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

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4.25/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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)

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

65 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 11-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#874
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
867
pDev:
10.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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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

Photo of rkarimi
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zekenyce
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brymtb
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

...as others have mentioned...very solid ..

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

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

2014 edition purchased in Seattle. My first beer from Montana and it is pretty solid. Nothing incredible here, but very well done. I liked that the barrel character was a bit subdued.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a pitch black color with a very large brown head with no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong notes of cherry, roasted dark malt, notes of vanilla and Bourbon, but cherry is forefront. Not as decadent smelling as some Bourbon barrel beers.

T: Strong note of tart cherry, Bourbon is very overwhelming in the cherry department, with some Roast. Very one deminsion for a barrel aged stout. Alcohol is very noticeable.

F: Thick body but carbonation is way too high.

O: This beer is almost all cherry from the bourbon and not a lot of other complexity.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bryantan
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The cage blew off the bottle when the cork shot off ... and it went downhill from there. Not infected, but not very good at all. Melon fruity aroma and in the flavor that seems off. Way overcarbonated. Meh.

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 867 ratings