Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial StoutIvan The Terrible Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jegross2 on 05-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
540
Reviews:
109
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
117
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Any "easy drinking" RIS? This goes down smoothly and nicely. It's a 2016 so I'm sure how old it is but it has no sharpness or bite, but it's not aged tasting either. Nice mix in the aroma with a mild richness and hints of candied dark fruit sweetness. Flavor has a little more straight dark malt taste. Dryness on the finish and that's a hop character shows with a lingering grass like taste on the balancing bitterness. Not a heavy feel but a bit more than moderate.
No big objections here. A nice "everyday" RIS.
Thanks Bro.

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kirock
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very balanced stout which is a respectable offering in its class. There is an almost fruity smell. Not heavily carbonated but a smooth texture. The taste hints of chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter finish. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits and black licorice.

T - The taste is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Finishes with a nice amount of lingering char.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a decent imperial stout. The flavors are dark and roasty with the alcohol hardly noticeable.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boblemo
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've never had an IRS like this not to bitter, and fruity very good IMO.

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Photo of Sour_Lord
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like dirty oil with a nice head that leaves some nice lacing and a brow film on the glass.
Smells like stale coffee, burnt malts, licorice and dried plum.
Taste follows the aromas.
A very nice, thick chewy beer. No gimmicks here. Would love to try the barrel aged version.
As a side note, after enjoying Ivan, I poured another next to Old Rasputin, they are birds of a feather.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dromines78
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rammed96
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AustinWadkins
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a froathy mocha head

Smells of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, nutty and slightly boozy

Taste is bits of coffee, little boozy, chocolate, and malts

Overall this is a really good beer! Great balanced beer. I love the creamy mouthfeel. Will for sure get another

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Photo of verge
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours motor oil black, with a thin, creamy, brown head.
S- Baker's Chocolate and caramel malt, black licorice, slight hop.
T- Big baker's chocolate taste up front. A nutty taste accompanying it to make very enjoyable. The slight hop combines very well. The combination of all tastes linger for quite a while. Pronounced vanilla.
F- Very thick mouthfeel. Very smooth with the bitter bite in the end. Causes warming.
O- quite a complex beer in which all flows well with a slap on the ass on the way out. Best beer Big Sky makes.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 540 ratings.
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