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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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Ratings: 574
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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seeswo

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery snifter. I'll comment on the appearance at the end. Smell is dark fruit, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and a touch of coffee/chocolate. The flavor is the big combination of the dark fruit, bourbon and the roasted flavor of the malts and coffee. Lesser so is the specific vanilla and oak. The nose and the flavor come together pretty well to make a quite nice -bal imperial stout. The mouthfeel and appearance will be bundled together in failure. Slurping its way out of the bottle was something that could be best described as a beer oyster, plopping its way into the glass. The shape and texture were of an oyster, with a brownish color. After snagging and poking this thing, I decided to give it a taste - sugarless chocolate and bland cocoa, basically. It was really gross to see this thing plop into a glass and it was relieving to find out that it was an ingredient in the beer and not something else. Either way, it is impossible to positively rank the mouthfeel and appearance given the cocoa oyster we received.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 14:07:23 | More by seeswo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition,bottle #945 of 3800
10%ABvV.

Poured into an imperial nonic near jet black,you had to hold it up to bright light to get a little ruddy hue at the bottom of the glass to get thru the pitch blackness.Toasted bourbon barrel hits upfront in the nose than some vanilla and alcohol dipped dark fruit,the roast is a bit subdued but its rich in the nose.Toasty with big bourbon notes on the palate but it doesnt overpower,lingering dark fruit and dark roast coffee does show thru.A little sharp in the mouthfeel,this beer would be off the charts with a fuller feel.A really good if not great imperial stout,so close...so close.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:45:53 | More by oberon
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeffo brought this over for Tuesday night beer and sports! Very cool...

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Good looking black stout. Two fingers fluffy foam.

Slight smell of bourbon. lots of wood, aok, a hint of smoke and some dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose but with some added coffee and hop bitterness.

A lighter body than with most beers of this style it's a bit airy and a good amount of carbonation.

A highly recomended stout. Actually very easy to drink. Thanks a bunch Jeff for sharing this beer with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 14:09:44 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for splitting this bottle with me. I cant't believe you just found this in some random store.

A- Pours a pretty much black color. Hints of darker brown when held to the light. Two finger dark mocha colored head shows medium retention. Head caps the beer and leaving some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Chocolate notes in the front of the aroma blend with a straight-forward vanilla scent. Hints of oak barrel come through next with some charred coffee notes. Bourbon only really sneaks up in the ending aroma. Licorice and light darker fruits come up in the ending with a light alcohol heat to tingle the nose.

T- Darker fruits start off this wonder beer. Plum, fig and light darker cherry come through and mix with a hint of vanilla. The vanilla gets bigger toward the middle of the beer. Barrel notes in the middle with a light caramel sweetness. The middle also shows a light coffee roast as well. The ending shows chocolate with a light vanilla hint to it. Roasted malt does show in the ending along with a warming bourbon alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side I thought for the beer. Darker fruits, chocolate, oak, and hints of coffee are left on the palate. Aftertaste is bourbon like alcohol heat, oak, roasted malts and light chocolate. Flavors were blended very well with the style in mind. No off flavors were present while drinking this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a beast. By the end of the my part of the beer it seemed like my palate was hurting. A little more lively carbonation would have done wonders for this beer. The ABV does show a little in the front of the beer and by the ending it was crushing. The alcohol heat warmed the belly making this beer a nice wintertime drink. I will be looking for this beer in the future but want to make sure I let this one sit a bit before cracking open.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:44:06 | More by alleykatking
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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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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A The first thing that jumps out at you his how dark this one is. In fact I held it up to the sun and it actually blocked the light. The head was brown with decent retention.

S The nose is full of oak and bourbon. With some vanilla and what might be a hint of fruit

T the taste follows the nose, with bourbon being the most noticeable. There are also notes of fruit, vanilla, and a woody oak note. There is also a noticeable alcohol note as well.

M The mouth feel is full, but not as full as usual for an RIS which still works well for this particular beer.

