Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by tr4nc3d:
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:
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.