Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bung:
4.45/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml, 2009. MPLS with the fine send.
Nearly black pour, a good finger of tan head from a normal pour. Pretty solid looking and sticks to the glass well.
Aroma is very potent, vanilla, caramel, oak. Some cocoa and estery heat.
Excellent flavors. Taste has oaky caramel, toffee and vanilla bean. Finishes with cocoa and barrel, just a bit of roast.
There are a good amount of layers and the body was solid medium. It's a creamy mouthfeel, and thicker than many of the barrel aged attempts I've had of late. Thicker would have made this less drinkable, so I don't know if that is bad or good really. Easier to drink than the Goose Island, though not quite as flavorful. Probably the closest comparison that or BA Sexual Choc.
Only tag is that it could use more roast, but one of the best beers I have had in quite some time. Was waiting to have this for my 500th review, but it's beer so who cares when.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2010 01:33:48 | More by Bung
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I've heard great things and was excited to try this one.
A: Pours somewhat thin, with close to no head whatsoever... a few oily bubbles quickly dissipated. I don't think this beer is supposed to be flat. The beer looks somewhat thin and oily. It is black as night and hard to see through.
S: Lots of alcohol up front, and some bourbon and barrel character. There is some malt sweetness, a slight estery fruitiness, and no apparent hops whatsoever. Some char and burnt character is there as well.
T: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some sweet maltiness are all there. This has the complexity of a very strong, big stout with bourbon and barrel flavors. The more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it and the complexity really stands out. The roastiness of the stout is really mellowed by the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the oak.
M: Despite being over 13% abv, this beer, the lack of any carbonation makes this beer feel much thinner and watery than it probably should be. I think this was an off batch. However, it still has a slick and sugary mouthfeel, and coats your tongue for a while.
O: I would certainly try this one again, and it is priced very well for being a huge bourbon barrel stout. I would hope the beer is carbonated next time which could really improve my scores on this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 14:42:51 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.