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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 767
Gots: 196 | FT: 13
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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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-21-2013 05:18:43 | More by Dactrius
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-16-2013 23:21:38 | More by ant880
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stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2013 00:41:57 | More by stealth
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Highgrade

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-14-2013 05:15:38 | More by Highgrade
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2013 19:08:15 | More by DanGeo
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LSMroz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-07-2013 15:30:06 | More by LSMroz
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mfield14

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-07-2013 01:31:19 | More by mfield14
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

A friend picked this up from the brewery for me! An aggressive pour yields a pitch black body with a nice one finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is really nice with loads of cocoa and dark chocolate initially, and big bourbon notes as it warms. Also getting some wood, leather, and dark fruit. The taste follows the nose with tons of mocha and chocolate, perfectly complemented by some really nice roasty malt and oaky bourbon notes. As it warms the dark fruit emerges along with hints of brown bread, vanilla, espresso, leather, and tobacco. The mouthfeel is absolutely smooth as silk with minimal carbonation and a velvet finish. The 13.8% ABV is nowhere to be found. It's not boozey at all and there's almost no heat for such a big beer. The bourbon character is as close to perfect as I can remember in an Imperial Stout. Overall, this is a huge and pleasant surprise. This beer is every bit as good as any of the big names in this category. My first beer from Big Sky, but not my last! A really impressive offering!!!

12-06-2013 19:56:11 | More by beerdrifter
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2013 18:22:37 | More by Eighty
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badboy7113

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-28-2013 15:15:54 | More by badboy7113
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beergil

Montana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-27-2013 01:08:41 | More by beergil
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beertunes

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-25-2013 06:24:53 | More by beertunes
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BlackNote

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-25-2013 00:27:44 | More by BlackNote
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-22-2013 03:32:51 | More by XmnwildX12
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-21-2013 18:47:40 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

one of the most unique Russian imperials out there, worth the hype. this one has the feel of a light and delicate porter, the most well hidden abv ive seen in years. dark and creamy pour, Hershey brown with all kinds of lacey cream head. lots of appeal and character. smoky smell a little bit, plenty of cocoa and dark malt, but a lightness to it that defies the style. semisweet taste, like the tollhouse chips, less bitter, but equally mild. complexity is not lacking, but neither is drinkability, which I think is what makes this stout special. how can a beer seem so light, so easy down, and so basic, but yet so decadent and rich and impressive. its a balancing act here between huge beer and every day drink, in a way that nobody else has really achieved. a special brew to say the least. the lightness of this will blow your mind, and when you realize its 10% abv plus, you will simply be floored. I was, and it takes a lot to do that to me these days. on tap at hops and pie for a very fair price too.

11-13-2013 05:56:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-10-2013 16:49:24 | More by 2beerdogs
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spoony

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at the West End in Boulder during the November Big Sky tap takeover into a pint glass.

A-My glass arrived with a half-finger of dense mocha-colored foam. Retention was good as the foam lasted for quite a while. The head left some good lacing, too, which is surprising given the ABV. The brew was nearly black and opaque in the glass.

S-The aroma was rich with lots of heavily roasted malts, light char, some dark chocolate flavor, and a good bit of milk chocolate-y sweetness. It is not mind-blowing or terribly complex, but the balance is impressive here with all of the right stout flavors in the right amounts.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely with lots of heavily roasted malt flavors (some caramel peeks through), and a balancing dose of sweetness. Again, the balance is nice.

M-The feel is moderate for the style with bit of chewiness and average to below average carbonation.

O-This is a well-balanced and drinkable RIS. The alcohol is integrated nicely and the balance of flavors is pretty impressive. In a world of barrel-aged this and coffee-infused that, it is nice to drink a beer like this every now and again to remind you that an RIS that is put together correctly can be a pleasure to drink.

11-10-2013 04:47:05 | More by spoony
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-09-2013 14:51:07 | More by Jasonrm72
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-09-2013 02:22:29 | More by browniewithnuts
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Docrock

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-08-2013 00:58:35 | More by Docrock
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-02-2013 05:57:38 | More by twelveinches
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chrisp450

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-30-2013 03:10:14 | More by chrisp450
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ravot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-28-2013 05:22:13 | More by ravot
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-26-2013 00:23:57 | More by Hophead717
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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