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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
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:
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(Beer added by: Ungertaker on 01-31-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

this is a horse of another color Dorothy! hands down the hoppiest r.i.s. I've ever had!
if you happen to get this fresh the hops will OVERWHELM you! I tried this soon after it came in and it was hoppier than some of the double ipa's I've tried. So I first tried this in March and now its July first and I am having my third of four, the hops have tamed down quite a bit but still pretty noticeable for a stout. the alcohol content is not masked but somehow works very well. has faint malts, which taste very roasted, almost burnt but again works good. the mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for a stout but not bad compared to others I've had. this is a great r.i.s. especially if you are a beer mutt like me and like stouts as well as hoppy i.p.a.s, if you appreciate both YOU GOTTA TRY THIS BEER!

07-02-2013 03:24:03 | More by Beerlover
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4.34/5  rDev +14.8%

This little brewery out in Nowheresville, Minnesota is really starting to impress this fat beer drinker! I really liked their Moo Joos Milk Stout, and this Ivan the Great Russian Imperial is impressive, too.

I love it when a beer is nuanced yet balanced. This beer has that. It has both the "sting" of a hoppy IPA and the cream of a typical stout. It's a very nice combination here, and I am impressed with the creativity of it.

I look forward to more delicious beer from this upstart.

04-21-2013 16:04:44 | More by Ilafan
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Solid milk chocolate lacing. Black brew, toffee colored head. A bit thin.

Slightly metallic. Very dark chocolate, cherry, toffee, yum.

Amazingly dark with chocolate flavors, licorice is way mild and hardly noticeable. Leathery, coffee, deep roasty toffee. Carbonation is beyond mild and perfect. Bitterness is well represented and balanced. Slightly awkward Sweetness, but it's setback and well placed. Deep, dark, not overly roasted. No heat.

WHAM-O! Solid brew, Highly recommended. Should be considered a must try. Thanks for sharing Graham, I hope to do another trade with you in the future!


05-23-2013 03:43:07 | More by chugalug06
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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%

I have found good ol' Brau Brothers to be lacking oh a little sweetness generally for my taste, but I am impressed with this stout. Looks good, smells good, and tastes really good in my book. A strong classic RIS flavor of deep strong bitter sweetness that seemed like an amalgamation of heavy strong dark fruits, coffee chocolate flavors resulting in something resembling old fashioned candies and a luscious black licorice. Pretty smooth beer that was not the thickest in history, but no problem here. Strong 4 star plus stout for me. I would like to try this beer again and compare it head to head with Rasputin or Samuel Smith RIS. See how good it is. I think it will compare well.

Drink this stout with a rousing rendition of Larry Coryell's solo guitar "A Rite of Spring."

03-12-2013 02:01:43 | More by frankiepop
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4.21/5  rDev +11.4%

Oh how I enjoy me a humongous stout from time to time. Ivan the Great. A guy from the brewery told me they were considering calling it Ole the Terrible. I like that name better, I might have to steal it. On to the beer. This stuff is good, really good. It's black, duh. Smells of full city roast coffee, almost burnt toffee, bakers chocolate and faint peat smoke. So many flavours, where to begin? Dark roasted coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate. Charred marshmallow, prunes? Yeah, maybe. Seemless run of all those and then some. Finish is abrupt, jarring even. It's a fucking Russian stout, it's supposed to knock you off the tracks. Bitter, almost acrid, blackened bits of whatevers left over in the pan kind of thing going on. Okay, not really, but sort of. Yikes. Delicious really. What a finish! It's Commy stout season season, and I've bagged my fair share so far and Ivan stands tall with the best of them. Zdorov'ya tovarishcha.

02-02-2013 08:50:33 | More by mjryan
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4.19/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter.

A- Pours a deep mocha brown with little to no light penetration. The khaki head is about 1/16" and quickly fades. Thin lacing is left with each sip.

S- Tobacco and licorice are the driving forces. Dark chocolate, pine, and licorice are much more subtle.

