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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: jegross2 on 05-23-2012

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Photo of Mig1921
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with a one finger khaki head. Licorice, dark chocolate, and some coffee dominate, with a slight alcohol burn. A solid stout, but not spectacular.

Photo of stratusjeans
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mackeyse
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 12 oz bottle.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet. Ivan the Terrible is a deep dark brown with good clarity. The head is thin and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty with a hint of sweetness.

Flavor is bold and full of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and nuts.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and well balanced.

Overall a very good imperial stout. Nice to see it in 4 packs this year.

Photo of jjdc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pisano
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to a thin cap on top and leaves and spots of lace.

The smell is somewhat muted and consists of coffee, dark chocolate, faint vanilla and roasted malt.

The taste is of roasted dark malt, cocoa and a hint of coffee.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

All the components of a classic imperial stout are here. A solid effort.

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesM63
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of otoolman221
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samtrillo
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The nose features roasted malts and toasted nuts with some burnt coffee and cocoa.

The taste and feel comes off as a smoked porter. Lots of burnt coffee bean and roasted dark dark chocolate. The after taste is great with the lingering smokiness. They could have called this a smoked stout and gotten away with it, IMO. Some roasted almond and hazelnut in there, but overall a charred mocha thing. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkable for nearly . Try it!

Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanSpindler
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelCity
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OKCNittany
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chefbigjon
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, vintage 2014 printed on the label. Surprisingly, my first review of a beer from Big Sky Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark inky black, with a good fat fingers worth of creamy mocha head. Leaves lots of good sticky lacing behind. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough: chocolate, cream, burnt, roast, a hint of smoke, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Taste follows the nose: chocolate, cream, burnt malt, roast, and a slightly pervasive liquid smoke flavor.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Very easy drinking for the high 9.50% abv.

Overall, a nice example of the style from Big Sky. A little rough around the edges, but a good sipper nonetheless.

Big Sky Brewing Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout -----3.5/5

Photo of Beersnake1
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.