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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
283 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
820
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
800
Gots:
277
For Trade:
21
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 820
Photo of billyshears
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010
a: Lots of dense dark tan head. Black body with great lacing and head retention.
s: Dark fruits that come off quite sweet (almost sour); coffee roast and cocoa.
t: Starts off with a dark fruit sweetness and finishes with chocolate roast and char with some bourbon notes; all well integrated and comes together nicely.
m: Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel (though maybe a bit light for a RIS); goes down smooth.
d: a sipper but actually quite easy to drink keeps your interest through; glad I got to try this. Solid brew.

 531 characters

Photo of midaszero
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 707/1125

My bottles says 8.75% on it for the ABV

A - Completely opaque black body with two solid fingers of coffee colored head

S - Sweet malts, chocolate, and molasses. A definite pronounced bourbon smell

T - WOW it is like melted chocolate with bourbon. Some coffee notes as well and a tad boozy but overall amazing.

M - Medium thick body with medium high carbonation

D - Pretty damn easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. I can't wait to put some time on this and let it mellow some.

 499 characters

Photo of hardysf
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours black with white head that leaves some lacing. Smokey aroma mixed with some oak and vanilla. The taste has some oak characterisitcs, some chocolate, and some dark fruit and some cardboard. I think it may be a little oxidized. Some sherry and wine notes in there too. Finishes with a touch of bourbon heat. Thin mouth feel.

 334 characters

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pretty much a black color with a nice brown head. Head became a pretty nice cap and left behind a bit of spotty lacing at best.

S- Smell is of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate are here as well. Nothing really dominates the aroma they just all work well together.

T- Taste really follows the nose well. Bourbon is here but does not take over. Vanilla, oak and chocolate. Nice little alcohol warmth.

M- Full in body and carbonation was faily low which for this beer really worked.

O- A very solid brew that I'd recommend to everyone to try, and can't wait to try it again myself.

 637 characters

Photo of hawks10
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage - #381/3000 - 750ml bottle poured into a snifter...

Pours dark, black as expected. Three fingers of light brown, THICK, head forms and sticks around for a while. But the more I drink and the lower the beer gets in the snifter this beer really starts to look good. Not black like I thought at first, the edges are amber, further in a nice mahogany before the beer becomes black again...very nice...

Delicious nose, sweet, vanilla and bourbon, molasses and maple syrup and a little bit of chocolate. Some ripe dark fruits briefly give this beer a Belgian Strong Dark characteristic...Very strong aromas and beautiful complexity...

Roasted dark malts nicely mixed with some sweet bourbon, think Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but toned down a bit...beer becomes less roasted and much more sweet as it warms, vanilla bourbon sweetness shines here, the barrels have done this beer well...after my palette gets used to the bourbon and alcohol heat, I start to pick up some dark fruit flavors that I thought I smelled...complex, with not a single aspect/flavor of the beer being overpowering, very balanced...

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected given how "dense" the smell was...full bodied and decently carbed. A nice lingering alcohol burn warms you up and lasts long past the finish...more of a regular (yet heavy) stout feel than an RIS feel...

Overall a very good beer, an easier to drink version of Goose Island BCS, mouthfeel was a little too thin for my tastes and that is pretty much the only knock against this beer...

 1,548 characters

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into John's Grocery tulip at Red's Ale House in North Liberty, IA. Paid $20 for it, and I'm not the least bit upset. Would have paid $30, or more. Bought another to take home with us. Review given from notes.

Appearance: Poured a jet black, with a good amount of head. Much more heady than other Imperial Stouts I have had recently. Nice cream/off white head.

Smell: WOW! Come on. This isn't even fair. The nose is fantastic. Hints of oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs. Great malt support. Very reminiscent of the Central Waters Peruvian Morning (which is fantastic).