Overall this is a pretty good RIS, not the best I've ever had, and the bourbon might have been a bit much for the style but still a great beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:05:43 | More by beerandcycling88
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a recent Goose Island Bourbon County Tasting in Charlotte with marine1975, boodingo, CarolinaKevin, HopDiggityDawg, and GehenHerzog at Mike Brawley's house with Budweiser sign blazing! Big thanks to GehenHerzog for sharing this one with the group as a supplement to the Bourbon County series! Served from bottle into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice RIS. Seemed to fit right in with the Bourbon Counties we were sampling that night. Big alcohol up-front but mellowed out upon warming slightly. I wouldn't call this one easy drinking due to this but still quite enjoyable. This one had a bottle number and I didn't write it down!?!? Ahhh!!! Maybe that's why I couldn't tasty any rarity in this one. Oh well, maybe next time... This one is a definite must try if you haven't had it and worth seeking out. Glad I got to tick this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 11:55:39 | More by thagr81us
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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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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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fiver29

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, roasty malts, and bourbon. Flavors followed the nose exactly. More wood, roasty malt, some espresso, bourbon, vanilla. Smooth roasty malts balanced nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Thick brew. I really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:20:53 | More by fiver29
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youradhere

Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3024 of 3800 2010 Vintage

Let's see if this one isn't suspect. Bottle cork pops and then a brown gush of foam, fluffy light head with deep mahogany body. Chunks of yeast sediment seen floating about the bottom. Smell is bourbon and licorice, slight chocolate. Chocolate and licorice, bourbon vanilla, some coffee char. Mouthfeel is creamy with prickly carbonation, carbonation is a bit high yet less that the one bottle which leads me to believe #1119 was just off. Very drinkable brew, will do nice for tonight!

1119 of 3800 2010 Vintage

Pours thick black with lost of tan head with deep red edges lots of apparent carbonation. Smells of bourbon, vinous notes, oak, grapes, licorice. Taste is coffee, licorice, bourbon booze, vanilla, cola. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation high, really high, almost champagne like. A bit on the acidic side, I think the carbonation isn't helping this bottle. I'll have to crack another to make sure this isn't batch wide, oh darn ;). Still good, just not quite like last year.

1811 of 3000 2009 Vintage; 4-27-2010. 4.5/ 5/ 4 /4.5 /5

A- Impenetrably black, with a thick, chunky like tan head which falls to leave nice thick lacing up the sides of the glass. This beer also has noticable legs up the glass.

S- Sweet vanilla bourbon notes overpower an underlying theme of chocolate, and dare I say that I am picking up the faintest hint of Play-doh? Its not bad at all and in every way pleasing.

T- A light bready sweetness cloaks an assault of bourbon and chocolate, with a hot vanilla alcohol burn that does not overwhelm. Light char, and barely noticable hop bitters do not make this an overpowering drink. As it sits on my palate longer I am picking up dark breads and dates. I like this beer.

M- Not as heavy as some RIS I've had; it is thick without being cloyingly so. Very well balanced.

D- Cliche: dangerously drinkable. Not too thick as to slow you down while enjoying a bottle to yourself, this is something that I could drink several bottles of throughout a dark winter night!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:12:12 | More by youradhere
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small light head that leaves some lace. The aroma is cocoa and raw roasted grain with some apple and a bit of bourbon. The flavor is roasty and plenty bitter with some dark fruit and woody tones. The bourbon and vanilla are well featured but not overdone, which makes this a pretty nice version of a bourboned RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 16:46:45 | More by BieresDesMoines
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a snifter. One of my contributions to the weekend. Bottle # 1290 of 3800.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a nice frothy tan head and decent retention with lots of lacing.

(S)- A nice oaky vanilla bourbon profile. Some roasted components. Raisin and molasses.

(T)- Lots of run raisin and oaky bourbon. Very sweet and rich with some dark fruits and subtle charred oak at the end.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Surprisingly smooth and mellow despite its bourbon barrel aging. Rich too.

