Sunday, January 18, 2015

Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout

This 9.5% ABV imperial stout is from the Big Sky Brewing Company of Missoula, Montana. 

The beer pours straight black. There is a short head of dark tan to brown foam that is not long lasting. The aroma is dark chocolate, raisins, and black licorice, along with a bit of char. The taste follows the aromas, but ups the pleasant char. The beer drinks smooth with a light to moderate carbonation. It is not strongly carbonated, but it has about as much as you will generally find in a RIS. The finish is moderately bitter, and has a star anise sting that lingers lightly in the aftertaste. This makes for a nice, solid stout, not great, but trending upward.

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