Taste: Well this doesn't disappoint. The taste is just wonderful. The alcohol and bourbon are not overwhelming. They work well with the support of the malt, and dried fruits/chocolate backdrop. Just a hint of smoke, the bitter chocolate tapers off, and roasted malt finish the task.

Mouth: I feel the carbonation was just right. It has a great moutfeel, creamy lasting texture.

Drink and overall: Overall? Awesome! Drinkable? You bet. 10% ABV is not apparent, and actually suits this RIS very well. I would HIGHLY recommend this beer to anyone, but it seems as though these are hard to come by. We were lucky to find two bottles.

 1,227 characters

Photo of chilly460
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black, impenetrable black. Puffy, milk chocolate brown head towers, a full inch high. Sticky lacing lines the glass, amazing looking beer.

S: Quite nice, get the immediate bourbon aroma, warm smelling, not overpowering. Other note I get is just pure chocolate brownie or cake, very sweet and rich. Not much on the roast.

T: Unbelievably good. Immediate flavor is that bourbon tone, warming, soothing. Get plenty of the big vanilla flavor expected to accompany the bourbon, tastes like vanilla creamer. Here's where the huge chocolate comes in, tastes like a thick fudge brownie, very sweet. Think of Godiva truffles. Beer finishes out with more roastiness then picked up in the nose, nice deep roast that lets it finish clean.

M: Right on target for this type beer, big bodied brew with a creamy, small bubbled carbonation. Reminds me of a good chocolate milk.

O: I've had a couple very good BA stouts lately, and this may be the best. Just incredible flavor profile kept hitting with different aspects of it's complex profile. Flavors are well integrated and balanced, wish I could get more.

 1,116 characters

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

Poured into a snifter, revealing a syrupy black body under four fingers of thick tanned head. Some lacing. Can't imagine a beer looking any better than this. Smells like chocolaty, molasses-y dried and poached fig with roasted malt. Pretty good smells.

Tastes sweet and warm with lots of milk chocolate and a slight roastiness. Possibly some dried fig in the flavor as well. Flavors are surprisingly light and more reminiscent of a high end milkshake than a heavy syrupy stout. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied but the carbonation starts small and expands so drastically that it flows smooth as a cream soda on the tongue. Very drinkable for the heaviness. Alcohol not at all noticeable in this brew.

I wish I had more of this. So much more.

 736 characters

Photo of youradhere
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3024 of 3800 2010 Vintage

Let's see if this one isn't suspect. Bottle cork pops and then a brown gush of foam, fluffy light head with deep mahogany body. Chunks of yeast sediment seen floating about the bottom. Smell is bourbon and licorice, slight chocolate. Chocolate and licorice, bourbon vanilla, some coffee char. Mouthfeel is creamy with prickly carbonation, carbonation is a bit high yet less that the one bottle which leads me to believe #1119 was just off. Very drinkable brew, will do nice for tonight!

1119 of 3800 2010 Vintage

Pours thick black with lost of tan head with deep red edges lots of apparent carbonation. Smells of bourbon, vinous notes, oak, grapes, licorice. Taste is coffee, licorice, bourbon booze, vanilla, cola. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation high, really high, almost champagne like. A bit on the acidic side, I think the carbonation isn't helping this bottle. I'll have to crack another to make sure this isn't batch wide, oh darn ;). Still good, just not quite like last year.

1811 of 3000 2009 Vintage; 4-27-2010. 4.5/ 5/ 4 /4.5 /5

A- Impenetrably black, with a thick, chunky like tan head which falls to leave nice thick lacing up the sides of the glass. This beer also has noticable legs up the glass.

S- Sweet vanilla bourbon notes overpower an underlying theme of chocolate, and dare I say that I am picking up the faintest hint of Play-doh? Its not bad at all and in every way pleasing.

T- A light bready sweetness cloaks an assault of bourbon and chocolate, with a hot vanilla alcohol burn that does not overwhelm. Light char, and barely noticable hop bitters do not make this an overpowering drink. As it sits on my palate longer I am picking up dark breads and dates. I like this beer.

