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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%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Seattle. Pours out a nice black topped with a brown head. Aroma of sweetness, pit fruit, chocolate and dark roast malts. Tast more of the sweetness. Some cherry and wood. Plenty of molasses also. A tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Black pour, light tan head. Aroma of pure high quality vanilla extract. Flavor hits you with some nice vanilla, chocolate hints and bourbon on the edges. This beer is a winner if you are into the thick vanilla flavors. If you are looking for a drier stout, move along.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours black, with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, molasses, vanilla, wood, and chocolate.Medium body. Fairly long finish. Very enjoyable. Bottle 941/1152. Thanks to Tyler for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 bottle # 495/1152...2008

fairly black pour... walnut stained brown black color with a large spongy orange tinted light brown head. moderate trails of lace. the aroma is surprisingly quite floral... mixed in are notes of sour fruit possibly cherries?, roast, brown sugar, chocolate and mellow bourbon spiciness and woody vanilla. i pick up a lot of tartness on the palate (weird? maybe from the grain?). it also has a dusty oatmeal quality which combines with the aroma characteristics... there*s a bit of ash, nuttiness and smokiness before a spicy vaporous finish. it*s pretty well balanced and nothing really wants to jump out. the aftertaste is of mediocre bourbon. light to medium body with a strange gritty texture. it is however, not sticky and is creamy/ smooth enough to make enjoyable.

it*s good and certainly much better when warm. but, there isn*t anything about it to make it memorable or stand out. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours dark brown with a solid black body in the glass. Natural carbonation adds to the appearance of the ale, producing a long lasting foamy tan head. Snickers bar aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, nougat, nuts, bourbon, vanilla, coconut and wood. Flavor is well balanced, sweet, richly flavored. Finish is a touch short though. A nice ale all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Near black color with a tall lasting mocha colored head. Sweet fruitcake aromas. Dates prunes and figs mix with toasted almonds, graham crackers, dark cocoa and bourbon vanilla. After a very long day this is most relaxing and comforting. I wish for a bit more thickness in feel as this seems a touch thin. After a couple sips my main thought is that this is a melange of bourbon and butter pecan ice cream. Quite tasty. Malt and bourbon vanilla carry through from start to finish. Some milk chocolate, pecans, pralines and cream dance in and out. The bourbon does seem to pick up strength throughout as well. It is a good thing I enjoy whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (687) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
This poured black as night with traces of coffee,cocoa and dried fruit it also left a nice oiliness in my mouth overall a good IPS.CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750ml bottle #605/1152 courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a midnight black with a 2 finger chocolate milk colored head with slick oily lacing. Nose is dark ripe fruits, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is cocoa, roasted malt, more dark fruit, oaky vanilla and some bourbon in the finish with a touch of hops at the very end. It gets pretty hot as it warms up. Medium creamy mouth feel. This is really good. Not sure why this one didn’t get any hype. Thanks Jason!

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