Milly's Lil' Ivan's Foreign Extra Stout
Stark Brewing Company

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Foreign / Export Stout
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3.77 | pDev: 12.73%
Stark Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brewed in the style of a tropical stout, Lil' Ivan is a dark, moderately strong roasty ale. Originally brewed for tropical markets, it is sweeter than a dry stout, and has a complex aroma of roasted grains and dried fruits. While medium-full bodied, Lil' Ivan is not excessively high in alcohol allowing for the enjoyment of multiple glasses.
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2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at the brewpub under the auspices of the brewer. Dark brown with a caesar whte head. IBU 42. A sour off-tasting stout, not smooth and rich as in very good representatives of the style. There is some roasted barley in aroma. Its appropriately carbonated.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by Millys last night with Alewife for a couple of "pops" after filling up with some great "Q" from KCs Rib Shack...

Scored a pint of Ivan to start. I like the foreign/export stout style from my time spent in Jamaica, so I figured I'd give this one a shot.
My shaker glass was filled with a very dark brown liquid, with some mahogany showing at the edges. Head was light beige, creamy but quite thin, and hung mostly at the edges. Only a small bit of lacing formed. Nose was restrained, with mostly roasty notes emanating, with a touch of sweetness as well. As far as mouthfeel goes, there was minimal carbonation, leading to a fairly smooth feel on the tongue. On the other hand, the body here was rather thinnish for the style, which was a let-down.

Flavor started off with some light sweetness, though perhaps not as much as I was led to believe from the brewers notes. It is roasty here, too, with some choco and coffee bitterness being present. Again, the sweetness IS here, but is on the subtle side. Floral hopping comes on at the finish quite nicely, and this is where Ivan most closely resembles the Guinness FES I've had in Jamaica, Mon. Overall? Not as good as I had hoped for, but still not bad. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back, and sharing, a growler of this on his recent trip to New Hampshire.

Pours black with an espresso-looking head.

The smell is of mild roast, coffee grinds, chocolate and earthy, anisette-like, spicing.

The taste is sweet, but balanced by earthy hops and mild roast. Coffeeish turning to milk chocolate. Rich and bittersweet.

The feel is near enough to full-bodied to call it that. I was "between" scores, but it is so creamy that I am inclined to the higher of the two I was between.

Rich in character, very creamy and so, very drinkable. A well-balanced brew that has a very nice stout character!

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Milly's Lil' Ivan's Foreign Extra Stout from Stark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5 ratings