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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 05-23-2012)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2014 edition - nice to see another of this brewery's stronger offerings make it across the border.

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing black, with rather spare basal cola edges, and two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and duly creamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some crumbling ski hill snow mass lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, meaty caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, syrupy dark sugar, muddled black dried fruit, Nordic liquorice, sugary root beer, grainy caramel malt, and a stultifying whiff of aggressive alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet, gritty chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of dank and fleshy ash, still indistinct, but surely present black fruit, subtle dry coffee grounds, Zellers-quality black liquorice, tame earthy, weedy hops, and a well-restrained (for now) metallic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their tempered frothiness, the body an adequate medium-heavy weight for the style, and more or less smooth, a trite, kind of pithy creaminess straining to be noticed. It finishes surprisingly dry, the cocoa turning as such, while the malt maintains its disaffected stature, and the various other sundry characters play out their guest fees.

A generally engaging, but not particularly world-beating version of the style - lots going on, but a certain dissociative nature starts to become evident early on. And that clamminess just carries on and on, once it sticks to your palate. Yeah, ok but not something I care to immediately revisit, well-integrated ABV considerations aside.

Photo of elektronen
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml 2014 bottle poured into tulip 17/12/14

A black liquid with a thin cola edge, thumbs width of mocha head hangs around for a few sips leaving a single thick ring of lace

S lots of licorice, dark chocolate, molasses, prune, raisins, a hint of coffee and booze, a little chocolate syrup, smells on par for the style

T mimics the smell, dried fruit, lots of chocolate, coffee, a little nutty, some sweetness, licorice, again it fits the style

M thick and creamy, a little sticky on the lips, bitter but nothing crazy, just a little booze on the finish, solid in this department

O well rounded RIS, hits all the spots but stops short of blowing you away, would make a great industry standard for the style

this one pleases but now I really want to see what the bourbon barrel does for it, fingers crossed it makes it to Alberta

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A brownish black that is somewhat traslucent. A good head that doesn't last long. Mininal lacing.

Smell – Matlty with dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt toast.

Taste – Taste is very malty with some coffee and dark chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, and a bit watery for my taste.

Drinkability – A good imperial stout, but not great.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of schnarr84
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
4.07/5  rDev +3%

Photo of fredmugs
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Westyn
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Black. Dark, silky head. Smells pleasantly toasty. Taste is relatively light for an imp stout, and it definitely hides its alcohol well. A great, affordable late-night-snack beer.

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerandboards
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TooGood
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A. Pours a beautiful black as espresso impenetrable by light with a 2 finger cappuccino colored head with very nice lacing. Looks great.

S. Aromas of dark chocolate and dark roasted malt make up the character here. A slight aroma of a dark dried fruit like prunes or raisins.

T. At first I get a chocolate flavor suddenly followed by a fig like dark fruity sweetness then a finish with a little bitterness and a pleasant baby spinach note. A bit of complexity here hitting different notes at different times. Each flavor blending into the next with ease. I'm liking it.

M. Not motor oil but still thick. Chewy but also with a little carbonation. A tad warming going down. The carbonation is a nice counter balance to the chewiness.

O. A very drinkable stout. A little thick but it fools you with the carbonation so the finish is more like a black ipa. Beautiful to look at. Very solid complexity of flavors here and the aroma basically backs that up. Nicely done.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Howler style.

Black pour, 1" head of tan foam, very good lacing.

Dark, bitter, chocolate and roasted malt in the smell. It *almost* has an oat note or maybe it does. It's faint.

Dark chocolate in the taste, not overly bitter, nice roasted malt flavour, light sweetness, pretty basic but delicious.

Medium bodied, same for the carbonation.

An all around well brewed Imperial Stout. No barreling required for my enjoyment.

Photo of grilledsquid
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.