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
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
Ratings:
842
Reviews:
289
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
799
Gots:
281
For Trade:
21
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Ratings: 842 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of Corson
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.82/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2016 vintage (I think - purchased in 2017). The carbonation level is extremely high - I've never seen a BA stout with so much head. It tastes thin with no barrel and it's very difficult to distinguish the carbonation from the taste of the beer.

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Photo of MuFugga
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage. Bottle 2305 of 3000

This sure is one mediocre ass barrel aged stout. Not much barrel character at all. I have no clue how this has a world class rating.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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 laketang
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25 oz bottle 2016 version

poured like hot motor oil
tan head reduces to a rim
bourbon chocolate and licorice
definite bourbon on the nose
more of a chocolate edge tastewise
medium mouthfeel,barrel did this well.
overall an enjoyable stout.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle # 789 of 3600. 2014 vintage; drank 3/7/15 @ the Palace.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; almost no lace.

Banana, smoke, milk chocolate & booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cinnamon, milk chocolate & booze heat flavors up front; mild pepper heat on the finish. Oak notes emerged as this warmed. Good but a bit too spicy for me; I won't seek it out but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an utterly black beer with a thick tan foam. The aroma is huge....malty, roasted, fruit aroma. Dark, ripe fruit...molasses and malt. The flavor is bitter and intense...sweet in the front and hoppy in mid-taste and finish. The body is incredibly full...Heavy and creamy. This one is standard-setting for the style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. 2015 vintage. Big, sticky black pour, small beige head. Boozy aroma, lots of wood barrel character. Maybe because I hadn't had one in awhile, but this was extremely tasty. Really hit all of the marks.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from a 1 pint 9.3oz bottle, into a snifter.

A-pours an opaque black, with a huge 3 finger tan had, that dissipates to a slight ring, that stays around for the remainder. Spotty lacing. Nice looking beer.

S-Oak and bourbon, all the way up front. Smells like a fine wine, with chocolate malt, maybe some plum and raisins. Very slight burn from the alcohol.

T-very sweet chocolate, oak, bourbon, maybe some brown sugar. Very creamy and easy to drink. On the lighter side for 12% and barrel aged. Very sweet and light beer.

M-Boozy mouth, with chocolate bitterness and medium carbonation. Liked the mouth a lot actually.

O-Actually a bit surprised with this one. It's a great beer, but falls a little short when compared to others of the style. Especially being so limited.

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Photo of ciarab16
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dakota_Homebrew
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2013 Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged. Swifter. Celebratory beer after passing the Certified Beer Server Exam (it was long overdue, if anyone is having reservations about taking it, study the study guide and take it; you don't need much preparation, only a little.)

Growing up in Missoula, MT this beer was an automatic buy during a Big Sky takeover at Stuffed Sandwich in El Monte. After reading reviews, I was a little worried the Buffalo trace barrels were going to be too much. I am not a fan of any beers that taste remotely like a Jack and coke/rootbeer. Probably with a little help from the aging, i did not find the beer overwhelmingly over the top with Bourbon. It definitely played a part, but was much more complex and subdued than expected.

L- Black. No real head retention. Just a little lacing as I drank the first few sips. Kind of what I expected.

S- Molasses, dark fruits, and Bourbon. Bourbon probably stands out the most, but there was more going on too. Could have been mistaken for a Barrel_aged Barleywine.

T-Brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and Bourbon were the highlighted in the beginning. Nothing stood out over the other. It was a great mix that was easy to drink from the beginning. As it warmed up the dark fruits, prunes, dark candy, toasted coconut came into focus. A little heat from the beginning from the bourbon, but got much smoother throughout.

F-I found the beer to be chewy. Full bodied. Not thin. Not much carbonation(expected). That would be only complaint, but what do you expect from a beer after three years.

O- Glad I got the chance to try. From beginning until end it was enjoyable. I try not to be biased, but was probably a tad because of upbringing. Only reason it wasn't perfect 5 was because it wasn't exactly what I look for or want when buying big barrel aged stouts. Regardless it was an extremely well done and impressive imperial Russian stout. Ivan the terrible ain't so terrible after a few years. Cheers

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Photo of rawfish
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite BA stouts. Tons of cocoa, some roastiness from the dark malts with a good amount of bourbon. This beer got the balance between bourbon and base beer well. I will be buying as much of this as I can next year.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The biggest knock against this one is the way the beautiful head dissipates to nothing and leaves no lacing. The bourbon flavor is subdued. The alcohol feel is moderate considering the content. Malt is great.

2015. Recommended.

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Photo of Ryezome
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 842 ratings.
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