Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2012 Cork and cage 750ml bottle poured into a snifter glass
A - Pours almost totally black, but with a nice amount of carbonation and a beautiful chocolate colored head (maybe 1.5 fingers worth)
S - Smells of dark fruit, chocolate, and oak.
T - Initially you get a touch of bitter dark chocolate, but that is well balanced by some sweet, dark fruit flavors. It is surprisingly easy to drink for a big imperial stout. Being a bourbon fan though, I was let down by the fact that there just wasn't a lot of bourbon flavor or bourbon barrel characteristics. There is definitely a strong oaky taste and finish to the beer, but I feel like it's lacking the bourbon.
M - This was actually my favorite part of the beer. The mouth feel was silky and smooth - it glides down easily. And why don't more big RIS's have awesome bubbles like this? They really mastered the fine carbonation on the 2012 batch.
O - If I had to chose between this and say a BCS or a KBS, I would take those every time. But, this was a unique barrel aged imperial stout with a nice mouth feel and nose, so if you're a fan of the style and you see one, I would check it out.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 16:22:40 | More by cnbrown313
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
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.