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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 770
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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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: 1+ fingered head formed atop this deep brown brew from a hard pour into a snifter. Head had decent retention settling to a thick foam that left some lacing in its wake.

S: Dark fruits, vanilla, hefty amount of bourbon with a pungent sweet caramel backbone.

T: The beer tastes nothing like it smelled, trust me, that is not a bad thing this time. Big difference is that the beer smelled so sweet, but doesn't taste sweet. I detected hints of light coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, pecans and chestnuts followed by bourbon undertones. Perfect beer for a cold winter night, or a warm spring night like the one during my tasting!

M: Medium bodied for the style, mild carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Fantastic brew that I will definitely be seeking again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 18:17:41 | More by tjkinate
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dgilks

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle opened for as part of a birthday celebration.

Inky black. Light sucking. Small, creamy, dark tan head. Good head retention.

Very rich aroma. Lots of nuts and alcohol. Caramel and toffee. Vanilla. Oak. Bourbon. A little earthy in the background. Sweet chocolate. Very nice.

Medium-sweet malt with some very light fruitiness. Lots of toffee. Bourbon oak and chocolate. Excellent.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice and very creamy.

An excellent stout. Wonderfully creamy and complex. Nice chocolate and malt flavours. Well integrated oak. It has been a while since I've had a nice Bourbon Barrelled Stout and I'm loving it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 12:07:51 | More by dgilks
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When talking with folks from Montana about the local craft beer scene, the conversation moves to Moose Drool, Moose Drool, and then Moose Drool some more. Little do they know that one of the more delectable Imperial American Stouts is brewed underneath their nose.

Ivan the Terrible pours with a voluminous and froathy pour that takes several seconds for the liquid to separate from the bubbles. Jet black in color, or dark enough brown to make me think black, the beer shows complete opaqueness. The absolute froathy sandy brown head forms a thick cap on the beer and reduces ever so slowly until it forms a thick blanket on the surface. Moderate lace shows intermittent patterns of foam on the glass.

Incredibly malty and rich aromas awaken the nose with the savory scent of heavy whipping cream, whoppers candies, brown sugar, vanilla, candied almonds, sweet booze, and all of the rich notes of french toast from the kitchen that would wake me as a child. Chocolate, dark roast coffee, and fruity plumbs and cherries all start to define the complex aromas as the beer warms.

Flavors start out much the same- with the succulent and savory taste of vanilla, chocolate, almonds, molasses, and whipped cream sweetness, just before the hops and alcohol remind me that this is indeed a fortified Stout. Grape, plumb, and blackberry fruits come across similarly as port wines and brandies. Grassy flavors, oaken woods, maple, coconut, and bourbon (almost rum-like) alcohols rise midway through and morph into a semi-sharp hop bitterness and intensifying bourbon aggression nearing the finish.

Vast, creamy, and robust in body as the beer opens with strong and expansive carbonation which accents the cream and velvet textures. The mouthfeel actually improves after the distraction of excessive carbonation subsides and leaves the tongue with a silky and smooth texture that recedes at mid palate to usher in the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth that allow the beer to dry toward a malty-dry semi-sweet finish. But the aftertaste of starchy malt and chocolate linger with the taste of whoppers candies and french toast.

The American Stout signatures of dryness and hops are well displayed, but the smooth chocolate and milky taste and textures work wonderfully in this beer. The 65 ibus are kept in check by the wonderfully varying malt flavors for ultimate complexity and roundness.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:36:49 | More by BEERchitect
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasnt planning on getting into Blind Beers Round 4, but AleWatcher had different plans. Bottle #1 from an unsolicited box of blinds.

Reviewed completely blind.

The first one I pulled out was a C&C green glass 750ml. I had to know what this big green bottle was. I initially thought it would be Belgian since not many US brewers use green glass. Jeff told me nothing in this box is Belgian so now I'm really curious. Either way I knew it was going to be something Ive never had.

