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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: 767
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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elliot23

Montana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-22-2011 18:02:47 | More by elliot23
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-17-2011 01:30:20 | More by Photekut
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-14-2011 23:43:04 | More by kkrez
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growlerfills

Montana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-22-2011 22:41:09 | More by growlerfills
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OddNotion

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-03-2011 22:00:14 | More by OddNotion
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CooperEllis

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

(199th)

02-08-2013 22:59:17 | More by CooperEllis
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wtfuggles

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-06-2011 01:52:22 | More by wtfuggles
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acsprouse

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-17-2013 06:18:28 | More by acsprouse
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-26-2012 18:08:10 | More by Travisnin
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jcnd9803

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

A - Completely dark black body with two solid fingers of coffee colored head.

S - The smell on this thing is special. Sweet malts, chocolate, and molasses. Plus, a definite pronounced bourbon and vanilla smell.

T - And the smell continues into the taste. Delicious. WOW! It is like melted chocolate with bourbon, with an aftertaste of vanilla.

M - Medium body with slight creaminess.

D - Unbelievably drinkable. I am stocking up to see how this ages. Not many beers get this kind of rating from me, but this does. This stuff is delicious!

03-20-2010 03:38:44 | More by jcnd9803
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sgoro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-30-2012 13:59:51 | More by sgoro
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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2011 03:55:46 | More by bespin15
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-12-2011 02:05:59 | More by alalvarez75
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SonicAlligator

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 00:03:15 | More by SonicAlligator
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haydukeqc

Montana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

2010- Black as satan's heart, impenetrable crude. The oak is on top of the smell, followed by the malt. First taste is the oak balanced with a coffee flavor. This is followed by chocolate and berry notes, very pleasant. The mouth on is medium to full. I could drink this forever.

01-31-2011 04:24:46 | More by haydukeqc
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zadams1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-08-2013 19:19:46 | More by zadams1
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1koolspud

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-20-2012 02:51:42 | More by 1koolspud
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adrock7309

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-30-2011 14:37:49 | More by adrock7309
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%

This is my new favorite RIS. The color is pitch black, and there's a lasting thick mousse of a tan head.

The texture is wonderfully creamy which adds the sensation of more fullness to a body that's just a smidge on the light side, and makes it ideal.

The taste is incredibly rich and layered with esters of dark chocolate, marzipan, pecan praline, coffee, toasted coconut, macadamia, port, bourbon, amaretto, hazelnut, Kahlua and Cream, plum pudding, dates, figs, and mandarin oranges.

The palate is on the sweet side, overall, but never crosses over into the cloying, and the finish definitely dries out the overall experience with some aromatic English hops, of which I suspect the delightful fuggles, and East Kent Goldings play a role.

I just ordered a case through my local Terra Organica, and I really hope they come through for me, because not having a few of these to cellar would be very sad, indeed.

01-01-2010 01:02:59 | More by Impfan
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-04-2014 01:22:28 | More by Flabbyjandro
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IpeeA

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 02:54:56 | More by IpeeA
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-04-2011 14:25:01 | More by stevefinny
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 02:33:02 | More by thebouch01
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2011 21:52:35 | More by TheDudeRules
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-16-2011 05:17:34 | More by HopStoopid120
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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.