Upright Stout of Monte Fisto

Brewed by Upright Brewing
Portland, Oregon USA
8.25% Imperial Stout | 4 Ratings | 60 IBU | Special Release |
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.

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