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RATINGS: 361   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%


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2013 bottle, 1506/3000. Smells like bourbon, with some espresso and chocolate in there. Deep and rich, pretty boozy, there’s definitely a burn. So good, but probably even better in a year or so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Deep black core, light brown edges. Burnt malt nose, some coffee, trace of oak. Ashy, burnt malts, smooth though. Bourbon not very present, except perhaps a bit thin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2013
750ml, 2013. 2353 of 3000. 13.8%. Black pour, small tan head. Boozy malty chocolate bourbon nose, with a hint of cookie dough. With some fruit cake. Chocolate Bourbon Flavors, with a background of wood mixed with vanilla. Well balanced. Slight astringent finish with some bitter dark chocolate. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
750ml bottle. Appearance: Small head, black as black can be. Aroma: heavy malt, roasted, nutty, perfume, heavy alcohol, bourbon. Taste: long duration, lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter, sour milk. Palate: medium body, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation, chalky finish. Overall, really like this beer. The ABV really shows through though.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stevesie (313) - - NOV 23, 2013
From bottle. Very dark with just an inkling of tan head. Smells of dark fruit and booze. Taste similar. Way too sweet and way too boozy for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours almost pitch black with very little head . Aromas of dark fruit and bourbon . Chocolate flavors accompanied by roasted malts and faint bourbon. Finishes mildly sweet with some alcohol heat . Really good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet malty molassis roasted. Flavor as aroma, so good nice medium longlived bitterness

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
(Bottle) pours black with brown head. Smooth but present oak aging, smooth chocolate roast, light fruity and a touch of hops. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. Smooth and creamy with a near full bodied. Wood and roast on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2609) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Bottle received in trade. Thank you KingCecil! Pours black with a rather small fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, charred wood, oatmeal cookies, bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla fudge, pecan nuts, alcohol, coffee hard candy, toffee, sherry and hints of schwarzwald cake and burnt sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, charred wood, sweet dark bread, bourbon, vanilla fudge, bitter chocolate, black pepper corns, sweet liquorice candy, sherry, mineral rich soil, St Johns wort, and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, tiny boozy, tiny roasted astringent and medium to full bodied. finish is bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocoalte, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, mineral rich soil, biscuits, black pepper corns, alcohol and sherry. Balanced, "simple" and smart. Subtle barrel aging really suits the beer. Great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10109) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, raisins, figs, nuts, coffee notes, hay, cocoa powder, toffee notes. Roasted coffee and licorice flavor, figs, raisins, nuts, creamy, warming alcohol, tar notes, vinous, some dades. Very nice and complex beer.


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