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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
750mL bottle, #263 of 1152, poured into a tulip. Pours an opaque black with an enormous creamy tan head, at least 3 inches tall, that goes nowhere and leaves massive lacing. The aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts and cocoa with the bourbon coming in very faintly. The oak and vanilla are present as well. The taste has a bit more bourbon character and there is a sweet bourbon kick up front before the dark chocolate malts take over in the middle. There is actually a hint of citrus hops in the finish along with a powdered cocoa finish which comes off a little dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation, maybe a little too much, but itís still a solid feel overall. This is a very good impy stout and extremely drinkable. Itís definitely on the sweeter side of things with the chocolate playing a major role and the bourbon staying largely out of te way. Very drinkable for the style and recommended overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours thick dark chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate aroma mostly. Above average mouthfeel of course and its chocolate and coffee. On the sweet side, drinkable to a point. Good though not th best RIS I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2009
This beer broke my cherry on imperial stouts and now Iím a big stout hound-dog. Served at Seattle International Beer Festival in 2008.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 2010 bottle on 12/2/11. pours a dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark black with a 2+ finger tan head that settles down to a 1/4" ->. really nice levels of bourbon over the nose with vanilla, chocolate and oak. med to full body with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak and dark fruits. sweet, a bit of alcohol and very smooth. sweet finish with bourbon, lots of vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee notes. excellent beer!

sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... this was one of my favorites at GABF this year... really nice BA Imperial Stout from a solid brewery. pitch black pour with a tan head... really nice bourbon nose... extremely smooth medium to thick body... bourbon throughout with a long presence on the finish. I need some bottles of this now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1644) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Sampled at GABF 2009. Pours black with a tan head. Raisin, prune, and chocolate aromas. Dark fruit, coffee, and bakerís chocolate flavors. Good but not great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750ml Bottle. Bottle 125 of 1152.
Black/ dark brown pour. Dark brown head. Aroma of HUGE vanilla, wood, nice chocolate. Yum, Macciato. A hint of bourbon as it warms. Flavor is lots of creamy chocolate with a nice blend of bourbon. Some wood, and mellow vanilla. I love that sweet bourbon. Creamy and Heavy bodied. A+
Rating #2250.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2182) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring head. Woody chocolate bourbon aroma. Woody chocolate dark fruit bourbon flavor. Clean woody finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle 296 of 1152. Pours motor oil black with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. Nice nose of bourbon and vanilla with some bittersweet chocolate notes as well. Flavor also held hefty amounts of bourbon and vanilla. Finishing with a some cocoa and a touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Nose was heavy on chocolate, fair amount of oak, and slight dusty scents. Poured black with a tiny tan head. Taste was boozy, dark chocolate, smooth oak, bitter coffee, and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark brown almost black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet malt flavor, with chocoffee, candy sweetness, and a medium malt bitter finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

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