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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Big Sky Brewingís 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 Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Black with virtually no head. Aroma is liquorice, raisins, sherry, dates. Full bodied, sweet on the palate with a hint if booze on the finish. Taste is raisins, liquorice, chocolate, hint of blackcurrant. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle of 2013 Vintage (#2598/3000). Black coffee pour with a half-inch of sudsy tan foam. Strong presence of bourbon, charred malt, dark sugars and cocoa nibs in the aroma. Taste starts with a heavy dose of roasted malt, dark chocolate syrup and bourbon followed by notes of vanilla, molasses, dark fruits and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation. Finish delivers a final blast of charred oak and dark chocolate malt. Lots of complexity from the barrel aging although a little goes a long way.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
This is one great beer. Good Lord... Caramel and toffee and some bourbon... I hope this is served at the pearly gates.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (745) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon notes, vanilla and oak. Taste of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, slightly fruity, faint oak and faint bourbon, smoothing this out perfectly. Full bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel, excellent beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at the Rackhouse. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head an great lacing. Sweet cocoa, coffee, vanilla, raisins, figs, earthy hops, bourbon, coconut, brown sugar, and caramel in the aroma. Taste is bread, toasted bread, dark chocolate, vanilla, earthy hops, plums, sweet brown sugar, graham cracker and light coconut with a lingering roasted coffee finish. Slick/syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Easy drinking russian imperial and not overly dominated by the barrel.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1142) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
A- pours a dark opaque brown with very thin cola brown edges. Minimal tan head and very faint lacing. S- pungent caramel, grains and dog food. Vanilla, molasses, wood, processed milk chocolate are all prominent. Alcohol, cola, rhubarb, licorice fall behind but are there. M- relatively light and water body for a stout of this kind. Palate is medium while still being somewhat watery and faintly tart and sweet. T- very weak chocolate, caramel, malts and some two day old coffee grounds are up front. Zinc, graham crackers, odd hoppy citrus and some grass in the middle. Coffee, cola, mincemeat, molasses, rooty vegetables and an earthiness in the quick end. Smell promises so much and the taste delivers so little.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2171) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 5, 2014
750 bottle (2013) in Seattle. A great christmas present, very glad I got to finally try this. Black brown body with brown head. Leathery caramel, great rich molasses and soy. Coffee depth. Good medium weight. Alc has a nice bite this fresh. A bit of cola, herbs. Alc at end is a touch medicinal. Very happy with this. Will have squirrel away a few bottles, I bet this gets even better with a little patience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1419) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle sent to me by Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! Pour is dark black with zero head. Really nice bourbon nose. No lacing. Slight carbonation, but really fantastic taste. Big bourbon taste, thick mouthfeel - more of a liquor than a beer. Chocolate, tobacco and roasted malt. Sweet finish that gradually goes into a nice bourbon finish. This was really nice despite being almost totally flat.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Vintage 2010 A: pours a dark maduro brown. Nice, two finger latte head loosely disspates and leaves a thick sheet of the same. Beer has excellent clarity around edges, otherwise SRMís prevent this. minimal lacing. S: The bourbon is both the hilight and beautifully subdued. Never experienced appropriately blended BBA like this. Malty, anise, bourbon, sweetness, molasses. Very nice. Very pleasing. T: This beer is fantastic fresh - Iíve had many BBAís that need aging, and then peak out. Iím not so sure this beer should be aged. Itís great now, and struggle to see the Bourbon getting better. I think I prefer this to The Abyss. M: Velvet, with moderate carbonation. I do, however, tend to stir my glass so frequently, that the carbonation dies out quite a bit. Leaves the the mouth slick and appreciating the bourbon barrels even longer. D: This beer is outstanding. I canít see the beer having better presence beyond being fresh. I have about a case sitting around the house - Iíve already traded too much of it away. This beer is outstanding. Serving type: bottle 02-25-2011

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2001) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a brown head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. Complex and sweet with light bitterness. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel and a tangy finish.


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