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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%

** This is for 750ml bottles ONLY **

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%
2015 - 11.9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2014
2010 Vintage thanks to Indiana_Red: Thick black with an absolutely wonderful aroma of vanilla, malts, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. Tasty! Flavors of chocolate, dark roasted sugars and malts. I could also detect the alcohol % even after 4 years. Thick bodied and syrupy feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle: 2013 vintage. Dark, dark brown edges with a rich, black core. Small, foamy khaki layer sits quietly on top. Aroma is full force tannins, oak, bourbon, & musty wood with undertones of raisin, toffee, & bitter cocoa powder. Lots of booze with a harsh, almost solvent-like back-end. Taste is thankfully a bit more sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, & mild roast popping out first. The barrel aging makes its way in pretty quickly, though, with heavy notes of whiskey, wood, & mild astringency. Dry woodiness with a whiskey laden finish that kind of tastes grainy. A little dark chocolate & raisin in the aftertaste, too. This wasn’t bad, but it was almost too much. A decent barrel aged stout but not something I’d actively seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1819) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with some nice roast character. Some light bourbon and oak notes. Medium light fruit esters with a hint of anise. Light alcohol spice. Pours black with a moderately thick, dark tan/light mocha head of average size and retention. Medium light lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some moderate chocolate and roast notes. Light tobacco and ash character with hints of leather. Lighter dark fruit esters and anise than in the flavor. Moderate bitterness with light oak and alcohol notes. Hints of bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright imperial stout, but its a bit thin. Aroma is a bit fruity, but flavor is pretty nicely integrated. Light oxidation and not as much bourbon character as I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (206) - Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2013 vintage. coppery/metallic aroma swirling with sweetarts. appearance: dark auburn body (not motor oil; too translucent at the top) with fairly stable coffee-cream head. taste: taste is much better than aroma suggests. here we have bourbon infused fudge, some light caramel, milk chocolate shake, and cinnamon spice. great flavor, but the mouthfeel is disturbingly thin/watery. not what i prefer in a big stout. but incredibly drinkable because it is light and thin. i could race this beer pretty easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Mellow non carbonation. Oily, sugary Imperial Stout. Brown-black body, not opaque. Oily, chocolate syrup tones. Roasty bourbon vanilla chocolate. Sugar chocolate liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Huge thanks to Pepsican for this dumpster juice. THANKS, BRO!
2013 edition, 750ml bottle 1294/3000, weighing in at 13.8%abv. Chugged in under 2 minutes. Pours a very flat looking black without even a hint of red edges when held up to the light. Aromas of marshmallow, oak, chocolate. Taste is semi sweet and light malt bitterness. Flavors follow the nose but the actual bourbon character is kept very much in check. Nice. This is a huge beer, but very chugable due to the almost undetectable alcohol and low carbonation. This is a dangerous beer. Hidden alcohol + low bourbon character + very high boost means this one meant for taking straight to the dome. Love this shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer. From 2012. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, boozy. Pours black, not much head. Taste is boozy, sweet, sticky, chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. 2012. Smooth sweet bourbon aroma, light chocolate malt aroma. Dark, nearly black, barely translucent. Big caramely, boozy, sweet, dark fruits, toffee, sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4279) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. 2012. Lots of sherry in the nose. Very fruity. Very dark pour. Very small head. A light vanilla note. Taste is chewy with a chest thumping alcohol burn. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2972) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Draught at Backcountry Pizza. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with licorice, coffee, nuts, hops, plum, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla. Bitter finish with licorice, nuts, coffee and roasted malts. Excellent imperial stout.

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