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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

Ivan The Terrible Imperial StoutIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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world-class

575 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%


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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sukwonee

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle - 3151 of 4200

A: looks just like cola except the bubbles are a bit frothier

S: wow. this smells amazing. Huge Huge bourbon upfront, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booziness, vanilla, coconut. wow.

T: alright.... so it's a bit of a let down after smelling this beer. I know this has more to do with the mouthfeel but it's too carbonated. It starts with huge with bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and then... the flavor stops a bit (a bit like carbonated water) then picked up by some faint hops and dark chocolate finish. I almost wish this beer was sweeter so it hides the sharp coronation a bit. I think this beer could use some more aging.

M: carbonation is a bit too sharp and the body feels thin. Alcohol heat also is quite detectable as well.

O: very good BA stout but I think that this could use some more aging. Not in the same league as Parabola, Abyss, BCBS, etc. but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:22:34 | More by sukwonee
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billyshears

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010
a: Lots of dense dark tan head. Black body with great lacing and head retention.
s: Dark fruits that come off quite sweet (almost sour); coffee roast and cocoa.
t: Starts off with a dark fruit sweetness and finishes with chocolate roast and char with some bourbon notes; all well integrated and comes together nicely.
m: Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel (though maybe a bit light for a RIS); goes down smooth.
d: a sipper but actually quite easy to drink keeps your interest through; glad I got to try this. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 03:01:48 | More by billyshears
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of 2010 bottle number 303/3800.
A: Opaque black with a tan head and some lacing.
S: Sticky sweet chocolate espresso, kind of like a subdued Bourbon County, nice maple bacon and raspberry puree, black licorice and brown sugar. Good.
T: Well-rounded vanilla, fruity berries, smokey pig, and chocolate. Kind of like a good chutney, where everything blends nicely. It starts off creamy and thick and moves slowly to a clean resolution with the lingering alcohol and smoke.
M: Creamy smooth to a nice clean feeling.
O: Damn good. Drinkable and balanced while also being full-flavored. Not as much of a bite as I'd like, but that's a matter of preference. I'd highly recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:19:43 | More by ne0m00re
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review, 2012 corked & caged bottle (#2873 of 4200) poured into a Darkness snifter...

A: Opaque body with tan head and good retention for a big bba beer.

S: Sweet bourbon aromas without being boozy. Caramel and chocolate and some oak...bourbon is prominent but not overpowering.

T: Lots of chocolate...cocoa and dark chocolate. Some bourbony caramel and vanilla, with a flash of coconut on the finish/aftertaste. Really light booziness, with some oakiness apparent. Good sweetness, lacking in roast a bit (maybe) but finishing with some notes of burnt sugar and deeply roasted malt.

MF: Big improvement over the on-tap 2010 version, here the body is full and creamy with good carbonation.

O: Very nicely done bba stout. Not overpowering in any sense yet with strong, clear bourbon and stout notes.

Old on-tap review (Score: 4/4/4.5/3.75/4)

2010 version on-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a goblet...

A: Opaque brown with a ring of transparent tan along the edges...almost no head or lacing but there is a good amount of alcohol legs.

S: Roast and stout character are subdued...sweeter alcohol and whiskey notes slide more to the front here...lots of caramel, and some chocolate too. Fairly straightforward for a barrel-aged stout.

T: The palate mimics the nose but with more depth and diversity...bourbon shows up here as well, along with a good dose of dark caramel...hints of dried dark fruit in a slightly vinous body. Suggestions of chocolate and espresso, with a flash of toffee and vanilla. Moderately bitter finish.

MF: Thinner medium body...there is a bit of the bite here though its apparent this beer has mellowed and the alcohol is quite buried. Lower carbonation and body than I'd prefer.

O: Overall just not as impressive as I remember this 2010 version being. Still a solid BA stout but nothing earth-shattering here now.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2012 21:51:37 | More by Scotchboy
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into nonic pint glass. This beer followed a 2012 Bourbon County Stout which made for a tough act to follow, but it held its own, despite not being quite as good.