M- Not as heavy as some RIS I've had; it is thick without being cloyingly so. Very well balanced.

D- Cliche: dangerously drinkable. Not too thick as to slow you down while enjoying a bottle to yourself, this is something that I could drink several bottles of throughout a dark winter night!

 2,027 characters

Photo of CooperEllis
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2009, 2010 and 2012. This is the review from the 2012: Bottle # 1472/4200

I genuinely love this beer in every incarnation that I've been able to sample - and I've had several bottles of each of the above listed years. I haven't noticed any bottle variation, this is great fresh and it ages (for at least 3 years) very well when properly cellared.

Nose has a good amount of wood and booze when fresh and more of the malt comes to the front the longer it sits. The pour looks thin going into the glass, but there is a full tan head and robust lacing. The mouthfeel also does not reflect a 'thin' feel at all.

Taste and mouthfeel compliment each other perfectly, a well-balanced stout that benefits from the barrel treatment and is in no way overpowered by the bourbon notes. A smooth, velvety entrance with no bitterness or booze at the end. This reminds me more of a Kate, subtle complexity and lighter, than a big in-your face -bal STOUT that is ever so popular. Perhaps one for the less-is-more file.

A damn fine glass of beer. Big thanks to azaaron for the hook-up. I hope you enjoy your end of the trade as much.

5/5 across the board.

(199th)

 1,162 characters

Photo of mikeyv35
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 03/04/10
Sample Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Shared this brew w/ a BA buddy beerloco. Poured a charcoal opaque black in color w/ a one finger tan head that dissapated gently. Nice lacing hangs on the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, and subtle bourbon and vanilla. In the taste, the bourbon rears it's head in the forefront, but does not overwhelm. The finish and is of darkfruit and burnt chocolate. Medium bodied and creamy, but not too heavy. Pretty drinkable for the style, but te 10% ABV would catch up to most BAs in a hurry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew! If this had been a touch more viscose it would be world-class. Will be seeking out more bottles of this brew.

 726 characters

Photo of fear025
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 release, bottle number 1581 of 3800.

Aroma:Dark fruits , sweet malt, and bourbon in the nose.

Appearance:Black in color. Head is thick, long lasting and light tan in color.

Taste:The smooth bourbon is the dominant flavor in the foretaste, followed by dark fruits, and sweetness. This fades to a more harsh bourbon flavor in the mid to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel has a ton of hot alcohol. The body is thick, and there is a nice creaminess. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer, and I'm looking forward to getting one with some age on it to smooth out the hot alcohol.

 605 characters

Photo of bigbelcher
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited release barrel aged beer. Hand numbered bottles, only 1152 bottles were released. Very big Russian Imperial Stout, lots of vanilla aroma and flavor from the barrel. Very drinkable, one that would be great with a big cigar. Nice head. Goes down smooth. If you can find it get it. About $10 a bottle and well worth every penny.

 333 characters

Photo of tripelhops
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a recent store tasting, a 2011 batch into a small plastic cup. After a couple swirls the sides have a sheen on them like a coating of oil. The aroma is stong, smells of bourbon and oak dominate. The color is dark black with a small amount of tan / carmel colored head. Even a sampler is a sipper. Roasted malt, hints of chocolate and vanilla, but the bourbon and oak dominate, can't say much about the hops, and the alcohol is noticed at the end. This is one heck of an RIS, and from what I've tasted should be right up there with the best of them, and considering it's limited production, I'm surprised it's not, although maybe that's why too since it's hard to get.

 681 characters

Photo of cmannes
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.3oz Bottle poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

Appearance: Oily black, tan long lasting head.

Aroma: Malty, bourbon, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Rich, sweet. Caramel & molasses. Bourbon on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, little syrupy, more carbonated than you might expect, but it works.

