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RATINGS: 382   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle 125/1152 thanks to ditmier: Pours an oily opaque black with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice bourbon oaky complexity. Starts with good fullness and rich sweet dark caramel malt with some molten dark chocolate and black cherry notes along with smooth bourbon balance before a bittersweet finish with a touch of roasted malt and chocolate. A very nice barrel-aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Thanks sebletitje for the share. Frickin amazing beer. Where to begin? Pours deep black with tan head. Nose is toasted malt, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, overripe dark fruit, and lots of alcohol. Flavor is toasted malt, deep bourbon, magic, strong vanilla, roasted malt, coconut, a ton of depth, a few secrets, and a finish of bourbon, roasted malt, and coconut that makes this beer truly unique. A well-hidden gem that could stand with GI BCS, FFF DL, and Surly Darkness in my opinion. Well-hidden alcohol and well crafted all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle #626, courtesy sebletitje. Black pour, thick cocoa colored head, thick lacing. Lots of oak and bourbon in the nose, vanilla, dry grain, slight smoke and ash. Flavor is big on oak, chocolate, bourbon, creamy vanilla. Full-bodied, balanced, quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3851) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle: Poured a dark oily black with a tan color head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, with wood hints. Taste is chocolate along with vanilla and boozy bourbon wood throught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
750ml bottle. Bottle # 242 of 1152. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, woody, roasty, and some chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, and ligher wood. Definitely bourbon in both aromas and tastes (for me that’s not necessarily bad).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (7221) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2009
courtesy of screamforme. Bottle#626 Pours pitch black with thick lasting mocha head, leave some golden lacing. Aroma had bourbon written all over it, notes of vanilla and wood and light roasted malts. It is primarily bourbon that comes thru and not too over the top. Taste, quite boozy for 8.5% and glad it wasn’t any higher. Starts sweet with notes of vanilla then bourbon topped with roasted malts and chocolate and some light notes of dark fruits.. All is just well balanced. That was some yummy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Powers out. Schools are out tomorrow. 8 in + of snow on the ground. Figured this was a good time to crack this one open. Perfect cold winter’s night beer. Roasty, creamy stout flavors with tons of bourbon. Perfect pour. Me likey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle (#105/1152): Pours black with two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of bourbon and a little dark fruit. Some roast and light vanilla. Flavor is rich in roastiness, yet retains a sweeter overall feel. Nice amount of bourbon and vanilla, coupled with some faded hops. A little bit of chocolate/mocha flavor too. Most of the flavor is up front; a tad thin on the backend. Still, very drinkable and very much a solid offering in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle courtesty of rustychiles. Use to have a cat named Ivan when I was a kid. Black body with tan head. Good dose of bourbon, oatmeal and coco on the nose. Flavor was sweet bittering hopssome roasted malt and dry coco mix powder blended together. Sweet fruit presents itself near middle of brew and fisish is some sweet bourbon that lingers on palate. Thanks Rusty

   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.

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