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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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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%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
750ml from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! A really fine pour, thick and dark like sludgy chocolate milk. The cafe au lait head dissipates somewhat quickly, but the nose is pungent and lasting. The bourbon is fairly mild, integrated well with the chocolate and lactic qualities. That holds true for the flavor as well, which is richly satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to JCB for sharing this one! Inky viscous black pour with a tan head. Roast and bourbon on the nose. Vanilla, bourbon, roast and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, roasty malts, and bourbon. Flavors followed the nose exactly. Smooth roasty malts balanced nicely with vanilla and bourbon. Thick brew. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle shared with bhensonb. This dark brown ale poured with a nice brown head that lasted a while. There is a strong treacle and licorice aroma. The flavor matches the aroma in that there is a heavy anise presence and a syrupy malt taste. This is a good brew. Thanks Bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle from Liquor Max. Very dark brown color with a strong dark tan head. Aromas of treacle, coffee and very toasted malt. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is very strong treacle/coffee/malt and may have some anise. Yes, it does have anise. Finishes in a heavenly manner. The initial heat touch diminishes. Seems rather alcoholic, or at least more than 8.7. Finish is very satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours thick out of the bottle with a medium fluffy tan head...aroma is tart barrel, green apple, bourbon and chocolate...flavour coats the mouth, sweet chocolate, very sweet molassas malt, bourbon oak and a char bitter finish...okay balance but is very unique...bourbon is waaaay more pronounced in this bottle than in other BA Imperials...drink this is the morning...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Very dark with a medium tan head. Mouthfeel is full but not overly chewy. Interesting flavors and aromas from start to finish. Sweetness was pretty bold (perhaps a bit much for my blood). Had some chocolate, syrupy molasses and caramel, but when I thought of coffee-flavored ice cream it really clicked. Aromas of vanilla bean, sweet whiskey, sour wood, and espresso with cream surfaced after each swallow. Warming alcohol soothed the back of the throat. Dark fruit flavors blend into a mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Cozy and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, toasted marshmallow, dates, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon, and some oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, creamy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain, toffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Dark opaque pour with a wonderful aroma of sweet malt and wet hay. Big blast of malt and yeast with a wonderful mix of dark grains, cherries and vanilla in the finish. Quite extraordinary. What a mouth feel. Full bodied and then some. Sweetness rounded out by an alcohol. Almost too much going on. It’s a sipper. Went back to the store for more, but alas all gone. Sweet for an imperial stout, but still a very enjoyable take on the style. Thanks!

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