperial Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Thorpe429
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short receding head. The nose has pretty heavy roast along with faint notes of chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and just a touch ashy. Fairly bitter as well, though in a way that doesn’t quite work with the stout. Medium body. Not a huge fan of this one; I’d much prefer Backus if I could get it.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark, near black. No head as I pour it. Some bubbles well up after I finish pour into a very brief head. Some then cling to the inside of the glass, but everything else is gone.

Smell - Aggressive roast and a grassy hop aroma. Caramel and sugars behind.

Taste - I expect it to be much more flavorful. It comes off as kinda dull at first. Just some caramel and a bit of roastiness. The intense burnt malt flavor kicks in very quickly, though. Some sweetness remains behind it. Builds into a bitter and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Very bitter. Aggressive and a little difficult to drink.

Overall - It's a strange concoction of pleasant and unpleasant flavors. Seems like it would be pretty good from the nose, but nothing seems to come together coherently in the flavor.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArkyPalmer
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with roasted malt is dominant. Taste is also quite dry with some coffee notes with roasted malt with light bitter black chocolate notes. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a middle of the road offering with quite dry aftertaste that is veering into astringency.

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3.31/5  rDev -12%
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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3.32/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Black color. Only 1/3 of a finger of creamy light brown head formed.

3.5 S: Moderately high roastiness, molasses, caramel, and light coffee. Pronounced hoppiness featuring citrusy orange and flowery earthiness.

3.5 T: Moderately roasty. Molasses, caramel, and coffee in that order. Fairly dry overall. Higher potency bitterness coming mainly from the hops. Citrus and earthy hop flavor.

3.0 M: Medium body. Moderate, though bity, carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of hoppy stouts and this is one. The mouthfeel is also pretty mediocre.

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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting here on the last night of a week-long Christmas break (like high school all over again), watching Empire Strikes Back for the thousandth time, warming on this Impy Stout - that's a good way to spend an evening.

Deep, dark and nearly black - sandy head dies down from a finger to nearly nothing.

Big-time roasty - toasted char, black coffee, licorice. Nice and deep, but not a hint of hoppiness for balance.

Similar roastiness carries through to the nose, but also with some burnt matches, tobacco and hoppy vegetation, especially to close - it then lingers and even proliferates long afterwards. Nearly like noshing on dark tobacco leaves.

Was hoping for creaminess to help accentuate the depth. Instead, it's perky, carbonated, popping the vegetation on the tongue.

It's plenty tasty, but I was expecting something more well-developed, balanced.

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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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