The pour produces a cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace atop the liquid. Below is an opaque, pitch black liquid that looks like a winter walk in a deep forest. It's almost intimidating.

I was expecting more from the smell, especially after the BCBS, so I had to ding some points here. The bourbon notes aren't nearly as potent, nor is the oak, although I detect both.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste on this brew, as I found a lot of the good notes that I had enjoyed in the BCBS. The bourbon and oak remained, but the beer's sweet malts showed up, as did vanilla, toffee and coffee. I enjoyed it.

The drinkability was there too, as this was really smooth and creamy. The body was much lighter than BCBS, but like that beer, there was no booze presence.

I would certainly drink this again, although we followed this beer with the Oak-Aged Yeti which costs about six bucks less and is a bit better, so for the price, this beer may not make the cut despite being damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:35:49 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Freethyhops

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

about 12oz of the 750 into a chalice. bottle # 2249/3000

A- pours completely black with minimal brown head that leaves a spotty film and color of head. decent lacing but great legs.

S- not extremely robust but a nice blend of chocolate and oak barrel with light roasted notes. little to no bourbon on the nose, surprisingly. some of my favorite IRS aromas but I'm expecting everything to come out a little more clear in the taste.

T- this thing really opens up here. the mass of 2-row malt and chocolate malts mix with a heavy dose of vanilla oak and stays on the sweet side almost the whole time. some light roasted character and bitterness mixes in but it's definitely more in the backround. the bourbon finally shows its face in the finish but it's not too heavy. it's plays in well though and manages not to be too hot.

M- full in body but not quite as thick as some of the big RIS's. nice subtle carbonation. nothing standout but it drinks very well.

D- the bottle was shared between three and it didn't take anybody especially long to finish their glass. I say a great $15 dollars well spent. a great beer from one of my favorite places to do some snowboarding. I'd jump at any bottles I see again, either to drink or spread the love.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:16:27 | More by Freethyhops
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jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with an absolutely HUGE stiff tan head that fades slowly in 3D, like an ice cream sundae. The smell is AMAZING...primarily bourbon over malted chocolate and dark fruits. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated, moderately thin..meaning that there isn't a true coating texture, ULTRA-smooth sipping qualities kicking major butt!! I NEED MORE! Full flavored, the bourbon barrel aging has the leading role supported nicely by raisins and fig over a more subtle chocolate character. Calling all bourbon enthusiasts..you NEED this! The 10% ABV is showcased really well. Many thanks Pops!! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:33:40 | More by jjayjaye
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with 3 fingers of head. Lots of lacing coating the glass.

Aroma is lightly toasted malts, a solid amount of floral hops, fudge, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is dominated up front by sweet dark fruitiness and big fudge brownie. Very rich and complex, with underlying notes of coffee, floral/citrus hops, oak, leather, tobacco, vanilla...basically all the usual suspects that you would expect a high quality imperial stout to have. The way I describe it, it should be an easy 5 for taste. However, there is something about the way the dark fruits and the hops interact that holds it back a bit. Still, very solid.

The body is full and carbonation is high. Fairly creamy. Very nice.

Drinkability is pretty damn good for 10%. This beer is of very high quality. Very close to breaking into the realm of the absolute top imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 02:48:28 | More by alcstradamus
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mikeyv35

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 03/04/10
Sample Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Shared this brew w/ a BA buddy beerloco. Poured a charcoal opaque black in color w/ a one finger tan head that dissapated gently. Nice lacing hangs on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, and subtle bourbon and vanilla. In the taste, the bourbon rears it's head in the forefront, but does not overwhelm. The finish and is of darkfruit and burnt chocolate. Medium bodied and creamy, but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable for the style, but te 10% ABV would catch up to most BAs in a hurry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew! If this had been a touch more viscose it would be world-class. Will be seeking out more bottles of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 14:43:45 | More by mikeyv35
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 1,173 of 3,000. The beer pours black with a brown head. The aroma is great and very complex. I get notes of dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate and some light whiskey notes. The flavor is brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:24:19 | More by Mora2000
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hawks10

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage - #381/3000 - 750ml bottle poured into a snifter...

