Tampa Bay Iron Rat Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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An imperial stout brewed with seven types of grains, some flaked barley, 80 IBUs of Northern Brewer Hops. This aggressive beer is dispensed through a nitrogen tap for a creamy head and silky texture.

Previously listed at 8.5% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Draft at the brewpub with Beerlando. Pours black with a chocolate milk colored head and very sticky lacing. The aroma is smokey, chocolate and not very sweet. Mouthfeel is substantial and sticky. Flavor is smooth and easy drinking with cocoa, coffee and not a lot of sweetness. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Draft at the brewpub, labeled as 8.0% ABV. Pours nearly black, with just a faint hint of mahogany at the edges. A lasting, thick, mocha colored head leaves dense rings of lacing on the glass. Aromas of bold, bittersweet dark chocolate and burnt caramel are deepened with notes of ripe fig and raisin. Flavors follow suit, nice and chocolaty, with a good amount of sweet caramel and sweet mocha. Dark, sweet fruit notes bridge the gap to an earthen, hoppy finish. Thick and syrupy on the palate, the obviously high sugar content leaves a sticky film in the mouth. This is a good imperial stout, but I prefer mine with a little more roast to back up the choco-caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
On tap at brewery on 4/5/08. Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy white head. Aroma: grain, chocolate, coffee. Tastes the same with slightly bitter, chocolate, coffee finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6292) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Tap at brewery: Nearly opaque with a rocky tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of charred and chocolate malts, anise and plum, light grassy esters, quite weak. The taste is like a chocolate shake with burnt malts in reserve. Mild coffee and dark fruits noted as well. The mouth feel is creamy and soft, medium-bodied and astringent. A sub-par imperial, more like a regular old sweet stout IMO, disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5300) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
At TBBC. An almost black pour with deep creamy brown head and lace. Nose of toasted chocolate malt. Very good chocolate flavor with more of a bitter finish than I would have expected. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Just a tick thin. A good stout with a dry finish with a pretty hard bitter that hangs. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Draught at the brewpub. Black as night pour, 2 finger thick bubbly brown head. Incredible retention as well. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the lack of lacing. Nose is chocolate malts, coffee grounds, dark fruity esters, some nice roasted bits and vanilla beans. Doesn’t smell hot at all, and it shouldn’t at this relatively low ABV for the style. Fore is more chocolate, tons of roast, caramel, vanilla and coffee. Back of the throat brings more of the same, the sweetness builds over time but never becomes overpowering. Medium bodied, wish it had a bit more heft and chewiness to it. Finish is chalky, medium length and in turns roasty and sweet. A bit disappointed in this one after the back to back greatness of the Mad Hopper and the Jack the Quaffer, but this is still a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
sampled at the brewpub. Opaque black in color with a deep brown head. Aroma is alot of roast and chocolate, don’t get much more than that. Taste is heavily roasted with alot of chocolate, and some molasses sneaking in creating a pleasant bittersweet character. pretty full bodied, almost too much roast in this. Pretty straightforward- not too complex but enjoyable. not much alcohol detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Tap . Pours an opaque black with a two finger dark tan head that lasts leaving great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, light caramel, and a touch alcohol. Taste is the same as aroma. Full slightly oily mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Pours black, with a light brown head. Good lacing left on the glass. Alot of dark chocolate seemed to be the most noticeable aroma right off the bat, but eventually turned into a little coffee and some roast too. Very thick mouthfeel, a little oily with a burnt malts seemingly everywhere here. Very roasty, with coffee backing it up most of the way. Pretty solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Wow.TBBC never ceases to amaze me when it comes to their stouts. Poured black with no light escaping through it. A small thin tan head tha dissipated quick.Hughe coffee aroma and Flavor with a hint of roastedness.The finish had a slight bitterness to it.

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