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Free State Ironman Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Our Imperial Stout is brewed to an Original gravity of 20 P using 10 different types of malt which combined weigh 1,400+ 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 hops are Northern Brewers which also add a bit of a current-like flavor when used this heavily. The early aromatic hops are Fuggles, the same that we use in the Ad Astra and the Oatmeal Stout. The later aromatic hops are Cascades, the same that we use to finish Copperhead. The Cascades add a bit of an American Flavor to this classic British style.
The Ironman is named for one of our favorite regular customers, Walt Hull, who is a local blacksmith.
O.G. - 20/1080. Hops - 78 IBUs


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1048) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
Extra from robertdale. Thanks for the continuous hookup. This is a hoppy ass imperial stout. Aroma is more black IPA. Has a somewhat thin body for an imperial. Pine hops and roast. Tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2014
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 doesnít distract me too much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to RobertDale. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of cocoa, flaked oats, grassy hops, creamed coffee, toasted chocolate and vanilla. Some toasted cracker malt. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1401) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
12oz bottle, I donít think Iíd complain if this was my local stout but I wouldnt love it like I love blackout stout. your standard imperial stout, some hints of dark sweet fruit hits me, the finish is smooth and light roast/smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4292) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, licorice, light coffee and toffee. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-12oz bottle-lt tan-brown. A-med malt-roasty. T-med malt-roasty, hop bite. Plenty of carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2693) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of prunes and toasted nuts. Flavors of plum, licorice and chocolate. Creamy and viscous mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1319) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
This is a good and well balanced Imperial Stout but was a bit too heavy on the roasted malts for my liking. Had in Lawrence.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4133) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2013
12oz bottle generously gifted from the Free State crew post GTMW 2013. Iím really digging this beer, very sublime and easy going for the style these days, no overwhelming bourbon or oak or champagne yeasts or whatever. Clean chocolate body, some mild minty hops..sort of walks a similar path as a big Black IPA, but less hoppy and leans into the creamy, oily rich malt tones. Caramel, cocoa, black coffee. Easy going and quite enjoyable.


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