Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage from Daniel, thanks!
A: Not-quite-pitch black pour with an enormous and dense medium brown head. Fades extremely slowly. Top notch head retention as the head never seems to disappear fully, and revives easily. Moderate splashes of lacing here and there.
S: Big bold bourbon aroma. Burnt sugars including brown sugar along with some toffee and oaky vanilla. Some dark fruits. Notable stinging alcohol. Very fresh indeed. A little roasted malt character, mainly chocolate. Mostly covered by the boozy bourbon.
T: Lots of bourbon up front but not as overpowering as the aroma. Loaded with caramel, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. A boatload of chocolate mingles in, making for a great combination. Get a little char and anise in the middle, but mainly chocolate. Finish is a little bit chalky with some charred wood, bitter chocolate and burnt sugar. Decently boozy too. Lingering oak and alcohol sting between sips.
M: Pretty heavy and boozy. Not as thick as you'd expect some big ABV RISes to be, the bourbon seems to cut it a bit.
O: Awesome RIS. Huge variety of flavors making this one very complex. Surprisingly good balance of flavors though the bourbon and chocolate dominate overall - which I don't mind. Quite fresh and boozy, bordering on harsh but what do you expect from a just-bottled 12.2% bourbon barreled RIS? I bet this would be amazing if it mellowed for a few years in the basement. Not to say that it's not already amazing, it's just the nature of the beast.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 03:45:33 | More by Dope
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin dark brown bubbly head that left some good creamy frothy lacing sticking to the glass.
S: definitely had some a lovely chocolatey aroma with a bit of roast, tobacco blunt wrap notes, signs of bourbon barrel booze with hints of dark fruits, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness.
T: It had a nice dark chocolatey base with good roastiness, good bourbon barrel character but well balanced booze heat, a touch of dark fruitiness, tobacco blunt wrap accents alongside toffee, molasses and vanilla sweetness.
M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, mild dark fruity, slightly boozy, bourbon wood barrel, sweet, rich and creamy finish.
O: definitely good as I thought it was going to be, a bit surprised on the tobacco character in it but it was still very good. Finally conquered this elusive beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2013 05:32:33 | More by Gobzilla
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2012 vintage (12.2% abv):
Gorgeous looking stuff... motor oil body with edges of copper clarity, a dense pale khaki head retains well, producing smears of oily lacing and beading beneath. It looks alive and quite scary. A second pour provides a darker shade of brown, making a yin yang in the glass.
The nose is even more impressive... smooth bourbon and chocolate layered with mushy cherries, vanilla, fudge, molasses... all the tasty things you would hope to find in a big barreled stout like this. No individual aspect steals the show, everything is totally in sync which is remarkable to me given the size of the beer.
Delicious. Booze soaked dark fruits that fall just short of "hot." It's very hard to believe that this one packs the 12 percent alcohol that it claims to. Sweet bourbon with chocolate, creamy vanilla flavors, cocoa beans, faint bitter coffee presence surfaces at the finish. I've heard people say that 2010 was better... if that's the case, 2010 Ivan must be the best beer on earth because this stuff can hang with the best of 'em.
Hot damn. Fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 01:19:28 | More by yamar68
4.98/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light lactose and deep creamy black chocolate note is pretty much perfect. Light bourbon and vanilla notes are also perceptible. Taste is pretty much a perfect mix between some bourbon with creamy black chocolate notes, light lactose and light dry roasted malt notes. Body is full with perfect nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Wow, what a surprise this one was with perfect balance and not too much barrel-aging.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2012 04:02:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Re-review, 2012 corked & caged bottle (#2873 of 4200) poured into a Darkness snifter...
A: Opaque body with tan head and good retention for a big bba beer.
S: Sweet bourbon aromas without being boozy. Caramel and chocolate and some oak...bourbon is prominent but not overpowering.
T: Lots of chocolate...cocoa and dark chocolate. Some bourbony caramel and vanilla, with a flash of coconut on the finish/aftertaste. Really light booziness, with some oakiness apparent. Good sweetness, lacking in roast a bit (maybe) but finishing with some notes of burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt.
MF: Big improvement over the on-tap 2010 version, here the body is full and creamy with good carbonation.
O: Very nicely done bba stout. Not overpowering in any sense yet with strong, clear bourbon and stout notes.
Old on-tap review (Score: 4/4/4.5/3.75/4)
2010 version on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a goblet...
A: Opaque brown with a ring of transparent tan along the edges...almost no head or lacing but there is a good amount of alcohol legs.
S: Roast and stout character are subdued...sweeter alcohol and whiskey notes slide more to the front here...lots of caramel, and some chocolate too. Fairly straightforward for a barrel-aged stout.
T: The palate mimics the nose but with more depth and diversity...bourbon shows up here as well, along with a good dose of dark caramel...hints of dried dark fruit in a slightly vinous body. Suggestions of chocolate and espresso, with a flash of toffee and vanilla. Moderately bitter finish.
MF: Thinner medium body...there is a bit of the bite here though its apparent this beer has mellowed and the alcohol is quite buried. Lower carbonation and body than I'd prefer.
O: Overall just not as impressive as I remember this 2010 version being. Still a solid BA stout but nothing earth-shattering here now.
Serving type: on-tap
12-26-2012 21:51:37 | More by Scotchboy
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
750 ml C&C bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Bottle # 1088/4200
A: Pours an opaque black color with a dark khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Light bourbon, some dark fruit and a little oak. Sweet chocolate, a little toffee and some roasted malts.
T: Light bourbon, milk chocolate and some nice roasted malts. Incredibly smooth with some caramel, oak and dark fruits also popping up in the flavor. There's barely any heat on the finish.
M: Highly drinkable. Light barrel flavors give way to a medium low carbonation level and a heavier mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth with an almost velvet like texture. Not overly chewy or viscous.
O: This drank like it was 8%. So incredibly smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbonation. The barrel flavors were definitely on the light side which added to the drinkability obviously. I'd like to know how many months this spent in the barrel, but either way it was a flavorful and had just enough restraint in the booze department to make it very drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 13:56:17 | More by Treebs
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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