Ivan The Great | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States
braubrothersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ungertaker on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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Photo of TDotScott
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Dave2234
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Beerlover
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a horse of another color Dorothy! hands down the hoppiest r.i.s. I've ever had!
if you happen to get this fresh the hops will OVERWHELM you! I tried this soon after it came in and it was hoppier than some of the double ipa's I've tried. So I first tried this in March and now its July first and I am having my third of four, the hops have tamed down quite a bit but still pretty noticeable for a stout. the alcohol content is not masked but somehow works very well. has faint malts, which taste very roasted, almost burnt but again works good. the mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for a stout but not bad compared to others I've had. this is a great r.i.s. especially if you are a beer mutt like me and like stouts as well as hoppy i.p.a.s, if you appreciate both YOU GOTTA TRY THIS BEER!

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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Solid milk chocolate lacing. Black brew, toffee colored head. A bit thin.

Slightly metallic. Very dark chocolate, cherry, toffee, yum.

Amazingly dark with chocolate flavors, licorice is way mild and hardly noticeable. Leathery, coffee, deep roasty toffee. Carbonation is beyond mild and perfect. Bitterness is well represented and balanced. Slightly awkward Sweetness, but it's setback and well placed. Deep, dark, not overly roasted. No heat.

WHAM-O! Solid brew, Highly recommended. Should be considered a must try. Thanks for sharing Graham, I hope to do another trade with you in the future!

Cheers!

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Photo of Ilafan
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This little brewery out in Nowheresville, Minnesota is really starting to impress this fat beer drinker! I really liked their Moo Joos Milk Stout, and this Ivan the Great Russian Imperial is impressive, too.

I love it when a beer is nuanced yet balanced. This beer has that. It has both the "sting" of a hoppy IPA and the cream of a typical stout. It's a very nice combination here, and I am impressed with the creativity of it.

I look forward to more delicious beer from this upstart.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of frankiepop
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have found good ol' Brau Brothers to be lacking oh a little sweetness generally for my taste, but I am impressed with this stout. Looks good, smells good, and tastes really good in my book. A strong classic RIS flavor of deep strong bitter sweetness that seemed like an amalgamation of heavy strong dark fruits, coffee chocolate flavors resulting in something resembling old fashioned candies and a luscious black licorice. Pretty smooth beer that was not the thickest in history, but no problem here. Strong 4 star plus stout for me. I would like to try this beer again and compare it head to head with Rasputin or Samuel Smith RIS. See how good it is. I think it will compare well.

Drink this stout with a rousing rendition of Larry Coryell's solo guitar "A Rite of Spring."

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Photo of mjryan
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh how I enjoy me a humongous stout from time to time. Ivan the Great. A guy from the brewery told me they were considering calling it Ole the Terrible. I like that name better, I might have to steal it. On to the beer. This stuff is good, really good. It's black, duh. Smells of full city roast coffee, almost burnt toffee, bakers chocolate and faint peat smoke. So many flavours, where to begin? Dark roasted coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate. Charred marshmallow, prunes? Yeah, maybe. Seemless run of all those and then some. Finish is abrupt, jarring even. It's a fucking Russian stout, it's supposed to knock you off the tracks. Bitter, almost acrid, blackened bits of whatevers left over in the pan kind of thing going on. Okay, not really, but sort of. Yikes. Delicious really. What a finish! It's Commy stout season season, and I've bagged my fair share so far and Ivan stands tall with the best of them. Zdorov'ya tovarishcha.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter.

A- Pours a deep mocha brown with little to no light penetration. The khaki head is about 1/16" and quickly fades. Thin lacing is left with each sip.

S- Tobacco and licorice are the driving forces. Dark chocolate, pine, and licorice are much more subtle.

T- The hops are much more present than the aroma lead me to expect. A bitterness hits almost immediately, then transitions to dark chocolate and licorice with a faint dried fruit flavor. Tobacco and coffee are present throughout, but very light. The bitterness of the hops comes back at the finish.

M- This beer is thick enough to feel, but not mouth-coatingly viscous. The medium carbonation gives it an almost creamy texture.

O- A very solid first attempt at an RIS. I am going to set a couple aside to see what some age will do to this. The hops are strong right now and I think they will fade into what could be an amazing brew! For the price ($10.99/4pk), this is a steal. The last few releases from Brau Brothers have kept me interested in what they are doing. My hope is that they age this in Templeton barrels, like they did with the Rye Wyne and the Quad.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours jet black with a thin tan head that quickly settles and forms a small ring around the edges. lacing runs down the side of the glass, although not very sticky.

S: Some dark fruit, coffee, and molasses up front, with a hint of anise. A touch of earthy hops lingers in the background.

T: Molasses, anise, and strong coffee notes, with some dark fruit on the mid-palate. Finish is rather hoppy with some piney and earthy undertones.

M: Body is a bit thin for the style, but tolerable. Moderate in body, with loads of flavor, and a long finish.

O: Another quality offering from Brau Brothers. Its only real weakness right now would be its mouthfeel, although I think it could benefit from some cellaring. Another good Minnesota offering and definitely worth trying.

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Ivan The Great from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
3.89 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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