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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Ungertaker on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 30
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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

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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.

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3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.