T- The hops are much more present than the aroma lead me to expect. A bitterness hits almost immediately, then transitions to dark chocolate and licorice with a faint dried fruit flavor. Tobacco and coffee are present throughout, but very light. The bitterness of the hops comes back at the finish.

M- This beer is thick enough to feel, but not mouth-coatingly viscous. The medium carbonation gives it an almost creamy texture.

O- A very solid first attempt at an RIS. I am going to set a couple aside to see what some age will do to this. The hops are strong right now and I think they will fade into what could be an amazing brew! For the price ($10.99/4pk), this is a steal. The last few releases from Brau Brothers have kept me interested in what they are doing. My hope is that they age this in Templeton barrels, like they did with the Rye Wyne and the Quad.

01-31-2013 22:32:00 | More by Ungertaker
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4.11/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a snifter from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours jet black with a thin tan head that quickly settles and forms a small ring around the edges. lacing runs down the side of the glass, although not very sticky.

S: Some dark fruit, coffee, and molasses up front, with a hint of anise. A touch of earthy hops lingers in the background.

T: Molasses, anise, and strong coffee notes, with some dark fruit on the mid-palate. Finish is rather hoppy with some piney and earthy undertones.

M: Body is a bit thin for the style, but tolerable. Moderate in body, with loads of flavor, and a long finish.

O: Another quality offering from Brau Brothers. Its only real weakness right now would be its mouthfeel, although I think it could benefit from some cellaring. Another good Minnesota offering and definitely worth trying.

02-02-2013 04:30:38 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

thanks for the extra beer from hopazoid!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of frothy tan head. The head on the beer has really good staying power and leaves a coating lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasty, milk chocolates/ lactose note, coffee creamer, fruity esters, anise, and a hint of leather.

Taste: starts off with an aggressive roasty earthy bitterness reminds me of a breakfast blend coffee thats has over the top earthy notes. Liquid smoke and some milk chocolates. The finish is moderately roasty and fruity with notes of black licorice and tobacco hiding in the back.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is a little bit thin, but its nothing distracting. Not boozey at all; abv is well hidden.

Overall: Nice and enjoyable RIS. Nothing mindblowing, but I would not be scared to pick up more of this beer. Really nice offering from Brau Bros!

04-30-2013 05:34:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Black, big head.

Smell: Bitter chalky dark chocolate, smoky note.

Taste: Dark chocolate, mild bitterness. Bit of coffee, very well balanced.

Overall: Picked up a single to give this one a try. It's pretty good. I prefer my RIS to be a little sweeter than this, but it is well made and tasty.

03-30-2013 21:05:20 | More by Mdog
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with a head that struggles to form, even with an aggressive pour. Slight lacing.

Smell: Mostly just an oddly sweet fruity aroma. Some caramel and hops. Where are the roasted malts?

Taste: Interesting juxtaposition of unusual roasted notes (smoke, tobacco, leather, char and burnt caramel) and that fruitiness from the aroma. Fairly bitter and abrasive as soon as it hits the taste buds, but becomes more nuanced after that. Pretty hoppy, but not much hop taste truly stands out. Surprisingly little coffee or chocolate notes.

Feel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, but not as creamy or decadent as some Imperial Stouts. Very dry finish.

Overall: This is an interesting take on an Imperial Stout. Not one of my favorites, but would gladly have it again.

02-03-2013 04:28:06 | More by bsp77
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A- Pretty much black, with a nice tan head that does stay for awhile, beautiful lacing big thick bubbles

S- Coffee, Chocolate, tinge of alcohol, but a nice hop smell to go along with it all

T- Alcohol is more present with taste than smell but not over powering. Get a nice coffee taste, very little chocolate. Has a very nice hop backbone that helps to balance things out.

M- Thick, coats the tounge. Little carbonation but not alot. Could imagine being very good on a nitro tap.

Very nice RIS. Would consider it as good as Old Rasputin, but for different reasons. Much more hop presence than OR, but not as sweet. Very good beer overall from a great up and coming brewery.

02-06-2013 02:19:08 | More by XxNitExX
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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.