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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%


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Thin pour with a quick tan vanishing head. Nose is full of the whiskey. Taste is boozy, could do with some aging to turn it down a bit. Smokey finish. Not all the hype that I was hoping. Its good but not 99 points good.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (665) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (771) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1870) - Rock Ridge, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1761) - Espoo, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (532) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2013, 13.8%. Dark brown, near black pour with thin to no head. Big bourbony aroma with chocolate. Taste is a smooth blend of bourbon, chocolate malt, oak, caramel. Somewhat thin on the body. Very good, definitely a sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The mighty IVAN! Woo! Pours dark with brown head. Bourbon, malts, chocolate, really awesome. A great beer, not much coffee but the bourbon is subtle and well-done. Glad I have two bottles. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReverendMoon (140) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Couldn't detect much on the nose (it was a cold pour) but all in all a fantastic beer. Can't believe I've gone this far without having it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (964) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2014
A FINE example of a BA Stout. Received from Jason in a trade! Shared with friends. Small snifters. We let it warm before pouring. Solid very dark, opaque pour with a mocha thin head. Aroma was powerful roasted malts, oak barrel, vanilla, spices and slight booze. The taste was amazing with balanced roasted malts, oak barrel, alcohol, vanilla, and slight peat. Thick mouth with a full body. Finish is a little dark chocolate, oak and booze (but not overly boozy.) Need to get another one and soon!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EcnarM (75) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
True to form barrel aged stout. Dark color and heady aroma without an overpowering of bourbon. Taste is smooth and easy from start to finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1292) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Thanks dors. This is tasty sheyat. Nice strong nozy and barrel aroma. Taste is a nice mix of roasty stout and boozy amazement.


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