Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by arizcards:
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked up the 2013 edition bottle # 2313 of 3000 from Total Wine in early December for $13.99.
Beer poured black with very little head.
Nose is booze, vanilla, roasted malts.
Taste is light bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, some cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall for a brew that is nearly 14% this is one of the easiest drinking high octane BBS that i have experienced. This is my first time trying it as i was never able to find it in the past. Glad i picked up two of them!
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 22:59:49 | More by arizcards
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 574 ratings.