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Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Big Sky Brewing’s Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using English hops and the finest American malt. Its aroma and flavor balances well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence. Ivan was aged for a minimum of three months in American oak Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%
2014 - 11.5%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2015
Black beer, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, cacao, vanilla, bourbon, wood and alcohol. Sweet bourbon flavour, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and praline. Nice!!
(from 75cL bottle @ Kamiel’s place. Vintage 2013, bottle 2181/3000. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4974) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle (75cl): Bottle no. 2181/3000: Vintage 2013: Shared with Iluvatarmilan and Martinus: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius: Black beer with smaller sized beige light brown head/lacing. Aromas of bourbon, poo, roast, chocolate, wood, oat, hints of vanila, hint of butterscotch... Flavours of bourbon, roast, chocolate, some vanilla, bitters, wood, light mocha, some malts and malt roast... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, malts, oat, chocolate and some mocha. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle (2014 vintage). Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), with light notes of varnish, wood/sawdust, bourbon, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly astringent. One of the most peculiarly overrated Impy stouts on the site, it would seem (second only to Old Rasputin, which has always been a ridiculously crude, flawed, and simplistic rendition, yet inexplicably loved by the beer geek masses). I can usually understand when an overly sweet, overly bourbony, overly boozy rendition is overrated here, because those provide instant, simple gratification in the same way big, syrupy, boozy Aussie shiraz does. But this one is a complete and utter mystery. There’s not much aroma at all, not even much bourbon. And the mouthfeel is amazingly thin and watery for an 11.5% stout. I’m all for subtlety and nuance, but this is downright sterile and bland for the style. Maybe previous vintages are carrying the score here, I dunno, but the 2014 is quite clearly a soulless drain pour...even slightly worse than the regular Big Sky Ivan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from 2013 via trade with Botlz7555. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, molasses. The apearance is deep black, thin tan head, slightly oily. The flavor is bourbon, sweet, molasses, vanilla, chocolate. Booze burn. The finish is booze, chocolate, light roast, pine. Slightly thicker than medium in body. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardaxe (292) - - JAN 4, 2015
Somehow forgot to rate this a while back so doing it from memory. Poured from bottle into tulip. Can't get into too many details but what really stuck with me was how dangerously drinkable this was. For a 13% beer it was thin and had little heat. It wasn't nearly as bold or aggressive as some other BA stouts and I liked that. Probably the most easy drinking +10% beer I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4414) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2015
2013 750 ml bottle cork and caged. Big black pour with no carbonation. Oily and slick. Dark roast bourbon. Who needs BCBS if you could get this?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (675) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2014 bottling 750 picked up locally for a decent $18ish at Bier Thirty .... poured into my HotD snifter. beautiful 3 finger head that has been sticking around for about 5 minutes ... dark tan.. looks like a really thick espresso ... great lacing and a huge cap.. The nose is thick and very complex... a little EtOH .. big milk chocolate with dark cherry essence and vanilla.. bourbon isn’t as pronounced as expected... yet the smell is fantastic. wow.. this is like a liquid brownie.. big roasty chocolate.. some sweetened coffee notes.. more vanilla.. and the bourbon is more of a component that is expressed throughout and never becoming too large.. complex with a great semi-dry finish that lingers forever.. dried fruit esters lend another layer of complexity. This is every bit a winner as previous years... Glad to see the lowered the ABV a little bit this year ... not as viscous most of it’s more famous brothers .. the carbonation may be a touch on the high side.. but it is small bubble carbonation that helps lend a very lush mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Sweet, chocolate, and bourbon aromas. Chocolate, roasted, marshmallow, whiskey, and light oak flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2014
2010 Vintage thanks to Indiana_Red: Thick black with an absolutely wonderful aroma of vanilla, malts, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. Tasty! Flavors of chocolate, dark roasted sugars and malts. I could also detect the alcohol % even after 4 years. Thick bodied and syrupy feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2873) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle: 2013 vintage. Dark, dark brown edges with a rich, black core. Small, foamy khaki layer sits quietly on top. Aroma is full force tannins, oak, bourbon, & musty wood with undertones of raisin, toffee, & bitter cocoa powder. Lots of booze with a harsh, almost solvent-like back-end. Taste is thankfully a bit more sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, & mild roast popping out first. The barrel aging makes its way in pretty quickly, though, with heavy notes of whiskey, wood, & mild astringency. Dry woodiness with a whiskey laden finish that kind of tastes grainy. A little dark chocolate & raisin in the aftertaste, too. This wasn’t bad, but it was almost too much. A decent barrel aged stout but not something I’d actively seek out.

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