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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
859 Ratings
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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:
#815
Reviews:
293
Ratings:
859
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
793
Gots:
281
Trade:
22
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Ratings: 859 |  Reviews: 293
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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drahodo
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.82/5  rDev -33.8%
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 -21.6%
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 -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 laketang
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 859 ratings
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