Big Ivan Russian Imperial Stout | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jlindros on 04-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 1
Photo of JohnofUpton
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cfadams17
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Russian Imperial Stout, half aged in Jack Daniels barrels and half on oak for 1 month then blended.

Big creamy dark colored head fades slowly with nice lacing, almost pitch black color faintest brown light coming through.

Nose big dark malts, dark choc and cocoa, nice toasty vanilla oak, nice bourbon, lots of oak, a bit of roast, very faint coffee, little toffee and caramel and fluffy nougat.

Taste is nice too, big creamy dark malts, plenty of bakers choc, cocoa, melting Belgian choc, very light toasted malts and even a bit of coffee, and some caramel toffee flavors. Then oak, lots of vanilla oak, you can even taste the bourbon almost like they threw a shot of bourbon in there, but the blending keeps the bourbon from getting out of hand, and some dusty toasted oak. Hint if booze. Finish adds some earthy bittering hops, light chewy hops even, lingering creamy choc and light bourbon and more vanilla oak all lingering for a while.

Mouth is bigger bod, creamy, nice carb, touch of warming booze.

Overall very good, great RIS to start with lots of chocolate and cocoa, like nice Belgian chocolate melting on my tongue at some points, just a hint of roast that doesn't even begin to get burnt or acrid, and nice caramel toffee flavors. The barrel is really what gets this beer going, nice bourbon character, and lots of nice vanilla toasty oak. Very tasty, surprisingly drinkable, probably JH's best beer to date!

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Big Ivan Russian Imperial Stout from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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