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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%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
750ml via trade, I believe with tytoanderson. 70th rating of this brew, another impy and another Big Sky Beer. Shared with dalekliz. Beautifal pour, black with a 2 finger head. Nose is sweet with a big punch of bourbon, nice nose, big sky, nice nose indeed. Taste is sweet and slightly bourbonny with a nice choco feeling. I gotta say I like this a lot, more than I expected. Quite good, and dalekliz likes it too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
750ml, #91. thanks to Kan! pours black with creamy tan head. nose of whiskey!, coconut, wood, chocolate. flavors of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, wood, dark fruit. the wood and alcohol is a bit harsh. tasty but not very smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
750ml bottle from a recent trade (98 of 1152)....pours very close to black with barely brown edges and a nice fluggy light brown head.... really assertive aromas of coconut, vanilla, toffee, and bourbon. pretty nice actually.... flavors are nicely melded with chocolate, sweet vanilla, and lighty woody. lively carbonation and light body, wish it had more actually. really nice flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle shared by stopbarking at recent tasting. Thanks Daniel! Pours dark black with a tan head. Dmell is bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is the same with sweet, roasty malt and vanilla coming through and a great chocolate and bourbon mix. Very flavorful and enjoyable beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Thanks aspidites. Poured dark brown/ black, chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon, little alcohol, little coffee, slight dark fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Best of the night at our April ’09 tasting. Pours viscous deep brown with a pillowy dark tan head. Nose is rich with chocolate, vanilla, coconut and coffee. The flavor is all of that well blended with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle shared at rattle and Hum thanks to whom ever brought this. Pour a black body with no head. Alcohol, bourbon, molasses and licorice. Hints of soy, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, milk chocolate with more soy. A light woodiness with a milky finish. Decent. I think EDA had a seizure drinking this sweet treat, good times.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3416) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a large brown head that lasted through the first third of the glass and left a partial coating of foam. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, raisins, vanilla, bourbon and some lightly roasted malt. The flavor is equally enjoyable with plenty of caramel, raisins, bourbon, vanilla and mild roast. A little hot on the palate, but that seemed to dissipate as the beer sat. An enjoyable offering from the folks at Big Sky.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4994) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
25 oz bottle, via Liquid Solutions. Pours an inky black body with a good sized fizzy brown head that retained as a thin film. Fairly heavy Jim Beam nose, wood, roast, burnt caramel, vanilla, just a little alcohol. Fairly alcoholic and bourbon dominated up front, it finishes a little bit smoother when the woody and vanilla qualities emerge more. On the sweeter side with lots of caramel and black strap molasses. Mouthfeel is fairly sturdy with a slightly oily clinginess on the finish. Overall, this was decent, but not being a big fan of Jim Beam, it wasn’t really doing it for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2009
Courtesy of SeaBass. The liquid pours deep darkness with amber edges and full mocha head. The aroma is wood, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and caramel. Very inviting smell where the aromatics blend together with a sense of harmony and balance. The taste is much the same with caramel, some molasses and robust levels of vanilla. To midway bourbon, coconut and wood enter the picture. The wood notes grow into the finish moving from a supporting flavor role to a dominant one. It has a pleasing mouth feel too where the body wasn’t overly thinned out from the barrel treatment. Very nice stuff.


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