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

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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:
#820
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
866
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
792
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286
Trade:
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Ratings: 866 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dakota_Homebrew
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ginagee68
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it at JL Beers in a flight. Stood out strong and flavorful but quite high in alcohol so I'm not sure if I could do a full pint but definitely enjoyed. A must try for dark roasted flavor.

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Photo of LizT
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 vintage #1986 of 3000.

A - poured into a snifter, looks a little watery. Super looking fizzy head however.

S - bourbon forward. Lots of sugar also, almost smells more like a quad or an old ale than it does a stout.

T - wow there's a lot of bourbon. It almost takes more like whisky than it does beer. Tons of oak and vanilla and an absurd amount of alcohol is present. I love beers that pick up this much barrel. However as this warms there is too much hip presence for my liking in a bb stout. I dropped my original 4.25 for taste and overall to 4's because of this.

M - tremendous mouthfeel despite its watery look. Carbonation is through the roof also.

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

Photo of Majorwolfe
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Jer Black, 1 finger tan head
Smell: Molasses, fruity
Taste: Follows the nose, nice bitterness, alcohol prevalent in the aftertaste
Feel: Medium to full mouthfeel
Overall: Very nice imperial stout, has been on my wish list for years. Was stoked to find it locally in SE Idaho, April 2016

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of durlta
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 866 ratings
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