Thursday, August 22, 2013

Brau Brothers Ivan the Great

This Russian Imperial Stout is from the Brau Brothers Brewing Company of Lucan, Minnesota. It is 9.5% ABV and a whopping 90 IBU's. 

The beer pours pure black, no hint of any color even when held to the light. There is an inch of thick and creamy head, a cappuccino brown in color. The aroma is dark roasted malt, creamy, chocolaty, coffee and mocha, with some sweetness and fruitiness. The taste follows the aromas, adding a tang of bitterness on the finish. It is quite bitter.  The flavors aren't as distinguishable in the taste as in the aroma. The carbonation is noticeable, yet there is also a thinness for all the flavor. I'm intrigued by this beer, it is a hot mess, a bit all over the place and filled with flavor, just not quite gelling in the end. I don't know if they have, but this seems like it would taste absolutely awesome if it spent a little time in a whiskey barrel.

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