Pours dark, black as expected. Three fingers of light brown, THICK, head forms and sticks around for a while. But the more I drink and the lower the beer gets in the snifter this beer really starts to look good. Not black like I thought at first, the edges are amber, further in a nice mahogany before the beer becomes black again...very nice...

Delicious nose, sweet, vanilla and bourbon, molasses and maple syrup and a little bit of chocolate. Some ripe dark fruits briefly give this beer a Belgian Strong Dark characteristic...Very strong aromas and beautiful complexity...

Roasted dark malts nicely mixed with some sweet bourbon, think Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but toned down a bit...beer becomes less roasted and much more sweet as it warms, vanilla bourbon sweetness shines here, the barrels have done this beer well...after my palette gets used to the bourbon and alcohol heat, I start to pick up some dark fruit flavors that I thought I smelled...complex, with not a single aspect/flavor of the beer being overpowering, very balanced...

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected given how "dense" the smell was...full bodied and decently carbed. A nice lingering alcohol burn warms you up and lasts long past the finish...more of a regular (yet heavy) stout feel than an RIS feel...

Overall a very good beer, an easier to drink version of Goose Island BCS, mouthfeel was a little too thin for my tastes and that is pretty much the only knock against this beer...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 03:10:34 | More by hawks10
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chswimmer opened this one. Thank you, Craig. 2009 vintage.

Ivan rests in the glass an impenetrable black with a light tan head that retains well for the style, and even leaves some scattered lacing behind.

The sweet whiskey aroma is huge, with a backing of caramel and chocolate, hints of black licorice. The bourbon barrel aroma is fantastic, displaying the sweet rich scents of a good whiskey without any harshness and very little noticeable alcohol.

Whiskey, caramel and chocolate hit the palate up front. It's medium-bodied, not extremely viscous but quite sweet and dessert-like. There's a lot of nuance behind the dominant flavors of caramel and chocolate; subtle anise, vanilla bean, roasted grain. Some mellow, pleasant heat lingers in the finish. Unexpectedly great, this holds its own against some of the better imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:59:44 | More by largadeer
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured in low light, so I cannot tell how dark this beer actually is. An aggressive pour yields a nice espresso head. Carbonation looks scant, lacing is pretty spotty.

S: Bourbon is plentiful and the barrel aging is evident in the nose - vanilla and oaky alcohol. Underneath the bourbon barrels is dark lasted malts and a bunch of sweetness. There is an element of alcohol soaked figs in the finish.

T: The taste is very akin to the nose, bourbon is the primary taste activating the pleasure centers of my brain. The sweetness and dark lasted compete with alcohol blasting through.

M: Nice and creamy with minimum carbonation. The alcohol thins this out.

D: Sweet sweet warmth from the high abv. There is tons of snow outside and freezing temperatures, give me another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 06:06:03 | More by MPLS
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Phelps

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 890 of 3000. 2009 edition.

Looks pitch black and inky, topped by a one-finger head of creamy foam the color of wet sand. Later recedes to a bubbly ring, some film. Jagged forks of lace.

Well, this is definitely sweet and boozy. There's lots of bourbon, ripe melon, honey, oak and vanilla extract.

The flavor is full of roasted marshmallows, prunes, cocoa, red wine, raisins and molasses. The bourbon is smooth, subdued and nicely integrated. It's sweet coming in, but everything balances out upon the swallow. The only detractor is that I don't feel the alcohol as much as I taste it. There's a lot of ethanol in here.

My tongue is tickled by a light carbonation while my nose is warmed by some alcohol heat. The feel is smooth and velvety, and fizzes up only slightly as it moves about.

Too easy to drink. It's definitely boozy, but the sweetness makes it go down easy. I could probably finish an entire bottle myself. That said, I have a second bottle for aging, but I can't imagine this beer improving much. I'll drink the second bottle soon, this time paired with some vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 05:00:24 | More by Phelps
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage on-tap at Hamiltons in San Diego.

