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Ivan The Great - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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OregonGrown7, Dec 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

vidguy17, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AnthemOfTheSun, Nov 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

MykeJ, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

taospowder, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Rasmon, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

StoutHunter, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

MNPikey, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BlackNote, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

herman77, Sep 07, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

SportsandJorts, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mrebeka, Aug 22, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +9%

rkarimi, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Zachtheporter, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Kerrie, Aug 11, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Bung, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

drewone, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

AnitaBrewski, Jul 06, 2013
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.

emerge077, Jul 03, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Beerlover, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Hallertau, Jun 29, 2013
Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.