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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight coffee, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasty notes. There is a touch of citrus and pine.

T - It tastes of dark chocolate, burnt molasses and strong roasted notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O - This is yet another great beer from Free State. They are particularly good at "big" beers.

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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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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body topped with a skimpy layer of tan-colored bubbles.

Smell: Earthy roasted malt aroma with a thin measure of dark chocolate trying to peak through. A few sprigs of spearmint and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Heavily roasted malts come across as quite earthy, almost soil-like. Mild dark chocolatey sweetness. Hint of mint. Earthy, herbal bitterness. Finishes roast and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just okay, not great.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Joplin Macadoodles

Pours ink black with much effevescence & 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & good head retention

S: Roastyness, dark fruit, a bit of leafy hops

T: Roasty grains, hints of licorice, smoke & iron & a bit of carob up front. Roastyness, dryness & a bit of vanilla as this warms, boozeyness as well. more smokeyness too.

MF: Chewy , thick, dry, subdued carbonation

A nice RIS, I liked this more than SN Narwhal, more finess (sic) & drinkability, but only by a little...

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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is dark brown with a long lasting beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers dark roast, malt. The flavor brings hints of coffee and finishes dry, with notes of bitter chocolates. While I wasn't blown away by this, I thought this was a decent beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a decent sized creamy tan head that displays moderate retention, and minimal lace. Aromas of earthy spicy minty hops atop a base of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a touch of ethanol to round things out. The taste is solid roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate with a huge earthy minty herbal hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet somewhat sticky and oily mouthfeel. This is an interesting imperial stout for sure. The late hop choices are certainly unconventional, but I kind of enjoyed this beer. The body might be a tad thin for an imperial but it doesn't distract me too much.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong roasted malt, alcohol, strong hops, pine, hint of chocolate, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of chocolate, strong roasted malt, alcohol, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of pine, and a hint of toffee. Overall, good body, little sharp, good aroma, and good appearance.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, ruby, black pour. Dark tan head was full, but looked a bit soapy and thin.
Plum, anise, dried hops, chocolate and coffee round out the nose. Not as powerful as it's looks might portray.
Dry stout, light on the chocolate and coffee. More of a weak plum taste. Nice bite to it, but that doesn't help it's smoothness. This is a solid RIS, but not a great one. If you want to try a FreeState beer, go with Copperhead.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of eawolff99
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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