Owd Mac's Imperial Stout
Free State Brewing Co.

Owd Mac's Imperial StoutOwd Mac's Imperial Stout
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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #245
Ranked #5,248
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
May 27, 2020
Jan 26, 2003
Owd Mac's Imperial StoutOwd Mac's Imperial Stout
Notes: This very special beer was brewed as a double strength imperial stout with an original gravity of 27.5P/ 1118. The hopping level is very hard to define. Though there are enough hops to achieve 100 IBUs in a smaller beer, this beer still has a distinct sweetness due to a high percentage of unfermentable sugars. After fermentation, this beer is aged in old whiskey barrels from the McCormick's bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Mac's ("owd" being a British regional colloquialism for old).
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3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on May 27, 2020
4.37 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 24, 2019
4.21 by cd34 from Illinois on Sep 17, 2018
4.1 by unclekeith from Alaska on Aug 01, 2018
4.08 by Kurmaraja from California on Nov 04, 2017
4.16 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Feb 14, 2015
4.17 by Zaphog from Michigan on Feb 14, 2015
4.49 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2015
4.04 by ystazi from Illinois on Jan 24, 2015
4.13 by Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin on Jan 07, 2015
4.43 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2014
4.19 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 06, 2014
4.25 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Dec 06, 2014
4.5 by PeakedInHighSchool from Missouri on Dec 01, 2014
4.5 by trevor_s from Missouri on Nov 23, 2014
4 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Nov 17, 2014
4 by millertime416 from Iowa on Nov 15, 2014
4.2 by PatrickKlopfenstein from Iowa on Nov 13, 2014
4.25 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Aug 13, 2014
4.25 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 31, 2014
4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Mar 27, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by PPOmaha from Nebraska

Aroma: caramel, vanilla, and barrel. Think caramel ice cream or caramel corn. No DMS, light diacetyl. Not a ton of roast is evident.

Appearance: dark brown with red copper highlights. Low off white head that dissipates quickly. No legs.

Taste: Burnt caramel and tannins, but pleasant. Vanilla and cream. Not much hop flavor. No DMS, no diacetyl. Roast is there in the finish not up front.

Mouthfeel: medium high body very creamy which adds significantly to the overall quality of this thing. Like a tiny bit lighter bcbs. Finish is med dry.

Overall: pretty damn good on tap, at least the 2013 version. Barrel/whiskey is balanced very well.

Mar 26, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rope from Illinois

This was a '04 bottled by special request from Sam, who generously shared some Dark Lord Day.

Good dark black pour, with a copper yellow head.

Raisins and plums, followed with the crispness of the stout.

Definitely preserved fruits, plums of front and then raisins toward the end. There is a slight peppercorn to the whole deal as well.

Thinner than I was expecting, not sure if it was due to age. The carbonation held up well though.

Very pleased to try this one, and it did not disappoint.

Apr 28, 2013
4 by JEdmund from Kansas on Mar 21, 2013
4 by theminutemen from Missouri on Feb 19, 2013
3.75 by goates from Kansas on Feb 07, 2013
4.5 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Jan 26, 2013
4.25 by jrenn from Kansas on Jan 26, 2013
3.5 by Thorpe429 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by oline73 from Maryland

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a mild layer of off white head that doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Roasted malt sweetness up front with some dark fruit, caramel, and a dark chocolate note.

Taste: More roast here than there was in the smell. You can taste the sugar here along with a dark fruit notes from the barrel. There is a strong bitter presence from the roast that reminds me of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with lots of tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the roasted malt/dark chocolate notes but I would say that the beer was only alright. I'd have it again.

Jan 14, 2013
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Jan 13, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Thanks to GT2 for sharing this growler. The beer is brown and mildly hazy with a small head. The aroma offers leather, tobacco, malt, booze. Decent flavor. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A pretty tasty brew, though certainly a departure from the norm for the style. Not as good as I was hoping. Would like to try another batch of this, as I heard this is usually better.

Jan 07, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Groenebeor from California

Poured into a snifter, on tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark, dark squid ink black, but more amber-dark brown when held to the light along the edges. Medium tan head that leaves huge lacing.

The nose is hit with roasted barley, bourbon, spice, alcohol, and more alcohol.

This brew could do better in the taste department, but some amazing elements come through. I much prefer the normal Iron Man Stout. This barrel aged stout has far too much bourbon coming through, not enough malt, and far too much oaky-booze character.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick, syrupy. Just great. Carbonation is spot on.

Dec 23, 2012
4.25 by sammo from Kansas on Jun 25, 2012
4 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Jan 30, 2012
2.5 by RWNewhouse from Montana on Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tmoneyba from Ohio

Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet wood and dark malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Jul 12, 2011
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3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by billshmeinke from California

From notes.

Pours pitch black no head. 2.5
Nose of sherry and port wine. Raisins and dried dates. Hints of whiskey and vanilla. 3.5
The taste is quite vinous. Tannins, woody, oak, chocolatey. Bourbon notes on the end. Lots of sherry oxidation. 3.5
Mouthfeel is quite nice. Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Hot in the belly. 4
Quite drinkable and tasty. Oxidation is heavy but good. 4

Jun 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kbutler1 from Minnesota

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with zero head, swirling generates a minimal tannish wisp. The aroma is very pronounced with notes of vanilla and chocolate with a slight soyness to it. Surprised I'm not really picking up too much of the barrel aromas. Starts off with a sweet nutiness, vanilla, and ends with a bitter dark chocolate roasted flavor that lingers slightly. The booze shows slightly. Decent beer though. As this warms caramel and dark fruit notes become slightly apparent.

Jan 17, 2011
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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mora2000 from Texas

Huge thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this growler. This is rating No. 1700 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and no head. There are a few bubbles. The aroma is dominated by the chocolate and roasted malt - exactly as it should be.

The flavor is heavy on the chocolate. I also get some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There is little, if any alcohol detectable in the aroma or flavor, making this big stout extremely drinkable.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

An outstanding stout that definitely lived up to the hype. Thanks again Eric.

Dec 15, 2010
Owd Mac's Imperial Stout from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 58 ratings