Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2010 bottle, reviewed 5/28, tulip glass.
Very secure cork. I managed to break it off halfway while pulling it out, but a corkscrew soon set that right. Huge, vigorous pop; a sign of this beer's awesome carbonation.
A- Beautiful onyx black beer poured with 4" of vigorous cocoa brown head. The head eventually dropped down to a thick cloud that left behind some mild lacing.
S- Smells amazing. The aroma was apparent right after bottle was opened. Bourbon/alcohol. Sweet dark malt with some dark fruit notes. Oak and vanilla. The bourbon really becomes dominant as it warms.
T- Even richer than the nose lets on. Smooth cocoa/dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, dark roasted malt, bourbon and alcohol. Oak and light vanilla show up more in the long finish.
M- Velvety smooth. Awesome high amount of carbonation and the perfect amount of alcohol burn.
O- Nice deep range of flavors. Great balance as well. It's sweet, but with enough bitterness to balance it out. Very active carbonation, which I found to be a plus. The alcohol becomes more assertive as it warms up. An excellent beer all around. Easily one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2011 06:12:30 | More by misinformed
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.