Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout | 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): 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 Devonr18
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
2/5  rDev -50.1%

Photo of StandupandStout
2.46/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very watered down for a stout. Has the flavor with no kick.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.54/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pitch black body with a moderately sized frothy khaki head. Smells of loads of ethanol with fruity cherry coming from the yeast (?). Light roasted grain. Tastes of chocolate, fruity esters, lots of booze, and sugar sweetness. Body is thin, considering the size. Mild carbonation. The name is right: this is terrible.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of deford
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Simple review....Poured into a DFH snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Pretty nice 1/2 in cream colored head. Maybe a little berry on the nose...strange. Not really much nose at all. Taste is roast coffee and slightly tart?? Not bad, jut odd. It feels fine on the tongue...nothing stands out. Overall its blah...

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Jdub2839
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, mild mannered stout but nothing special.

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Photo of drone
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very indicative of the style, but not much else. Subtle notes all around.

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

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of colingaiser
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle at cellar temperature into a shaker glass.

L: The beer was a beautiful deep black and produced a lovely hazelnut-brown, two-finger head with a slow pour.

S: Robust scents of alcohol, espresso, and licorice, with a light underlying smokiness, were all present. It's an inviting aroma and it's quite amazing how it fills up a room.

T: The alcohol is especially prominent here, threatening to mask the beer's more nuanced flavors. However, I still detected a nuttiness from the malts, subtle coffee notes (though not as apparent as expected), and black licorice. There's a residual smokiness that leaves this beer with a bitter finish, while the alcohol gives it a slight warming burn, especially in the throat. This is a real winter warmer.

F: It has the mouthfeel of a dessert beer, with a thick body that becomes surprisingly creamy as you swish it around in your mouth -- almost the viscosity of milk. With the low amount of carbonation, it makes it Ivan the beer as hefty and daunting as Ivan the mascot.

O: Unfortunately, the presence of the alcohol distracts from the complex, malt-forward flavors of the beer, though not enough to completely sabotage the drinking experience. There's a lot to like about this beer if you make the effort. However, it's probably too expensive for me to consider buying again.

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Photo of Brevbin
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elektronen
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TeBeer
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Trentt2
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corywalston
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjfv23
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ackeeper
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows dry roast, sweet bready malt, toasty notes, soft coffee and liquorice.
Aggressive flavours, loads of roast, liquorice and booze. Almost abrasive.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV, 39 ibu, 355 ml bottle.
A - dark brown almost black with half finger brown head.
S - coffee, brown sugar, berry candy, little chocolate, smoky, jujube, liquorice.
T - moderate carbonation. smooth, dark chocolate milk flavor, bourbon vanilla sweetness hint coating the tongue, liquorice, roasted coco chip like.
O - picked up single bottle randomly, not much expectation, but this surprised me!!

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3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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