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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 770
Gots: 196 | FT: 11
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)
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bigsky801

Montana

1/5  rDev -76.6%

12-24-2012 02:04:04 | More by bigsky801
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BigKrall

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.6%

06-09-2014 04:36:52 | More by BigKrall
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jakubh17

Oklahoma

1.5/5  rDev -65%

07-08-2013 15:34:05 | More by jakubh17
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HKUSPC40

Washington

2/5  rDev -53.3%

11-30-2012 04:30:31 | More by HKUSPC40
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to johngalt1 for this as part of his very generous box! Bottle 350/3800 from 2010 batch, poured into globe...

A- Pours black as night with a very large, foamy, khaki colored head. About half of the glass filled with foam! As it settled it left incredible and delicate lacing.

S- The initial aroma is a very young oak. Has an oxidative feature also- cardboard. The roast is barely there; much more booze and chalkiness and wood. Has a hint of soy as well.

T/M- Boozy and full of molasses. Damn this is sweet; full of raisins, plums, and brown sugar. Again the woody component is very young and much like fresh sawdust. Finishes with some alcohol hear which just perpetuates the sweetness. Carbonation is smooth, at a moderate level within a medium/full body.

O- Myself and person I shared with thought this was an overhyped disappointment. Not disgusting, but not something I will actively seek out again...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 19:40:49 | More by TheGordianKnot
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FullObs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

05-01-2012 21:58:10 | More by FullObs
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -29.9%

05-23-2013 02:45:30 | More by chippo33
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FreightTrain

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-14-2011 20:20:30 | More by FreightTrain
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

08-25-2013 17:49:51 | More by Hugonaut13
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phishbone23

New York

3/5  rDev -29.9%

01-25-2013 14:09:14 | More by phishbone23
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LaChupacabra

California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

08-15-2012 15:34:06 | More by LaChupacabra
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. This beer pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is of burnt malt and pretzels. Flavor is overwhelmingly bourbon and sweet malt. Basically it's just a big mess of bourbon and malt. Yeah, it is pretty terrible...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:07:37 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= thick black color with a small tan head that leaves some sticky lacing behind
S= whew! Alcohol up front hard! There's the obvious burbon smell following with chocolate and coffee... mostly the burbon alcohol
T= deep coffee taste with a lot of chocolate. The alcohol burned my throat before the sip hit my mouth as I inhaled. Very little but some hop bitterness is detected
M= heavy and sticky
D= maybe the style isn't for me but it's a sipper for sure. Good representation of a barrel aged beer though. Unique
Bottle number 929

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:14:16 | More by jjanega08
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Nashvillain

Tennessee

3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle 350/3800 shared by TheGordianKnot.

Appearance is dark as night. Huge pillow of dark tan head sits atop the brew and leaves behind prodigious lacing.

Smells like booze made from soy sauce. This is that type of stout apparently. I get that alcoholic licorice smell that normally comes from young ultra-high alcohol stouts like WWS and Tokio.

Honestly, not so amazing. My first thought at the taste was, "Meh". I've heard that the hype comes mainly from the 2009 batch, but this one doesn't taste new by any stretch. A lot of licorice in the taste, more sharp and abrasive than normal and definitely not pleasing. Very sweet, not in a syrupy way, just in a diabetic way. Carbonation is on point for the point in this beer's life cycle.

Decent at best, I think I'd prefer a Palo Santo on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:40:40 | More by Nashvillain
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kojevergas

Texas

3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a chalice at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California in May 2012. Cost was $8.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki-tan colour, great creaminess, good thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. Good lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, dark malts, cream, and chocolate malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts provide the foundation. Some underlying cream. Chocolate, hints of vanilla, and caramel. Nicely built and balanced, though quite simple for the style. There's nothing unique or special here (especially considering the demands of the style), though I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet; should be coarse and dry. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated. Bad execution for the style; it feels more like a porter or oatmeal stout.

Dr: Drinkable but relatively simple - quite a crime for an imperial stout. I'd get it again at a better price, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. It's probably this brewery's best offering, but that isn't saying much. Hides its ABV well.

High C+

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 01:02:52 | More by kojevergas
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BGsWo22

New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

06-27-2014 01:14:11 | More by BGsWo22
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off like you would expect a stout to, very dark in hue and with a large tan head standing well above the body.
The aroma has a lot of roasts present, dry chocolates too, and some oak and vanilla mixed in there somewhere.
The flavors seem a bit harsh, this does have a prominant alcohol note and barrel note, but this harshness was differant and really coarse in a differant way, slightly astringent. Maybe it is the roasted malts and the alcohol, do not know. The oak and vanilla comes in and gives some depth and does end up with a good mix of flavors overall but the coarseness hurts it.
The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and coating.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:32:28 | More by ChadQuest
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2012 2536 of 4200
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Dark brown. Seems like a lot of carbonation. Tight bubbled light tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: Tartness is there. Smells fishy. Don't know if it's full on infected, but not getting the normal vanilla and bourbon hints that I was expecting. Dark fruit. Some minimal roast character.

T: This is possibility infected.

M: Full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:47:10 | More by inlimbo77
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle Vintage, #527/1152; Sampled January 2012
A steady pour produces an almost two-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is fairly black smelling and it is clear if you look through a thin sliver of it, but is opaque otherwise. The beer smells vaguely of toasted coconuts at first, but this gets quite a bit more pronounced in short order. Notes of Bourbon, touches of alcohol, lots of vanillin and a backdrop of toasted, brown malt, a touch of roasted malt (though not quite as much as I might have expected), lots of brown bread toasted grain character,

Light sweet malt up front, gets sweeter as it rolls across the palate, the beer dries out in the finish with a slightly bitter, burnt, roast-grain character, and some warming, not quite hot alcohol and Bourbon. The roast character is quite prominent here with notes of dark chocolate, sweet coffee liquor, chalky roasted notes, and some bitter burnt character that isn’t really overly sharp. There is a touch too much heat and spicy alcohol in the finish; spicy oak notes also accentuate this, but also provide a touch of astringency. The body, while having a certain heft and viscosity, is a touch on the light side for a rich Imperial stout.

The body of this beer is actually a touch lighter than I would have liked; more malt richness would have supported the Bourbon Barrel notes better (despite the Bourbon character really not being over the top in this beer). Not bad, but I wish it was a touch richer and maltier.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:44:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at a recent tasting. This beer pours a dark black color with a decent tan head. the smell is roasty with hiints of bourbon and chocolate. the taste was fairly disappointing as the bourbon was barely there, and there was an off flavor that I could not put my finger on. the mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with good carbonation. overall I was not as impressed with this beer as i was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 17:56:22 | More by rowingbrewer
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SanFranJake

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-26-2014 05:18:48 | More by SanFranJake
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-16-2012 19:28:44 | More by fo1ksguitar
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-29-2012 00:28:08 | More by FalconA
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SirElton

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-12-2014 20:30:07 | More by SirElton
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-30-2012 11:56:21 | More by ejimhof
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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.