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RATINGS: 361   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Tap pours dark brown black with khaki tan head. The aroma is rich roasted grains, a little coffee like with a light fruit and oak. The flavor starts thick and rich with a bittersweet roasted grain that has hints of dark fruit and earthy lightly hoppy herbal times with a nice oaky coffee thing in the finish. Gets smoother as it warms and really brings it all around, nice soothing warmth going down.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Amazing beer. Big bourbon and RIS profile. Loving this. Beer is excellent! Why does this need to be longer?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (832) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2012 bottle shared by Jeremy - Thanks! Pours dark cola color with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon. Taste: stale chocolate, some oxidation, bourbon and oak. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Following directly on the heels of Huna, this feels surprisingly thin. Overall: solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
750mL 2010 ed thanks to MinorThreat! Clear, deep brown pour. Medium to low tan foam. Nose is metallic, olive. Taste is ashy, lemon, chalk. Finish is mild cardboard. Huh. Letting this one sit out some more.

Really nice lacing overall. Nose as it warms moves to marshmallow, milk chocolate, sugary dessert, nice bourbon barrel. Taste has some sweet grape, decent sugar, still a bit earthy/soil with heavy chalk in the palate. Lactic, tangy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3144) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle with Alan and Hayden, pours black with light coffee colored head, light lacing. Aromas and taste of dark plums, figs, toffee, chocolate, bourbon, and lightly roasty sweet malt. Medium to fuller body. Easy going for the 10%. Great

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and mild coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, and some coffee. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
750ml bottle .. thats the rub .. . . pours a deep brown black .. mild foam .. . easy mouth .. . light burnt chocolate and decaf coffee .. . easy finish and quite light all around .. . . i don’t quaff that shit by the way. drugs don’t kill people. balconies do.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (681) - USA - MAY 13, 2013
Aroma of roast , chocolate, coffee, black licorice. App. Is pitch black, light brown head, slight lacing. Taste is roasty chocolate, some coffee, light black licorice. For style this has a light body. Solid.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Poured from the bomber it has an almost black color with a mocha head. The aroma has some chocolate and oak and some booze. Taste starts with a creamy texture of melted chocolate. There is also some roasted coffee notes and a touch of some bourbon. Very complex with other flavors like caramel and brown sugar. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Black pour. Thinly tan head. Watery body Sweet syrupy nose. Notes of Roasted malts coffee and subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Good for aging + blending. A good Imp. Stout and a solid base beer for experimentation.


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