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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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 KYoung86
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This is a pretty solid RIS, it had just about everything that I look for in the style, i wish it was a little more robust, but I thought the alcohol was hidden well. I wouldn't mind finding a bottle to review and maybe one to cellar.

Photo of GMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twincano
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendonkingsbury
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmaaattt
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mobrado
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B-Land
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brevbin
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CA_Jim
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm crazy, but I smell blueberries. Pretty thick mouthfeel. Coffee and slightly bitter. Sessionable once it warms.

Photo of sachie23
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sporklift87
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black/dark brown with leathery tan head, leaving thick lacing. Nose shows baker's chocolate, cocoa and raisins. Tastes exactly like the nose, with hints of brown sugar and dark fruits like black cherries and a glimpse of plum. Feels very creamy and thick, but not chewy. Lower carbonation and very smooth, almost velvety. This is a great imperial stout that will linger long after your last sip. Very strong as well. Perfect as a desert or nightcap. Poured into an Ivan tulip snifter. I have several ageing, as well as the bourbon barrel aged, to assay in a year or two. Good stuff.

Photo of sahd-1
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown almost black with tan head. Coffee, roasted malt, and a little raw cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with alcohol and roasted malt.

Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a small head of tan colored foam. The head has a light level of retention, fading rather quickly to leave a tiny bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is massive of a roasted malt smell mixed with strong aromas of some caramel and a little bit of a chocolate and vanilla smell. Along with these aromas comes a quite robust smell of a boozy, slightly bourbon like aroma, that mixes with the dark and roasty smells to produce a rather warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong roasted malt flavor mixed with a whole lot of a cocoa and some sweetness of caramel. As the taste advances the sweetness increases a bit as more caramel and some vanilla and dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin come to the tongue. While the sweetness increases up to the middle, it later fades a tad later on, all while some slightly more bitter flavors come to the tongue. The bitter are predominantly from a coffee like flavor but contain some of a more earthy and woody hop flavors as well. With a decent sum of a bourbon booziness joining the flavor profile later at the end, one is left with a rather dark, moderatly sweet, and slightly boozy warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. For the rich roasty flavors as well as the sweet upfront, the thick feel is rather nice, as it really allows all the big and robust flavors to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A rather well done stout overall, as it wasn’t too sweet, nor too dry, but had a whole lot of roast, a decent amount of sweet cocoa and coffee, and a nice warming feel.

Photo of sdeese21
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Domvan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of El_Woj
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.