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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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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-28-2013 06:09:30 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-27-2013 17:44:55 | More by egrace84
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-26-2013 15:18:01 | More by rpstevens
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split 2 ways. 2010 vintage.

A: Rambunctious head, a full inch of fluffy cappuccino foam, after a glugging pour. Nice legs. Absence worthy black.

N: Bourbon, oak, prunes, chocolate. Slight roast and moderate licorice. Some soy sauce. Caramel and fudge - more of the wood and bourbon.

T: Oak, prune, raisin, fudge. Honey and low levels of roastiness. Espresso sweetened with two lumps of sugar in the grind. Very sweet, but it's not cloying as some of its competitors are wont to be. Hints of soy sauce. Hops are here with some earthy bite, but they mostly add balance.

M: Creamy mouthfeel which is on the lighter side of the spectrum. Lots of booze still.

O: A really well balanced and fairly delicate beer. Very enjoyable, and worth recommending.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:44:33 | More by writerLJBerg
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-24-2013 19:04:10 | More by HoistinBrews
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 22:31:31 | More by DeekNayvuz
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-19-2013 01:02:02 | More by duceswild
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dbc5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-17-2013 19:47:26 | More by dbc5
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acsprouse

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-17-2013 06:18:28 | More by acsprouse
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bum732

Lesotho

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-16-2013 20:53:20 | More by bum732
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adkieffer

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-16-2013 19:08:26 | More by adkieffer
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-12-2013 02:33:15 | More by kscaldef
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-11-2013 02:18:05 | More by GRG1313
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xanok

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-10-2013 10:06:34 | More by xanok
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CooperEllis

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2009, 2010 and 2012. This is the review from the 2012: Bottle # 1472/4200

I genuinely love this beer in every incarnation that I've been able to sample - and I've had several bottles of each of the above listed years. I haven't noticed any bottle variation, this is great fresh and it ages (for at least 3 years) very well when properly cellared.

Nose has a good amount of wood and booze when fresh and more of the malt comes to the front the longer it sits. The pour looks thin going into the glass, but there is a full tan head and robust lacing. The mouthfeel also does not reflect a 'thin' feel at all.

Taste and mouthfeel compliment each other perfectly, a well-balanced stout that benefits from the barrel treatment and is in no way overpowered by the bourbon notes. A smooth, velvety entrance with no bitterness or booze at the end. This reminds me more of a Kate, subtle complexity and lighter, than a big in-your face -bal STOUT that is ever so popular. Perhaps one for the less-is-more file.

A damn fine glass of beer. Big thanks to azaaron for the hook-up. I hope you enjoy your end of the trade as much.

5/5 across the board.

(199th)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:59:17 | More by CooperEllis
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zrab11

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-06-2013 12:44:32 | More by zrab11
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle, drank at the 2012 poker game between xmas and nye. Shockingly pours out black! Ok, this looks like your standard well built imperial stout aged in a bourbon barrel, it is deep, rich, thick and black, but leaves little in the way of head, lacing or retention. Aroma was dark bittersweet chocolate up front, some mildly boozy bourbon notes lying in wait underneath it.

Taste, here's where it really excels, reminds me of a stronger Central Waters bourbon barrel beer. You get the light bourbon toasted notes, coconut coming through stronger than your average bourbon barrel beer. Plenty of vanilla in their too, tastes like it could be Jim Beam, but far from certain.

Its mouthfeel is full bodied, its never hot, and relatively silky smooth. Slightest aged or old school british hops provide some nice balance to this. The oak is there, just in the right proportion to the other flavor components. Carbonation is low, but perfectly matched to allow everything to delicately envelope your palate. Maybe a dash of brown sugar to help keep any booziness from becoming a detraction.

This is a top notch bourbon barrel beer. Big Sky, with their ipa, trout slayer, slow elk, cowboy coffee and Ivan are all underappreciated beers. Now their kriek, ugh, that's an abomination, but you gotta like those odds!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:15:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-01-2013 22:19:46 | More by AnotherImperial
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Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-01-2013 01:13:42 | More by THECPJ
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-30-2013 21:29:15 | More by enelson
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WhiteJordan

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-30-2013 21:14:47 | More by WhiteJordan
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.