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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
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Hand bottled sample courtesy of footbalm (thanks!). Ratebeer rating # 2,800. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and Iím getting some pine in there. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, and light caramel. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Unsolicited beer at the Milwaukee YeHA thanks to the uncomparable footbalm! Poured a very deep brown with a short residual caramel head. Nose was of deeply-roasted dark chocolate with mild coffee.. a little light, without much hop presence coming through. Very much enjoyed the flavor... deeply-roasted bakerís chocolate and espresso beans with hints of prune and licorice.. very complex with a rich chocolate and dark fruity finish (had some less pleasant sour notes, too). Rather light-bodied for the style but maintained a full flavor.. a little sharp at times. Overall a very good brew. Thanks Eric!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Opaque and inky chocolate brown in color with a deep, dark and dirty tan head. Concord grapes and black currant steal the aromatic show. Some fudgie chocolate comes through, but the grape flow canít be trumped. Bittersweet chocolate comes out of the gates first for flavor. Dry tongue stop and dark chocolate candies make their presences known. Instinctive black currant maintains a subconscious continuity of chocolate fudge ripples ripening throughout. Medium-to-fuller bodied with wholesome espresso coolers and milky cafť crŤme testimonies ensuing. Dry, dark chocolate finish melds fairly well with the broiled, bittersweet flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

Thanks to footbalm for sending this down for the tasting. There were actually two bottles and some even managed to make it to the end of the night. If only I had a little more room in my stomach I would have finished it off. It is not the best imperial stout Iíve had but it is very solid in all aspects. Yet another reason to visit Free State (about the only reason for stopping in Kansas).

Aroma / Appearance - The hoppy sweet nose was also malty. It poured with very little head but a nice black body. Overall it was hard to pin down exactly what was going on but it was a nice aroma.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, expresso and granite form an unusual mouthfeel. It tastes a bit like smoky asphalt. It felt a little on the thin and watery side but there was still some life to it. Itís not the best Imperial Stout Iíve had but it is also far from the worst.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to footbalm for sending this to our tasting!!! The beer pours to a really dark ruby body with a thin creamy offwhite head. The aroma is nice. A light peat malt with some chocolate malts and sweet wet hops. The flavor is lightly peaty with nice light chocolates. Very distinct. Nice hops and malts used in this. I donít know if Iíd really call it an Imperial Stout...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Hand bottled from footbalm, sent to our tasting...you rock. Sweet and hoppy aroma...lots of pine and chocolate, fruity apples, etc... nice. Dark, dark black in color with a thin head. Sweet and hoppy...like an IPA stout. Sweet, grapefruit, pineapple. Medium palate, fairly creamy. I like fresh, hoppy imperial stouts. It is very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Growler received from tjthresh, thanks Tom. Pours black, near opaque, rubied, with an average frothy light brown head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is moderate malt (chocolate, cookie, burnt), heavy hop (perfume, herbs, flowers) and light yeast (earth, broth). Heavy hoppiness, light sweetness and moderate maltiness to start, heavy hop finish, low malt and yeast, alcohol and an average duration. Dark bodied, oily and fizzy palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Tap; pours deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, very nice flavor with clean finish. From the aroma you would expect this to be a more complex beer, but may be due to serving colder than expected. Overall a nice beer, and would have probably been better if allowed to warm up a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2006
On Tap: Pours a deep dark color. With a darker than most heads, however minimal it was. Aroma was a bit mild, some roasted/toasted cerals/grains, hops, wheat, molasas, coffee, raisins, chocolate. The flavor was full but it was kind of all at once. So despite having so many different flavors I felt like it wasnít complex. Doesnt make sense I know, but thats how I viewed it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Yeah good stuff. The aroma never really came around. Caught some hops and roast, but it was served too cold and I didnít have time to wait. The apperance way mostly black with some mahahony highlights. Rich brown head. Lots of hops. Really bitter and a nice hop flavor outshines the roasted chocolate covered esspresso bean raisin flavors. Very rich on the palate. I really liked it.


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