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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%


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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PieOhMy

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:50:19 | More by PieOhMy
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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

12-21-2013 03:23:49 | More by mothman
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Brau Brothers Ivan The Great a couple weeks ago for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I thought Moo Joos was a pretty good example of the style so I thought I would give their Imperial Stout a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's a little plain and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't really let any light through with half a fingers worth of dark tan head that faded away to nothing and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This beer looked nice, but I thought the head and lacing were a little weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by lots of dark roasted malts that impart a decent chocolate and coffee like aromas with some sweet malts in the background. Up next comes some dark fruit aromas followed by a noticeable alcohol aroma. this beer had a nice aroma that was fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of dark roasted malts that impart some chocolate, charred malts, and light coffee like flavors followed by a slight nutty flavor. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with a noticeable alcohol flavor that isn't too warming. On the finish comes some herbal hops with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a roasted malt and nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer that seemed to be a little complex.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid example of the style, it had some nice complexity to it and it was fairly true to style. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me, I don't see myself having the urge to drink two of these in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the complexity I thought it was pretty complex for the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, I know Imperial stouts usually don't have the best head but this one was a little lacking with the head retention. I might buy this beer again and I think I would like to get another bottle to put in the cellar to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to most RIS fans. All in all I was happy with this beer it isn't the best RIS i have had, but it certainly isn't the worst. This is is my second beer from Brau Brothers and I think they are pretty solid, they seem to do a good job with darker beers, good job buys this was a pretty solid Imperial Stout and it's nice to have it as an option now.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:43:08 | More by StoutHunter
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: motor oil black. opaque. a finger plus of a tan head that doesn't stick around too long

Smell: pretty strong hoppiness. espresso beans.

Taste: strong and bitter espresso beans. a bit too overwhelming. some hop bitterness in the back end

Mouthfeel: not very heavy or thick. not creamy. very bitter

Overall: i've had beers that i can taste coffee in but this beer is straight espresso. way too strong for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 12:53:41 | More by SportsandJorts
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Bung

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. A nearly becalmed black pour. Some brown throughout, pretty thick looking, but just a few bubbles of head around the edge. Could have just been my pour I suppose.

Aroma, roast malt, molasses, faint anise. Some chocolates.

Taste, This matches the aroma nearly identically. Straight forward, but pretty nice. More roast, anise and some coffee. Dark chocolate. Light hop bitterness as well.

Heavy side of medium body, a little more carbonation than would appear, but not much. Coats well, drinks well. Abv well hidden.
Solid standard RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:16:11 | More by Bung
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Coffee Grounds. Poured in a narrow fluted tumbler glass.

Inky jet black, thin layer of rapidly fading larger bubbles, foundation of tan foam. Some lace left behind, but not much of a head on it. Considering it's approaching 10% abv, that's not out of the ordinary, but it looks a little flaccid. A second and third agitated pour results in nothing on the surface.

Mellow aroma, some sweetness and roasted grains, kind of ho-hum, lacking complexity.

Slightly sweet up front, some graphite, soy, and ashy roast, as it warms this come more to the forefront. Lasting lingering bitterness, slight astringency in the middle. More like a roast malt bitterness than anything hop related, although the label states 90 IBU. Roasted grains, vague honey in the aftertaste. Carob, roast malt, ash. Medium to full bodied. Overall it's alright, but could use a bit more complexity and depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:00:58 | More by emerge077
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:24:03 | More by Beerlover
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No dating on the bottle

A= Pours a nice pitch black color with a thin little khaki head that comes up and falls fast to a ring around the rim.

S= The smell is filled with dark roasty malts and some dark fruit that comes through. The smell is admittedly a bit subtle though.

T= The taste is a smooth dark roasty bitterness with some smoke that comes through. The smoke is light and the flavor isn't overpowering but it's a solid tasting imperial stout.

M= A nice smooth velvety feel.

O= This is a solid brew but it isn't mind blowing. The mouthfeel on this beer is wonderful. The smell is a little light and the taste is also on the light side but it's still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:49:53 | More by jjanega08
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Ivan the Great Russian Imperial Stout. What? An Imperial Stout from Lucan, MN? About freaking' time, huh? Label says: IBU: 90, SRM: 52, Alc: 9.5% by Vol. No further gobbledygook, thank goodness. Let's open it up.

Complete and thoroughly, utterly solid and flawless black. Rich, cocoa-tinged brown head. Looking good.

Aroma: black cherries, rum, and raisins hit first, but let's not forget plum, currants, and then comes black pepper. Molasses, anise, and last, but not least, alcohol.

Taste: Cocoa and espresso flavors from dark malts rush the palate at first sip, coating the sense. Stays long and hard in the mouth, but maintains a medium mouthfeel. Not as rich and full as as some big, bountiful RIS's, but not too far a cry away, either.

