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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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575 Ratings
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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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GilGarp

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Corked and caged 750ml green glass bottle. #2263 of 3800.

Served slightly cooler than cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

Ivan the terrible is a deep brown color, black in the glass, with thick off white head. It has good retention for an aged strong ale.

Aroma is evident from a distance. It is a combination of dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, and red wine.

Flavor is bold too with a balanced combination of the elements mentioned above. The stout is actually the most forward flavor which is unusal for a barrel aged beer. Many times the bourbon overwhelms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated.

It may be slightly oxidized but is still enjoyable. A well made barrel aged stout from a small Montana brewery. An unexpected surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:24:57 | More by GilGarp
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009, bottle 41 of 3000.

Solid black color with a brown head of creamy suds. Some nice lacing to match.

The nose is a mouthwatering array of oaky bourbon, toasty malt and rich sweetness. The bourbon is amazing and the overall nose outstanding.

Reminds me of a less bourbony, but sweeter GI Bourbon County Stout. Oaked bourbon is moderately strong and adds a good dose of warmth. Sweet, sweet toasted malt goodness. Notes of vanilla bean, coffee, lightly smoked malt and molasses. Just wonderful.

Full bodied with a lightly syrupy slick feel. Soft and creamy smooth carbonation.

Drinks really well for a beer this big. Has to go into my list of favorite beers. If you like GIBCS, this will be right up your alley. I am only now regretting buying one last year. I highly recommend this one and will have no problem drinking this whole bottle with my wife. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 03:58:35 | More by jera1350
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We cracked open a 2010 vintage bottle (limited edition #3087 of 3800) poured into a tulip glass. What a special treat! Poured dark black-brown with a frothy medium creamy off-white head with sticky lacing that lasted throughout. The aroma and flavor balances well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight oaky bourbon presence. There was subtle coffee notes throughout and some alcohol heat. Some vanilla was detected. Smooth and silky bodied beer with a nice finish. Excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:14:57 | More by CuriousMonk
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. Bottle# 1581/3800. 10.00% ABV. Bottle courtesy of yeahnatenelson.

This one was cracked open for the fourth installment of "A Beer Observed" with ClarkPinnock. Poured my allotment into a standard snifter.

This beer pours slowly a dark black with a stunning thick tan head. Excellent retention with this one. Light lace left behind. The nose is sweet with notes of vanilla, pancake syrup, wet oak, toasted chocolate.

The mouth is weaker than I'd have hoped for such a big beer. Thin at times, and the carbonation becomes a little spritzy in the absence of a full body. I'd love this one to be a bit heavier. The bourbon is wonderfully integrated in this beer. Sweet vanilla tannins washed out with bitter dark chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Booze character is mild here. Surprising really. Wonderfully executed. I really dig this beer. A bit thicker and this one is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:54:09 | More by Onenote81
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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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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin dark brown bubbly head that left some good creamy frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely had some a lovely chocolatey aroma with a bit of roast, tobacco blunt wrap notes, signs of bourbon barrel booze with hints of dark fruits, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness.

T: It had a nice dark chocolatey base with good roastiness, good bourbon barrel character but well balanced booze heat, a touch of dark fruitiness, tobacco blunt wrap accents alongside toffee, molasses and vanilla sweetness.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, mild dark fruity, slightly boozy, bourbon wood barrel, sweet, rich and creamy finish.

O: definitely good as I thought it was going to be, a bit surprised on the tobacco character in it but it was still very good. Finally conquered this elusive beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 05:32:33 | More by Gobzilla
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Bottle. From the latest release. Poured into a snifter glass a dark brown/black color with a thin light tan head. The aroma is made up of the usual IS characteristics of; dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of leather, and some oak earthiness. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit round out the flavors. Very smooth and balanced is the best that I can describe this. It didn’t necessarily stand out in a bad or good way with all the other beers we tried this night. Just a solid well done IS.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 12:16:26 | More by kbutler1
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

2009 Limited Edition 338 of 3000.

Dark black with a 3 finger head which looks like a chocolate milk shake. Very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruit, and roasted coffee, Very nice.

The flavor is just like the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruit, roasted coffee blend together beautifully, and make for an outstanding beer. A very nice sweet beer.

