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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%

** This is for 750ml bottles ONLY **

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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Served from a 750 mL bottle of the 2009 edition. Bottle 1293 or 3000. The appearance is a rich espresso brown with a tight forming roasted brown head. The nose if full with rich bourbon, toasted oak, dried fruit mainly prune and cherry, and a bakerís chocolate accent. The flavors started with a warm smooth prune cherry and raisin flavor ridding on a clean bourbon wave. A wonderful vanilla and slight anise are there too. The mouth is very smooth and not that hot considering this if fairly fresh and 10% but definitely warms the stomach and throat. . This is a fine IRS that far exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Tap. Thick oily lack pour, nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, and plenty of bourbon. Really good stuff. Great thick mouthfeel. Awesome Impy Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle 1315 of 3000 from Daprickly1.
Pours a perfect motor oil black with a thick, creamy, frothy head of medium beige, reminiscent of the head on a Guinness. Aroma is a restrained chocolate pudding with a dash of bourbon and cocoa. A subtle hint of cappuccino lingers in the background, along with melted dark chocolate and caramel-coated almond. Flavor is a thin but asasertive ribbon of chocolate coffee pudding and cocoa, with chunks of raspberry, black cherry, and bourbon vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light but the flavors linger. I need another of these; would like to cellar one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Big black pour. Big roasted grain, chocolate, bourbon aroma. Taste is thick chewy chocolate roasted grains and hints of bourbon and oaky vanilla. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Thanks to TODD for this one, bottle #902/1152. Poured deep brown with an easily-resuscitated cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty bourbon (almost brandy) over black patent and chocolate maltage.. rather soft and toasty overall complexion.. vanilla showed with warmth. The flavor found mostly black patent sweetness at the core along with some molasses.. vanilla, tangy oak, and bourbon surrounded.. charred black malts, bourbon, oak, and splashes of milk chocolate-covered cherries on the finish.. YUM! Medium-bodied on the palate (wish it had a slightly thicker feel) with a fine impression from the barrel treatment.. excellent stuff!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (163) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 Beautifully balanced aroma and flavor of bourbon, bakerís chocolate, real vanilla, cherry wine, amaretto, cashew/macadamia/hazelnut, and toasted coconut. Bourbon is at the perfect level, and the mouthfeel is firm and creamy without being too heavy on the palate. The aftertaste is perfect...long but not overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4025) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2009 bottle, 288/3000. Black pour with tan head. Aroma of jim beam, chocolate, ash. Flavor is smokey, chocolate, and bourbon, bourbon really dominates this beer and makes it kind of one dimensional, even for a bourbon beer. Chalky mouthfeel. This is pretty close to amazing, but not quite there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Sample at the SLC tasting after party party on 12/11/09
Appearance: Poured coal black with a tan head
Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, coffee and bourbon
Well balanced, very nice tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
pours black like the soul of a whore. nose of fig, faint banana and burnt molasses. taste is sweet with a following alcohol punch that gives way to a hint of smoke and light iodine. definately an interesting imperial stout, but one thatís miles behing, say Boulevardís Imp Stout, which is amazing. big sky, keep trying. even a semi-good imperial stout is better than a sharp stick in the eye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle #199/3000 Thanks to George and Kieth in sharing this with me. Deep black pour with a brown head. Nice bourbon aroma wafts up during the pour and even after the beer was finished. Notes of vanilla and chocolate accompanied it. Taste was smooth. Bourbon(big fan of Beam), vanilla and chocolate. Great lacing on the glass.

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