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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 2012 bottle that a dude who sounded like he was out of Fargo shared at Darklord day 2014. Thanks hommie. Fucking awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2092) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle sample from random beer dude at DLD. True to the style. Sweet roasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1671) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
2012 bottle pours black, small soapy khaki head. Big chocolate, cocoa notes. Bourbon stays the course from start to finish. Bold body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
Corked bottle from Sendiks in Brookfield, cellar aged 18 months; shared with ck1 and my other brother. Pours black and chunky. Aroma has chocolate, molasses and oatmeal, with whiskey and light soy. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, espresso/roast, soy and some molasses. A bit rough. Some alcohol. Full bodied. Finishes bittersweet and strong. I liked this one!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - 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 (757) - 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 (319) - 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 (780) - 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 (2592) - 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 (1167) - 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.


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