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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial StoutIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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world-class

605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 772
Gots: 196 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 605 | Reviews: 259 | Display Reviews Only:
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-01-2014 07:24:47 | More by thebigredone
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TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-26-2014 05:37:41 | More by TheBronze
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SanFranJake

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-26-2014 05:18:48 | More by SanFranJake
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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've heard great things and was excited to try this one.

A: Pours somewhat thin, with close to no head whatsoever... a few oily bubbles quickly dissipated. I don't think this beer is supposed to be flat. The beer looks somewhat thin and oily. It is black as night and hard to see through.

S: Lots of alcohol up front, and some bourbon and barrel character. There is some malt sweetness, a slight estery fruitiness, and no apparent hops whatsoever. Some char and burnt character is there as well.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some sweet maltiness are all there. This has the complexity of a very strong, big stout with bourbon and barrel flavors. The more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it and the complexity really stands out. The roastiness of the stout is really mellowed by the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the oak.

M: Despite being over 13% abv, this beer, the lack of any carbonation makes this beer feel much thinner and watery than it probably should be. I think this was an off batch. However, it still has a slick and sugary mouthfeel, and coats your tongue for a while.

O: I would certainly try this one again, and it is priced very well for being a huge bourbon barrel stout. I would hope the beer is carbonated next time which could really improve my scores on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 14:42:51 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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Morakaton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-19-2014 03:24:08 | More by Morakaton
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-16-2014 21:59:23 | More by appetiteforparis
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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-16-2014 04:43:15 | More by EZEKIEL_F
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sblanton83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-14-2014 15:53:29 | More by sblanton83
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MCain04

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from 2013 vintage, bottle 653/3000 poured into a Half Acre snifter at around 50F. Price $16/bottle.

Pours a dark brown body, almost no head to speak of, large beige bubbles quickly dissipate into mild rimming.

Smells of bourbon, sweet molasses, dark fruits, figs, vanilla, and light grape sweetness.

Taste is bourbon-forward with strong notes of molasses and vanilla. Drying alcohol esters. Subdued roast character. Taste is thin. Drying finish.

Feel is thin for as big as the beer is. Low carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall, for as much as I anticipated this, I'm disappointed. This needs improvement in several areas. My other bottle will be happily donated to a friend who didn't get a bottle from the latest release, and here's hoping that future releases improve.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:05:18 | More by MCain04
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-08-2014 17:41:50 | More by CaptainQ
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vissai

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-04-2014 00:30:07 | More by vissai
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-30-2014 15:57:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jlee185

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-27-2014 14:52:03 | More by jlee185
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
The beer pours a rich (but relatively thin looking) black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is fruity and boozy, some bourbon vanilla, and relatively little sweetness or chocolate. The same fruitiness is present in the taste, but with a bit more grain, caramel sweetness and tobacco-y bitterness to help round things out. The mouthfeel is fruity, medium bodied, slightly dry, has adequate carbonation and caramelized sugars competing against the potent, burning booziness. This is an interesting beer, great flavors without a thick body, and it really highlights the bourbon stout without making it tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:59:06 | More by ThePorterSorter
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ltltony

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-24-2014 20:47:50 | More by ltltony
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VonZipper

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-23-2014 03:08:02 | More by VonZipper
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-22-2014 18:21:39 | More by ChicagoNick
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2014 02:15:39 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-21-2014 05:25:20 | More by Boston_Steve
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-21-2014 04:32:14 | More by DerekMorgan
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-20-2014 19:19:03 | More by BColton1
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gator79

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-19-2014 12:23:33 | More by gator79
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-18-2014 04:30:57 | More by bauermj
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours black. Several fingers head with great retention.

Bourbon booze and vanilla. Barrel notes.

Taste is great. Bourbon, dark fruit, chocolates. Taste is more dynamic than the nose.

Full mouthfeel but a bit stickier on the finish than I would prefer but nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:53:11 | More by Powderhornphil
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BringbakFavre

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-14-2014 10:03:28 | More by BringbakFavre
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.