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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 772
Gots: 196 | FT: 11
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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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DmanGTR

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to unclejedi for a generous pour at DLD. From notes on 4/24/10

A - poured extremely dark brown, pretty much black. Deep garnet hues in the edges. Light tan head that retained nicely and lent a creamy look in the light. 4.5

S - A lovely explosion of vanilla, charred oak, smoke, and roastiness. Wonderfully balanced. 4.5

T - Very similar to the aroma but less smoky flavor. The chocolate and expresso are prominent but mellowed by some vanilla in the finish. A wonderful beer, the taste is nearly flawless. I wish I could get this near me. 5.0

M - Rich, thick, and coats the palate. Subtle carbonation. Not too chewy. 4.5

D - For a 10% beer, this went down so smooth and so velvety. I could not taste any alcoholic warmth at all. 5.0

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 17:56:44 | More by DmanGTR
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan! I've wanted to try this beer for a long time.

2009 Vintage
Bottle 2223 of 3000.

A: Ivan the Terrible has an opaque black body. When held to the light, the beer is dark brown at the apex. There is about an inch of tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: This aroma is world class. Roasted malt and bourbon, hints of chocolate and coffee. Incredibly inviting.

T: Though not as amazing as the aroma, this beer is a pleasure to drink. It's extremely well-balanced, and the flavor is outstanding. The bourbon component is very present, but doesn't overpower the roasted malt or any of the other more subtle flavors.

M: Nice, thick feel. The 10% is not entirely disguised per se, but I certainly would not describe the beer as hot.

D: A pleasure to drink. I'm thankful for the opportunity to try it for the first time. I hope to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:02:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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canuckns

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured int a duvel tulip glass

A: Oily black. Head poured thick and about 3 fingers. lacing all the way down the glass

Aroma: Malty, bourbon, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Rich, sweet. Caramel & molasses. Bourbon on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, little syrupy, more carbonated than you might expect, but it works.

Overall: Very very good. Smooth, easy, tasty. Bit of a kick with the alcohol, but it works. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:47:45 | More by canuckns
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local Binny's, thanks to George for the advance taste before I bought. Bottle number 196/3000.

Poured into a snifter, leaving a large tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight shimmer of a head. Black as night, even up to a light bulb, nothing gets through.

Aromas of candied, chocolate-covered fruit, and vanilla. Slight roast aroams as well.

First sip is bourbon (vanilla and alcohol). Some roast and chocolate at the back of the sip. Good balance of beer and barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, but not heavy or filling. Bourbon richness fills your mouth with vanilla and a nice warm alcohol bite.

Drinkability is very good. I'm going to enjoy this over the next hour or so as it warms.

I wouldn't categorize this as a RIS, belongs in the barrel aged group. Not a lot of RIS coming through in this, but excellent none the less. I'm going to have to pick up a few bottles to age, if I can make it through the winter without opening another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:27:24 | More by JamnesCameron
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 - Bottle 167 of 3000. Pours a dark brown which becomes absolutely black in the glass, small tan head that was gone quickly but kept a nice cap for some time. Great aroma wafting up from the glass! Chocolate dominates the nose, followed by some dark fruits (raisins), charred grains, and just a hint of woody barrel and bourbon. Wow! This beer tastes amazing. Chocolaty deliciousness through and through, hints of coffee in the background, and wonderfully sweet, but nowhere near cloying, inviting dark caramel/burnt sugar middle, rounded out by barrel-aged vanilla goodness. Bourbon is there, but not in huge amounts. So perfectly balanced between the sweetness and the roast, and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Silky, smooth, low carbonation. I just can't get enough of this beer. I don't know how long this sat in the barrels, but Big Sky somehow found the sweet spot when aging this delectable brew for us. I'm very impressed as Big Sky typically doesn't do it for me. But this beer just blew me away. The balance is incredible, and I can't believe how easy it is to drink at 10%. Well done, Big Sky. Well done indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:16:16 | More by KeefD
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Highgrade

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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enelson

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Jameswoody

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-21-2013 06:56:58 | More by Jameswoody
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-15-2011 17:55:49 | More by nmann08
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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parrotsnest

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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00chris

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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SheboyganJake


4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-16-2012 00:14:31 | More by SheboyganJake
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codynevels

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-17-2011 21:32:30 | More by codynevels
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dlello2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ivan The Terrible
A – Creamy, cloudy black with maybe even a hint of grey? Interesting. Few fingers of creamy, micro-bubble head fade slowly. 5.0

S – Bittersweet chocolate dominates. A suggestion of hops follows. As it warms the smell develops into a rich chocolate roastiness. 4.5

T – Immediately reminds me of Surly Darkness (which I haven’t had or thought about in a while… interesting). I’ll start by saying this is very good. Not super complicated (much like darkness) but what it’s got is freaking spot on. Perfect amount of roasty bitterness. 10% alcohol, but super drinkable. 5.0

M – Great full bodied mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Not as thick as a Ten Fidy or FIS. Goes down easy. Again, if it weren’t for feeling the alcohol I wouldn’t know it was there. 4.5

O – This was a great beer. As it warmed up it got even better. I can’t believe it but I can confidently say my first 10oz pour of this beer catapulted it into my top 10. Will definitely be seeking it out to try in the future. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 17:44:50 | More by dlello2
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-15-2014 16:25:20 | More by DantheMan75
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

09-08-2013 01:19:32 | More by redliner8
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trapper2408

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-25-2013 01:47:40 | More by trapper2408
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a snifter, with a thin, tan head that dissipates almost completely, leaving some remnants on the surface. No light passes through this one, even when held up to direct light.
Nose is chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon, and slight alcohol. Delicious.
As is the taste. Slight chocolately bitterness is up front, followed by a nice bourbon/alcohol heat. Aftertaste is warm and complex; butterscotch definitely noticeable. Very well-balanced imperial stout--the bourbon is not overwhelming by any means.
Mouthfeel is just as thick as I'd want an imperial stout to be. Heavy and slightly oily, but with just enough crisp bitterness to balance it out.
This one is very drinkable. I finished this bottle with no problem, and while I doubt I could polish off another full bottle, another snifter of this one would be a perfect way to finish off the evening.
This is an excellent, well-balanced imperial stout- one of my favorites so far, and a great beer for my first review.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:52:32 | More by Parrotbeak
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A - After the cork broke and I put my cork screw away, poured this into myduvel snifter. Black with a nice 1/4 inch brown head. Some lacing and stick on glass

S - Dark fruits, chocolatte, sugar, wood and bourbon. A really beautiful nose with a lot going on

T - Big chocolatte and sweet bourbon. There's a hint of alcohol in the back and more chocolatte. The bourbon is apparent but not over the top. You get some nice wood and vanilla which plays well with the chocolatte which is huge and very sweet. Nice long finish

M - Rich mouth and a high carbonation which isn't too off.

D - What a great beer. Very easy to drink even though there is so much going on.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer. Sweet and chocolatty, nice wood and barrel flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:03:16 | More by boomer31
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Cody_Mac

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-13-2014 20:16:30 | More by thinwhiteduke
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.