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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ungertaker on 01-31-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-12-2014 18:42:26 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, licorice, coffee, light char, and roasted/fruity earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, coffee, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light hop flavors; with a nice roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 21:41:22 | More by superspak
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle $ 2.89 at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
No head (Bad!)
No lacing.
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and dates, with the alcohol working its way through. No hops or diacetyl.
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation

Not a great example of a RIS – alcohol is too prevalent and the lack of head and lacing certainly detracts from the appearance for me. Perhaps aging would help.

Serving type: bottle

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PieOhMy

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. 2012 vintage.

A Black. Pours slowly. Sludgy. Zero head. Just a black orb. Looks delicious.

S Pine resin. Black licorice. Smoke. Cocoa. Raisin.

T Ooohh. There is the usual flavors you get from Imperial stouts; coffee, dark fruit, cocoa. Bitter (90 IBU). But there is also a little more. A flavor I find prevalent in other Brau Bros brews; smoke and salt.

M The pour is quite misconceiving. It is thinner than it appears. Goes down fairly smooth for the style with a little bit of alcohol burn.

O It has personality. I like that. The bitterness and the smoke really subdue any boozyness. It just looks like a badass stout. While it's not on the top level of Russian Imperials, it is on the next level. I really think this brew would be super good after being aged in bourbon barrels.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle

Pours a tan head that fades away. Color is a deep caramel hued brown.

Flavors: Molasses, raisins, and dark dried fruits up front. A fair amount of smokey malts. Lots of dark chocolate. Figs, toffee, caramel. Coffee roast.

Mouthfeel: Rich and roasted. Full bodied. Ends dry and cloying.

Overall, for the price point, I am a fan. Not the best RIS, but far from the worst. Definitely enjoyable. One bottle at a time is enough, however.

Serving type: bottle

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.