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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ungertaker on 01-31-2013)
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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slick looking solid black with just a thin ring of brown foam around the edge of the tulip. Some lace is left clinging.

The nose has an off almost sour smell to it with some black licorice, molasses and earth. Hint of vanilla in there?

Strong flavor. Has a rye like sourness to it with tobacco, some coffee and alcohol with a strong hop bitterness. Quite boozy actually. Really a pretty harsh RIS at this point. Would be good to let this one sit a while to round out the rough edges.

Feels way too thin for this style of beer. Has a slick feel to it with plenty of warm alcohol.

A 3.5 at this point, but I think this one could improve if aged. Very interesting take on the style. Can't say I've had one with this type of flavor profile, especially in the hop department.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Herky21
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.