Saturday, September 18, 2010
Day 261 Drink: Big Sky Barrel-Aged Ivan the Terrible
Living in North Carolina, it is not often we get to taste beer from Montana. Big Sky Brewery was one of the brewers pouring at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting that was not on the floor at the Great American Beer Festival, making this a special treat.
Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed using English hops and American malt. The beer is 8.75 percent alcohol by volume brew with a ton of flavor.
Big Sky Barrel-Aged Ivan the Terrible pours a dark black color with a thick head. The beer has aromas that hint at dried raisins and figs. The flavor profile is rich and thick, with vanilla notes from the barrel aging, roasted mocha and traces of dark sweet fruits.