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

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BA SCORE
4.26/5
Outstanding
860 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:
294
Ratings:
860
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
791
Gots:
281
Trade:
22
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Ratings: 860 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of brenn79
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -5.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rkarimi
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brymtb
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -22.1%
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 +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bryantan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rating 2012 bottle with 5 years of age on it. Nice BA stout. Nothing special, but good.

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Photo of Cristoph
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moundbz
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 860 ratings
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