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

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 780
Gots: 207 | FT: 15
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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Photo of eric5bellies
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bug thanks to Nicks6217 for this one. 2010 vintage.

Reviewed from notes and drank with my buddy Darren

A - Pours the classic impy stout, deep black not much head that doesn't retain.

S - Plenty of chocolate, and mild bourbon, with a little wood.

T - Plenty of vanilla, and drenched bourbon wood with some really nice chocolate after flavours. This is a high quality stout.

M - Sliky smooth, thick viscous and minimal carbonation

O - A great bourbon stout, and one of the best I have tried so far.

eric5bellies, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Holland, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MarkFy, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

IdrinkGas, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

egrace84, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

rpstevens, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

Sarlacc83, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HoistinBrews, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DeekNayvuz, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

dbc5, Feb 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

acsprouse, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bum732, Feb 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

xanok, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of CooperEllis
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.


CooperEllis, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of zrab11
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

zrab11, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ldhughes3, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gamanley, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

00chris, Feb 03, 2013
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.