A- There was quite a bit of sediment that worked its way up to the top of the neck so I had to let this one settle for a couple days. I still got a few chunks of it in our glasses but nothing too messy. The pour is cola brown that forms a dark black beer with purple and root beer edges. A fluffy, off white head rises up with a little bit of crackling. There is copious lace. Is this some huge porter? 4.5

S- The aroma is very fruity. Fig puree, plums, sweet black cherries,dates etc, etc, etc. These rich fruits only become deeper, richer and sweeter as it warms. There is plenty of smooth vanilla or oak and maybe some light bourbon. At this juncture I cant decide if this is barrel aged or has vanilla. I'm leaning towards some sort of crazy blend. At any rate, this aroma is phenomenal. 5

T- This beer is very, very rich on the dark fruits. Bourbon oak brings lots of vanilla after adequate warming. There is a little bit of spice, maybe cinnamon. There is a clear cut chocolate malt base that really boosts the sweet decadence of this stuff. More sweet cherries and figs. Belgian yeast? Blend? Is this some sort of barrel aged quad or BSDA? 4.5

M- The body is on the high side of medium. Clean finish despite the dense sweetness. Carbonation is soft but prickly. 4

D- This stuff is very tasty. Its so rich on the fruitness Im thinking its some sort of Belgian style, perhaps blended and aged in bourbon. 4.5

The reveal: Big Sky Ivan the Terrible!! Sick! I wasnt really thinking stout, its so sweet and fruity. This is bottle 3554/3800.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:19:14 | More by MbpBugeye
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GregSVT

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter - 2009 Vintage

A: Pours a dark black with a real nice brown head that fades to a layer leaving a good amount lacing on the glass.

S: The nose immediately hits you with whiskey and then settles into nice cocoa and vanilla aromas. Really smells like milk chocolate.

T: The taste starts with a lot of dark fruit and chocolate leading to a really nice molasses and vanilla flavor and ending with a nice sweetness on the finish. Barely any booze detectable...just big rich flavors.

M: The feel is big and chewy with a beautiful creamy texture. Great stuff.

D: Wow I found my new favorite barrel aged RIS. This is way too drinkable for 10%.

Side note: toughest cage to get off ever...it was wound so damn tight I hurt my fingers getting it off.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:31:36 | More by GregSVT
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spicelab

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2010. Props to Mr Kennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Dark molasses with a beige head of mostly fine bubbles. Leaves decent lacing as it gradually falls in on itself.

Lifted and refined aromas of raspberry, dark fruits, cocoa, vinuous oak and molasses.

Taste articulates the same blend of mildness and satisfying complexity. The dry woody character from the barrel continues to cut through the sweeter, richer cherry-ripe and coconut flavours.

Amazingly clean and uncannily light for a RIS. Buzzy carbonation dusts the palate and transitions into a dry finish.

Excellent RIS. Impressively approachable, in contrast with the more hulking RISs (not that I'm at all averse to them). Feels a little ironic to rate this highly for being unlike what I expect from a RIS, but whatever. A great beer, only lacks the high-end wow-factor.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:18:44 | More by spicelab
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TheSaboteur

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beast of a BAIS wants to be poured! The rich, billowing, caramel, meringue, head rises quickly despite the most gentle of pours.

Deep obsidian...pitch black charcoal. Motor oil that is 2,000 miles past its date. It can only get worse from here.

Oak at the forefront...sweet and woody. Sweet Caramel with loads of vanilla. Oooooh...the bourbon, there it is. Very nice, but I wouldn't mind a bit more of you Mr. Beam. Hints of plum and or apricot round this bad boy out...excuse me while I wipe away the saliva on my chin.

Very sweet, but not over-done. Hint of cocoa at the forefront,loads of oak, fruity, caramel, perfect bourbon finish.

This is where it's at. Coats the mouth with a resinous, silky smooth, luscious bourbon lining. Chewy and thick...few compare.

I had two bottles. I shared this one with my brother (who also has 1). I am so tempted to crack the other open, but my self control has won out. I could have easily polished this beast off by my lonesome and would have enjoyed every last drop. Seek this out....I mean right now. One of the most well balance Bourbon Age Imperial Stouts I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:48:06 | More by TheSaboteur
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.