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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%

** This is for 750ml bottles ONLY **

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%
2015 - 11.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Lots of bourbon and chocolate. Jet brown with a light brown head. Sweet burnt sugar, dark chocolate, dry bitterness and a cocoa finish. A bit thin but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3495) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
October 3, 2015. Bottle, 2013 vintage, #137 of 3000..
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet caramel, prunes, bourbon, vanilla notes, dark chocolate, raisin, hints of coffee and port wine. Taste is sweet and very soft bitter. Finish is bitter roasted with dark chocolate, sweet prunes, figs, caramel, hints of vanilla, warming bourbon and port wine notes. Medium to full bodied, oily and creamy texture, almost flat carbonation.
Good imperial stout that has aged well, wouldn’t let it sit longer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2015
In a pint glass September 26, 2015 2277 of 3600 2014 11.5% Look - Dark brown with a lot of tan head. Thick bubbles. Lacing with the head. Lacing doesn’t dissipate quickly. A lot of sediment in last pour. Smell - Char. Bourbon. Cherry. Taste - Bourbon. Chocolate. Char. Wine. Grape. Cherry. Feel - Alcohol burn. Creamy. Not as carbonated as head hints at. Overall - The wine taste surprised me and made it unique. Otherwise average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travis’ house. 2008 vintage 750 mL bottle, #932/1152. The pour is a darker black, with some lighter areas where light can shine through. There is a nice dark brown head that falls down to a film, leaving no lace. The aroma is a little oxidized here. The barrel is pretty prominent and there is a nice vanilla and bourbon addition. There is a lot of licorice and chocolate malts with a decent nuttiness that’s also present. The flavors are similar. There the malts and licorice take the front, but the balanced barrel brings up the rear. A nice oakiness and nuttiness balance out with the bourbon and a light vanilla. This aged way better than I thought it would. The mouth feel is a little light as 7 years would influence, but there is a creamy, soft carbonation and a lingeringly roasty, chocolatey aftertaste that carries a hint of bourbon heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (249) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Old rating, gift from Fredrik. Black colour with roasted aroma. Chocolate and bourbon taste. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted chocolate caramell dark fruits coffee toffee aroma. Roasted coffee licorice dark fruits nutty caramell tar coffee licorice flavour. Likeable beer :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark black with almost zero head. chocolate bourbon roasted malt and coconut taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3898) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Vintage 2010 bottle shared with a friend. Bottle no. 2703 / 3800. Poured a pitch black colour with a non to long lasting beige head. Still a lot of carbonation after 5 years. Nose of sweet fruits. Cherries, dark sweet bakers chocolate, vanilla, toffee, dark sweet roasted malts, plums, Some chocolate raisins, mouthfeel has Some red fruit and port notes, oak, bit of a bourbon sweetness but very Well hidden. Very full mouthfeel. This turned out great after 5 years. Very rich in flavour!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NosirIwont (2352) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle. 12.2%. No ’best before’ date. Bottle no. 2859/4200. 10 cl. sample. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Soft, roasted aroma with a bourbon note. A wee bit oxidized. Notes of bread as it warms. A bit cloying. Flavour is sweet, with molasses. Malt and dark fruits, a bit oxidized. Bread and a hint of vanilla. A bit tart finish, sweet with a mild alcohol burn. Overall quite nice, well-balanced, and with well-hidden alcohol. 01.05.15.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeranarchist (232) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle at VBC. Pitch black. The aroma is nutty and roasty with notes of coconuts and bourbon. The flavour is bitter and sweet. Coffee. A Bit one dimensional, but good.

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