The mouth feel on this is very nice. Proper carbonation, smooth, almost like velvet. Sweet, medium bodied, and a pleasure to drink. The alcohol is detectable, but not overbearing. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:41:51 | More by hardy008
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasnt planning on getting into Blind Beers Round 4, but AleWatcher had different plans. Bottle #1 from an unsolicited box of blinds.

Reviewed completely blind.

The first one I pulled out was a C&C green glass 750ml. I had to know what this big green bottle was. I initially thought it would be Belgian since not many US brewers use green glass. Jeff told me nothing in this box is Belgian so now I'm really curious. Either way I knew it was going to be something Ive never had.

A- There was quite a bit of sediment that worked its way up to the top of the neck so I had to let this one settle for a couple days. I still got a few chunks of it in our glasses but nothing too messy. The pour is cola brown that forms a dark black beer with purple and root beer edges. A fluffy, off white head rises up with a little bit of crackling. There is copious lace. Is this some huge porter? 4.5

S- The aroma is very fruity. Fig puree, plums, sweet black cherries,dates etc, etc, etc. These rich fruits only become deeper, richer and sweeter as it warms. There is plenty of smooth vanilla or oak and maybe some light bourbon. At this juncture I cant decide if this is barrel aged or has vanilla. I'm leaning towards some sort of crazy blend. At any rate, this aroma is phenomenal. 5

T- This beer is very, very rich on the dark fruits. Bourbon oak brings lots of vanilla after adequate warming. There is a little bit of spice, maybe cinnamon. There is a clear cut chocolate malt base that really boosts the sweet decadence of this stuff. More sweet cherries and figs. Belgian yeast? Blend? Is this some sort of barrel aged quad or BSDA? 4.5

M- The body is on the high side of medium. Clean finish despite the dense sweetness. Carbonation is soft but prickly. 4

D- This stuff is very tasty. Its so rich on the fruitness Im thinking its some sort of Belgian style, perhaps blended and aged in bourbon. 4.5

The reveal: Big Sky Ivan the Terrible!! Sick! I wasnt really thinking stout, its so sweet and fruity. This is bottle 3554/3800.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:19:14 | More by MbpBugeye
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birchstick

Colorado

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

2010 vintage, bottle 37 of 3800

A - pours a deep, dark black color with a minimal head that forms a light taupe color around the glass

S - nose is lots of nice vanilla, some molasses, cola, milk to dark chocolates

T - taste starts off with milk chocolates that moves to a nice vanilla flavor imparted from the barrel aging. Moves on to a nice spicy bourbon flavor with some more vanilla in the mix. Ends spicy and a little hot.

M - mouth is medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation - goes down really nicely

D - overall, this is a pretty nice barrel aged RIS. Personally, I think this is a nice example of barrel aged beer, however due to the bottle count being low I think this demands a little more than its worth. That being sad, I am glad I landed a bottle and would try to get again off the shelf if the opportunity presents itself in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:16:16 | More by birchstick
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= thick black color with a small tan head that leaves some sticky lacing behind
S= whew! Alcohol up front hard! There's the obvious burbon smell following with chocolate and coffee... mostly the burbon alcohol
T= deep coffee taste with a lot of chocolate. The alcohol burned my throat before the sip hit my mouth as I inhaled. Very little but some hop bitterness is detected
M= heavy and sticky
D= maybe the style isn't for me but it's a sipper for sure. Good representation of a barrel aged beer though. Unique
Bottle number 929

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 04:14:16 | More by jjanega08
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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle 426/1152. Thanks Chris for sharing!

A- Body is a dark brown, nearly black. Pours with a 2 finger creme brulee colored head. Some lacing is left behind in the glass-retention is good at 1/2 finger.

S-Classic RIS nose. Plum, anise, raisin, ripened dark fruit, licorice. Balance leans toward sweet and fruity-but there is a slight alcohol presence as well as mild cocoa and very mild dark chocolate.

T- Taste is completely different than nose. Lots of dark chocolate, raisin, complex-but slightly over ripe. A touch of bourbon and oak come through for the finish as the fruit flavors intensify and the chocolate fades. Dark fruit and a slight alcohol warmth linger.

M-Very well done-thick, creamy, and full body. Soft carbonation but slightly chalky.

