Beer Review: BIG SKY IVAN THE TERRIBLE

Beer Review: BIG SKY IVAN THE TERRIBLE

Publisher

Big Sky Brewing

Genre

Barrel Aged Beer, Beer Reviews, Imperial Stout

Print Length

N/A

ISBN

N/A

Big Sky Brewing’s Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout presents a traditional take, blending English hops with fine American malt. This brew aims for a balanced profile, offering aromas and flavors that interplay between dried fruit esters, roasted cocoa, and a subtle bourbon essence. Aged for a minimum of three months in American oak Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels, Ivan the Terrible holds promise.

Appearance: The pour reveals a dark brown hue with no head and a red tint when held up to the light.

Aroma: The scent is dominated by bourbon notes, accompanied by hints of leather, chocolate, and dust.

Taste: Roasty flavors emerge, reminiscent of wet wood and black coffee, alongside a distinct whiskey presence. The finish leans towards a slightly sour and woody note.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: While enjoyable, Ivan the Terrible falls short of some of the grander Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts. This 2009 batch shows promise, and it might be worth revisiting in future releases.