Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
01-18-2014 02:53:11 | More by Powderhornphil
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Picked up the 2013 edition bottle # 2313 of 3000 from Total Wine in early December for $13.99.
Beer poured black with very little head.
Nose is booze, vanilla, roasted malts.
Taste is light bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, some cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall for a brew that is nearly 14% this is one of the easiest drinking high octane BBS that i have experienced. This is my first time trying it as i was never able to find it in the past. Glad i picked up two of them!
01-11-2014 22:59:49 | More by arizcards
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from the bottle into nonic pint glass. This beer followed a 2012 Bourbon County Stout which made for a tough act to follow, but it held its own, despite not being quite as good.
The pour produces a cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace atop the liquid. Below is an opaque, pitch black liquid that looks like a winter walk in a deep forest. It's almost intimidating.
I was expecting more from the smell, especially after the BCBS, so I had to ding some points here. The bourbon notes aren't nearly as potent, nor is the oak, although I detect both.
I was pleasantly surprised by the taste on this brew, as I found a lot of the good notes that I had enjoyed in the BCBS. The bourbon and oak remained, but the beer's sweet malts showed up, as did vanilla, toffee and coffee. I enjoyed it.
The drinkability was there too, as this was really smooth and creamy. The body was much lighter than BCBS, but like that beer, there was no booze presence.
I would certainly drink this again, although we followed this beer with the Oak-Aged Yeti which costs about six bucks less and is a bit better, so for the price, this beer may not make the cut despite being damn good.
01-06-2014 22:35:49 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.19/5 rDev -2.1%
Drank from a 1 pint 9.3 fl. oz. (750ml) corked and caged bottle
Limited edition 1916 of 3800
Served in a snifter
Big thanks to Fclfcs for sharing this bottle.
The beer poured dark brown and slightly thin for the style. An inch-tall crown of tan colored foam topped the liquid and faded to a lasting collar. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled down the glass.
The nose was solid. Strong roasted malt and powdered cocoa notes were apparent. Noticeable boozy, bourbon-like presence. Semi-sweet with indications of brown sugar and raisins. Overall, not super complex but smooth and well balanced.
Boozy, bourbon notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Initially, the beer seemed a bit hot, but it settled down with time. Roasted malts appeared on the front end. Dark fruit notes came through in the center. Raisins were most noticeable. Moderately sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark chocolate as well. Good amount of whiskey/bourbon. Hint of vanilla. The finish was boozy, woody and slightly tannic with a noticeable ashy flavor.
For the style, the beer was surprisingly effervescent and felt quite thin on the palate. Almost champagne-like. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy and smooth.
With its balanced flavor profile and lighter bodied mouthfeel, this 2010 vintage of Ivan the Terrible may not have been one of the more extreme imperial stouts I have ever sampled, but it was tasty, drinkable and quite enjoyable nonetheless. I would love to see how the more recent vintages with higher ABVs compare to this.
01-05-2014 19:30:48 | More by Damian
4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
2010 vintage. Corked and caged 750ml green glass bottle. #2263 of 3800.
Served slightly cooler than cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
Ivan the terrible is a deep brown color, black in the glass, with thick off white head. It has good retention for an aged strong ale.
Aroma is evident from a distance. It is a combination of dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, and red wine.
Flavor is bold too with a balanced combination of the elements mentioned above. The stout is actually the most forward flavor which is unusal for a barrel aged beer. Many times the bourbon overwhelms.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated.
It may be slightly oxidized but is still enjoyable. A well made barrel aged stout from a small Montana brewery. An unexpected surprise.
01-05-2014 02:24:57 | More by GilGarp
4.19/5 rDev -2.1%
2010 vintage poured into snifter.
A: Pours black with an unexpected huge foamy light brown head that really frothed up despite an easy pour.
S: Very smooth and integrated notes of bourbon, rich dark chocolate, light vanilla and light oak. I get mild caramel and brown sugar in there as well.
T: Richer than the nose. Definitely a potent sipper. Rich chocolate and fudge dominate with smooth flavors of bourbon, caramel, and slight vanilla and oak tannins in the finish.
M: Mellow flavors but the mouth still has a rough edge to it. Sharp kick of bourbon. Fluffy carbonation, tingly alcohol (but not hot). Thick body.
O: Very very solid. One of the richest and most potent out there. Very good.
12-23-2013 03:46:24 | More by scottfrie
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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