A good stab at an Imperial Stout. Not rising to the top of the ranks just yet, but a fairly good stand, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 08:26:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:43:07 | More by chugalug06
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 05:34:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 16:04:44 | More by Ilafan
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:05:20 | More by Mdog
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2Cents

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L. Black as oil with a thin caramel colored head. The lacing sticks around a little while.
At 9.5% there are plenty of alcohol legs.

F. The mouth feel is pretty thick with just enough carbonation. The Alcohol presence is apparent but not over powering.

S. Pretty much your standard R.I.S: Chocolate, Coffee, Licorice and leather. The first bottle I opened was loaded with yeast esters, this one not so much.

T. Roasted malts, caramel, leather and coffee flavors at first, then a grassy, astringent hop taste slides down the tongue and dominates the after taste,

O. This is very close to being a very good American R.I.S but the hops don't quite seat with the malt combo. That's to bad because I like a brewery that grows all of there own Hops and grains on sight and, at least tries to thinks outside the box on hop and grain combos.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 06:27:20 | More by 2Cents
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty stout aroma with lots of molasses and earthy hops. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, caramel, toffee, cream, nut, yeast, and smoke. Lots of molasses and some pretty big hints of anise licorice spicing. A little tobacco and leather. Bigger hints of hops than usual for a stout. Good hints of earthy hops and grass. Decent aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose, although the roasty chocolate flavors are kind of tame for the style. Dark malts with some notes of burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Burnt, smoked malt and some notes of leather and tobacco. Sweet molasses and anise spice giving notes of licorice. Very earthy with some good notes of grass. A decent taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Kind of thin for an imperial stout.

Overall: A decent stout overall with a nice hop presence, but could of been more roasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 06:35:35 | More by MattyG85
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Solid black with a very small creamy mocha head.

S - Sweet malt, fruity, anise, caramel, molasses, light roasted malt.

T - Molasses, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, slightly sour, hoppy finish. Slightly harsh.

M - Somewhat thin with low carbonation.

D - Enjoyed the Rye Wyne but not really this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:38:42 | More by brewcrew76
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 02:01:43 | More by frankiepop
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a robust midnight body beneath the one inch dark tan head which quickly dissolves to leave a thin, sticky lacing.

The aroma offers roasted malt and hints of lactic milk chocolate.

The flavor is much more robust with generous roasted malt, rich coffee and espresso, and touches if bitter dark chocolate and black licorice.

This RIS offers a pretty meaty body with medium carbonation and a hearty roasted finish.

This was a nice imperial stout, perhaps a bit heavy on the roast but for a coffee fan such as myself it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:06:50 | More by CHADMC3
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morimech

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black in appearance with a massive tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Straight forward imperial stout aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and leather. The beer boasts a lot of IBUs but not much for hop aroma. I do get some herbal qualities.

Big roasted malt flavors and hop bitterness. Slightly smokey and leathery. Also get some coffee, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. The hops give this a herbal/earthy quality. Firmly on the bitter, not sweet side of the spectrum.

The body is the weakest part of the beer. Just does not feel full enough for an almost 10% ABV stout. It does have great carbonation however with a smooth texture.

Impressive straight forward stout. Might be worthwhile to keep one around to age and see what happens. I hope they brew this annually.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 19:25:10 | More by morimech
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XxNitExX

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:19:08 | More by XxNitExX
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mypenguin

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into large snifter

Appearance: Black, very little carbonation. Just a few little bubbles make it to the surface.

Smell: Hints of coffee and a little alcohol.

Taste: Burnt coffee, burnt toffee, just burnt anything. I took a sip every 10 minutes or so hoping there would be some maltiness or anything other than burnt coffee taste, but nothing ever came forward to show itself. After 6 swigs, the rest went in the sink.
I couldn't get past the overwhelming acrid burnt whatever was in there.

Feel: Seemed pretty dry for a RIS. While you could tell there was high alcohol, it didn't have that smoothness I like in a malty RIS.

Overall: The other 3 bottles are going back to the liquor store today for store credit. I figured it was worth a shot at $8.99/4 but I was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 16:49:46 | More by mypenguin
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:28:06 | More by bsp77
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mjryan

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:50:33 | More by mjryan
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:30:38 | More by WYVYRN527
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Chase_Myhran


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Brau Brothers sends us Ivan the Great.... Should I be scared?
Ivan pours our into a thick black and ominous looking brew with a rather thin caramel colored head that stands rather resiliently. The aroma is that of a smooth and slightly boozy caramel. When Ivan first meets your palet there are no surprises for a Russian Imperial Stout. As Ivan moves to the middle a surprise will meet you. He has a thick and highly rich caramel-ly flavor. It finishes in much the same fashion. The mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy.
Not a big believer in Russian Imperial Stouts, but I have to say this is pretty tasty.
Drink on, amigos!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:16:52 | More by Chase_Myhran
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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.