Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 574 | Reviews: 259 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tut2528:
4.19/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
First and foremost a huge thanks to Match1112 for this one!
A: the body resembles a black hole with no light penetration whatsoever. It creates a fingers worth of s tan colored head formation that has moderate density and thus moderate lacing. Nice carbonation as it takes very little to re-create the head.
S: oh wow. A huge oaky/barrel character, grassy hops, alcohol soaked dark fruits, big bourbon, leather, lactose/vanilla. Decently balanced, but not a huge fan of the hoppy presence.
T: again, big oaky, bourbon barrel character right at the front of this one. Slight chocolate and raisin presence. There is more of a smoked wood, presence here that was detectable in the nose. The hops are still present but definitely tamed back and actually adds a nice touch of complexity (really didn’t care for its presence in the nose). the finish consists of a quick blast of alcohol heat and a slight tough of vanilla sweetness that tries to tone the alcohol down but there simply not enough to do so.
M: on the heavier side of medium body. Has a higher carbonation that I’m used to in a barrel aged stout. Alcohol tends to linger on the palate with a slight touch of bourbon and oak.
O: solid bourbon barrel aged stout and thoroughly enjoyable. Cannot thank Match1112 enough for this one. truly a terrific BA.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 01:31:16 | More by tut2528
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.