D- This is a good RIS overall. Doesn't compare to my favorites of the style thought. Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:16:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
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jsh420

Illinois

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

2009 #389/3000

pours dark dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that had good retention and left spotted lacing

smell is sweet bourbon vanilla dark fruits

taste much like nose sweet bourbon dark fruits vanilla then roasted malts chocolate some booze - no flavors overpower the others which make this a very enjoyable beer

mouthfeel is medium/heavy good carbonation very smooth and creamy with a very dry finish

drinkability is great this 750ml bottle went down prety fast

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 05:26:57 | More by jsh420
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.3 fl. oz. (750ml) corked and caged bottle
2010
Limited edition 1916 of 3800
Served in a snifter

Big thanks to Fclfcs for sharing this bottle.

The beer poured dark brown and slightly thin for the style. An inch-tall crown of tan colored foam topped the liquid and faded to a lasting collar. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was solid. Strong roasted malt and powdered cocoa notes were apparent. Noticeable boozy, bourbon-like presence. Semi-sweet with indications of brown sugar and raisins. Overall, not super complex but smooth and well balanced.

Boozy, bourbon notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Initially, the beer seemed a bit hot, but it settled down with time. Roasted malts appeared on the front end. Dark fruit notes came through in the center. Raisins were most noticeable. Moderately sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark chocolate as well. Good amount of whiskey/bourbon. Hint of vanilla. The finish was boozy, woody and slightly tannic with a noticeable ashy flavor.

For the style, the beer was surprisingly effervescent and felt quite thin on the palate. Almost champagne-like. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy and smooth.

With its balanced flavor profile and lighter bodied mouthfeel, this 2010 vintage of Ivan the Terrible may not have been one of the more extreme imperial stouts I have ever sampled, but it was tasty, drinkable and quite enjoyable nonetheless. I would love to see how the more recent vintages with higher ABVs compare to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:30:48 | More by Damian
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What did he do that was so terrible? Oh. Pours a milky midnight black color with a light tan colored head. Thick head and good retention and lacing through the full tasting. Some good legs on this one with a good viscosity.

The nose is rich and malty. To start there is a sweet caramel note that mixes with a coffee and toffee mixture. Some noticeable oak and whiskey notes that blend in well. Limited to no astringency, there is more of a milk stout thing going on. A light lactic note that emphasizes this. Some molasses notes with a minerally note that I usually associate with black strap. Also some darker fruit esters, specifically prunes and some stone fruit notes. The yeast is very clean with some light alcohol notes.

The taste is similar but the whiskey note really come out and hinder the beer. The malt is there with a more super sweet caramel taste coming through. This is really emphasized by the body and milkiness of the beer. The oak notes really come out as well, with stronger vanilla notes (almost like Mexican vanilla). Very strong caramel notes. Again the astringency is really lacking and would like some bite. Some fruit notes, mostly plums but some raisins and figs as well. The molasses isn't as noticeable as the nose and no real off ie mineral. Very clean yeast as well but some booze notes on the back end and as it warms.

The body is very creamy. This really makes the caramel notes really come out. Carbonation is light but almost like a nitro feel in the body. Overall I think the whiskey notes are a bit over the top and would have liked to see more astringency. But this should age very very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:22:51 | More by Oxymoron
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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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Tilley4

Tennessee

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

Bottle 678 of 1152...

I've been wanting to delve into this one for a while and in celebtation of Ivan's recent birthday, I decided to pull this one out of the cellar and enjoy it... I'm glad I did...

Absolutely completely pitch black with a thick creamy cocoa foamy head... The perfect looking RIS...

Lovely delicious aromas of dark bitter chocolate, raisins, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and loads of sweet dark roasted malts... The aromas coming off of this are unbelievable... I had hyped this brew up and its meeting my expectations thus far...

I only wish that every RIS could match this one in this dept... The complexity and depth of this brew are almost overwhelming... Chocolate covered raisins that have been soaked in bourbon is the first thing that comes to mind...and that's a wonderful thing in my book... Its delicious all the way around. Each sip seems to get better and better and more complex... A true classic..

