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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
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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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%

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)

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%

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!

02-04-2013 17:15:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-04-2013 16:54:50 | More by ldhughes3
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gamanley

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-04-2013 04:56:18 | More by gamanley
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00chris

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11%

02-03-2013 16:56:04 | More by 00chris
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-03-2013 02:01:14 | More by djrn2
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AnotherImperial

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

01-30-2013 16:22:40 | More by cnbrown313
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flipdog0

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-29-2013 16:03:42 | More by flipdog0
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-28-2013 02:24:17 | More by oglmcdgl
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-27-2013 20:45:51 | More by tourdot
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-27-2013 14:58:00 | More by WeisGuy
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-27-2013 04:01:30 | More by Rifugium
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arash1000

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-26-2013 21:34:20 | More by arash1000
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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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trapper2408

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-25-2013 01:47:40 | More by trapper2408
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mtrog313

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-24-2013 23:56:41 | More by mtrog313
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ejyoung

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2013 19:47:04 | More by ejyoung
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oregone

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-22-2013 16:34:29 | More by oregone
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-21-2013 15:09:05 | More by jampics2
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.