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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 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 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 (5390) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Deep black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is a bit sweet with a light soft vineous character. Light plummy/chewy character through the middle. A kiss of anise/licorice and some light hot booziness. There is a bit of cocoa and coffee with a lingering sweetness. Rich, fruity and fairly roasty on the back end. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a woody brownish black and a toffe- colored head. Aroma is bourbon, black licorice, anise seed, some tar, nutty dark chocolate, and earthy phenols. Black patent bitterness in the flavor- vanilla, burnt chocolate, bourbon, big alcoholic fusel character and a acetaldehyde green apple kick at the end. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle shared at a BeerAdvocate gathering. Very dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and strong bourbon. Flavor is more of the same with Jim Beam really evident on the alcoholic finish. Smooth palate with a medium-full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of burnt malt and pretzels. Flavor is overwhelmingly bourbon and sweet malt. Basically it’s just a big mess of bourbon and malt. Yeah, it is pretty terrible... 6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2009
(PPSG09, 750ml bottle, thanks beerbill) Large creamy tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, smoke/roast, coffee, some raisin, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous, Bourbon, some chocolate, smoke. Medium-full body, smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5256) - 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.

   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.

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