Dark brown body with an opaque, black core. Just a slim line of brown head, but it does leave a little bit of lacing.

Ivan the terrible has aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Smells pretty good.

I had no idea that Ivan was barrel aged, but the flavor suggests that it is. Up front there is a lot of dark fruits, which I would guess have intensified with age. Black cherry and dates are especially powerful. A long with those fruits is a boozy bourbon flavor which was not extremely strong, but was very well integrated. Next comes a big dose of coffee and some roasted malt. The finish is all chocolate.

Good body, full and creamy.

This beer really impressed me. Normally I prefer everything except for barleywines fresh, but this aged beer is great the way it is. 4 bucks a glass? Yes please.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 04:07:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful deep dark brown with a loose head a light shade of khaki. First sip seemed shockingly thin following the Central Waters - BBS. Second sip and I was taken aback by it's wild sweetness; I got lost in it. Loads of sugary dried figs and vanilla came swimming at me hinting at it's three months spend aging in a bourbon barrel. The bourbon itself was hiding in there, but very shyly. It finished with slight touch of roasted coffee beans hanging on for dear life through a sugar avalanche.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 07:03:47 | More by burnheartsMKE
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CaptainTripps

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: A very very very very VERY dark black? Oh yes. Pure used motor oil thickness coming out of the bottle that poured a fingers worth of faily dark tan head that lingered for some time.

S: Oak and bourbon really dominate the nose but not over powering. There is small waves of vanilla and caramel pushing through as well that really complements the oak and bourbon. There is a small amount of coffee there but barely which is nice to see for a change. Roasted chocolate malts present as well.

T: Vanilla, oak and bourbon really dominate the platate wave after wave. Bourbon isn't over powering but just at the right amount making this beer very enjoyable. The alcohol is there complementing the beer but not over done - nicely done. Chocolate malts are in the background really helping the overall flavor of this beer.

M: A very smooth beer, one of the smoothest i have had. A very thick beer that isn't over the top. Carbonation is more then you would expect from such a big beer but i think it really helps improve the over all quality and drinkability. Alcohol was there, but plays a good role in the taste and really helps.

D: A damn fine RIS that was very pleasent to drink. Wasn't over the top but just good good good. The mouth feel was excellant, loved the amount of carbonation present.

My first beer from big sky brewing but i can say it wont be my last. Great job and excellant beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 13:56:17 | More by CaptainTripps
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pretty much a black color with a nice brown head. Head became a pretty nice cap and left behind a bit of spotty lacing at best.

S- Smell is of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate are here as well. Nothing really dominates the aroma they just all work well together.

T- Taste really follows the nose well. Bourbon is here but does not take over. Vanilla, oak and chocolate. Nice little alcohol warmth.

M- Full in body and carbonation was faily low.

O- A very solid brew that I'd recommend to everyone to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 22:49:27 | More by nrbw23
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grittybrews

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle (2272 of 3000) opened 05/2011. Poured a deep cola black into a tulip with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Sweet, roasty aroma of cocoa, oaky vanilla, and molasses.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet molasses up front followed by vanilla bourbon notes and slightly bitter dark cocoa and licorice on the finish. Reminded me quite a bit of The Abyss from Deschutes (which is not a bad thing!) with just a little more sweetness. Maybe not as complex as some other imperial stouts, but really enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:44:27 | More by grittybrews
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. Bottle #1430/3000. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a thin barely-there layer of light mocha that dissipates quickly. Beer is an appropriate opaque black. Lacing is minimal with no stick. Nice legs though. Head and lacing lose points that the legs make up for a touch. Slightly below average. Hardly carbonated.

S: Aroma is surprisingly subtle. Some light booziness tickles the nose while layers of chocolate, molasses, honey, maple, and vanilla linger in the background, barely detectable. Not much else going on here.

