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Upright Stout of Monte Fisto
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
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Earlier this year I was joking around at the brewery after getting into a discussion about the Rocky movies with Gerritt and Angelo and ended up finding several of Apollo Creed’s nicknames online, all of which are pretty amusing. One in particular caught my attention, The Count of Monte Fisto. It just seemed ripe to change that "Count" into "Stout". Also around that time I was introduced to a new hop variety named apollo, and so a new beer was born out of sheer humor.

The Stout of Monte Fisto ended up being brewed in May. The recipe was slightly different than anything I’d done in the past, using Briess’ flavorful Ashburne Mild malt as a base along with my favorite chocolate and roast malts, roughly 5% oats and a pinch of roasted raw wheat. No caramel malt was used as the Ashburne Mild seemed to have plenty of depth. A blend of roughly 1/3 American ale yeast and 2/3 Scottish ale yeast fermented the beer. Of course this was all revolving around apollo hops, which were the only variety tossed into the kettle.

I wasn’t exactly keen on brewing a traditional Russian-style imperial stout, but still wanted something with oomph. The beer is probably best described as an imperial American stout, as it has a very solid bitterness (about 60 ibu’s) with a medium level of hop flavor, finishing at 8.25% abv.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2012
On tap at Baileys Taproom. Colour... black with a thin tan head. Nose... Bourbon notes as well as ash and cocoa powder. Palate... another hit of Bourbon and then a tangy unripe pit fruit aspect. The mouthfeel is generally dry and somewhat tannic but then there’s a sweet frothy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at The Beermongers with mcberko, pours a solid black with a caramel / tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, toasted nuts, chocolate and light roasted coffee. Roasted malts, charred wood, booze, toasted nuts, dark roast espresso, very high percent chocolate. Palate burned, with a dark roasted tone to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at The Beer Mongers in Portland, split with Matts_Property, black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, oatmeal and dry coffee. Flavour of dry, chalky malts, espresso and lots of roasted notes. Medium-bodied with a dry roasty, chalky finish. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured jet black with a whitish, beige-ish head. Fairly hoppy with significant roast. Chalky, ashy, alpha bitterness. Not nearly as smooth as its barrel aged sibling. Very lingering with some more roast and earthy hop spice. Definitively a hoppy Americanized version.


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