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RATINGS: 359   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%


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
A fellow beer nurd sent this from his new home in seattle. This beer was pretty damn good. Black and thick. Just the way I like them. Some creaminess as well. Thanks josh for sending this great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle 607 or 1152. Pours a deep black with a rich creamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roasted barley, molasses, fruits. Flavor is fruits, bourbon, barrel, roast, chocolate. Sticky brown lacing galore clings to the side of my snifter. Nice creamy slick mouthfeel and very well balanced. Fantastic Imperial Stout, wish I had bought more of this while it was around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep black with a big bubbly tan head. Big sweet aroma, of bourbon, wood, malt, grass. Huge sweet taste, of malt, bourbon, wood, molasses. Lingering sweet bourbon-wood flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
750 ml bottle. #906/1152. Pours a black color with a medium sized creamy light brown head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, malt and bitter chocolate. Taste of sweet bourbon, malts, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol. Very nice !!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
750ml via trade, I believe with tytoanderson. 70th rating of this brew, another impy and another Big Sky Beer. Shared with dalekliz. Beautifal pour, black with a 2 finger head. Nose is sweet with a big punch of bourbon, nice nose, big sky, nice nose indeed. Taste is sweet and slightly bourbonny with a nice choco feeling. I gotta say I like this a lot, more than I expected. Quite good, and dalekliz likes it too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
750ml, #91. thanks to Kan! pours black with creamy tan head. nose of whiskey!, coconut, wood, chocolate. flavors of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, wood, dark fruit. the wood and alcohol is a bit harsh. tasty but not very smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
750ml bottle from a recent trade (98 of 1152)....pours very close to black with barely brown edges and a nice fluggy light brown head.... really assertive aromas of coconut, vanilla, toffee, and bourbon. pretty nice actually.... flavors are nicely melded with chocolate, sweet vanilla, and lighty woody. lively carbonation and light body, wish it had more actually. really nice flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle shared by stopbarking at recent tasting. Thanks Daniel! Pours dark black with a tan head. Dmell is bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is the same with sweet, roasty malt and vanilla coming through and a great chocolate and bourbon mix. Very flavorful and enjoyable beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Thanks aspidites. Poured dark brown/ black, chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, little alcohol, little coffee, slight dark fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Best of the night at our April ’09 tasting. Pours viscous deep brown with a pillowy dark tan head. Nose is rich with chocolate, vanilla, coconut and coffee. The flavor is all of that well blended with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.


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