beerplace (2040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Brian) at Brian’s office. Vintage 2014. Pours a an almost black with a tan head. Aroma is molasses and bourbon notes, fruitness. Taste is bourbon, molasses, some bourbon barrel. Very nice. MetalNHopHead (2182) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2017
The barrel-aged variant of Big Sky’s Ivan offers a lot of boozy, grainy goodness. While the standard version is good, this version offers a whole lot more richness and complexity. There’s the usual notes of bitter black coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. There’s a sexy but not overpowering bourbon presence, and perhaps most intriguingly, an oaky cinnamon character. It’s a black, thick brew that has some surprises.It’s a big beer that doesn’t need tons of bourbon flavor to stand on its own. HuskerTan (2396) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
A- Booze, burnt sugar, molasses, cocoa.
A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head.
T- Whisky, oak, booze, cocoa, subtle cinnamon.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish.
O- This beer makes sure you know it’s barrel aged. Lots of booze in here. Also a unique spice on the finish that I can only associate most closely with cinnamon. A good beer but I don’t think it quite warrants the ratings it gets. Christos (5889) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2016
(Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel) Bottle 750ml, 2014 vintage, corked and caged, served into a snifter. ABV 11.5%
Black colour on the body, tall and thick brown head on top, with very good retention.
Aroma has lots of bourbon, molasses, notable alcohol, chocolate.
Taste has wood notes, plenty of bourbon and alcohol again, roasted malts, quite sweet in general, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, stewed dark fruits, more alcohol on the finish, some port wine notes developing already.
Medium thick body, biting carbonation.
Very good. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Sample from 2015 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIII on 10/07/2016. Jet black pour with a medium thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a film. Small patches of lacing. Oaky aroma with malt and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Boozy chocoalte aroma. Poured black in color with a tan head. Chocolate and moderate booze whiskey with light woody notes and fruit tart/tanin edges. Not bad, but not incredible.
Notes: On tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 8, GABF Week 2016. cards04 (2917) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
Pours black with off white head. Very attractive. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. A bit thin but lots of flavour. I’ve been wanting to try this bad boy for some time. Pretty good. Chocolate, bread, dark malts, vanilla. Warming bourbon as it goes down. Nice. northropfrye (3690) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
2015. Dark black body, brown head, some soapy lacing. Aroma of cocoa, lactose, malt, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is rich molasses, cocoa, dried fruit, a bit of boozy heat. Decent. stevoj (5567) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Bottle from Albertsons. 2015 vintage. Big, sticky black pour, small beige head. Boozy aroma, lots of wood barrel character. Maybe because I hadn’t had one in awhile, but this was extremely tasty. Really hit all of the marks. ACHops (1635) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2016
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours deep dark murky brown with a reddish tint and thin creamy mocha head. Aroma is heavy boozy bourbon, dark roasty malt. Taste is big roasty dark chocolate malt, oaky and dry mid-palate, french roast coffee, big syrupy boozy bourbon that lingers through the finish. Lacks the nuance of better barrel-aged stouts, but plenty of big rich flavor to enjoy here.