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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: 768
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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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-20-2013 16:24:08 | More by jvillefan
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BlackTuesday

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-20-2013 10:24:14 | More by BlackTuesday
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-19-2013 21:53:39 | More by brystmar
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2013 15:47:24 | More by Romulux
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2013 15:15:09 | More by TurdFurgison
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-19-2013 08:53:06 | More by ChugginOil
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

2012 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger cola head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- dark fruits, chocolate, light bourbon and vanilla.

T- chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and some roast.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Drinks very well fresh for a 12% beer.

O- good RIS. Not a ton of barrel characteristics which is why I didn't rate it higher, but nice dark fruit notes that add some complexity to this beer.

01-19-2013 05:02:12 | More by kawilliams81
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DreamsOfMarshallWharf

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-18-2013 04:27:42 | More by DreamsOfMarshallWharf
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-18-2013 02:29:28 | More by yourefragile
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-14-2013 17:21:28 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-14-2013 16:03:19 | More by beergorrilla
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-14-2013 00:21:09 | More by Zaphog
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-13-2013 21:34:03 | More by iKrystin
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-13-2013 20:48:52 | More by spycow
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-11-2013 03:45:33 | More by Dope
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-09-2013 23:33:25 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-09-2013 05:28:36 | More by DarthKostrizer
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zadams1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-07-2013 03:40:39 | More by MinorThreat
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Davit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-01-2013 21:29:13 | More by Davit
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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

01-01-2013 05:32:33 | More by Gobzilla
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-30-2012 11:56:21 | More by ejimhof
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-30-2012 09:01:17 | More by strongaf
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Harvey98

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-30-2012 01:42:05 | More by Harvey98
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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