Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by kawilliams81:
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2012 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.
A- pours black with a 2 finger cola head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.
S- dark fruits, chocolate, light bourbon and vanilla.
T- chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and some roast.
M- full body and medium carbonation. Drinks very well fresh for a 12% beer.
O- good RIS. Not a ton of barrel characteristics which is why I didn't rate it higher, but nice dark fruit notes that add some complexity to this beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2013 05:02:12 | More by kawilliams81
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.