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Ironman Imperial Stout
- Free State Brewing Co.
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Free State Brewing Co.
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Russian Imperial Stout
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.
(Beer added by: marc77 on 10-18-2003)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours a thick black color with some brown on the edges. The head is short with a creamy cappuccino ice cream color that quickly settles into a thin ring around the edge of my snifter. The aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee could be a little stronger.
The taste follows the aroma, roasted malts and coffee lead to a chocolaty sweetness in the middle. The finish is fairly smooth with a touch of bitterness from both the earthy hops and the roasted malts. The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The alcohol (which most be around 9% or higher) is not noticed. Drinkabilty is high, but beware of the alcohol. My favorite imperial stout to drink fresh, no aging required on this one.
Serving type: growler
01-02-2008 02:19:37 |
More by SafeAtFirst
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2007 21:44:00 |
More by Mebuzzard
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Think of this beer as a baby Owd Mac; that is high praise... they do allow growlers of this beer. I should have purchased one.
Black in hue, slightly ruby around the edges, still the liquid is fairly dense. It was served in a standard pint glass; this proves that Free State has relegated this Imperial Stout to second-class citizenship. I personally dont think a tumbler is fitting for the style, under any circumstance. The head was beige, soapy and about a finger in height. The foam faded to a bubbly cap, fairly quickly. There was spotty subsequent lacing. This beer is attractive but sold short, I never realize how much a glass can enhance the aura of a beer. The nose is roasty, espresso, black coffee with a hint of cream, dark fruits like cherries and chocolate dipped figs and raisins. There are some soft but noticeable piney/orange zest hops at the back. The alcohol is very restrained. Modest potency, I wish the aromas were stronger. Still, it is rich and rewarding. I found it to be inviting. Straightforward. I really like the palate, roasty with a rich and wide presentation of malt. I found the roast to be just sharp enough with just enough acidity. The hops come into play in the middle but this beer is really a showcase of malt. Chocolate powder, chocolate dipped dark fruits, cherries and raisins. This beer really isnt that chocolaty because there is a significant blast of roasted coffee beans, a shot of iced espresso. Very tasty. The finish is kind of raw, bitter, roasty with a dash of chocolate. Warming. The alcohol heat is in play but it is very restrained. The long roasted aftertaste is begging to be enjoyed with cake donuts or cheesecake. Medium-full in body, low carbonation but just lively enough to cut up the mouthfeel, very pleasant on the tongue. A tad more bulk would be nice. This Imperial Stout is very drinkable, dangerously so! I wouldnt call this offering world class or anything but it is a very fine brew. It has Rogue Shakespeare Stouts maltiness (not the hops) crossed with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. The end product is a very fine brew. Recommended, especially if you feel like sessioning with an Imperial Stout! Enjoyed at the brewpub in Lawrence, KS.
Serving type: on-tap
11-22-2004 14:24:03 |
More by bditty187
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Virtually black, with clear garnet flashes when held to light. Thin, but persistent beige head leaves loose lace. Tepid tangerine citrus hop nose, along with dark hints of raisin and baker's chocolate in aroma. Understated, but clean aromawise. Dryish, cocoa dusted prune dominates in flavor, with mellow grapefruit hop flavor secondary. Buttery diacetyl undertone. Assertive hop bitterness quells residual sweetness, leaving it of a stately, date like nature. A touch lightly bodied overall, but with an agreeably soft, dextrin character. Finishes clean and lightly burnt, with hints of milk chocolate and delayed alcohol warmth as well. Ironman could a "session" imperial, due to its dangerous quaffability. Its roasted grain character is impressively smooth. Akin to a tamer Victory Storm King. OG: 1.077. 78 IBUs. They let me fill my growler with this for only a dollar extra! That'll be dinner.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2003 21:35:44 |
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