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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2006 - 8.75% (draft only)
2007 - 8.75% (500ml flip top bottles ~ very limited)
2008 - 9.5% (750ml - capped - 1152 bottles)
2009 - 10% (750ml cork and cage)
2010 - 10% (750ml - cork and cage)
2011 - not brewed
2012 - 12.2% (750ml cork and cage)
2013 - 13.8%
2014 - 11.5% (750ml cork and cage)
2017 - 11.6%

Imperial stout aged 4 months in freshly dumped American oak Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

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Ratings: 880 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 750 bottle into chalice. vintage 2017. Color is obsidian black with a thin 1 finger tan hear. Quick retention that leaves a collar and a few spots of lacing. The aroma is sensational with very soft bourbon, coffee roast, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow and thick caramel. The flavor begins with a hints of bitter coffee, rich caramel and moves into some chocolate. It evolves with a faint vanilla and bourbon with a bit of oak or wood. Medium body with creamy, smooth feel. Carbonation is spot on. Really enjoyed this bottle and found it similar to some local offerings.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible BA Stout that really sticks to the basics (no adjuncts). Great rich nose that has a hotter smell than come out in the beer. When cold there is a unique nuttiness from the malt that I quite enjoyed. As it cools the boosy bourbon character really comes out and does not disappoint.

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Photo of hman43
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: This is the 2017 addition which comes in at 11.6%. It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is moderately good.

Smell: It has a fair amount of fruity esters with the rich malts. As it begins to warm a bit, the malts become more pronounced. It has roasted malt aromas with a touch of coffee. The fruit aromas are fairly strong with plums and raisins. There is a slight herbal quality in the background.

Taste: It has aggressive bitterness and deep roast flavors with a slight burnt element. The herbal flavors are still low, but more evident in the flavors than in the aroma. The raisins and plums are moderate. The bourbon flavoring is subtle as it enhances all the flavors without overwhelming them.

Feel: It is full bodied with a velvet like texture. The alcohol warming is smooth without any harsh edges. The carbonation is moderately low.

Overall, this is a very well done imperial stout with an excellent mix of malt and esters working with the hops. The bourbon enhances the flavors along with the smooth finish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light seeping through whatsoever. There's a wisp of brown in the the center about the size of a half dollar. The aroma is comprised of sweet bourbon and bitter, dark roasted barley. I'm tasting a very bourbon forward beer with the roasted barley showing in the back of the palate. The mouth is thick, chewy, and lightly sticky.

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Photo of Jangoon24
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2017 corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice slightly off white chunky head that settles to a film. Body is your ubiquitous black.

S: Light whiskey a little licorice some roasted malts, oak, a little alcohol.

T: Lots of whiskey, oak, and some nice roasted malts nice bit of sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Medium bodied to fuller a little thin from the barrel aging.

O: It’s not a bad beer but it’s not amazing either. It’s a well put together BA beer, but not something I would look out for.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. This is a 2017 vintage bottle 11.6%.
Beer was part of a trade for mt_griz99.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with a creamy beige head of 2 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The foam fades slowly but leaves a dense edge layer and a large sturdy island in the center of my glass.
The beer gives a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma with some caramel and brown sugar too. A bit of a molasses note too on the nose. Hops dont really make a presence here.
First sip reveals an average body with average carbonation. Texture is very smooth and this beer is easy to drink.
Flavor is similar to nose with malt forward and booze. I get dark chocolate and bourbon mixing with brown sugar. There is some black licorice on the finish here that I didnt get on the nose. Again the hops dont really make an appearance and the booze is only a faint warming on the finish.
I enjoy this beer and find the flavors to be appropriate for an Imp Stout and I enjoy it, even though I dont like black licorice / anice flavor in my beers.
Worth a shot if you are in able to procure this beer. I dont find it to be amazing but it is good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm tasting the 2017 Barrel Aged edition, 11.6% ABV. It certainly tastes powerful enough, and leaves you with a hot rush of alcohol when you exhale. whoof! Bourbon is the aroma, carried on waves of alcohol. Some sweetness in the initial mouthful of malt, but there's a dry edge to it.

Quite bitter and overwhelmingly licorice tasting. There is something like booze but it's not much of a Bourbon flavor. Seems mostly bitter and hot with some oakey astringency and a woody after-feel. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Haggen Market.

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Photo of atone315
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftFan5
2.86/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Beersnake1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with nice tan head. Nose is full of roasted malts, caramel, licorice, and some coffee. Only a hint of bourbon. Taste is really good. Sweet bourbon upfront, but not too heavy. Lots of licorice to me, and I like my stouts with a lot of licorice. A good amount of smoky notes, coffee grinds, and molasses. Really nicely done, and a nice compliment to the base stout (which I also really like). Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a nice creamy texture. Overall, not my favorite BA stout, but certainly good.

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Photo of mattsander
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.19/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from 2016, bottle 1885 of 4250.
L: Pours an almost black with a big frothy khaki head with excellent lacing.
S: Barely noticeable barrel, licorice and tart cherries.
T: Cherries.
F: Too thin for the style, overcarbonated.
O: I didn't think much of this last year and as a BA stout I thought it would improve with a year on it. I love the base beer for this, it's similar to Ol' Raspy', but something went wrong here, reminds me of BCBS from 2015. Disappointing.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Sky 2017 Barrel Aged Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout, 11.6% ABV. Pours black with a two finger tan head, which left real nice foamy lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast malt, and chocolate. Taste is roast malt, licorice, strong cocoa/chocolate, roast malt, slight bourbon, oak, slightly sweet, with a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I've wanted to try this for two years, since trying and liking the regular Ivan, and I'm not disappointed.

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Photo of luke12345
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burkhalterjh
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brenn79
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 vintage- Pours black with a medium tan head that reduces leaving a collar and some islands. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, malt balls, licorice. The taste is caramel, roasted malts, milk duds, licorice and tobacco, the oak is minimal in this variety, and the alcohol is well hidden, thinking that's from the year age on it. Very good world class BA stout.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown and sits black in the glass with a very fizzy head of light tan carbonation that deteriorates to a thin lacy ring.

Deeply roasted malt with notes of oak, bourbon, and chocolate.

Strong woody oak character, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and heavily roasted malt.

Way too carbonated for a BA stout.

Overall, this was quite the let down, smells nice but overcarbed and underwhelming in every manner.

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Photo of deereless
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 880 ratings