Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
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
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
3.76/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle from 2013 vintage, bottle 653/3000 poured into a Half Acre snifter at around 50F. Price $16/bottle.
Pours a dark brown body, almost no head to speak of, large beige bubbles quickly dissipate into mild rimming.
Smells of bourbon, sweet molasses, dark fruits, figs, vanilla, and light grape sweetness.
Taste is bourbon-forward with strong notes of molasses and vanilla. Drying alcohol esters. Subdued roast character. Taste is thin. Drying finish.
Feel is thin for as big as the beer is. Low carbonation. Easy drinking.
Overall, for as much as I anticipated this, I'm disappointed. This needs improvement in several areas. My other bottle will be happily donated to a friend who didn't get a bottle from the latest release, and here's hoping that future releases improve.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 00:05:18 | More by MCain04
3.96/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The beer pours a rich (but relatively thin looking) black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is fruity and boozy, some bourbon vanilla, and relatively little sweetness or chocolate. The same fruitiness is present in the taste, but with a bit more grain, caramel sweetness and tobacco-y bitterness to help round things out. The mouthfeel is fruity, medium bodied, slightly dry, has adequate carbonation and caramelized sugars competing against the potent, burning booziness. This is an interesting beer, great flavors without a thick body, and it really highlights the bourbon stout without making it tough to drink.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 02:59:06 | More by ThePorterSorter
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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