Ivan the Terrible Stout by Big Sky

Ivan the Terrible Russian Imperial Stout by Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Montana

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Tasting: January 7, 2015
Style: You guessed it! – Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 683

Ivan the Terrible Stout

This is my first beer that was brewed in Montana. As a matter of curiosity, I’ve tallied that I’ve checked off thirty-five states from this newly created and highly insignificant list.

I’m familiar with the historical character Ivan the Terrible but not sure what depravity he committed to earn the nickname. It seems the most referenced act was to severely beat his pregnant daughter-in-law for wearing inappropriate clothing. Not sure what would be considered inappropriate in the sixteenth century. In an ensuing argument with his son – his groomed heir-apparent – Ivan the Terrible killed his son by striking him with a pointed staff.

Ivan the Terrible Stout is a very a-typical example of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Checks in at a respectable 9.5% alcohol by volume and is filled with big roasted grain flavor. Ivan the Terrible stout has some chocolate undertones and even though this isn’t the barrel-aged version, the booziness reminds of the vanilla flavors of stouts aged in bourbon barrels. I’ll put Ivan the Terrible stout at at a not so terrible 87 points.

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