T: Opens chocolate, molasses, honey, brown sugar, and caramel. More molasses and brown sugar in the middle with some sweet prunes and toffee. Barrel aging comes through with vanilla and a bit of woodiness at the end. The most subtle touch of booziness rounds this one out. Sweet, chocolate and brownie finish with a sticky maple finish. Absolutely phenomenal. Competes for the best barrel-aged imperial stout out there.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Lighter than usual in the mouth but silky smooth and warming without being boozy. Goes down oily and slick. Finish is messy and viscous with a sticky aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here and the feel is almost perfect.

O: Ivan has always been a well received beer on BA, but I never thought it’d be nearly as good as it was. Incredible balance, the flavors complement each other perfectly, and the barrel aging is subtle yet adds an incredible depth that I’ve never experienced with any other beer. Unbelievably good. I personally couldn’t care what this one looked and smelled like after tasting it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 19:23:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 750ml bottle split with friends into snifters. Bottle #1573, 2010.

A - Black as night. Sandy brown head with good retention and lacing

S - Lots of oak in this one. Good accompanying bourbon and vanilla. Some molasses, leather and chocolate

T - Dark fruits (raisins, currants) balanced well with chocolate, vanilla, oak and toffee. The bourbon is well integrated and is accentuated by nice slight char. Very good beer and not intimidating

M - Very smooth and creamy. Impossible to pick up the ABV, very nice and balanced.

O - This is a great beer, 'nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 18:17:37 | More by OakedCanuck
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. 750ml bottle. 2009 vintage, bottle 2264 of 3000. Pours an inky black with a quarter inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a creamy cap; arcs and spots of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Great nose - dark malt dominates; however, buttery bourbon notes are revealed as the brew warms. The flavor profile really opens up as the glass warmed between my hands - milk chocolate, a little wood, brown sugar and a slight roasted/charred character. Mouthfeel is medium-light, albeit a bit thin, with an easy, even carbonation. There's also a slight acidic tang as well as some residual heat. Overall, this is an exceptional RIS with a great balance. I actually think this beer might be better with a little less time on it, but age didn't really negatively impact it as whole.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:03:13 | More by Jwale73
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II.

A - Pours pitch black with a dense one finger tall tan head leaving light lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of charred oak, dark roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and plenty of warm bourbon. The booze does grow a little bit as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with some chocolaty sweetness and some dark charred wood slowly giving way to hints of dark roasted malt, vanilla and warm bourbon. The booze is pretty consistent from start to finish. Finish has more roast than sweetness, combining with a little booze burn to linger on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with plenty of dark roasted flavors and moderate carbonation. Light booze burn at the end of each sip with plenty of lingering roast.

O - All things considered this one is very good. It has plenty of flavor, good overall balance and is pretty easy to drink. One of the better stouts I have had on the day.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:34:36 | More by orangesol
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Treebs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Westbrook tulip. Bottle # 1088/4200

A: Pours an opaque black color with a dark khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Light bourbon, some dark fruit and a little oak. Sweet chocolate, a little toffee and some roasted malts.

T: Light bourbon, milk chocolate and some nice roasted malts. Incredibly smooth with some caramel, oak and dark fruits also popping up in the flavor. There's barely any heat on the finish.

M: Highly drinkable. Light barrel flavors give way to a medium low carbonation level and a heavier mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth with an almost velvet like texture. Not overly chewy or viscous.

O: This drank like it was 8%. So incredibly smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbonation. The barrel flavors were definitely on the light side which added to the drinkability obviously. I'd like to know how many months this spent in the barrel, but either way it was a flavorful and had just enough restraint in the booze department to make it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 13:56:17 | More by Treebs
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bug thanks to Nicks6217 for this one. 2010 vintage.

Reviewed from notes and drank with my buddy Darren

A - Pours the classic impy stout, deep black not much head that doesn't retain.

S - Plenty of chocolate, and mild bourbon, with a little wood.

T - Plenty of vanilla, and drenched bourbon wood with some really nice chocolate after flavours. This is a high quality stout.

M - Sliky smooth, thick viscous and minimal carbonation

O - A great bourbon stout, and one of the best I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

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