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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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575 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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,168
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
575
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
125
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of jgrayewski
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a stout glass.

Pours a somewhat-thin, but still (remarkably) opaque almost-black. Very little head or lacing.

The nose is heavy on molasses and other dark-sugar-driven aromas. Hints of dark fruit, herbs, and booze peek through. Smells a bit sweet for the style.

The flavor is also a little sweet for the style, but not cloyingly. Otherwise, this has a unique flavor. Toasted malts and char, which weren't really present on the nose, are rather forward on the palate. The middle of the palate gives way to dark fruit, herb, and molasses. Finishes with booze and astringent dryness, thankfully, otherwise this might have been a sticky mess.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Rather light for the style, but not thin. Medium-full body. The dry finish of the flavor is there in the mouthfeel. It keeps the sticky molasses note from overwhelming the brew.

I can't believe I've passed this brew over time and time again, as I enjoy other Big Sky offerings. It's shaded rather sweet for an RIS, but it's tasty. It's particularly good within its price point.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting flavor in a very good way. Smooth and strong. Be careful with this, but enjoy it. This will kick you to the curb, but it's worth a second run. From a taster. 2018/11/25

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small head, spotty lace. Dark brown color.

Strong molasses aroma. A bit medicinal.

Sweeter than most stouts but the body doesn't reflect this. The flavor is mostly semisweet chocolate. I still get a light medicinal touch.

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Photo of jdbigsky
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful RIS. Black opaque pour. Dark fruit aroma with molasses. Small licorice taste and then the alcohol bomb hits but not unpleasant. Great to sip and savor.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eppie82
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malt smell. Some chocolate in taste but tastes a bit watery on mouthfeel.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngEo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lahey
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap (nitro) nice and roasty, some dark fruit flavor. Not much burn for the alcohol content. Nitro creaminess made it way too easy drinking. Solid attempt at the style. Reminded me of a pumped up guiness.

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Photo of csmrx7
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giggy
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with significant tannhead that disipat s quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet caramel. Taste is also a slightly sweet caramel without any aftertaste.

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 575 ratings