(D)- A very easy drinking and enjoyable stout. Rich and sweet, but carries a nice smoothness as well. Good stuff. Will look forward to see what time will do to this.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:32:14 | More by sweemzander
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DovaliHops

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage Bottle 1767 of 3800. Thanks to my buddy Phil for sharing this. Pours a lovely black color with hints of dark brown when held up to light. Medium sized tannish brown had that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy with dark fruits, bourbon, and chocolate. Smells absolutely amazing. Taste is just like the nose would lead me to believe. I was not disappointed in the slightest bit. Lovely complex blend of dark fruit, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth...creamy. Drinkability is high on this one. I have one in my cellar, and not sure if I should age it much longer considering how well it's drinking right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 06:39:11 | More by DovaliHops
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. Bottle 2569/3800. 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for sharing this.

Appearance: This pours almost black, with walnut brown edges. Thick and viscous, with a small mocha head that recedes

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, and figs, roasted malt, and a little bit of toffee, molasses, and peat.

Taste: The malt flavor is definitely heavy here, with a surprisingly strong and noticeable peat flavor. Bourbon soaked raisins and figs combine with smooth toffee to provide a nice sweetness. A little bit of smoke and tobacco step in on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with medium carbonation. A sticky residue is left after each sip, and it has a sort of buttery smoothness to it.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer, it is a shame this is only released in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:26:56 | More by KickInTheChalice
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my snifter

Appearance is opaque black with a huge dense two and a half inch head. The head was mocha colored with good head rention and lacing clinging to my glass.

Smell consist of oak as a main aroma with bourbon soaked raisins and dark cherries. Underlying scent of plums and prunes. Milk chocolate with espresso, vanilla, and some roasted barley. Hop presence can be detected in the bitterness of the aroma. Overall great lavender type smell.

Upfront taste is a little bitter with barley and a dark chocolate taste. Pursuing is a taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, and a great oak presence. Midway plums, dates and a slight tart cherrie finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Not as thick as other RIS, which I feel it needed.

Overall great beer and only complaint is I wish it had a thicker body.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:04:35 | More by tr4nc3d
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into John's Grocery tulip at Red's Ale House in North Liberty, IA. Paid $20 for it, and I'm not the least bit upset. Would have paid $30, or more. Bought another to take home with us. Review given from notes.

Appearance: Poured a jet black, with a good amount of head. Much more heady than other Imperial Stouts I have had recently. Nice cream/off white head.

Smell: WOW! Come on. This isn't even fair. The nose is fantastic. Hints of oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs. Great malt support. Very reminiscent of the Central Waters Peruvian Morning (which is fantastic).

Taste: Well this doesn't disappoint. The taste is just wonderful. The alcohol and bourbon are not overwhelming. They work well with the support of the malt, and dried fruits/chocolate backdrop. Just a hint of smoke, the bitter chocolate tapers off, and roasted malt finish the task.

Mouth: I feel the carbonation was just right. It has a great moutfeel, creamy lasting texture.

Drink and overall: Overall? Awesome! Drinkable? You bet. 10% ABV is not apparent, and actually suits this RIS very well. I would HIGHLY recommend this beer to anyone, but it seems as though these are hard to come by. We were lucky to find two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 22:55:05 | More by MarcatGSB
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for the bottle!
2010 Vintage
Bottle 343 of 3800

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Ivan produces an essentially black body with a thick, light-tan, head on top. Nice lacing.

Lots of oakiness on the nose with well roasted malts and some sweet bourbon. I'm not sure what barrels Big Sky used, but there is some earthy spiciness to bourbon as well. Touch of dark fruit and a hint of coffee. On par with most bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Roasty malts and fig molasses on the tongue with oaky, spicy, bourbon in the background. Quite sweet with some ethanol burn on the finish. I like the flavor up front, but the finish is kind of a sugary, alcoholic, mess. Light chocolate presence throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. Ivan has some nice thickness to it, but the carbonation is a bit too high. Warming alcohol on the finish. I wish the carbonation was knocked down a bit, but swirling the glass a lot helps.

Drinkability is good. Even with the higher than normal carbonation for the style and messy finish, I'm still enjoying the glass in front of me. Gets fairly quaffable as the carbonation drops off and it rises to room temp. Ivan is better than the average BA RIS, but their are others that are still another level or two above this. Worth checking out if you like the style and have easy access to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:40:28 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing a syrupy black body under four fingers of thick tanned head. Some lacing. Can't imagine a beer looking any better than this. Smells like chocolaty, molasses-y dried and poached fig with roasted malt. Pretty good smells.

