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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet malty molassis roasted. Flavor as aroma, so good nice medium longlived bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
(Bottle) pours black with brown head. Smooth but present oak aging, smooth chocolate roast, light fruity and a touch of hops. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. Smooth and creamy with a near full bodied. Wood and roast on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2784) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Bottle received in trade. Thank you KingCecil! Pours black with a rather small fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, charred wood, oatmeal cookies, bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla fudge, pecan nuts, alcohol, coffee hard candy, toffee, sherry and hints of schwarzwald cake and burnt sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, charred wood, sweet dark bread, bourbon, vanilla fudge, bitter chocolate, black pepper corns, sweet liquorice candy, sherry, mineral rich soil, St Johns wort, and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, tiny boozy, tiny roasted astringent and medium to full bodied. finish is bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocoalte, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, mineral rich soil, biscuits, black pepper corns, alcohol and sherry. Balanced, "simple" and smart. Subtle barrel aging really suits the beer. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, raisins, figs, nuts, coffee notes, hay, cocoa powder, toffee notes. Roasted coffee and licorice flavor, figs, raisins, nuts, creamy, warming alcohol, tar notes, vinous, some dades. Very nice and complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (652) - 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.

   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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (962) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8440) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3228) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3463) - 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.

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