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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%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle at Peter’s NY gathering, I believe shared by beerbill - this beer is a boozy bourbon mess - and I LIKE bourbon - Jim Beam - did they have to choose the Cheez Wiz of bourbon to age this one with? - there is some brown sugar and doughy character, as well as some fig - but mostly it sweet booziness and bourbon - meh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Pours very black with low carbonation. Smells chocolate-y, sweet, like bourbon. heavy creamy palate, tastes heavy, dark and delicious. It has a bit of spice too. Its really balanced and the alcohol asserts itself really nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a deep dark black with a medium tan head comprised of thick ugly soda bubbles. Plums, chocolate, and raisins on the nose. Big roast character. Finishes just barely boozy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Had at Tim’s Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks. Black with a creamy brown head. Vanilla, caramel, chocolate, grain, and oak aroma. Rich milk chocolate, slight fruit, coffee, and a mild whiskey sourness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of 5000, thanks Andre. Dark black pour with a light brown head. Vanilla aroma, some chocolate as well. Wow, you can really taste the whiskey in this, tasyes alot hotter than 8.75%, but in a good way though, this is quite tasty

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Thanks to Boltz. I couldn’t even get this from my lazy ass distributor. Pours like asphalt throwing a copper head gloriously into the air. Great hang time. Smells like sour stone fruit. Full nectar with creamy carbonation. This one is sweet man. Strong molasses and coffee bean with sour cherry, coconut, and cake bread as collateral damage. The finish lingers cloyingly.

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 (875) - 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 (2361) - 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 !!!


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