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

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655 Ratings
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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 778
Gots: 207 | FT: 15
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

thebigredone, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

TheBronze, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

SanFranJake, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've heard great things and was excited to try this one.

A: Pours somewhat thin, with close to no head whatsoever... a few oily bubbles quickly dissipated. I don't think this beer is supposed to be flat. The beer looks somewhat thin and oily. It is black as night and hard to see through.

S: Lots of alcohol up front, and some bourbon and barrel character. There is some malt sweetness, a slight estery fruitiness, and no apparent hops whatsoever. Some char and burnt character is there as well.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some sweet maltiness are all there. This has the complexity of a very strong, big stout with bourbon and barrel flavors. The more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it and the complexity really stands out. The roastiness of the stout is really mellowed by the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the oak.

M: Despite being over 13% abv, this beer, the lack of any carbonation makes this beer feel much thinner and watery than it probably should be. I think this was an off batch. However, it still has a slick and sugary mouthfeel, and coats your tongue for a while.

O: I would certainly try this one again, and it is priced very well for being a huge bourbon barrel stout. I would hope the beer is carbonated next time which could really improve my scores on this one.

Ricelikesbeer, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Morakaton, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

appetiteforparis, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

EZEKIEL_F, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of sblanton83
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

sblanton83, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of MCain04
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from 2013 vintage, bottle 653/3000 poured into a Half Acre snifter at around 50F. Price $16/bottle.

Pours a dark brown body, almost no head to speak of, large beige bubbles quickly dissipate into mild rimming.

Smells of bourbon, sweet molasses, dark fruits, figs, vanilla, and light grape sweetness.

Taste is bourbon-forward with strong notes of molasses and vanilla. Drying alcohol esters. Subdued roast character. Taste is thin. Drying finish.

Feel is thin for as big as the beer is. Low carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall, for as much as I anticipated this, I'm disappointed. This needs improvement in several areas. My other bottle will be happily donated to a friend who didn't get a bottle from the latest release, and here's hoping that future releases improve.

MCain04, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CaptainQ, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

vissai, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jlee185, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
The beer pours a rich (but relatively thin looking) black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is fruity and boozy, some bourbon vanilla, and relatively little sweetness or chocolate. The same fruitiness is present in the taste, but with a bit more grain, caramel sweetness and tobacco-y bitterness to help round things out. The mouthfeel is fruity, medium bodied, slightly dry, has adequate carbonation and caramelized sugars competing against the potent, burning booziness. This is an interesting beer, great flavors without a thick body, and it really highlights the bourbon stout without making it tough to drink.

ThePorterSorter, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ltltony, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

VonZipper, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ChicagoNick, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Boston_Steve, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DerekMorgan, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BColton1, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gator79, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bauermj, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours black. Several fingers head with great retention.

Bourbon booze and vanilla. Barrel notes.

Taste is great. Bourbon, dark fruit, chocolates. Taste is more dynamic than the nose.

Full mouthfeel but a bit stickier on the finish than I would prefer but nice.

Powderhornphil, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BringbakFavre, Jan 14, 2014
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.