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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

** 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 Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%
2014 - 11.5%
2015 - 11.9%

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4.4
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle. Thanks to macadem for the share! Pours inky black, with a thin tan head, and delicate lacing. Nose is masive: Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies! Oh yeah! Actually smells like fresh-baked cookies. Plus bourbon, a fairly generous does of that, plus the expected espresso, sweet black coffee, massive coconut, smells toasty-oaky, but not abrasive, also quite a sweet nose. Huge mouth-filling palate, actually reminds me a great deal of BCS.. although this has less coconut in the mouth, and significantly more chocolate. Very big, but the booze doesn’t appear too overt or abrasive, notes of nut, sweet coffee, remarkably well-balanced. An absolute delight!

4.1
beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Pour is dar dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, light coffee, and lightly fruity. Flavor is also big on bourbon, but not hot at all. Lots of vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, and light chocolate. This is really tasty stuff, I am quite impressed with it.

4.1
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Thanks to my lil’ bro from Seattle for bringing this beer to me in ATL!!Big big Imp Stout serveed in a champagne style bottle.Nose is chocolate and toasty malts with some coffee.Pours a pitch black color with a huge of white frothy head.Drinks like a coffee laced bourbon brew!Notes range from chocolate to espresso to bourbon.Great big stout!!I hope to revisit this one day...

4.1
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2010
[email protected] Pitch black colour, small head. Aroma is liquorice, vanilla, alcohol and some wooden notes as well. Flavour is liquorice, some vanilla, burnt sugar, wood and mild chocolate as well. Burning alcohol in the finish. Lovely balanced flavour.

3.8
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
750ml - 2009 - A very boozy aroma. Full of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor is also bourbon forward but has enough other stuff going on to balance it out. Vanilla, oak, chocolate malt, alcohol and a touch of soy. Palate is dry. Big, complex and tasty. A little too much bourbon for me but still a nice brew.

4
omhper (24963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2010
Bottled (10%), thanks tytoanderso! Very black, rich beige head. Huge vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet and soft, full bodied with lots of bourbon and sugar. Pleasant and soft in it’s transitions from vanilla to chocolate and coffee/tar to peppery alcohol. Huge on bourbon. An intense, very good attention grabbing stout.

4.6
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2009 Bottle # 177 split three ways amongst friends into tulip glasses it had a two finger tan head that went off to nothing but with a swirl of he glass would reappear. The body of the brew was a typical black stout with brown highlights. Initially I got a huge hit of alcohol from the nose but then it turned wonderfully to bourbon and vanilla. The flavor was sweet bourbon and vanilla, with a touch of roasted malts at the end. It had a great feel in my mouth with proper carbonation for the style. This is a great beer, easy to sit back and relax with. The flavors were perfect for savoring with some great conversation I would grab a bottle of this If I saw it again without thinking Serving type: bottle

4.2
arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2010
10% 2009 bottle. Pours dark black with thin tan head, aroma is dark fruit and bourbon. Taste up front is sweet molasses that works into chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit, and finishes with a bit of roasty malt. Excellent mouthfeel, and an excellent impy stout!

4.1
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
750, corked and baled. This is the 2009 10% version. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy, pocked dark tan head. Loose stringy lace here and there. Rich chocolate, coffee, and prune nose. Creamy medium body, soft and subdued carb. Caramel, roast, coffee, chocolate, prunes, and dates on the mid-palate, in no particular order. Lingering sweet finish. I have been drastically underwhelmed by other vintages and versions of ItT, but this is really good stuff right here.
Earlier Rating: 1/7/2010 Total Score: 2.8
Draft at the Seattle International Beerfest, 7-30-07. These notes apply to the bourbon barrel aged version. Pours deep opaque black with thin but dense tan head. Overwhelming bourbon nose: ultra-intense, almost vinous and porty. Supersweet. Suprisingly non-oily/sticky body, all things considered. Soft carb. Fairly light and simple mid-palate considering how dark and boozy this is--roast and some chocolate but mostly big bad bourbon barrel staves. Very little finish.

4.1
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2009 bottle. Pours a shinny glassy near black, not too thick, creamy frothy tan head 4.5. Aroma is sweet and very rich, raisin, coconut, impressive, marshmallow, reminds me of Goose Island BCS. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma, super rich, tons of coconut, bright fruit, dark molasses, ambrosia, harshly boozy finish, very sweet, cloying, boozy kick, marshmallow and raisin aftertaste, charred wood, touch of anise. Corse carbonation and lots of it, fairly viscous but pillowy. Tastes like a moonpie, lacks bitterness.


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