Serve in Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!

** 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 Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (698) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (594) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stevesie (326) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (711) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4082) - 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 (3021) - 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_ (2854) - 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 (11026) - 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 (659) - 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?

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 37

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50