Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this one back in 2009 in one of my earliest trades that I can remember. Pretty pumped and I'm celebrating tonight -- my first night off this month with a full weekend to come. Review is from notes taken on 8/24/2012 and poured from the bottle (176/3000) into a snifter.
Appearance: Pour looks pretty decent, comes out a dark and deep brown like fresh coffee and settles into the glass with a near black hue to it; starts with a decent 1 and 1/2 finger tan head with solid retention -- eventually dwindles down to a full, slightly uneven, cap; I'm kind of surprised that the carbonation looks this strong still after spending a few years in the bottle, as well as being a big RIS; decent swaths and splotches of lacing are left behind -- looks like a good stout should, but it doesn't quite "glug" out
Smell: Smell is really good -- nice, rich and bittersweet chocolates with a strong vanilla/oaky/bourbon presence that seems creamy and smooth; bit of an earthy, burnt coffee/espresso roastiness to it as well; the only thing it's lacking is potency -- it could be a bit more robust like a lot of big stouts are, and now I kind of have to compare everything to Hunahpu as it's really set the bar high.
Taste: Wow, tastes like a mudslide with some bourbon splashed into it -- creamy, almost milky smooth chocolate with a bit of a bittersweet, dark aspect; earthy bitterness, like chocolate covered espresso beans; definitely alcohol presence; in all that sweetness is also a chocolate covered cherry, complete with sweet syrup; very nice stout.
Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight, and in all honesty, I wish it were just a touch thicker, but I've gotta be honest, I don't know if I've had a creamier, smoother stout, so the body despite being a touch thin (and I'm being very picky here), is fantastic; a semi-dry, sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and a grittiness is left on the teeth; gums and belly are left quite tingly from the ABV.
Overall: I wish I could get a hold of this, as I would love to start a vertical. Great smell, better tastes, solid, super solid, body makes for a great drinking experience; would be an excellent dessert accompaniment or as a dessert on its own; the ABV and weight make it a sipper, but with as much as it has going for it, I'll sip it all night long and into the morning.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2012 01:38:41 | More by bamadog
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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
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