Overall: Very very good. Smooth, easy, tasty. Bit of a kick with the alcohol, but it works. Nice.

 396 characters

Photo of daveytheformer
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
brewed in 2010 bottle number 2777 of 3800

Pours a beautiful pitch black with a thin tan head.

Smells like sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and I can pick up the oak and bourbon a little at the end.

Taste is of a light silky sweetness with the alcohol dancing around a little in there. The bourbon is there but seems real subdued compared to some other barrel aged stouts.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and carbonated with a mild alcohol burn that fades as the beer goes down.

Overall is a really good beer that only gets better as it warms up. Would do well with some aging or trying on older vintage of this for sure. Not the best in the world but still damn good!

 703 characters

Photo of MPLS
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured in low light, so I cannot tell how dark this beer actually is. An aggressive pour yields a nice espresso head. Carbonation looks scant, lacing is pretty spotty.

S: Bourbon is plentiful and the barrel aging is evident in the nose - vanilla and oaky alcohol. Underneath the bourbon barrels is dark lasted malts and a bunch of sweetness. There is an element of alcohol soaked figs in the finish.

T: The taste is very akin to the nose, bourbon is the primary taste activating the pleasure centers of my brain. The sweetness and dark lasted compete with alcohol blasting through.

M: Nice and creamy with minimum carbonation. The alcohol thins this out.

D: Sweet sweet warmth from the high abv. There is tons of snow outside and freezing temperatures, give me another bottle.

 783 characters

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite RIS. The color is pitch black, and there's a lasting thick mousse of a tan head.

The texture is wonderfully creamy which adds the sensation of more fullness to a body that's just a smidge on the light side, and makes it ideal.

The taste is incredibly rich and layered with esters of dark chocolate, marzipan, pecan praline, coffee, toasted coconut, macadamia, port, bourbon, amaretto, hazelnut, Kahlua and Cream, plum pudding, dates, figs, and mandarin oranges.

The palate is on the sweet side, overall, but never crosses over into the cloying, and the finish definitely dries out the overall experience with some aromatic English hops, of which I suspect the delightful fuggles, and East Kent Goldings play a role.

I just ordered a case through my local Terra Organica, and I really hope they come through for me, because not having a few of these to cellar would be very sad, indeed.

 915 characters

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

 799 characters

Photo of Gfunk720
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, out of my Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with a couple buddies.

A- Pitch black with a crazy foamy tannish head. There is just sooo much head. Pretty typical stout appearance though.

S- A little muted. Notes of coffee, bourbon, and booze. Also some dark fruits and chcolate malt.

T- A rich chocolatey flavor is the first thing that hits my tongue. I also get hints of coffee, bourbon, and oak. It is very nice and smooth. The bourbon isn't over the top, but a nice addition to the base beer.

M- A little fizzy, and could have use a bit more body. I knew it was going to be fizzy based on the foamy head, but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

O- A very nice sipper, that has plenty of flavor and complexity. The mouthfeel was probably the biggest let down here, but this was also a fairly fresh bottle. Would be curious to see what it would be like with some more age.

-GFunk

 889 characters

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've heard great things and was excited to try this one.

A: Pours somewhat thin, with close to no head whatsoever... a few oily bubbles quickly dissipated. I don't think this beer is supposed to be flat. The beer looks somewhat thin and oily. It is black as night and hard to see through.

S: Lots of alcohol up front, and some bourbon and barrel character. There is some malt sweetness, a slight estery fruitiness, and no apparent hops whatsoever. Some char and burnt character is there as well.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some sweet maltiness are all there. This has the complexity of a very strong, big stout with bourbon and barrel flavors. The more the beer warms, the more I enjoy it and the complexity really stands out. The roastiness of the stout is really mellowed by the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the oak.

M: Despite being over 13% abv, this beer, the lack of any carbonation makes this beer feel much thinner and watery than it probably should be. I think this was an off batch. However, it still has a slick and sugary mouthfeel, and coats your tongue for a while.