Without a doubt, one of the best RIS that I've ever had the privilege to have... Nothing but awesome things to say

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 01:18:12 | More by Tilley4
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split this with a friend and a 750 ml bottle was poured into standard pint glasses. Jet black in color with a thin tan head. The aroma is full of sweet bourbon, oak and vanilla. The flavor is sweet and full of rich malt, then the bourbon and oak flavors kick in. They are rounded out by a pleasant amount of chocolate. The bourbon lingers for a while on the finish. The beer is full bodied and has a creamy mouth feel to it. One of the better RIS I have enjoyed. Thanks to Dunt for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 22:02:58 | More by bonkers
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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

Bottle very generously shared by Unclejedi. Always a pleasure!

Pours a very dark brown in color. This is as near to black as you can get. No light gets through, especially around the edges.
Smell is nice dark cocoa, some light coffee. The bourbon is very well integrated into the beer. Very balanced and complimentary, not too dominant.
This beer is pretty damn viscous as well. And that's the way I prefer them, so that's good. A touch of prickly carbonation to liven up the mouthfeel as well.
Pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 18:37:05 | More by FtownThrowDown
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draheim

Washington

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

750mL (2010, #0871 of 3800) into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown/black w/ a thick 3-finger mocha had that leaves a web of lace on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is strong bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Pretty classic bourbon barrel stout aroma.

Taste is rich and chocolatey. Bourbon, molasses, oak, licorice, nuts & prunes, boozy heat. A roasty bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick, slightly sticky. Neither thick nor chewy. Bourbon and roasted malt leave a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a good bourbon barrel stout, perfect for a rainy Seattle evening. Maybe a little uneven, unbalanced. The strong bourbon taste could have used the counterbalance of an even darker, roastier malt. Still, very tasty, definitely a sipper. Think I'll age my other bottle for a while, see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:04:44 | More by draheim
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vkv822

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours black with a giant foamy tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is dominated by oaky bourbon upfront, and that's about all I'm getting in the nose.

Thankfully the taste lends more than bourbon. Along with the bourbon, I am getting very sweet vanilla from the oak with a touch of caramel and roasted malt. There is only a faint boozy heat from the ABV, and that is after it has warmed significantly.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy.

I was very impressed with this beer, and wish I had grabbed another bottle or two. The ABV stays very well hidden throughout the life of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 07:21:57 | More by vkv822
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Jackie Os Friday before the bottle release.

Pours a dark dark brown with a tooon of tan head. Very appealing

Smells bourbony and chocolatey. There is a wonderful sweetness on the nose and the tongue. Vry wonderful dark chocolate on the tongue, a subtle bitterness with some vanilla and a nice subtle oak.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:47:03 | More by Urbancaver
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Pours black with a short creamy tan head.

Scent of sweet bourbon, dark fruit, wet oak, molasses, and some spice. Very good, balanced very well, and not overbearing.

Taste of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruit, molasses and the faintest hint of alcohol. One of the most balanced Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and definitely worth the price.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied, smooth and oily with a touch of carbonation, wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:38:25 | More by paco1029384756
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes on 12/17/2011.

Vintage 2010. Bottle number 3385/3800.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a huge medium brown head thats over 2 fingers high. Lacing is heavy sticking everywhere. Fantastic looking dark beer!

Smell: Great oak and bourbon notes mixing with brownies and cocoa.

Taste: This beer has huge barrel flavors just like the nose suggests. Massive oak notes with a great bourbon flavor well complimented by the oak. Really strong vanilla notes that are just the right amount of sweetness. Cocoa, gourmet chocolates, and roasty dark malts begin to become more prevalent around mid palate as the wonderful barrel notes slowely subside. This beer is both complex, but quite mellow with all the flavors complementing each other almost flawlessly. The finish is roasty malts and just a hint of vanilla and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation levels. The beer is super easy drinking for a 10% stout. This barrel aged stout probably has the most carbonation of any barrel aged beer I have tried to date. I think that the carbonation makes this beer super creamy and lightens the body just a little bit; both really positive attributes. They really carbonated this beer well. Almost like a milkshake.

Overall: I really loved this beer! Great barrel aged stout that lives the hype! It is unique and memorable because of the smooth taste, nice mouthfeel from the moderate carbonation, and great complexity. This beer has aged well and is drinking fantastically right now. I was wowed by this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 14:27:10 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.