1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

Ivan The Terrible Imperial StoutIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

574 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 574
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%


Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2006 - 8.75% (draft only)
2007 - 8.75% (500ml flip top bottles ~ very limited)
2008 - 9.5% (750ml - capped - 1152 bottles)
2009 - 10% (750ml cork and cage)
2010 - 10% (750ml - cork and cage)
2011 - not brewed
2012 - 12.2% (750ml cork and cage)
2013 - 13.8%

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-10-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 574 | Reviews: 259 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tr4nc3d:
Photo of tr4nc3d
tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my snifter

Appearance is opaque black with a huge dense two and a half inch head. The head was mocha colored with good head rention and lacing clinging to my glass.

Smell consist of oak as a main aroma with bourbon soaked raisins and dark cherries. Underlying scent of plums and prunes. Milk chocolate with espresso, vanilla, and some roasted barley. Hop presence can be detected in the bitterness of the aroma. Overall great lavender type smell.

Upfront taste is a little bitter with barley and a dark chocolate taste. Pursuing is a taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a great oak presence. Midway plums, dates and a slight tart cherrie finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Not as thick as other RIS, which I feel it needed.

Overall great beer and only complaint is I wish it had a thicker body.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:04:35 | More by tr4nc3d
More User Reviews:
Photo of tommy5
tommy5

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2014 20:26:26 | More by tommy5
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-14-2014 23:49:25 | More by beernads
Photo of SirElton
SirElton

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-12-2014 20:30:07 | More by SirElton
Photo of threedaggers
threedaggers

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-10-2014 03:21:38 | More by threedaggers
Photo of schnarr84
schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-07-2014 06:24:23 | More by schnarr84
Photo of Chuck_25
Chuck_25

Kansas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-07-2014 02:20:01 | More by Chuck_25
Photo of Flabbyjandro
Flabbyjandro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-04-2014 01:22:28 | More by Flabbyjandro
Photo of Norseman
Norseman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-24-2014 00:20:22 | More by Norseman
Photo of badmotorgrunge
badmotorgrunge

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-23-2014 23:07:10 | More by badmotorgrunge
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-23-2014 15:11:44 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Photo of iL0VEbeer
iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-17-2014 12:41:12 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of nrs207
nrs207

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-16-2014 21:24:59 | More by nrs207
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-16-2014 00:33:25 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of DantheMan75
DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-15-2014 16:25:20 | More by DantheMan75
Photo of Gotti311
Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-15-2014 11:27:52 | More by Gotti311
Photo of Fern13
Fern13

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-11-2014 18:50:34 | More by Fern13
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-09-2014 01:39:06 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-09-2014 01:32:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of oldsailor
oldsailor

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2014 16:18:30 | More by oldsailor
Photo of thebigredone
thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-01-2014 07:24:47 | More by thebigredone
Photo of TheBronze
TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-26-2014 05:37:41 | More by TheBronze
Photo of SanFranJake
SanFranJake

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-26-2014 05:18:48 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

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
Photo of Morakaton
Morakaton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-19-2014 03:24:08 | More by Morakaton
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.