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Ivan The Great | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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3.89
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ungertaker on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mypenguin
2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
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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Photo of bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mjryan
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Chase_Myhran
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

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Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near coffee black with an edge of ruby clarity. A minimal amount of khaki carbonation retains for a moment before receding to a stubborn, consistent outer ring.

Burnt coffee grounds, fudge, a bit of that overripe red fruit, some vanilla or caramel, brown sugar and molasses, alcohol character is pretty damn tame. Smooth milk chocolate with a hint of black licorice.

Not quite as balanced on the palate... some bitter chocolate/coffee/candy that gives way to some raisin, cherry flesh, abstract bitterness, dry coffee grounds... nothing to write home about but I think it fits the bill.

I'm not totally sold on this one but it certainly has some potential. Maybe some time in the cellar would show me something special.

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Photo of jera1350
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.