Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Re-review, 2012 corked & caged bottle (#2873 of 4200) poured into a Darkness snifter...
A: Opaque body with tan head and good retention for a big bba beer.
S: Sweet bourbon aromas without being boozy. Caramel and chocolate and some oak...bourbon is prominent but not overpowering.
T: Lots of chocolate...cocoa and dark chocolate. Some bourbony caramel and vanilla, with a flash of coconut on the finish/aftertaste. Really light booziness, with some oakiness apparent. Good sweetness, lacking in roast a bit (maybe) but finishing with some notes of burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt.
MF: Big improvement over the on-tap 2010 version, here the body is full and creamy with good carbonation.
O: Very nicely done bba stout. Not overpowering in any sense yet with strong, clear bourbon and stout notes.
Old on-tap review (Score: 4/4/4.5/3.75/4)
2010 version on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a goblet...
A: Opaque brown with a ring of transparent tan along the edges...almost no head or lacing but there is a good amount of alcohol legs.
S: Roast and stout character are subdued...sweeter alcohol and whiskey notes slide more to the front here...lots of caramel, and some chocolate too. Fairly straightforward for a barrel-aged stout.
T: The palate mimics the nose but with more depth and diversity...bourbon shows up here as well, along with a good dose of dark caramel...hints of dried dark fruit in a slightly vinous body. Suggestions of chocolate and espresso, with a flash of toffee and vanilla. Moderately bitter finish.
MF: Thinner medium body...there is a bit of the bite here though its apparent this beer has mellowed and the alcohol is quite buried. Lower carbonation and body than I'd prefer.
O: Overall just not as impressive as I remember this 2010 version being. Still a solid BA stout but nothing earth-shattering here now.
Serving type: on-tap
12-26-2012 21:51:37 | More by Scotchboy
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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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