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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 789
Gots: 238 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-10-2008

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%

Imperial stout aged 4 months in freshly dumped American oak Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

65 IBU
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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this calls out as a classic barrel aged stout. The pour is thick and viscous and the nose is full of barrel, vanilla, coconut, chocolate and bourbon.

The barrel properties are prominent at first with woodsy oak and bourbon. The middle palate serves that barrel sweetness of coconut and vanilla while it ends with chocolate, caramel and toffee. This is truly decadent and absolutely delicious.

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.