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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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548 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:
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Added by jegross2 on 05-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,246
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
548
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
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Trade:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2014 edition - nice to see another of this brewery's stronger offerings make it across the border.

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing black, with rather spare basal cola edges, and two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and duly creamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some crumbling ski hill snow mass lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, meaty caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, syrupy dark sugar, muddled black dried fruit, Nordic liquorice, sugary root beer, and a stultifying whiff of aggressive alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet, gritty chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of dank and fleshy ash, still indistinct, but surely present black fruit, subtle dry coffee grounds, Zellers-quality black liquorice, tame earthy, weedy hops, and a well-restrained (for now) metallic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their tempered frothiness, the body an adequate medium-heavy weight for the style, and more or less smooth, a trite, kind of pithy creaminess straining to be noticed. It finishes surprisingly dry, the cocoa turning as such, while the malt maintains its disaffected posture, and the other sundry characters play out their guest fees.

A generally engaging, but not particularly world-beating version of the style - lots going on, but a certain dissociative nature starts to become evident early on, and that clamminess just carries on and on, once it sticks to your palate. Yeah, ok, but not something I care to immediately revisit, well-integrated ABV considerations aside.

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown, slightly translucent, with a nice khaki head that is very leggy

Smell: Char and dark chocolate, with licorice and a hint of coffee

Taste: Chocolate fudge with a licorice and char character building; some coffee bitterness, through the middle, with vanilla appearing through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very enjoyable brew though it lacks the dark fruit character that I look for in a RIS; still, I give it good marks as I really like the flavor profile

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

Poured out a thick, black color with red highlights and a small, foamy, off-white head. It smelled of molasses and rich dark chocolate. There were mild notes of oatmeal and coffee. It tasted somewhat sweet with chocolate and molasses flavors. Some toasted caramel, too.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/25/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, raisin, prune, licorice, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast ester, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light dark fruit, light licorice, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage

Tan head. Color is black.

Flavor profile: Cocoa, chocolate, caramel, molasses, raisins, figs, plums, brown sugar. Has a burnt roasted malt flavor to it. Coffee roast. Some vanilla.

Overall, a solid beer for the price. $3 a bottle. I thought this was going to be the same recipe as the 750s (i.e. barrel aged), but it isn't which is kind of a let down.

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

12 oz bottle dated 2015. 9.5% ABV.

Poured with an exceptional, frothy tan head that leaves a very full cost of lacing.
This has a really nice aroma from a mix of medium and dark roasted grains.hints of coffee and a light touch of booze. The coffee and booze are more obvious in the taste which is rather strong. Mildly bitter with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Ivan the Terrible.....is terribly awesome. Great stout....would love to try the barrel aged version. Pours opaque black with then ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The carries a deep roast with waifs of alcohol. The taste is like peat and espresso mix. Themouthfeel is close to oil....nice an thick....luv it. Overall...if your a Russian stout fan.....you should like this.

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

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

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 548 ratings
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