Tastes sweet and warm with lots of milk chocolate and a slight roastiness. Possibly some dried fig in the flavor as well. Flavors are surprisingly light and more reminiscent of a high end milkshake than a heavy syrupy stout. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied but the carbonation starts small and expands so drastically that it flows smooth as a cream soda on the tongue. Very drinkable for the heaviness. Alcohol not at all noticeable in this brew.

I wish I had more of this. So much more.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:40:20 | More by abuliarose
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer I remember being awesome at GABF! Finally crack a bottle from a tasting.

A: Black with bubbly tan head and good lacing! Nice.

S: Nice Bourbon and malt base, roasty stout, and then theres a butterscotch smell at the end! Infection I'd say, not sure what it is, Diacytl? Some soy sauce. Uh oh...

T: Thank goodness the taste is still very good. Refined vanilla oak pairs nicely with the sweet bourbon tinged chocolate and roast stout. A little licorice and soy sauce as well. Very nice.

M: A little overcarbonated for me but still pretty thick and good.

D: Hmm, wasnt all I hoped for but not terrible. Did anyone else seem to get a infected bottle? Everyone at the small tasting I had agreed that it was infected in the nose especially, though it didnt seem to affect the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:44:51 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x, by way of johngalt1, cracked at the Central NE BA Meetup.

Pours a huge creamy darker head with some nice lacing and fades at a medium pace over a pitch black colored beer.

Nose is loaded with dark malts and roast, chocolate malts, light fluffy nougat, baker's chocolate, pure dark malts, a light marshmellow, light caramel and vanilla, touch of oak and wood, bit of oats.

Taste is loaded with dark malts as well, creamy dark malts, chocolate both dark and baker's, some light smoke, toasted oak and buttered oak, chewy oats, dark roast, touch of earthy malts and light earthy hops, smooth and a bit creaminess, bit of toffee, hint of minerality. Finishes with some bitter hops, lots of dark malts still, more toffee and minerality, dark earthy malts and some hops, bourbon, vanilla, very well balanced.

Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and thick, with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, drinks well, a bit creamy and a bit sticky, and light booze.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:28:14 | More by jlindros
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BillHilly

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice 1 finger head pour, stout obsidian appearance, incredible head retention.

S: Bourbon, malt, cocoa

T: mild malt front, sweet dark fruits, bourbon essence, slight vanilla finish.

M: So smooth, perfect balance

D: this is the first beer I have ever given all 5's...you have got to be kidding me! Fantastic bourbon barrel stout.

This was a 2010 bottle poured in my favorite Duvel tulip. Recommend this beer - hands down a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:56:13 | More by BillHilly
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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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harrymel

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010

A: pours a dark maduro brown. Nice, two finger latte head loosely disspates and leaves a thick sheet of the same. Beer has excellent clarity around edges, otherwise SRM's prevent this. minimal lacing.

S: The bourbon is both the hilight and beautifully subdued. Never experienced appropriately blended BBA like this. Malty, anise, bourbon, sweetness, molasses. Very nice. Very pleasing.

T: This beer is fantastic fresh - I've had many BBA's that need aging, and then peak out. I'm not so sure this beer should be aged. It's great now, and struggle to see the Bourbon getting better. I think I prefer this to The Abyss.

M: Velvet, with moderate carbonation. I do, however, tend to stir my glass so frequently, that the carbonation dies out quite a bit. Leaves the the mouth slick and appreciating the bourbon barrels even longer.

D: This beer is outstanding. I can't see the beer having better presence beyond being fresh. I have about a case sitting around the house - I've already traded too much of it away. This beer is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:30:23 | More by harrymel
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bill for the chance to try this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a oint glass at room temp. Pours dark brown, near black with atan head. Nose is roasty with some very faint barrel notes. Needs more barrels. Medium body. Not quite what I was expecting, but a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:19:09 | More by rye726
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.