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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged

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690 Ratings
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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 785
Gots: 232 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-10-2008

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%

Imperial stout aged 4 months in freshly dumped American oak Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
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3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of tut2528
4.18/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of redliner8
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3/5  rDev -29.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle share, Cliff.

A: Ink black with a cherry hue. Not much head to speak of. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, licorice, vaninlla, dark fruits.

T: Follows nose with dark chocolate and raisins settling in. Malty. Smooth, rich, robust. Sweet.

M: Medium to heavy with heavy carbonation. Thick, chewy.

O: Everything a stout should be and more. This one rang the bell. Got even better as it warmed. Sip slowly and be awed. Terribly good.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black with one full finger of khaki colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly Nice puffy top on the beer, really nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is raisin, dark chocolate, caramel, bread, and yeast. I get a touch of soy, but the other scents dominate. Mostly raisin and chocolate.

T: It starts of sweet with raisin, bred, and mild caramel. The middle is dark chocolate, yeast, and malt. This beer is legit solid. Milky sweet, chocolaty, nice flavors.

M: Full bodied beer. It's velvety smooth from start to finish. The flavor transitions are nice, and it's a bit chewy in the finish.

O: Really nice beer. I'd drink this again if given the opportunity.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Binny's South Loop.

Finally getting to try some Ivan the Terrible, and, surprise to me, it's at South Loop's little in-house bar. Gotta love having days off during the week, right? This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a small finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises chocolate powder, roasted malts, a hint of molasses, and a kiss of coffee. Straight impy stout fumes here, people. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate taking more of a syrup character and some very mild bourbon peeking in at times. The body is a straight medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, though a touch thin (we're not talking Eclipse-style thinness, but it definitely ain't chewy), this is a solid impy stout. It's not quite as great as it's been advertised over the years, but I'd glady have more if given the opportunity.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.