O: I would certainly try this one again, and it is priced very well for being a huge bourbon barrel stout. I would hope the beer is carbonated next time which could really improve my scores on this one.

 1,298 characters

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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

 292 characters

Photo of boomer31
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A - After the cork broke and I put my cork screw away, poured this into myduvel snifter. Black with a nice 1/4 inch brown head. Some lacing and stick on glass

S - Dark fruits, chocolatte, sugar, wood and bourbon. A really beautiful nose with a lot going on

T - Big chocolatte and sweet bourbon. There's a hint of alcohol in the back and more chocolatte. The bourbon is apparent but not over the top. You get some nice wood and vanilla which plays well with the chocolatte which is huge and very sweet. Nice long finish

M - Rich mouth and a high carbonation which isn't too off.

D - What a great beer. Very easy to drink even though there is so much going on.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer. Sweet and chocolatty, nice wood and barrel flavor

 773 characters

Photo of afausser
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours (into a snifter) a dark, rapidly moving chocolate brown with two fingers of head. Carbonation appears to be tiny and voluminous at once; tiny bubbles move in a wave to the top of the glass creating a head that almost appears to be on nitro-tap. The head itself is fluffy and a color slightly darker than a mocha-latte--a touch of caramel added in. Drank this one on a particularly hot day (who says it's the end of summer?) so the glass quickly has a large amount of condensation on the outside, creating a somewhat glittering effect/illusion. The head glistens like soap bubbles on its own. An extremely consistent and good looking beer with a lot of movement. Very nice (and fairly long-lasting) lacing as well.

Smell: Very earthy, with berry, dark fruit, and a slight hint of chocolate. Some vanilla notes as well, blending with the slightest hint of bourbon notes, though both of these are an undercurrent to the bright berry notes. Very well-balanced.

Taste: More dark fruits than in the nose, with a nice caramel twist added in. Slightly milky as well, and very smooth. Slightly tangy, with a bit of charcoal bitterness thrown in as well which carries through into the aftertaste. The bitterness provides an interesting element to the taste--when you first take a drink, (or at least when I do) you notice first the sour cherry notes, but almost instantly are hit by a blast of syrupy--something--which comes across at times also as cherry cough syrup, though if it were exactly that I wouldn't be drinking it. Then, shortly thereafter, the bitterness hits. It's probably better than I'm making it sound...but it's definitely strange.

Mouthfeel is sub-par for what otherwise is an excellent beer. Very little heat, but the carbonation doesn't hold up the way I would have hoped (or expected from the appearance). There is very little carbonation, in fact, the beer seems rather flat save for an unpleasant foaminess at the end of the sip indicating, as the appearance did, that indeed there was once carbonation somehow present in this beer. Looking back a few minutes later, the carbonation is in fact there but sort of just _sits_ on your tongue.

Drinkability: Very smooth and low heat--wouldn't expect it to be this good at this ABV--though at the same time it is also very obvious that it is a 10%. The fact that I can drink this on such an oppressively hot day speaks volumes.

 2,409 characters

Photo of Yagman3000
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a .750 bottle (2010 vintage #1562 of 3800) into a snifter. Part of the very generous Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting Session offered by fellow BA CosmicEvan.

It appears a super dark brown. There is a noticeable film, not a head, that remains across the top of the beer.

I smell a bunch of coffee and a touch of licorice here too. The anise odor is pleasing and natural smelling.

The taste if this beer is rather woody - specifically oaky. There's a hint of coffee in the flavor profile here to.

In terms of the mouthfeel, there's a noticeable effervescence. It goes from bubbly to a thin exit. There could be more in the middle here.

Overall a good beer but it did not rock my world. I was actually expecting a little more flavor from this beer. At the same time, it does a decent job of hiding its 10% status... no easy feet!

 836 characters

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Big Sky Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 820 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!