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

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
BA SCORE
4.26/5
855 Ratings
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
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:
#812
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
855
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
794
Gots:
282
Trade:
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Ratings: 855 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle Vintage, #527/1152; Sampled January 2012
A steady pour produces an almost two-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is fairly black smelling and it is clear if you look through a thin sliver of it, but is opaque otherwise. The beer smells vaguely of toasted coconuts at first, but this gets quite a bit more pronounced in short order. Notes of Bourbon, touches of alcohol, lots of vanillin and a backdrop of toasted, brown malt, a touch of roasted malt (though not quite as much as I might have expected), lots of brown bread toasted grain character,

Light sweet malt up front, gets sweeter as it rolls across the palate, the beer dries out in the finish with a slightly bitter, burnt, roast-grain character, and some warming, not quite hot alcohol and Bourbon. The roast character is quite prominent here with notes of dark chocolate, sweet coffee liquor, chalky roasted notes, and some bitter burnt character that isn’t really overly sharp. There is a touch too much heat and spicy alcohol in the finish; spicy oak notes also accentuate this, but also provide a touch of astringency. The body, while having a certain heft and viscosity, is a touch on the light side for a rich Imperial stout.

The body of this beer is actually a touch lighter than I would have liked; more malt richness would have supported the Bourbon Barrel notes better (despite the Bourbon character really not being over the top in this beer). Not bad, but I wish it was a touch richer and maltier.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2012 2536 of 4200
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Dark brown. Seems like a lot of carbonation. Tight bubbled light tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: Tartness is there. Smells fishy. Don't know if it's full on infected, but not getting the normal vanilla and bourbon hints that I was expecting. Dark fruit. Some minimal roast character.

T: This is possibility infected.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of FranzBC
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at a recent tasting. This beer pours a dark black color with a decent tan head. the smell is roasty with hiints of bourbon and chocolate. the taste was fairly disappointing as the bourbon was barely there, and there was an off flavor that I could not put my finger on. the mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with good carbonation. overall I was not as impressed with this beer as i was expecting.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SirElton
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of GoldenJet
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of FBarber
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Photo of hardysf
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours black with white head that leaves some lacing. Smokey aroma mixed with some oak and vanilla. The taste has some oak characterisitcs, some chocolate, and some dark fruit and some cardboard. I think it may be a little oxidized. Some sherry and wine notes in there too. Finishes with a touch of bourbon heat. Thin mouth feel.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle #1889 of #4250 listed as 2016, ABV 12.9%.
Pours a very dark brown with a small brown head that fades quickly leaving a small collar., no lacing of film on the glass.
Bourbon on the nose and dark fruit,and a hint of ash.
Flavor is a bit sweeter than I expected, brown sugar and fruits.
Body is thinner than expected, carbonation is about right.
Ivan the Terrible, and Old Rasputin are two of my favorite beers. However, the BBA versions leaves much to be desired.
As a side note, there is some basic differences between an RIS and an IAS, IMHO, American Imperial Stouts seem to take to the barrel better than an RIS.

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: jet black, thin tan head
S: dark fruit, booze
T: plums, figs, booze
F: full bodied, booze
O: booze dominated this from start to finish, it that's what they were going for, they got it

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Photo of corywalston
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small light head that leaves some lace. The aroma is cocoa and raw roasted grain with some apple and a bit of bourbon. The flavor is roasty and plenty bitter with some dark fruit and woody tones. The bourbon and vanilla are well featured but not overdone, which makes this a pretty nice version of a bourboned RIS.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle # 495/1152...

fairly black pour... walnut stained brown black color with a large spongy orange tinted light brown head. moderate trails of lace.

the aroma is surprisingly quite floral... mixed in are notes of sour fruit possibly cherries?, roast, brown sugar, chocolate and mellow bourbon spiciness and woody vanilla.

i pick up a lot of tartness on the palate (weird? maybe from the grain?). it also has a dusty oatmeal quality which combines with the aroma characteristics... there's a bit of ash, nuttiness and smokiness before a spicy vaporous finish. it's pretty well balanced and nothing really wants to jump out. the aftertaste is of mediocre bourbon. light to medium body with a strange gritty texture. it is however, not sticky and is creamy/ smooth enough to make enjoyable.

it's good and certainly much better when warm. but, there isn't anything about it to make it memorable or stand out.
7/4/7/4/15/3.7

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Photo of caskstrength
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 750ml corked and caged.

Lots of light brown head, more than enough carbonation. Dark beer, looks like a stout. (which, as a stout, it should). Some brown on the edges in the light. More bubbly than I'd like.

Roasted smells; chocolate, brown sugar, subtle coffee. Some alcohol, sharper than I'd like. not a ton of bourbon or oak, but it's there. Some darker fruits show up too. It's not a very intense smelling beer, but what you get is pretty complex, a lot going on and hard to pin down.

Tastes don't quite match the complexity of the aroma. Sweet milk chocolate with mild roasted espresso, alcohol there too, maybe too much. some oak and bourbon, but as a compliment and not a dominant flavor. ("needed more time in the barrel" is becoming a common theme in these caskstrength reviews) Fairly typical, nothing that stands out in the bourbon barrel stout crowd.

Thinner on the mouthfeel, but it's thick enough. Those who like chewy stouts should look elsewhere.

Won't be looking for more, but a solid offering.

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 855 ratings
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