Ivan The Great | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ungertaker on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of SDDLSK
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to stop into the taproom when they were selling a few of their old bottles to drink on the premises. It's probably circa 2012/13 (barkeep wasn't certain).
Pours an deep, opaque brownish-black with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates.
The aroma is deep and complex. Lots of dark chcolate, roast coffee and hints of leather and dark fruit.
Really tasty! Lots of dark chocolate right up front , some dark-roast coffee and a bit of raisin and prune. A lingering, bitter chocolate taste stays on the tongue until the next sip. Only the slightest hint of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is sensuous, creamy and even a touch oily.
Age has treated this beer very well! Simply outstanding.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. No bottle date, but I bought it in spring of '14, so it's probably at the 18 month mark.

A- Thick and dark brown, with only a little light brown head. Caramel brown in the meniscus.

S- enticing aromas of coffee, chocolate, a bit of oxidation, and just a hint of umami.

T- Rich port and oxidized plum meld with the chocolate and coffee flavors. This is what aged stout should be.

F- Thick, but not syrupy yet. Just a faint prickle of carbonation for balance. Not astringent, not dry.

O- held up very well to age. With the umami on the nose and the rise of oxidative flavors and aromas, I'm not sure if I'd age it much longer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black with a steady, thick brown head; good lacing

S: Dark semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and lots of dark fruits and molasses; something seems a bit off and astringent in the finish

T: Dry up front: lots of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts--really roasted; dark fruits linger in the finish; this comes together quite well with nothing strange in the finish

F: Medium body and creamy but not nearly thick enough

O: A really pleasant RIS and so easy-to-drink with no over-the-top alcohol presence

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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1.6/5  rDev -57.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, licorice, coffee, light char, and roasted/fruity earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, coffee, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light hop flavors; with a nice roasted sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle $ 2.89 at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
No head (Bad!)
No lacing.
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and dates, with the alcohol working its way through. No hops or diacetyl.
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation

Not a great example of a RIS – alcohol is too prevalent and the lack of head and lacing certainly detracts from the appearance for me. Perhaps aging would help.

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Photo of KevinL
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 114 ratings