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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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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%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Vintage 2010 A: pours a dark maduro brown. Nice, two finger latte head loosely disspates and leaves a thick sheet of the same. Beer has excellent clarity around edges, otherwise SRM’s prevent this. minimal lacing. S: The bourbon is both the hilight and beautifully subdued. Never experienced appropriately blended BBA like this. Malty, anise, bourbon, sweetness, molasses. Very nice. Very pleasing. T: This beer is fantastic fresh - I’ve had many BBA’s that need aging, and then peak out. I’m not so sure this beer should be aged. It’s great now, and struggle to see the Bourbon getting better. I think I prefer this to The Abyss. M: Velvet, with moderate carbonation. I do, however, tend to stir my glass so frequently, that the carbonation dies out quite a bit. Leaves the the mouth slick and appreciating the bourbon barrels even longer. D: This beer is outstanding. I can’t see the beer having better presence beyond being fresh. I have about a case sitting around the house - I’ve already traded too much of it away. This beer is outstanding. Serving type: bottle 02-25-2011

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2539) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a brown head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. Complex and sweet with light bitterness. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel and a tangy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2013 bottle, 1506/3000. Smells like bourbon, with some espresso and chocolate in there. Deep and rich, pretty boozy, there’s definitely a burn. So good, but probably even better in a year or so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Deep black core, light brown edges. Burnt malt nose, some coffee, trace of oak. Ashy, burnt malts, smooth though. Bourbon not very present, except perhaps a bit thin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2013
750ml, 2013. 2353 of 3000. 13.8%. Black pour, small tan head. Boozy malty chocolate bourbon nose, with a hint of cookie dough. With some fruit cake. Chocolate Bourbon Flavors, with a background of wood mixed with vanilla. Well balanced. Slight astringent finish with some bitter dark chocolate. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
750ml bottle. Appearance: Small head, black as black can be. Aroma: heavy malt, roasted, nutty, perfume, heavy alcohol, bourbon. Taste: long duration, lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter, sour milk. Palate: medium body, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation, chalky finish. Overall, really like this beer. The ABV really shows through though.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stevesie (329) - - NOV 23, 2013
From bottle. Very dark with just an inkling of tan head. Smells of dark fruit and booze. Taste similar. Way too sweet and way too boozy for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours almost pitch black with very little head . Aromas of dark fruit and bourbon . Chocolate flavors accompanied by roasted malts and faint bourbon. Finishes mildly sweet with some alcohol heat . Really good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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.


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