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
93.6%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 854 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:
#806
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
854
Liked:
799
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
10.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
794
Gots:
282
Trade:
22
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 854 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of sukwonee
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle - 3151 of 4200

A: looks just like cola except the bubbles are a bit frothier

S: wow. this smells amazing. Huge Huge bourbon upfront, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booziness, vanilla, coconut. wow.

T: alright.... so it's a bit of a let down after smelling this beer. I know this has more to do with the mouthfeel but it's too carbonated. It starts with huge with bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and then... the flavor stops a bit (a bit like carbonated water) then picked up by some faint hops and dark chocolate finish. I almost wish this beer was sweeter so it hides the sharp coronation a bit. I think this beer could use some more aging.

M: carbonation is a bit too sharp and the body feels thin. Alcohol heat also is quite detectable as well.

O: very good BA stout but I think that this could use some more aging. Not in the same league as Parabola, Abyss, BCBS, etc. but still quite good.

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Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: blackest black, 1/2" creamy cocoa/tan head.

Aroma: Grassy/hoppy nose, bourbon & molasses below (hadn't realized it was barrel-aged when I had it), charcoal & chocolate.

Taste: big, fat malt attack, hops riding high above. Nice bitter blast, fading into a deep morass of caramel, char, toast & roast. Great balance in this, an even ride between bitterness & sweet malt (sweetness cut to nil), alcohol strength stays sly, but roars in, eventually. Not terribly full-bodied for an RIS, but over-flowing with flavor. Long, bittersweet finish.

All in all, this one deserves entry into the pantheon. Forgive me for underestimating you, Ivan. I hope to make your acquantaince again

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 854 ratings
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