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

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 782
Gots: 208 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of GatorBeer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage, poured into Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark black that is so inviting of the style. Not the most opaque beer that I've ever poured and there seems to be a slight amount of light dancing around in the beer. A small head forms with a vigorous pour and quickly fades, leaving behind little lacing.

A: Sweet, wonderful bourbon upfront, but not overpowering of off-putting, it's quite a pleasant experience and my nose keeps returning to the glass. There are some nice roasty malts backing the bourbon and a hint of chocolate. The nose is very sweet, but not sickly or overwhelming at all.

T: Bourbon hits up-front, letting you know it's in the beer, but it's not an alcoholic taste. Something that seems unique is that the bourbon hits hard first, then fades away where as other BBA stouts seem to have the opposite effect. The finish is smooth and has little hints of alcohol, which is impressive for this 10% beer.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, not in a bad way. It's not a chewy or creamy stout, but the carbonation seems to really work welll with this one.

O: I'm really enjoying how well the bourbon plays off the sweetness of the beer. I would dare to call this a good introductory bourbon aged stout because it doesn't punch you in the face like some do (which isn't a bad thing either). I was very pleased with this offering from Big Sky and look forward to it in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes on 12/17/2011.

Vintage 2010. Bottle number 3385/3800.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a huge medium brown head thats over 2 fingers high. Lacing is heavy sticking everywhere. Fantastic looking dark beer!

Smell: Great oak and bourbon notes mixing with brownies and cocoa.

Taste: This beer has huge barrel flavors just like the nose suggests. Massive oak notes with a great bourbon flavor well complimented by the oak. Really strong vanilla notes that are just the right amount of sweetness. Cocoa, gourmet chocolates, and roasty dark malts begin to become more prevalent around mid palate as the wonderful barrel notes slowely subside. This beer is both complex, but quite mellow with all the flavors complementing each other almost flawlessly. The finish is roasty malts and just a hint of vanilla and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation levels. The beer is super easy drinking for a 10% stout. This barrel aged stout probably has the most carbonation of any barrel aged beer I have tried to date. I think that the carbonation makes this beer super creamy and lightens the body just a little bit; both really positive attributes. They really carbonated this beer well. Almost like a milkshake.

Overall: I really loved this beer! Great barrel aged stout that lives the hype! It is unique and memorable because of the smooth taste, nice mouthfeel from the moderate carbonation, and great complexity. This beer has aged well and is drinking fantastically right now. I was wowed by this beer!

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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We opened up this bad boy at an imperial stout tasting this past weekend. Poured into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red at the edges when the light hits it. There is a half finger of tan head and it has good retention.

Smell: Sweet and smooth with notes of dark fruit and cocoa. Some brown sugar in the sweetness. Really nice.

Taste: Sweet but really smooth and easy to drink. I picked up the roasted malt, vanilla, and some cocoa. There is some warm alcohol in the finish but the taste fades a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. It held up well against several of the more hyped offerings we opened up. The sweetness and vanilla notes were just at the right level. I would definitely have another.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'10 bottle #3207/3800 poured into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown to black with a solid finger and a half of dark tan froth. The cap slowly recedes leaving fingers and string-like patches of lacing on the glass. Constantly rising bubbles support the cap. A light swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface. Very visually appearing brew with some solid head retention for a brew of 10% strength. When held to the light, some brown clarity is seen around the edges.

The initial smell of this brew is pungent with dark fruits. Raisiny alcohol is the first thing I think of with more sniffs bringing out some notes of chocolate and tobacco. Oak is present along with a whiskey accent that really plays off of the fruity alcohol notes in the nose. Towards the back are some mellow vanilla scents that really draw you back into this. This is a fine smelling brew right here.

The taste has just as much dark fruited alcohol character as you would expect based off of the aroma. Raisins, dates, plums, prunes.. it all is here initially. As more sips are taking, a bit more focus draws away from the fruity alcohol and back to the dark roast of the grain. A flavor of semi-sweet chocolate mixes with some notes of coffee, oak, whiskey tobacco, earth and roasted grain. The aftertaste is lightly nutty that draws back into the flavoring of chocolate and whiskey infused dark fruits.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that really boasts a lively level of carbonation. It flirts with having just a bit too much fizz in the mouth. If you try to swirl it around, it quickly turns to nothing but froth in the mouth. Luckily, I would rather have it over-carbed than under since some swirling can help ease the bubbles out of solution. Regardless, this was a solid brew. It is something I would certainly enjoy again. Really no complaints here other than it really focuses a lot on the dark fruity aspects which I think for my taste was a bit much. The alcohol is masterfully integrated for 10%. It is there totally in flavor but does not carry with it the expected burn. Really well done offering.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of xnicknj
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 and 2010 bottles poured into tulip glasses. this review is based on the 2010

Pours an inky blackness with a nice fluff of browned head. Retains nicely, leaving sticky lacing on the glass while drinking, with a dark collar around the edge.

Lovely bouquet of oaky bourbon and vanilla, riddled with brownie and chocolate cake. Roasted malts and warmth infiltrate the senses. Oh boy.

Sticky sweetness up front tempered by a thick roasty malt profile. Dark and assertive with oak and bourbon driving the barrel character. Cocoa powder and booze soaked brownie with some vanilla tones. Finishes very warm and a bit sweet, but not overwhelming.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the mouth. A damn good barrel aged stout, I hope I get to try this again sometime soon.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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