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Ironman Imperial Stout | Free State Brewing Co.

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118 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#31,260
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
118
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 6/12/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Free State Beer' pilsner glass which I actually bought at their brewery/restaurant just 2 weekends back. Just something about drinking a brew from a brewery from one of their glasses. :)

Pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger foamy beige head that leaves a TON of lacing with each sip! Surprised for the amount of lacing actually! The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee with a hint of dark fruit like raisins. The taste has even more going on with the aroma as it has a ton of flavors which besides mentioned above with some semi-sweet chocolate with a slight bitter finish that doesn't last at all. Overall, a great Imperial Stout with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of More_betterness
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KShophead
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JSchock7
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Theogre83
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rereview on Feb 23, 2016

On tap at The Public during a Free State TTO.

Much better this time. Mouthfeel still thin.
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Bottle at Old chicago old town Wichita.

A - It pours black, minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S - Dark fruit dominates, maybe due to the hops, but results in a muted raisin aroma.

T - Dark malts, raisin, some roastiness, NO coffee, hides ABV (but still at only 6.1).

MF - Thin, medium bodied, slightly sweet finish.

O - Can't call this an "imperial" at only 6.1 ABV! Is it the malts or the hops? Disappointing. Unbalanced.

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Photo of Mikevicgates
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JesseHoward
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I received this as an extra. The best by date is notched between September and October. This is my first review. My first craft beer I enjoyed was a malt heavy beer so I figured after years of reading reviews, I will review a style I love a lot: Imperial Stout.

A: Pours a very clean looking stout. Light tan head. Very dark body.

S: I keep smelling molasses cookies out of this beer. I love when a stout smells like this.

T: I like an imperial stout to be big a bold. This isn't watered down. I am getting tons of malt. As I start to finish the beer in roughly 10 minutes, I notice some oxidation possibly from the hops as it warms up. I could have an older bottle as stated and it is showing now. It is not distracting though.

M: I would call this a session Imperial stout. it has a body of a bigger/imperial stout. It coats my mouth like one. It is easily drinkable though.

O: I like this. It has a been a while where I drank an imperial stout relatively quick. It is a well balanced imperial stout. Nothing pops out though. It had a nice aroma and went down smooth.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4 pack purchased from Devlin's in Topeka, KS. Best by date of 06/12. Kept this one in the cellar to see what would happen. Poured into a snifter at fridge temp.

Appearance: Pours about a half finger of sand colored head. Some bubbles. Quickly recedes to a thin ring with a "film" in the center. Decent legs. Black as my culo. With a full snifter it looks like some kind of glass ink pot. Looks good for a stout.

Smell: First off, a very nice and mellow roastyness. Like a medium roast coffee. Also a nice sticky sweetness. Almost like a honey mead. A bar of dark chocolate and some stone fruits. Just the slightest hint of booze. What an inviting nose!

Taste: Roasted chocolate malts. A dark roast of coffee with some half and half and a kind of sweet, oxidized stone fruit. Ends on a bitter note. Good overall.

Mouthfeel: A dry and sticky mouthfeel. More heft in the body would surely be a plus. Low carbonation which I think works great with the beer. Warming in the throat but not hot at all.

Overall: At about a year and a half this beer has progressed nicely. I honestly thought I would be making a mistake for holding onto it for so long. The high point here is in the nose. Very mellow and sweet. The taste itself is just fine except for that lingering bitter hop note at the end. As has been mentioned, a heavier body would only make this beer even better. Overall, a sweet, low carbonation RIS. One to sip on in the the coming winter days.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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 zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by around late July, if I'm reading the label right. Tasted 21 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, thick and viscous. Half-finger of medium-tan head, okay retention, pretty good lacing. Not bad.

Smell is the highlight. Rich and chocolatey, malty-sweet and full of roasty fruity stuff, doused in chocolate. Very nice, with both shallow and deep elements that I'm digging.

Taste is kinda mediocre. Semi-sweet, but lacking in depth, and dominated by a charred bitterness that I'm not really liking.

Feel is the low point. Slick in an oily way, and rather flat. Brings the whole thing down.

Not bad, reasonably flavorful, and with quite a nice smell, but there are much better readily-available imperial stouts out there. Taste is simple, body is relatively flat, and it's just not all that impressive.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Ironman Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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